13 Wedding Make-up Tips Every Bride Should Know

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    Makeup is very important on a wedding day. One of the most important things on your wedding day is to look and feel like yourself. Getting your wedding makeup done is both a fun and nerve-wracking process. There are a plethora of options from which to select, including lipstick colour and haircut. Here are some things a bride needs to know to ensure she looks perfect on her wedding day.

    If there is a single most significant day in your life, it is the day you are married. It's a moment when you should be feeling your most attractive and assured, but there are a lot of choices to make that may make you feel stressed out. We offer all the advice you'll need for not just getting ready for your wedding but also taking care of those pesky skin problems like acne or rosacea, depending on whether you prefer a natural or dramatic look.

    Learn all you need to know about beauty, from how to apply makeup to how to take care of your skin, from our seasoned experts. If you're wondering which foundation is ideal for oily skin or how to hide under-eye bags, don't worry; you'll find the answers in our pages.

    Get Your Skin Ready In Advance!

    Now is the moment to start taking care of your skin if you haven't been doing so already. Makeup artist Tiffany Patton of White Rose Collective in New York City says, "Getting frequent facials makes a tremendous impact in your skin's texture and helps you have the ideal basis for make-up." Facialist Regine Berthelot from New York's Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at the Plaza Hotel recommends booking monthly treatments (at least three times a month) to brighten and tone the skin. You should hold off on extractions a month prior to make sure there's no lingering discomfort.

    Remember To Hydrate Well The Night Before The Big Event.

    "Makeup goes on better when skin is properly hydrated," Miglino says.

    Keep Wedding Season In Mind

    Makeup artist to the stars Amber Dreadon says a bride should definitely choose a foundation that works with the weather she'll be in on her wedding day. "In the winter, you need a foundation that won't appear cakey. In the heat of summer, a glossy surface is not what you need. Something sturdy is recommended if your wedding will go from day to night." Makeup expert Chauntal Lewis suggests that summer brides use an anti-shine water-resistant primer such as Becca's Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector. In the event that your wedding takes place in the cooler months, I recommend a foundation with more coverage, such as La Mer's Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation.

    Achieve Glow (Not Shine) On Your Skin

    Davis opines that "luminous skin appears otherworldly." "However, you should avoid flash photography, as it creates a strobe effect over your face." To reduce shine, apply translucent dust using a powder puff to the centre of the face, along the bridge of the nose, and across the chin. Then, focus your highlighter application on your temples and cheekbones (Davis recommends Nars Copacabana Illuminator). "You may also dab it on the inner corners of your eyes and beneath your brow bone to brighten them," she advises. "That's why it's so transparent. It's quite realistic."

    Avoid Using Sun Protection Measures.

    Because the SPF will cause the flash to reflect off your skin and wash you out, you should avoid wearing it if you plan on having any photos taken with a flash. Nonetheless, make sure you put your flash to the test at your trial by shooting a shot.

    Get Products That Are Waterproof

    Miglino's advice: "Waterproof everything!" "It's also a good idea to keep a cosmetic blender handy in case you need to wipe away any tears. Instead of leaving streaks or wiping the substance away, it will push it into the skin."

    Try It Out For Makeup


    Makeup artist Tabby Casto explains that most independent makeup artists would provide a bridal trial before the big day. "This trial really matters. It'll be helpful for the makeup artist and for you. Having the option to try on a variety of styles ensures that you'll feel great in what you wear on the big day, knowing that you made a decision that was both well-informed and long-lasting."

    Try Things Out Three To Five Weeks Before The Big Day.

    We recommend scheduling your trial run three but no more than five weeks before the big day. Then, as M.A.C. Senior Artist Rebecca Butterworth advises, "do a test run" of your fake tan before your make-up trial so your artist can see what colour your skin becomes with the tan. "Try to give it your all on trial day. On the day of your trial, make sure you're feeling like your best self. Make sure your hair is styled and that you're wearing any jewellery you plan to wear on the big day so you can get a feel for the whole ensemble, advises Zara.

    While it is said that Kate Middleton (a real-life royal) did her own make-up on her wedding day, many women choose to hire a professional. It's best to meet with many makeup artists early on to select one that clicks with your own aesthetic.

