For many brides, the thought of what your wedding-day makeup will look like is an instant stressor. You want to look amazing but you don’t want your soon-to-be-husband to not recognize you as you walk down the aisle. From concealing and contouring to falsies and foundation, sometimes finding out where to start is the hardest part. Below are some tips for our beautiful brides who want to skip the makeup artist and DIY your wedding-day beauty.
The first tip to having beautiful, glowing skin on the big day is to prep. Prepping includes drinking lots and lots of water, moisturizing, exfoliating, and if you have extra money in your budget- facials. Drinking a gallon of water and using half a jar of moisturizer the night before you wedding is not going to get you anywhere. Start prepping your skin as early as possible so you give it enough time to react and reel in the benefits. Sometimes new moisturizers, exfoliators and facials can cause your skin to react or “purge” any impurities. Give yourself at least a month (preferably two or three) to start a routine, let your skin adjust and have the best skin of your life!
The next tip is to prime. Even if you plan on wearing minimal makeup, primer is one step that you cannot skip. Weddings are generally not short and sweet functions, you will be smiling at guests and taking photos for hours, so no matter how much makeup you end up wearing, it needs to last all day. There are face primers, eye shadow primers, lip primers and even eyebrow primers! The better your base is, the better it will look and the longer it will last.
Tip number three is all about the brows. While bold brows may just seem like a crazy trend to some, darkening your brows is a tip we would share even before Cara Delevingne came into our lives. Similar to why performers wear exaggerated makeup, brides need to add a little extra color to their face. Wearing a white wedding dress will significantly wash you out and darkening your brows will make a significant difference in your wedding photos. Start adding color to your brows a week or two before the wedding to give yourself some time to adjust to the change. As said by Bobbi Brown,
“Remember that bridal make-up needs to have enough colour to compensate for the whiteness of the dress. There’s a big difference between everyday clothes and a wedding dress, so there should be difference in your make-up, too. Start by making sure your skin looks even and smooth, and then add colour to your cheeks and lips to give them a glow.”
We could go on for pages discussing the various colors, brushes and brands that we find superior, but when it comes down to it, nobody knows what looks best better than you. Have fun and get a free makeover at Sephora, but don’t be afraid to scrap it all and do what you feel best in. Your wedding day makeup should simply emphasize your natural everyday beauty.
And now, we leave you with a few rapid-fire tips!
- Practice every night for a week so the routine feels natural and stress-free on the big day.
- Practice in a white shirt so you know what the makeup will look like next to such a pale color
- Take photos to test how different foundations will look in photos
- A slightly glittery shadow will photograph better than a shimmery metallic one
- Brown mascara is typically better for blondes
- Don’t forget about your décolleté, a little amount of soft shimmer can give the final touch to your look