Bridal make-up tips: Look your best in person and in pictures!

bridal makeup tipsWhether you’ve waited weeks, years, or even decades for this day, you are about to have one of the most amazing moments of your life. You are getting married! Getting your make-up to reflect that inner beauty inside you will be fun and seamless with the tips we have for you here. You want to make sure you feel and look your best on this day and for the rest of your life, in images captured through photos and video. If you feel like you need a make-up primer before we begin, try this guide to make-up basics that will take you through make-up essentials, skin care, various stages of foundation, color correction, contouring, and more.

Let’s separate this tutorial into five parts: prep, foundation, eyes, lip, and overall look.

Prep

As with all important things in life, the research you do beforehand will pay off greatly on your big day. Whether you’re hiring a professional, having a friend do the honors, or doing it yourself (nobody knows you better!) you will need plenty of prep time.

If you’re doing your own make-up, make sure you’re purchasing top-notch, long-lasting products. Though you will have touch-ups throughout the day, you want to be secure that your color doesn’t fade during all the hugs and kisses you will receive. Experiment with different shades (you will read more about going with a slightly brighter lip for photos later on) than what you normally wear. However, keep in mind that although you want to look your best, you still want to look like yourself. This will be a recurring theme throughout this tutorial.

Trial runs will be especially important if you’re doing your own make-up. Have a friend help take photos of you wearing a white shirt so you can see how the make-up looks on film. Try taking photos indoors and outdoors to see the difference artificial and natural light makes.

If you’re going to hire a professional to do your make-up, the trial run is also a must. Make sure you have your trial between 2-5 weeks before your wedding. This way, you’re close enough to the day to get an accurate gauge on how you would look with your current skin tone and in the current season, and not so far away that suddenly the color you chose during the winter season now looks too dark for the summer. A word of warning about fake tans: If you plan on using tanners for the big day, have a test run before your make-up trial so that your artist can see what color your skin becomes with the tan. Again, wear something white if you’re having your make-up test in a store so that you can see how the make-up looks against a pale color and take a picture of yourself in day light with no flash to see how it looks before you purchase anything. Be careful not to have your make-up test done anywhere with overhead fluorescent lighting. If you have a professional make-up artist coming to your home, arrange a time when it’s still daylight outside.

Bring samples of celebrities or models to your make-up trial whose make-up you particularly like. Try to identify what it is you like about the make-up in the image and also be realistic in what would actually look good with your skin tone and features. However, also be careful to be in control of the process – make-up artists are great at what they do, but you know yourself best. Make sure you provide proper direction and not take all of your artists’ suggestions and end up looking completely different at the altar by turning up looking like someone else. Whether you’re hiring a make-up artist or doing your own, the best bridal make-up is basically the most polished version of how you actually look.

Foundation

Although it’s important how great your eyes look and how luscious your lips are, but what pulls it all together is how great your skin and foundation is. If your skin looks blotchy or oily, it’ll dampen the effect. Your first priority should be making sure your skin looks great and then move on to your eyes, cheeks and lips. This can be achieved with a good primer and a proper colored foundation that is not too heavy.

If you’re purchasing foundation, how do you find the best color for your skin? Try this tip: The skin on the inside of your wrist is paler than the back of your hand, so that’s a good place to see what the real undertones of the foundation are. See if the edges of the dab turn a different color than the center when it dries – the color actually oxidizes with time, and after about two minutes,  this is the color it will turn on your face. Not all foundations shift in color, but some do. Be patient when shopping for foundation and sample as many as you need. Like your face, the back of your hand has small lines and pores on it and if a foundation makes your hand look wrinkly, or settles into the lines on your hands, then it will do the same to your face.

Next, remember to prime. Just as you would prime a wall before you paint, you should prime your face before you apply anything powder-based. This will also be just as important when you move on to your eyes. You might also want to invest in a highlighter pen, which brightens up your face incredibly. Apply a bit under the eyes, above the brow, in the creases of the jowls (along your nose) and under the chin. Pat in with the pad of your finger. One great tip is to look in the mirror with your chin down to see where you need to highlight.

Lastly, be careful not to layer too much of your foundation on. Lots of wedding photography is done in natural light, and if you choose a heavy base the make-up will look garish in both person and film. In terms of flash, you just need to ensure that your T-Zone is matte and that can be achieved with just fine translucent powders and blotting powders.

