Wedding Makeup Tips

The wedding day is one of the most important days of a woman’s life! In preparing for this wonderful day, don’t forget to plan your wedding makeup.

One thing to keep in mind is how your skin and makeup looks that day is really about the photography. Your photos are your keepsake of this memorable day for years to come.

Here are some tips for picture perfect bridal makeup:

  • Book a makeup lesson. I will help you with color selections and techniques to bring out your best features and show you how your makeup can last all day.
  • Practice! Practice! Practice! and take lots of pictures in various lights and angles at the time and place you will be taking your photographs on your wedding day.
  • Consider your skin type. If your skin is oily, use as many oil-free products as possible, especially if you are getting married in a warmer climate. Likewise, if your skin is dry, creamier products will give your skin a dewy look.
  • Primers are the tools of the trade. Eyeshadow and skin primers give the makeup a better surface to stick to, so the makeup looks better and lasts a lot longer with minimal touchups throughout the day.
  • Use a sponge or brush to apply foundation for a smoother finish to the skin.
  • Avoid foundations with sunscreens, especially physical sunscreens like zinc oxide. They are reflective and will blow out your skin, especially with flash photography.
  • Match your foundation color to your neck and chest areas, especially if you are wearing a strapless wedding gown, for more even looking skin.
  • Use subtle contour to define your features for photography…under the cheekbones and jawline and both sides of the nose.
  • Well-groomed and shaped eyebrows will frame your eyes beautifully and polishes your entire look. Book a professional eyebrow shaping at least 6 months before and learn how to fill in your brows. Maintain every month with regular salon visits to get your most flattering eyebrow shape.
  • Use a subtle eye shimmer powder on the inner corner of the eyes to brighten and awaken your eyes. Follow with eyeshadow. The best eyeshadow look is a blended ombre fade of light to dark.
  • Curl the lashes before applying mascara primer and mascara.. and it goes without saying.. Waterproof Mascara!
  • If you plan on using fake eyelashes, opt for the most natural looking lashes.. or apply individual lashes.. and practice, practice, practice!
  • Prime the lips with a balm so they don’t appear dry or flaky and blot to remove excess. Then apply lipliner and lipcolor as usual.
  • Avoid makeup that is too trendy. You don’t want to look at your pictures in ten years and wonder “what was I thinking?”. If in doubt, go classic and pretty.
  • That day, enlist the help of a friend to carry your touch up kit which can include: your lipcolor, blotting sheets if your skin is oily, a hydrating mist if your skin is dry, and cotton swabs to clean up any eye makeup mishaps from happy tears.
  • Avoid any drastic changes too close to your wedding. However, if you do want to experiment with changing your hair color or intense tanning, do it WELL before your wedding day and take lots of pictures to make sure you really love the look.

Even though a lot of brides do their own wedding makeup successfully, my best piece of advice for your very special day is to hire an experienced and licensed makeup artist. Yes, it’s another line item on the wedding budget, but in my opinion, how you look trumps the favors and custom napkins that few will even remember.

An experienced makeup artist knows how to create your most flattering look and uses professional level products that will work with photography and lighting. A licensed artist is also trained to apply makeup in the safest and most sanitary way.

Book your makeup trials 6-12 months before your wedding day to get an idea of how you want to look. You may want to do a couple of trials before making the final decision, so the earlier you start the process, the better.

Although you do want to be true to your self and express that, remember: You are not wearing a dress or hairstyle you would normally wear every day, your makeup should enhance your face, yet be special too!

Book your makeup lesson and let me help you get picture perfect ready on your very special day!