Looking flawless on your wedding day starts with a few things, including taking care of your skin prior to the big day (think moisturizing and SPF), eating healthy, and drinking lots of water. It also involves choosing the right makeup products that will last throughout your big day. Here are some steps and suggested products to create a beautiful, long lasting look, especially if you are doing your own makeup.
Start with a solid base layer to set your makeup on. Begin with a clean, moisturized face. Use a face primer that works best for your skin type, as well as an eyeshadow primer. Don’t forget about your lips! Swipe on your favorite hydrating lip balm.
Use a color correcting palette to conceal various causes of discoloration. Peach/orange tones cancel out those dark circles you woke up with after putting your centerpieces together until 3 AM. Green will cancel out any redness (i.e. breakouts, sunburn, and rosacea.) Keep in mind that light colors work best on fair skin tones, and darker colors work best on medium to dark skin tones.
Make sure to color match your foundation to your skin tone, and choose a foundation with little to no SPF to minimize the “flashback” effect in your photographs (where your face looks 10 shades lighter than the rest of your body.) A matte foundation will help to control any oil and shine, but have some oil blotting sheets on hand just in case. Don’t forget to blend your foundation past your jawline, and finish with a translucent or mineral powder.
MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation (found at www.sephora.com, $43)
MAC Cosmetics Studio Face and Body Foundation (found at www.maccosmetics.com, $28)
L’Oréal’s Infallible Pro-Matte 24HR Foundation (found at www.ulta.com, $12.99)
Touch up any areas that aren’t fully covered to your liking by the two previous steps, and any other causes of discoloration, such as hyperpigmentation.
Loosely channel your inner Kardashian and contour your hairline, hollows of your cheeks, jawline, and the sides of your nose. Blend away any harsh lines to keep your look natural. Highlight your cheekbones and brow bone. Finish off your look with a blush on the apples of your cheeks, to be the quintessential “blushing bride.” Use contouring and highlighting to emphasize, not alter, your facial features, and to give dimension to your face in photos.
Set it All in Place
Don’t let your hard work go to waste, and lock it in place with a setting spray! If it’s hot out, consider a setting spray with cooling properties. If you have oily skin, choose a setting spray that helps to mattify your look.
NYX COSMETICS Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray (found at www.ulta.com, $7.99)
GLAMGLOW GLOWSETTER Makeup Setting Spray (found at www.sephora.com, $32)
Urban Decay Chill Cooling and Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray (found at www.sephora.com, $31)
The main focus of achieving the perfect wedding look, is to look like you at the end of the day. Think timeless versus trending, by keeping your look natural and having it emphasize (not change) your features. Don’t forget to either schedule a trial with your makeup artist or practice creating your look before your big day, and see how it photographs in lighting similar to what it’ll be like at your venue. We highly recommend our preferred vendor, Portland Makeup & Hair, to help give you the perfect bridal makeup look!
Niki, Bridal Consultant