It’s quite likely that your wedding photos will remain on display for the rest of your life, so you need to make sure you look perfect in them. A bride needs to consider her dress, her hair and her makeup if she wants to look the very best for her big day.
Every bride wants to look like herself, but you need to do a bit more than wear your everyday makeup. It’s a special day, and that demands some effort. Avoid looking too normal or overdone by hiring a professional makeup artist to create your look. Just make sure you have some reference points, such as a photo of your everyday style and a picture of makeup styles you admire. It’s also important to check out examples of the makeup artist’s work before you book them; you don’t want to spend a fortune to look like Coco the Clown.
If a professional is out of your price range though, there are a few things you can do to achieve flawless bridal beauty.
Firstly, it’s wise to visit a department store or beautician for a consultation. These are usually free, and the professional makeup artists will able to explain what suits you and how to achieve certain effects. With any luck, they may throw in a few free samples for you to utilize!
If you’re going to do your own makeup, it’s important to invest in a good primer or base. This is the canvas on which you will apply your makeup, and will hold it in place for longer. A good BB cream will work just as well, and will work wonders for your skin. Just make sure it matches your skin tone and that you test it out well before your wedding – you don’t want to risk having a bridal break-out!
Make sure your foundation matches your skin tone. If you’re having a spray tan beforehand, consider this when picking your foundation. Apply it to your jaw line and look at it in natural light to be certain it matches. You don’t want to have a visible tidemark around your face! Drink plenty of water and try to get as much sleep as possible in the run up to your big day to ensure your skin is in tip-top condition, avoiding eye bags and spots. If you suffer with these, invest in a light concealer to hide blemishes. Apply it under your foundation for maximum coverage.
Seal your foundation with some light pressed powder. Don’t go overboard, but a light dusting will keep your skin matte and blot any oil or sheen. Apply a pink-toned blush to the apples of your cheeks before using your fingers to blend backwards along your cheekbones for that perfect blushing bride look. If you’re using a cream blush, apply before the powder, but otherwise layer it on top.
Use a light colored eye shadow on the lids of your eyes. A soft gold or cream shade will open up your eyes without being to garish. Consider what works with your eye color; a professional should be able to tell you what color will suit. Apply a thin line of liquid eyeliner along your eyelid, to enhance your eyelashes. You’ll need to practice if it’s not part of your daily routine. Appling it in small dots then joining them together is usually quite effective. If you want your eyes to really stand out, line the lower lashes with a fine line of kohl liner. Finish with a couple of coats of mascara – just make sure it’s waterproof!
If you have a lot going on with your eye makeup, it’s best to keep your lips quite minimal. A nude or pale pink gloss will look elegant for years to come. Keep it in place by lining your lips with a nude lip liner. Just make sure you’re not in a position to get your hair stuck to it! If you’ve kept your eye makeup relatively simple, you may want to try a bold, classic red lip. However, if it’s not your usual style, it may be better to avoid doing that unless you really love the look.
Keep experimenting and get as much advice and as many different opinions as you can to make sure you are a beautiful bride who will love her wedding look for years to come! Get more information about having perfect wedding day skin here, or read our top five bridal beauty tips here.