Eyes

Your eyes will be featured remarkably in your wedding album. Eyes open, closed, looking adoringly at your beloved, wet with tears at points…it will all be captured on film. You’ll need be sure that your eyes are looking their natural best with make-up to highlight the size, shape, and contours.

Brighten any darkness under your eyes first with a corrector and concealer. Make sure the concealer is a slightly brighter hue than your actual skin tone. You can then apply the higher above the brow to give greater dimension to that area. Just like your skin, your eye and brow area need a primer for the shadow and liner to stay put.

Now the real eye make-up artistry begins! For advanced tips on eye art, try this course on bold color, layering textures, using homemade artistic lashes and artistic effects. Now that you’ve got your eyelids and brow primed, you or your make-up artist can apply your shadow color of choice with the reassurance that it will stay on all day. If you prefer to line with a shadow, make it last longer by applying it with a slightly damp eyeliner brush. Whether you go with a natural eye and bolder lip, or smoky eyes and a nude-to-peach lip, make sure you don’t overwhelm you face by combining both together for a too-nude or too-colorful palette. Choose the feature you want to play up and that will get you started on what look you want for your eyes.

Finish your eye make-up off with a highlighter shade on the brow bone to emphasize the eyes. Go for a light matte shade, and pat onto the outer corner of the brow bone so subtly draw attention to this area of your face. Define your eyes by applying color in the crease, but avoid using a shade that’s too dense, as it can detract from the eyes themselves.

Eyelashes are also a must for many. Many are going for individual eyelashes to get a more subtle look than a full or half eyelash strip. For a natural flutter, try differing lengths and nestle them in between your natural lashes rather than fixing them on top.

Huge tip: Do NOT forget the waterproof mascara. Ask your maid of honor to carry a tissue for you. Also, if you have light skin and blonde hair, don’t wear black mascara, brown is your better bet.

Lip

Once you have your eye make-up established, you can choose your lip color and treatment. If you decided to go dark, smoky, or glam with your eyes, keep your lips light with a gloss or a light pink lipstick. If you want to play up your full lips, do so with a bright or deep color, but keep your eyes relatively light. But keep photos in mind too – neutral, lighter brown, and pale lip colors can look washed out in photographs, so choose a lipstick that’s one or two shades brighter than what you would normally wear. If you usually wear a neutral shade, try using it as base for your big day, with a pink or rose color on top. If you typically wear dark lipstick, use that as the base, and apply a brighter pink on top to give the color a lift. Pinks, roses and plums are all great, classic choices for brides. This course on applying make-up like a pro will give you a better understanding of where to apply make-up and what “look” will look best for you.

For the color itself, don’t go too glossy or too matte. It’s best to avoid lipsticks at either end of the texture scale – too glossy and it’ll wear off too fast and too matte might leave your lips dry and cakey. A moisturizing lipstick with a satin finish is best for a wedding – this kind of formula will keep your lips looking their best and will wear off the most evenly and naturally. Try applying several thin layers, blotted between applications will give the most long-lasting finish.

Here are some tips to optimize your lip color and stay:

  • The morning of the wedding, exfoliate lips by slathering them with Vaseline. Scrub them in a circular motion with an old toothbrush.
  • Fill in lips with a lip liner instead of lipstick for really long-lasting color.
  • Apply lipstick or gloss over this. The lip liner is key to keeping color locked in place.
  • Keep your lip liner close at hand so you can refresh your lips a few times during the evening. Enlist one of your bridesmaids to help keep you lipgloss and lipstick on hand in case you need it.

Overall look

A basic principle of bridal make-up is that there needs to be enough color on your face to compensate for the whiteness of the dress. That compensation needs to be made in heightening the color of cheeks, eyes, and lips so that it can be reflected on camera as well. Start by making sure your skin looks even and smooth, and then add color to your cheeks and lips to give them a glow. Need more help on color theory? Danessa Myricks teaches how to harness the power of color through the application of Color Theory.

Focus on the most important elements of your look, such as beautifully natural-looking skin, softly groomed brows and feathery lashes. Also remember to not just apply make-up to your face…your make-up should extend down your neck and over your shoulders if necessary, to ensure you face is not a different color or even texture to your body. Everything should look uniform to create the most natural look possible. An easy way to blend uneven skin tones together is to use a light fake tan.