    Makeup artist Landy Dean adds, "You want to see if you work well together." Make your reservation at least five months in advance, and book a second trial run no less than two months before the big day. "You'll have a better sense of how you want to appear," he promises, once you've finished the planning process and have chosen on a style.

    References Should Be Brought To Your Trial.

    "Start gathering pictures of makeup styles you like now so you can have them on hand for the big day. 'If you have the skin colour of Dita Von Teese, then the makeup of Kim Kardashian won't necessarily translate to you,' explains Rebecca from MAC, so it's important to figure out what you enjoy about the makeup in the image.

    Avoid Taking Your Makeup Test In A Room Lit Only By Overhead Fluorescents.

    Caroline Barnes recommends scheduling a visit from a professional makeup artist to your house for while there is still some light in the sky.

    Put On A T-Shirt That Matches The Shade Of Your Outfit.

    Makeup may seem very different in person than in a shop, so it's a good idea to take a picture of yourself in natural light (no flash) before you buy anything new. Caroline Barnes, a celebrity make-up artist, says.

    Pick A Lip Colour Or Balm That Makes You Feel Confident.

    According to Smith & Cult Beauty Ambassador Elena Miglino, "The lip is very important." "When it comes to picking out a bridal makeup look, I usually urge my brides to take their time at the make-up counter and try on as many different colours as they can."

    She elaborates, "I personally enjoy a natural lip." You should start with a product like Smith & Cult's The Tainted Lip Stained Flatte, which will last all day. As for the second point, "Kissing Tiny Flowers" is a colour that I find really enchanting. In between brown and pink, it's the ideal natural lip shade. Add some Smith & Cult The Shining Lip Lacquer in "Now Kith" if you want to spice things up a bit.

    Strive For Visual Harmony

    "If you're aiming for a smoky look, go light on face make-up and opt for a natural colour on the lips," advises Min Min Ma, a make-up artist based in New York City. "If you want to wear bright lips, keep the rest of your makeup simple. Because of its durability and low upkeep, matte lipstick is my go-to lip product. You could try out the Pillow Talk shade of Charlotte Tilbury's Matte Revolution Lipstick."

    Keep Away From The Extremely Fashionable

    Keep in mind that you'll be looking at photos from your wedding for the rest of your life, so it's safer to go for a more understated style. For example, the sparkly eyeliner you saw on the Paris catwalk may be stunning and on-trend right now, but it will likely appear old and outdated in twenty years.

    Vintage wedding gowns may look magnificent with a traditional old Hollywood lipstick colour, so don't feel like you have to make yourself up in a symphony of beiges if you're used to a punchier make-up.

    Always Remember To Moisturise Your Skin Before You Apply Fake Tan.

    Celebrity tanner Sophie Evans of St. Tropez recommends using moisturiser as a barrier before applying self-tanner. "Avoid further discoloration by using a little layer of concealer before makeup (this is always knees, elbows, feet, hands, any severe dry areas).

    Avoid applying lotion all over the body, since this can dilute the self-tanner. For a more natural effect, we use a moisturiser to integrate the tan into the fold of the wrist, the back of the heel, and the hairline. You might think of your self-tanner as paint, and your moisturiser as water; together, we're working towards a seamless, natural look."

    Don't Prepare Your Skin in Any Particular Way the Night Before

    In spite of the fact that you may feel compelled to buy some fancy new skin care products the night before your wedding, I advise you to stick to your regular routine. You may experience skin irritation when first using a new product since it contains elements your skin has never encountered before. Apply your customary calming night cream after a thorough cleansing of your face.

    Refrain from letting a makeup artist take control of your appearance.

    Many brides look forwards to having a professional apply their makeup on their wedding day, but it's important to remember that the makeup artist probably doesn't know you or your personal taste as well as you do, and that you may be tempted to heed their advice on a wide range of cosmetic matters. Be very careful; you wouldn't want to shock your future spouse by showing up at the altar disguised as someone else.

    Makeup artist and Lancôme UK Makeup Artist Ambassador Alex Babsky says, "I normally think that the finest bridal make-up is just the most finely polished version of how the bride usually appears — after all, you want to look lovely rather than your make-up."

