On your wedding day you want to be laughing and enjoying yourself, surrounded by your favorite people in the world. You want to look your best, not only for your groom but for yourself, and because your wedding pictures will last forever. You want makeup that stays on all day, is flawless and highlights the best of you. The following bridal makeup tips will get you and keep you looking the best you've ever looked for the most important day of your life.
Know what you want. Flip through magazines and cut out pictures of makeup that you like. Know which features you want highlighted, which colors you want to use for your lipstick and eye shadow. Tear out examples of what you like and don't like. This helps you or a makeup artist know what color themes to go on when planning your bridal makeup.
Practice your look. See what you look like in your bridal makeup before your wedding day. Practice putting on your makeup yourself for your rehearsal dinner or bridal shower; or if you are hiring a makeup artist, make sure to schedule a consultation before hand. See what you like about your makeup and what you should do next time. Practicing your look eliminates stress on the wedding day and possible allergic reactions or breakouts due to using new products.
Foundation. It is important to use a foundation that is an absolute match to your skin tone. A perfect match compliments your natural skin tone, hiding blemishes and evening out your complexion. When shopping for foundations, blend a dot of foundation from the sample bottle onto your forearm - if the foundation blends into your skin in as little as 2 to 3 strokes, you have a perfect match!
Hide dark circles under your eyes. You don't want to look worn out on your wedding day, so hide dark circles with a quick fix. If the skin under eyes is a grey color, apply pink eye shadow over the area and then apply foundation. If your dark circles have a hue that is more blue, apply peach eye shadow to the area and cover with foundation. Your dark circles will vanish before (and under) your eyes!
Blush. In order to create the look of a natural, beautiful flush you need to apply blush correctly. Use a brush the size of the apples of your cheeks. Dab the brush in the blush and spot it on the apple of your cheeks, dot upwards along the cheek bone toward your temple. Blend the blush into your foundation using a clean makeup sponge.
Lips. Look bright and fresh all day long simply by applying your lipstick correctly. Start by brushing powder over your clean lips. Next, use a lip pencil to fill in your lips completely, don't worry about outlining your mouth. Apply your choice of lipstick and blot onto a napkin. Brush powder over your lips again and then reapply the lipstick, blot and powder one last time. By blotting and powdering your lips you remove excess wax from the lipstick that causes lipstick to bleed and wear off. For added shine and to create a plump look, apply lip gloss to the middle of the bottom lip. Smack and be done!
Eyebrows. Start by brushing your eyebrows with a brow brush, smoothing any unruly hairs back into place. Color over your brows lightly and fill in gaps with an eyebrow pencil 1 to 2 shades lighter than your eyebrow color. Brush your brows over one more time for a natural, finished look.
Eyes. You want your eyes to be a focal point, and no matter the colors of eye shadow, liner and mascara you select you want to generally follow the same application method. Start by applying a soft, creamy, shimmering color to your brow bone and the inner corner of your eye. Apply eye shadow as you normally would, but then use a sandy or taupe color in the crease above the eye. Blend it in to the eye shadow to make your eyes pop and appear bigger. You can use a darker accent color at the outer corner of your eye and blend it in with the eye shadow for an even more dramatic look.
Use eyeliner to outline your eyes and curl your lashes before applying mascara to the top and bottom eye lashes. Make sure to use waterproof eyeliner and mascara! You will most likely tear up on your wedding day, and at the very least you want to avoid smears from rubbing your eyes. Use brands that you know and are familiar with to make sure to avoid streaks and drips on your Big Day!
Keep makeup on all day. You want your finished look to remain all day long and well into the night without having to run to the dressing room for a quick touch up. After applying your makeup, lightly press a folded Kleenex to your face. This removes excess oil from the foundation and leaves the pigment on your skin. Brush loose powder the color of your foundation over your face with a large brush and you're set!