On your wedding day, subtly applied makeup is essential and will help bring out the star in you! So let’s get started…
Expert Help (If you are using)
The secret to great makeup is keeping it simple, along with a little know-how on what products to choose and how to use them properly. This is where a professional makeup artist comes in. If you are having your makeup applied professionally on the day of your wedding, meet up a few weeks beforehand to discuss your look, and to have a trail run before the big day. When looking for a makeup artist word of mouth is your best option. If no one offers up names, ask around!
Do It Yourself
If you are doing your own makeup, head for your nearest makeup store and ask about a bridal consultation. You’ll be shown some professional techniques, as well as hues to suit your skin tone. This should make you more confident about applying your makeup on the big day.
Apply a primer before applying foundation. It forms an invisible barrier between your skin and makeup, so foundation stays put. You don’t want a heavy-looking base, so keep it light, choosing a foundation that covers any blemishes but also allows the skin to breathe. Blend foundation out and away from your nose. Cover any blemishes with a concealer that matches your skin tone. Finish with a light dusting of powder.
A flush of color on the cheeks makes for a pretty and youthful look. Blend a cream blush from your cheekbones up to your temples. Swirl over a dusting of powder blush to help the blush last all day.
Prep the eyelids with eyeshadow primer or face powder to help color stay put. Play it safe by brushing just one shade over the lid, from lashes to crease. Resist the temptation to go for bright colored hues. If you want to use something more exciting than taupe-sparkly gold powder, perhaps-apply the eyeshadow with a dampened brush. This makes for a less glittery and more shimmery feel. Run an eye pencil close to the roots of your upper lashes, then smudge the outer corners. Curl your eyelashes and apply two coats of waterproof mascara.
Kissing, eating, and sipping champagne can take its toll on your lipstick, so either wear a long-lasting formula, or line and fill in the mouth with a neutral lip pencil for extra staying power. Keep in mind that shades close to your own lip color are low-maintenance and can look striking but will need frequent touch-ups.
Tips and Tricks
- Bring a little sparkle to arms and shoulders by mixing a tiny bit of pearlized face powder or highlighter into your body lotion.
- If you’re having a facial, make sure it’s at least a week prior to the wedding. Facials can be detoxing on the skin, resulting in blemishes.
- Avoid lipgloss if you’re wearing a veil – it will stick to your lips. Instead, use a dab of petroleum jelly.