Getting photo-ready on your special day is often one of a bride’s biggest concerns. With the availability of professional grade makeup and popular “do-it-yourself” makeup tutorials, many brides are choosing to skip the expensive makeup artist and prepare their face their own.
If you’re one of the brave brides who has decided to cut costs and invest your money in more important things, such as wedding decorations, catering, etcetera, take a look at these wedding day makeup tips. From foundation to the finishing touches, we have you covered with all the how-to’s!
Prepare Your Skin
To look your best on your big day you will need to invest some time beginning three to six months prior to your date. For those with serious skin problems, such as persistent acne or rosacea, make an appointment with a dermatologist to help begin clearing up your problems. For those with minor to normal issues, make it a habit to begin a skin care regimen that suits your skin type. Begin exfoliating several times a week and preparing masks for your skin. Moisturization is key – make sure you don’t over-dry your skin!
Foundation and Primer
Choose a good quality primer as the first step in your makeup application. Your makeup will need to remain fresh all day, so don’t skimp on this base layer! Select a foundation that matches your skin perfectly (a good match should blend into your skin within three strokes.) Mix your concealer with a drop of your foundation to cover any trouble spots you may have. Use opposite colors to hide under eye circles, for example, if your under eye circles are blue, use a peach based concealer to cover them.
Powder and Blush
High quality makeup brushes will solve many of your makeup dilemmas. Use your everyday loose powder and set your foundation with a large brush in circular motions. For your blush, begin at the apples of your cheeks and blend backwards. Your blush is a step that will make or break your makeup application, so take your time blending. Add more if you look bare faced, or lighten it up if it appears too heavy.
Eye Shadow and Lipstick
The choice of colors is totally up to you! Choose a lip stick that boasts an all-day wear to ensure that it stays put throughout your event. Set your color with a clear gloss for that extra shine you need. Keep your eye makeup color light and romantic – dark colors will only appear darker in photos, risking the dreaded “raccoon eye” look. Keep it natural for the prettiest photos.
Fill in your eyebrows with powder that matches your hair color. Stick with your “tried and true” waterproof mascara to avoid any allergic reactions. Keep eyeliner a shade lighter than normal and ensure that you stay close to the lash line for the most definition. Highlight your cheekbones and collarbones with a shimmery powder.
To keep your makeup looking fresh throughout the evening, keep oil blotting sheets handy. These sheets will reduce your excess shine without covering it up with powder, which results in a cakey appearance. Keep your lipstick and gloss handy for reapplications and prepare to have the time of your life!