The Do’s And Why’s Of Bridal Makeup
The complicated thing about makeup, particularly wedding makeup, is its staying power. How long it lasts. Then there’s the fact that it’s got to blend seamlessly with what the bride is wearing, and flatter her face, angles, and give her a gorgeous glow that is going to linger all day long.
Now, most brides get their makeup professionally done. And who can blame them? When it comes to your special day, you want everything to be flawless, including your eyebrows. But it doesn’t hurt to know a little bit about what the tips and truth of wedding makeup are, just so you can be sure of what you want and don’t want, and exactly what look you’re going for.
Everyone knows the key to good makeup is preparation. When it comes to your wedding, that preparation has to start a couple of weeks in advance. First, you definitely want to be taking extra care of your skin well in advance of your big day. Most experts urge you to develop and maintain a thorough day and night skincare routine, that you want to put into place at least six months before the wedding. It’s a long time, but skincare doesn’t work overnight, so give yourself plenty of breathing room.
You should also do a trial-run of your makeup look a few weeks before the wedding. Firstly, to see if you really like the way it looks (wear a t-shirt a similar colour to your dress to get a real sense of the whole effect). Secondly, to test how long the makeup will hold. And finally, to see if your skin has any adverse reaction to the products being used. All things you want to know well in advance.
It’s a good idea to try and look as much like yourself at your wedding — don’t deviate from your natural look, because you want the photos to be timeless. With that in mind, the go-to face for brides is one that has radiant skin, flushed cheeks, rosy lips, and just a little definition in the places that matter.
Laying The Foundation
When it comes to lasting makeup, primer under your foundation is particularly crucial. This gives the product something to hold onto and ensures it stays in place. You definitely also want to invest in some good concealer (to hide the stress of planning a wedding, and any last-minute breakouts), as well as a good setting powder, which will help hold everything in place once it’s applied. Don’t forget, you always want to apply your foundation a little bit down your neck too, to help with the blend.
Don’t pile your makeup on. Everyone is concerned with the effects of flash, and rightly so, but mitigating that effect doesn’t need to result in several dozen layers of product. In fact, you just need to ensure that your T-zone is matte, and use as much or as little product as you are comfortable with.
Eyes Are The Prize
With any wedding makeup look, you want to emphasise your eyes, but not in a way that clashes with the overall feel of your makeup. Try to keep things muted, and opt for a brightening look rather than one that is overly colourful or smokey. Remember, a wedding is a marathon, not a sprint, and you’ll probably be shedding a fair few tears. You don’t want to smudge everything up because you blended too hard before the ceremony.
Enhancing your eyelashes is also a good way to frame your eyes, and make them look bigger. Waterproof mascara is non-negotiable, and if you are interested in using some false lashes, use individual ones rather than pairs — they just wear better over a long period of time.
Maintain The Look
Your makeup journey isn’t over when the last flourishing touches are applied and you head off down the aisle. Consider whether you want to be doing any touch-ups through the entire event, and how you’ll go about doing that. It’s common practice for brides to put together a little touch-up kit that they can turn to whenever they feel like their makeup is checking out early. Whether you use your kit or not, it’s comforting to know that if anything drastic were to happen, you’d be ready to handle anything!
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