Congrats on the pending nuptials!
Your wedding day is an exciting experience, don’t get stressed about your makeup on that day. Follow these 15 expert tips to stay flawless, even through the tears that may fall.
Get it done professionally
This is probably one of the best tips you will get. Professionals will use the best products and can create the look you want if you bring in examples. Makes sure you go to someone you trust. When my sister scheduled her makeup appointment, they let her come in for a free trial with her makeup artist the day of her bridal shower so she could be sure of her skill level. See if your salon does something similar.
Will it look good in photos 20 years from now
Your wedding photos are going to be looked at years from now. You don’t want to flinch every time you take them out and see horrendous colors or overdramatic contouring. Make sure you go for a simple, clean, timeless look.
Think about the product you’re using. Is it going to rub off at the reception when you wipe your mouth with a napkin? Will your lipstick smear at the alter during the kiss? Use high quality, transfer-proof makeup for this special day.
Tears and weddings are a package deal. Don’t lose your flawless look because you let you one fall, or be too worried about your look to let yourself experience the overflowing emotions of the big day. Use waterproof makeup and remember to dab, not wipe, your eyes.
Colors match your wedding colors
If you want a bit of color in your makeup, see if you can match it to your wedding colors and still get that timeless look.
Will your makeup last all day? If not, get some that will, or use a setting spray to ensure your look wont wear off halfway through the reception while you’re dancing and possible working up a sweat. Pictures are going to get snapped all night, make sure you’re photo ready.
Use a matte foundation
The matte foundation will give you a good base for all your makeup and help create a look to make your eyes pop. It also means you will have to use less powder and setting throughout the event.
Oily skin can cause a lot of issues. Make sure to use a setting powder on your eyelids to absorb any oil that may be there and to create a barrier between the oils your skin produces and the makeup you apply. Even if your skin is dry, this will help keep everything in place at the reception if you’re dancing around and start to sweat.
Use a concealer around your eyes to hide any darkness of your upper lid or bags under your eyes.
As I stated earlier, oil is the enemy. Make sure to bring something to blot your face as oil builds up over the night. Oil blotting sheets will work fine for this and come in little packages that will be easy for your bridal party to carry around for you. This way you don’t have to keep adding powder to your face to absorb the oil.
In your photos, you don’t want to look washed out or disappear. Make sure to define your brows and lashes so people can clearly see your eyes in your photos. Use something longer lasting than your typical powder for your eyebrows, consider a cream.
Make sure to define the shape of your eyes with neutral matte colors. If you use a matte shadow, you won’t have to worry about it reflecting the flash of the photographer’s camera and it taking away from your gorgeous look.
Don’t use a powder for your eyeliner. It looks good in real life, but sometimes doesn’t appear as defined in photographs. Using a line to highlight the shape of your eye, instead of a powder, will ensure that your eyes pop in your photos. Black is a little harsh, try a dark brown for a softer look. Make sure it is waterproof!
Though the first tip on the list was to go get it done by a professional, there is always the option to do it yourself. If you do, make sure you practice and experiment with different look leading up to the special day. Maybe try out a few looks and see which causes the strongest reaction in your spouse.
As with the eyeliner, black can come across a little harsh. Try and use a dark brown, waterproof mascara for your special day. This is especially true for people who don’t wear a lot of makeup on a regular basis. When you look back on the photos of that day, you want to recognize the person in those pictures.
Hopefully these tips will help you out on your big day. Remember blotting sheets and setting powder to defeat the oil and sweat!