    Hinder Emergencies at the Last Minute

    In other words, it's not a huge issue that your rehearsal dinner went on until the wee hours of the morning. Build a solid base before adding any more features. Next, use a brush to dot a creamy formula on the inner corners of your eyes and blend it outward to conceal dark circles. Finally, push (not rub) the solution into the skin where it seems darker with a fingertip.

    Makeup artist Chrisanne Davis recommends tapping somewhat sticky concealer directly on top of a pimple using a synthetic bristle brush. She warns, "Don't whisk it back and forth." Around the imperfection, it will accumulate.


    Get To Know Cortisone.

    Don't touch the place if, by some miracle, you receive one in the days leading up to your wedding. You'll simply make it worse by touching it with your contaminated hands. Getting an anti-inflammatory cortisone injection from a dermatologist is the greatest rapid cure if at all possible. You might also try using a cortisone cream.

    Don't be Afraid to Turn Up the Lights

    Lipsticks in neutral, brown, or light tones often appear washed out in images; for the best results, opt for a shade or two brighter than you would typically wear. Apply a pink or rose colour on top of your typical neutral shade. If you usually use black lipstick, try using it as a base and topping it with a brighter pink to make the colour pop. Bobbi suggests brides choose from timeless colours like pink, rose, or plum.

    Don’t Trowel It On

    "Don't believe the urban legend that you need to cake on the makeup for the camera. Many wedding photos are taken in natural light, so if you go with a strong base, your makeup will show up too much. When it comes to flash, Caroline advises keeping your T-zone matte using fine translucent powders and blotting powders rather than applying many coats of makeup.

    Give Some Extra Attention To Your Eyes

    Bobbi Brown advises, "Brighten any darkness under them using a corrector and concealer." The key is finding a shade that brings out the best in your eye colour. Make sure that your eyes, and not your makeup, are the focal point. If you want your eyes to really stand out, Zara says another trick is to apply the darkest, most saturated colour just at the lash line.

    Think About Color

    Keep in mind that the wedding dress will stand out more against a brightly coloured face. There’s a tremendous difference between ordinary clothes and a wedding dress, so there should be a difference in your make-up, too.

    Start by making sure your skin appears even and smooth, and then apply colour to your cheeks and lips to give them a glow,’ adds Bobbi Brown.

    Verify An Ideal Fit For Your Base.

    Miglino advises that foundation be blended in until it matches the skin or neck tone. "You will be shot endlessly that day, and the last thing you want is for your face and neck not to match."

    Use Individual False Lashes

    They're great for drawing attention to your eyes without drawing too much attention to yourself overall. Rebecca advises, "Nestle them in between your natural lashes rather than fastening them on top, and go for varying lengths to give a natural fluttery effect."

    Don’t Skip The Basics

    Keep your attention on the features that will draw the most attention: flawless skin, carefully shaped eyebrows, and fluttery lashes. If you have these basic aspects perfect, the rest of your make-up will fall into place,' explains Caroline Barnes.

    Research Application Approaches

    It's possible that they'll require some adjustments to your typical cosmetics regimen. For example, if you want to line with a shadow, make it linger longer by applying it with a slightly moist eyeliner brush,’ adds Bobbi.

    Go Pro

    ‘The greatest wedding make-up should last as long as you do so I adore M·A·C’s Pro Longwear collection which contains foundations, concealers, lip and eye products that deliver excellent wear that will carry you through your wedding day and night,’ explains Rebecca.

    Highlight The Brow Bone

    Apply a highlighter colour on your brow bone as a last step to accentuate your eyes. Then, as Bobbi advises, choose a pale matte hue and apply it into the outside corner of your brow bone to delicately highlight that region.

    Avoid Slathering Your Face In Cosmetics.

    'Instead, stretch down your neck and across your shoulders if necessary; this will guarantee your face is not a distinct hue or even texture to your body. Everything should seem consistent to produce the most natural look possible. Light fake tan might help balance out skin tones that aren't quite the same. It's best to do this the day before the wedding rather than the night before, and Caroline warns against going too dark since it makes the skin seem lifeless.