For a more comprehensive tutorial on bridal make-up application, try this course that covers the different bridal looks (natural, vintage, provocative, and more) that you can have you be the most beautiful bride your friends and family have ever seen!http://www.shutterstock.com/pic-151673102/stock-photo-beautiful-bride-with-wedding-makeup-and-hairstyle-attractive-newlywed-woman-have-final-preparation.html?src=VrVmSdkp3ZftOUCo3p0glg-1-17

Whether you’ve waited weeks, years, or even decades for this day, you are about to have one of the most amazing moments of your life. You are getting married! Getting your make-up to reflect that inner beauty inside you will be fun and seamless with the tips we have for you here. You want to make sure you feel and look your best on this day and for the rest of your life, in images captured through photos and video. If you feel like you need a make-up primer before we begin, try this guide to make-up basics that will take you through make-up essentials, skin care, various stages of foundation, color correction, contouring, and more.

Let’s separate this tutorial into five parts: prep, foundation, eyes, lip, and overall look.

Prep

As with all important things in life, the research you do beforehand will pay off greatly on your big day. Whether you’re hiring a professional, having a friend do the honors, or doing it yourself (nobody knows you better!) you will need plenty of prep time.

If you’re doing your own make-up, make sure you’re purchasing top-notch, long-lasting products. Though you will have touch-ups throughout the day, you want to be secure that your color doesn’t fade during all the hugs and kisses you will receive. Experiment with different shades (you will read more about going with a slightly brighter lip for photos later on) than what you normally wear. However, keep in mind that although you want to look your best, you still want to look like yourself. This will be a recurring theme throughout this tutorial.

Trial runs will be especially important if you’re doing your own make-up. Have a friend help take photos of you wearing a white shirt so you can see how the make-up looks on film. Try taking photos indoors and outdoors to see the difference artificial and natural light makes.

If you’re going to hire a professional to do your make-up, the trial run is also a must. Make sure you have your trial between 2-5 weeks before your wedding. This way, you’re close enough to the day to get an accurate gauge on how you would look with your current skin tone and in the current season, and not so far away that suddenly the color you chose during the winter season now looks too dark for the summer. A word of warning about fake tans: If you plan on using tanners for the big day, have a test run before your make-up trial so that your artist can see what color your skin becomes with the tan. Again, wear something white if you’re having your make-up test in a store so that you can see how the make-up looks against a pale color and take a picture of yourself in day light with no flash to see how it looks before you purchase anything. Be careful not to have your make-up test done anywhere with overhead fluorescent lighting. If you have a professional make-up artist coming to your home, arrange a time when it’s still daylight outside.

Bring samples of celebrities or models to your make-up trial whose make-up you particularly like. Try to identify what it is you like about the make-up in the image and also be realistic in what would actually look good with your skin tone and features. However, also be careful to be in control of the process – make-up artists are great at what they do, but you know yourself best. Make sure you provide proper direction and not take all of your artists’ suggestions and end up looking completely different at the altar by turning up looking like someone else. Whether you’re hiring a make-up artist or doing your own, the best bridal make-up is basically the most polished version of how you actually look.

Foundation

Although it’s important how great your eyes look and how luscious your lips are, but what pulls it all together is how great your skin and foundation is. If your skin looks blotchy or oily, it’ll dampen the effect. Your first priority should be making sure your skin looks great and then move on to your eyes, cheeks and lips. This can be achieved with a good primer and a proper colored foundation that is not too heavy.

If you’re purchasing foundation, how do you find the best color for your skin? Try this tip: The skin on the inside of your wrist is paler than the back of your hand, so that’s a good place to see what the real undertones of the foundation are. See if the edges of the dab turn a different color than the center when it dries – the color actually oxidizes with time, and after about two minutes,  this is the color it will turn on your face. Not all foundations shift in color, but some do. Be patient when shopping for foundation and sample as many as you need. Like your face, the back of your hand has small lines and pores on it and if a foundation makes your hand look wrinkly, or settles into the lines on your hands, then it will do the same to your face.

Next, remember to prime. Just as you would prime a wall before you paint, you should prime your face before you apply anything powder-based. This will also be just as important when you move on to your eyes. You might also want to invest in a highlighter pen, which brightens up your face incredibly. Apply a bit under the eyes, above the brow, in the creases of the jowls (along your nose) and under the chin. Pat in with the pad of your finger. One great tip is to look in the mirror with your chin down to see where you need to highlight.

Lastly, be careful not to layer too much of your foundation on. Lots of wedding photography is done in natural light, and if you choose a heavy base the make-up will look garish in both person and film. In terms of flash, you just need to ensure that your T-Zone is matte and that can be achieved with just fine translucent powders and blotting powders.

