As a bride-to-be (countdown status: in the double digits!) I spend a good portion of my spare time thinking about every detail of my wedding. It’s an activity in its own right. One of the final decisions that I get to mull over? My bridal makeup. The options are overwhelming (in an awesome way). I have always wanted to do my own makeup on my wedding day. Part of the fun for me is deciding which products to select from my collection, and what might qualify as a wedding worthy splurge (Cle de Peau concealer, ahem).
If you’re considering doing your own bridal makeup, consider these tips!
1. You want to look like yourself. If your daily go-to is full face makeup? Stick to that for your wedding! If you never wear it? Don’t go overboard. You want to recognize your face in photos. So does your partner. Now is not the time to attempt trends beyond your comfort level or technical ability. Note: even if a pro is doing your makeup, be sure to communicate your preferences. Everyone has a different idea of what “bridal makeup” means.
2. Practice your look over and over. (If a pro is doing it, have a trial, for sure!) Test different looks. Test longevity in humidity and sun (or whatever your wedding day climate will likely be).
3. When considering face makeup: remember that like mixes with like. Oil plus oil. Water plus water. That means: pay very close attention to the ingredients in your moisturizer, primer, foundation and concealer. Silicone primers work best with silicone based foundations. If you use a water based foundation and top it with an oil based concealer, your makeup will begin to breakdown and fade much faster than you would like. A simple tip, but this is often overlooked.
4. Natural light is your best friend. If possible, you want to set up your makeup station facing a window. Check out your finished look in as many forms of light as possible to make sure it looks perfect wherever you go.
5. Your makeup will look less dramatic in photos. Take pictures of yourself after you test out a look: you might find that you need to apply blush heavier than you typically do for it to even show up on camera, for instance.
6. Consider wearing a lip stain, at least as a base under lipstick. You will make it through photos and kisses without a) turning into a hot mess b) getting it all over your spouse-to-be at your ceremony and c) premature fading, especially considering you will be eating and drinking.
7. Be sure to use a primer under your foundation and finish the entire look with a setting spray. Urban Decay All Nighter is a personal favorite setting spray. UD face setting sprays are manufactured by Skindinavia, which offers a specific spray for brides, too. Options are available for oil control, a dewy finish, and so forth. Be sure to use one, they work.
8. Put down that fine, white HD powder. Do not use it. It’s not worth it. I know. I love it (sometimes) too. But: this is your wedding day, and there will be lots of flash photography and you cannot risk splotches of white all over your face, around your nose, and so forth. HD powder is meant for video, it looks fabulous in person and on film. But in flash photography, the pigments bounce back and the reflection is not pretty. For the same reason, be careful with the amount of SPF in your foundation; this can cause a similar effect, except your entire face will have a subtle white cast. If you do not know what I speak of, see: Google images. Nicole Kidman, Eva Longoria, Ashley Judd, and recently Miley have all fallen victim on the red carpet. Don’t do it!
9. Bring a small touch-up kit to your reception, especially if lots of dancing will be involved! My essentials: lip product, blotting papers, concealer and a light setting powder like MAC MSF Natural with a small brush for skin touch-ups, just in case.
10. Blend, blend, blend! Ensure that your face makeup matches your neck, and that your eye shadow and blush are blended to perfection. When you think you are done blending- blend a little bit more.
And most importantly: smile, relax and enjoy. Everyone has told me how quickly the day goes by. Savor every moment!
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