When it comes to wedding makeup, there are two schools of thought. Some brides prefer an understated, natural look that enhances their natural beauty, while others want to pull out all the stops and go big with bold colors and glamorous designs. The right type of makeup really depends on your personality, as well as your venue and what you’re going to be doing that day. For example, if you’re getting married in the evening, you can go more dramatic than if you’re getting married during the day and will spend most of your time indoors!
1) Prep your skin
It’s tempting to skimp on skincare before your wedding day, but don’t skip out on your routine. Use a gentle cleanser and apply moisturizer to keep your skin looking bright. Consider adding a facial mask for extra hydration if you feel like you need it. If you want to add a bit of color or even glamorize tired-looking eyes, consider using eye cream too—it’s so light that it won’t clog pores and will help keep under-eye circles at bay. Wash off any excess product gently with a damp towel after 15 minutes so that your skin doesn’t become irritated and break out during makeup application.
2) Use A Natural Face Base
Many brides-to-be are tempted to go with a heavy foundation that will keep their skin protected from stress and shine, but if you want to look radiant on your wedding day, it’s important to avoid heavy makeup. Instead, opt for a light base and only touch up your look when it starts to wear off. Heavy products tend to stay put longer than light ones do, which is why brides who use them often find themselves looking very different in their wedding photos than they did at their ceremony. If you have trouble keeping your makeup fresh throughout the day (which can happen when you don’t have much time for touchups), consider asking your makeup artist for water-resistant foundation instead of a waterproof formula.
3) Choose Lip Color Wisely
Lips should enhance your natural beauty and bring out your best features. Soft, nude lips are particularly flattering on brides. A bold color like orange will make you look sickly—and isn’t very pretty in general! If you want to try something unusual (or don’t trust a makeup artist). Choose a lip color that complements your skin tone and eye color, rather than one that clashes with them. There are plenty of online tools to help you pick out colors if you can’t tell whether peach or pink will work better for your skin tone and eye color.
4) Avoid Clumpy Eyelashes
To avoid clumpy mascara, you need to start off with clean mascara-ed lashes. Remove all traces of leftover mascara from your lashes and, if you’re wearing any waterproof formulas or mascaras that leave a residue on your skin, don’t forget to remove that, too. You can use eye makeup remover in liquid or cream form or even an oil-based cleanser for stubborn mascaras. Then wait until your lashes are completely dry before applying anything else so it’s easier to get an even application. Avoid using dark colored mascaras if you have very light eyelashes (or none at all!) as they tend to make them more noticeable instead of helping them stand out when applied. And always remember: less is more when it comes to mascara!
5) Have a Trial Run!
If you’re like me, a full-blown photo shoot might not be an option. Instead, schedule time with a friend and have them take some photos of you as well as your makeup trial run… If you’re going for a different look than what you have in mind, have them snap some photos of that look too! No matter what look it is, try to get more than one so that if one doesn’t work out, there are still options to use. This way, even if things don’t go exactly how you want on your wedding day (and we all know that rarely happens), at least you can fall back on your trial run and make adjustments accordingly.
Some Useful Tips for every Bride
Drink Lots of Water on your Big Day
First and foremost, stay hydrated. Before your wedding day, drink as much water as you can to keep your skin well-hydrated. And don’t forget to keep it up on your big day! Most people don’t realize that drinking lots of water will reduce redness in your face and make you look more radiant.
Use Waterproof Products
Waterproof makeup is perfect for weddings and other outdoor events because you never know when it’s going to rain. Keep in mind that waterproof products are especially important if you have a tendency to sweat easily. If you sweat more than usual, make sure to blot your face with a tissue before reapplying your makeup. Otherwise, it will smudge and smear onto your clothes or up into your hairline where it won’t look great in photos.
Keep few makeup products Through out the day
Be sure to keep few makeup products. Choose a few products that you know will give your skin a natural glow and not exaggerate your flaws. Do not use excessive amounts of makeup; focus on a look that is more subtle and natural than anything else, so you don’t draw attention away from your beautiful bridal gown. To help keep touch-ups to a minimum, choose waterproof mascara as well as eye shadow in neutral tones. Avoid lip color unless it’s extremely mild or very light; chances are any kind of lipstick will smear when you kiss at midnight. And never forget: less is more!
Use a Teeth Whitening Product
First impressions are everything and we know that nervous smiles are not always a good look, especially on wedding day. To avoid any unfortunate mishaps or to help you achieve your best smile possible, pick up some teeth whitening products like Crest 3D White Professional Effects Whitestrips. These whitening strips are made to whiten teeth by up to seven shades in just one week. While these strips may seem expensive at $140, they’re actually much cheaper than going to get teeth whitened at a dentist’s office; many places charge between $250-$500 per session.