Eyes

Your eyes will be featured remarkably in your wedding album. Eyes open, closed, looking adoringly at your beloved, wet with tears at points…it will all be captured on film. You’ll need be sure that your eyes are looking their natural best with make-up to highlight the size, shape, and contours.

Brighten any darkness under your eyes first with a corrector and concealer. Make sure the concealer is a slightly brighter hue than your actual skin tone. You can then apply the higher above the brow to give greater dimension to that area. Just like your skin, your eye and brow area need a primer for the shadow and liner to stay put.

Now the real eye make-up artistry begins! For advanced tips on eye art, try this course on bold color, layering textures, using homemade artistic lashes and artistic effects. Now that you’ve got your eyelids and brow primed, you or your make-up artist can apply your shadow color of choice with the reassurance that it will stay on all day. If you prefer to line with a shadow, make it last longer by applying it with a slightly damp eyeliner brush. Whether you go with a natural eye and bolder lip, or smoky eyes and a nude-to-peach lip, make sure you don’t overwhelm you face by combining both together for a too-nude or too-colorful palette. Choose the feature you want to play up and that will get you started on what look you want for your eyes.

Finish your eye make-up off with a highlighter shade on the brow bone to emphasize the eyes. Go for a light matte shade, and pat onto the outer corner of the brow bone so subtly draw attention to this area of your face. Define your eyes by applying color in the crease, but avoid using a shade that’s too dense, as it can detract from the eyes themselves.

Eyelashes are also a must for many. Many are going for individual eyelashes to get a more subtle look than a full or half eyelash strip. For a natural flutter, try differing lengths and nestle them in between your natural lashes rather than fixing them on top.

Huge tip: Do NOT forget the waterproof mascara. Ask your maid of honor to carry a tissue for you. Also, if you have light skin and blonde hair, don’t wear black mascara, brown is your better bet.

Lip

Once you have your eye make-up established, you can choose your lip color and treatment. If you decided to go dark, smoky, or glam with your eyes, keep your lips light with a gloss or a light pink lipstick. If you want to play up your full lips, do so with a bright or deep color, but keep your eyes relatively light. But keep photos in mind too – neutral, lighter brown, and pale lip colors can look washed out in photographs, so choose a lipstick that’s one or two shades brighter than what you would normally wear. If you usually wear a neutral shade, try using it as base for your big day, with a pink or rose color on top. If you typically wear dark lipstick, use that as the base, and apply a brighter pink on top to give the color a lift. Pinks, roses and plums are all great, classic choices for brides. This course on applying make-up like a pro will give you a better understanding of where to apply make-up and what “look” will look best for you.

For the color itself, don’t go too glossy or too matte. It’s best to avoid lipsticks at either end of the texture scale – too glossy and it’ll wear off too fast and too matte might leave your lips dry and cakey. A moisturizing lipstick with a satin finish is best for a wedding – this kind of formula will keep your lips looking their best and will wear off the most evenly and naturally. Try applying several thin layers, blotted between applications will give the most long-lasting finish.

Here are some tips to optimize your lip color and stay:

  • The morning of the wedding, exfoliate lips by slathering them with Vaseline. Scrub them in a circular motion with an old toothbrush.
  • Fill in lips with a lip liner instead of lipstick for really long-lasting color.
  • Apply lipstick or gloss over this. The lip liner is key to keeping color locked in place.
  • Keep your lip liner close at hand so you can refresh your lips a few times during the evening. Enlist one of your bridesmaids to help keep you lipgloss and lipstick on hand in case you need it.

Overall look

A basic principle of bridal make-up is that there needs to be enough color on your face to compensate for the whiteness of the dress. That compensation needs to be made in heightening the color of cheeks, eyes, and lips so that it can be reflected on camera as well. Start by making sure your skin looks even and smooth, and then add color to your cheeks and lips to give them a glow. Need more help on color theory? Danessa Myricks teaches how to harness the power of color through the application of Color Theory.

Focus on the most important elements of your look, such as beautifully natural-looking skin, softly groomed brows and feathery lashes. Also remember to not just apply make-up to your face…your make-up should extend down your neck and over your shoulders if necessary, to ensure you face is not a different color or even texture to your body. Everything should look uniform to create the most natural look possible. An easy way to blend uneven skin tones together is to use a light fake tan.

For a more comprehensive tutorial on bridal make-up application, try this course that covers the different bridal looks (natural, vintage, provocative, and more) that you can have you be the most beautiful bride your friends and family have ever seen!