    Maintain a Daily Availability of a Few Products

    Your wedding day will be filled with countless joyful moments, including many hugs, kisses, glasses of champagne, and even a few tears of joy, and as a result, even the most meticulously done makeup will go off.

    Don't count on your first application of makeup to endure for eight hours, Dean warns. Instead, have your attendants carry a purse stocked with a mini-kit including the necessities like blush, translucent powder, cotton swabs, and tissues in case of any last-minute touch-ups. To top it all off, because you'll be hanging off your groom's arm for the better part of the day, have him keep a lip gloss in his vest. "A lovely lip gloss in the colour close to the lipstick you were wearing at the beginning of the day makes touch-ups quicker and easier," Davis advises.

    Lewis claims he always remembers to leave his wife with the essentials, including lipstick and blotting papers. You should always have some translucent powder or blotting papers on hand to combat shine. "Blotting sheets are an essential, pressed powder in a compact, so you have a mirror on-hand and a lipstick or lip gloss to touch up during the day," explains Dreadon.

    Keep Cleansing Wipes On Hand

    Worried that your outfit may get ruined by overly enthusiastic aunt hugs? Stylists and make-up artists carry make-up remover cleaning wipes on-hand to remove any cosmetics off clothing gently.


    Get A Teeth-Whitening Kit And Use It.

    "A grin is something you'll be wearing that day, and you'll want your pearly whites white," explains Miglino.

    Your Manicure Should Be Minimalist.

    Truly, your matrimonial manicure is up to you, but a reason why you may wish to keep nails neutral: a bright, punchy lacquer will distract from your lovely white gown.

    Plus, chipping are considerably more obvious on bright nails (something you do not want to be fretting over on the big day) (something you do not want to be fussing over on the big day). Stick with gentler tones and make sure they're sheer, not chalky. For those who already have pink undertones in their complexion, a thin pink lacquer like Smith & Cult's Ghost Edit is a great option.

    Women with olive undertones look nice in warm beiges, like HIPPxRGB nail polish  in S3. For dark skin tones, either one works —steer clear of white shades, which might come out as grey.

    Look as much like yourself as possible.

    "Your wedding day is not a time to experiment," advises Dean, whether you generally wear little make-up or favour more avant-garde styles. You want your photographs to stand the test of time. There's one foolproof makeup routine: dewy skin, rosy cheeks, flushed lips, and defined eyes. Davis recommends applying gel eyeliner to the top waterline and smudging it into the lash line. "You can get a dramatic effect without going overboard with eye makeup. As an added bonus, the dreamy look of widened eyes is striking."

    Don't Rush Things

    Avoid panicking at the last minute by giving yourself a little extra time to get ready. Dean advises, "Add 30 minutes to the time you estimate you'll need to apply your makeup." The worry is that you'll be waiting around, but in reality, that seldom ever occurs.

    At Last

    If you've finally attained the appearance you were going for, you may kick back and relax. Don't waste your time fretting over how your makeup looks on your wedding day. If you're worried about looking perfect, talk to your maid of honour ahead of time and ask if she thinks you need a touch-up; otherwise, forget about your makeup and concentrate on having fun.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    There's no right or wrong when it comes to bridal makeup looks as long as you feel comfortable. Your wedding day is the time to enhance your natural beauty and feel like the most beautiful, confident version of yourself.

    For this reason, brides traditionally opt for a soft shade like a nude or natural pink for the day. ... At the same time, if red isn't your signature shade, a bride runs the risk of regret in years to come.

    Expect both hair and makeup respectively to take 30 to 45 minutes per bridesmaid (and mother of bride) and 60 to 90 minutes for the bride. Factor in even more time if there's only one photographer expected to document both partners' getting-ready moments. We know, it sounds like a long day, but it flies.

    If you don't want to wear makeup, don't. It is never rude to not wear makeup to a special event, let alone a wedding. If you are confident with the way your skin looks without makeup, than you show off that beauty!

    Contrary to what most people think, it's actually best for the bride to have her hair and makeup done toward the beginning or middle of the timeline as opposed to the very end. In the (highly likely) event that things are running a tad behind schedule, you don't want your stylists rushing on the bride.

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