Your wedding day is one of the biggest days of your life, and chances are you’ll be looking at the photographs for decades to come. Do you really want your future daughter to be looking at your photographs and ask “mum, why does your face look like that?” There are a handful of very simple tips and tricks that you should remember when planning out your wedding day makeup, and each will make you look radiant, natural, and picture-perfect all day long.
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Your skin produces natural oils, and this is unfortunately an inevitable fact of life. No matter how perfect your skin looks in the morning, halfway through the day you’ll find that your natural oils are seeping through your makeup! You’ll be so busy on your wedding day that you won’t have time to run off and powder your nose, so it’s important to take as many precautions as possible beforehand.
- Many products – foundations, primers, moisturizers – are available oil-free. Make sure all of the products you’re using claim that they are oil free; you don’t want to add even more oils to your skin!
- Oil absorbing sheets are your best friend. They absorb all of the oil on your skin without removing even a speck of makeup, so you should keep these on hand for quick sweeps throughout the day (or let a bridesmaid keep them on hand for you).
Prepping Your Skin
You know the feeling; you’re getting ready to go out on a big date, you apply your foundation, and all of the sudden you realize that every single speck of dry skin just got magnified 5x. Unfortunately, applying makeup on skin that hasn’t been properly exfoliated, cleansed, moisturized and primed is a recipe for disaster. While you may not have the time to prep your skin this much on a daily basis, you shouldn’t skimp on your wedding day.
- Use a gentle exfoliant that will scrub away all of your dead skin cells without rubbing your skin raw. If this exfoliant doubles as a cleansing cream, that’s even better. You want to make sure you are both scrubbing away at dead skin cells as well as removing any dirt and oil build up in your pores.
- Make sure you thoroughly moisturize your skin. While you don’t want to add any more oil than necessary – this is why you by an oil-free moisturizer – you want to make sure that dry, flaky skin doesn’t reappear.
- Many women assume that primer is an unnecessary purchase, but this is one product you don’t want to forget about. Primer smoothes out your skin so that your makeup goes on natural and flawless, and helps it last long into the night.
I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t have an arsenal full of special makeup brushes for each foundation, blush, and eyeshadow I own, but this is one of the most important things you can invest in. Applying makeup with your fingers only adds to the amount of oils and dirt that are already in your pores, leading to oilier skin and even *gasp* a pimple on your special day. You can find cheap makeup brushes at almost any convenience store, so you have no excuse not to!
- Apply foundation by using a sponge or a foundation brush. If you choose to go the sponge route, make sure you aren’t swiping the sponge across your skin – which can lead to foundation that is too thick. Instead, try to cover the sponge with a light layer of foundation and lightly stipple it across your skin for a more natural look.
- If you’re choosing to use concealer, make sure you apply it after you apply your foundation. If you’re applying concealer to hide those dark under-eye circles, make sure you choose one that is a warmer tone to counteract the cool tone of the skin around your eyes. Choosing one that is oil-free isn’t as important, since the area around your eyes doesn’t have any oil glands. However, if you’re using concealer to cover up blemishes, you’ll want to use one that is oil-free and more yellow-toned.
- Just as primer is important before applying foundation, it is equally as important before applying eyeshadow. How many times have you thought you looked perfect for a night on the town, just to find that halfway through the night your eyeshadow has creased? Using a primer ensures that it remains in place without creasing or smudging.
- I can’t stress this one enough: make sure you are wearing waterproof mascara!!! Think about it – this is a very emotional day for you? When your bridesmaids come up to you bawling because the ceremony was so beautiful or your mother and law can’t stop sobbing, do you really think you aren’t going to shed a tear yourself? Do yourself a favor and make sure to use eye makeup that won’t have you looking like a raccoon during your first dance.
- If you’re planning on wearing eyeliner, pick a more natural shade than black – such as a light brown that accentuates your eyes without looking too sinister. You want your eyes to be bright and radiant, not shrouded in tons of dark makeup. Line along the roots of your eyelashes, not next to them.
- When choosing eyeshadow, always use the darkest color on the outside and gradually get lighter towards the inside. Using a natural-colored shimmery eyeshadow on the inside corners of your eyes really makes them pop!
- Don’t forget about your eyebrows! Using an eyebrow pencil that is one slight shade lighter than your actual eyebrows will accentuate them and make them look even more well-groomed. Warning: don’t use an eyebrow pencil that is darker than your natural brow color, and always make sure you apply lightly and blend thoroughly with an eyebrow comb to avoid looking fake.
- To add a bit of color to your cheeks, choose a creme blush, not a powder one. A powder blush will accentuate any skin that dries throughout the day, and doesn’t blend into your skin as naturally. Choosing a creme blush allows you to have a fresh glow that seamlessly blends into the rest of your skin tone. If you want to make sure you don’t smudge it throughout the day, apply a translucent powder over it.
- When applying blush, smile! The placement of your blush should accentuate your natural cheekbones, and smiling makes them more prominent. Apply your blush along your natural contours, and then blend up towards your temple.
- Prep your lips by applying a moisturizing lip balm beforehand, otherwise you’ll have dry, flaky lips that won’t look good in photographs (or real life)!
- Choose a lip liner that is a similar color as your lipstick, and fill in your entire lip. When your lipstick inevitably fades throughout the day, the lip liner will stay intact, ensuring long-lasting color.
- If you’re planning on wearing lipstick, make sure you blot it before going out for the day. If you’re not a lipstick-wearing kind of gal, choosing a lip stain provides a natural looking color without the risk of getting it all over everything your lips touch.
While you may be inclined to apply your makeup based on a particular trend at the time, it’s important that your wedding day makeup is your every day makeup – just stepped up a notch. When looking back at your photographs, you want to actually look like yourself! If bright, peacock colored eye makeup is the current trend, do you think you’ll want to look at yourself with rainbow eyes for the rest of your life? Try to choose a style that is natural and timeless, one that plays up your features without going overboard. If you’re playing up your eyes, let your mouth be a delicate, natural shade of pink. If you’re playing up your lips, choose a light, neutral, shimmery eyeshadow that won’t be too overwhelming.
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