Your big day is right around the corner. You’ve been dreaming of this day since you were a little girl. You have every detail planned out and you can’t wait to say “I do” and start your life with your soulmate.
You have every detail planned that is, except for your makeup. You know you want to look your best, it’s your day after all! Not to mention, you’ll have those pictures for life.
We got you covered with this ultimate guide for your wedding makeup.
Take Care of Your Skin
The key to gorgeous makeup is having a clean and beautiful canvas. And that canvas is your skin.
This is not the time to try a new face wash or acne medication. Have your day and nighttime skincare routine that works for you down at least 3-6 months before your day so there are no surprises.
Taking care of your skin also means drinking plenty of water, keeping a diet that’s as clean as possible and even treating yourself here and there to a face or sheet mask.
Have Your Wedding Makeup Trial 3-5 Weeks Before the Big Day
Your wedding is no time for surprises. So have your makeup trail at least three but no more than five weeks before your wedding. If you plan to fake tan on your day, get that same fake tan for your trail to make sure everything works.
Also, make sure your hair is done and you’re wearing jewelry or any other accessories you’ll be wearing on your wedding. You might even want to consider wearing a T-shirt that’s a similar shade to your dress for your trial. This way you’ll have a better idea of how everything looks together.
Also get a picture with your trial makeup in the daylight without a flash, to make sure everything looks good and your not being deceived by your artist’s professional lights.
Speaking of lighting, make sure your test isn’t done anywhere with overhead fluorescent lights. If you have your artist coming to your home, be sure to find a time when it’s still daylight outside for the best results.
Don’t Let Your Makeup Artist Call All the Shots
Go in having a clear idea of what you want and stick to that. If your artist goes with a look you don’t like or feel comfortable with, say something.
There’s a fine line between taking ideas and suggestions from your artist and having him or her call all the shots to the point that you don’t recognize yourself anymore.
This is your day. You want to look like yourself and find an artist who can help highlight your natural beauty instead of turning you into someone else entirely.
Emphasise Your Eyes
Go for a look that brightens any darkness under your eyes with a corrector and or counselor. Make sure whatever eyeshadow color you’re using compliments your eye color and helps them pop. A way to do this to keep the intensity and depth of your eyeshadow closest to your lash line.
But at the same time, don’t go too dark on your eyes. Avoid using shades that can be too heavy and distract for your eyes entirely.
Bring Realistic References to Your Trial
References can help your artist get a better idea of the look you have in mind. But try to find references where the model has similar features to you. For example, if you don’t have the same coloring as Kim Kardashian, her makeup might not translate on you.
Go for Color
Since you’ll likely be wearing a white dress, you need to make sure your makeup has enough color so you don’t get washed out by your dress.
Remember, there’s a huge difference between everyday clothes and a formal wedding dress, so, there’s also a big difference between your every day and your wedding makeup.
Don’t be scared of color either. Keep in mind that neutral and light pink lip colors can look washed out in photos. Instead, go for a lipstick that’s two shades brighter than what you’d normally wear.
Try Individual False Lashes
Individual lashes make your eyes pop and look way more subtle and natural than a full strip.
Experiment with different lengths and styles to see which one looks best on you. Also, put them between your natural lashes instead of on top.
Highlight the Brow Bone
Adding a touch of highlighter on the brow bone really makes your eyes pop.
Try a light matte shade on the outer corner of your brow bone to subtly draw attention to this area of your face.
Always Have the Essentials on Hand
Make sure your bridesmaids have a powder, lipstick, concealer and small brush on a sponge in your bag.
These products are key for touch-ups which you will for sure need during your day.
Don’t Wear SPF
If you have flash photography, which will be a must when the sun goes down. It’s actually recommended to not wear SPF as the flash will bounce off the skin and make you look washed out.
Make sure to take a flash photo at your trial to make sure your face looks good in photos.
Eat Cake, Don’t Cake on Your Makeup
The only cake at your wedding should be served at dessert, not on your face. Your makeup does not have to be plastered on your face to look good in photos.
Most wedding photos are actually done in natural light, so if you have a lot of makeup it actually won’t look good.
Especially if you’re having a destination wedding like in the gorgeous Sugar Hallow. You’re going to want to take any many outdoor daylight photos as possible.
Instead, make sure that your T-zone is matte with translucent powders and blotting, not all the makeup.
Also be sure your makeup isn’t too glossy or too matte. Stay away from lipsticks that have too much texture like too glossy that they’ll last a second, or too matte that they’ll leave your lips dry.
Try to find a happy medium, and go for a moisturizing lipstick with a satin-like finish.
Keep It Classy, Not Trendy
You’ll have these photos for the rest of your life, and will likely regret that trendy makeup decision.
Instead, go for something more classic that feels authentic to your look and your style. Trends come and go, but you’ll always be you.
Most importantly, make sure you allow at least 45 minutes to an hour or more for your wedding day makeup.
Allow time for things to go wrong, so again, there are no surprises, you’re happy, and you look your best.
Now All You Have to Do is Say I Do
Now that you have your wedding makeup figured out, the rest is a piece of cake!
Be sure to do your trial 3-5 weeks before your big day and provide your artist with as many details as possible. Go for a classic look that emphasizes your natural beauty and stay away from trends or anything that’s too distracting.
For more makeup tips and beauty articles, be sure to check out our blog. And congratulations on your wedding!