On your special wedding day, every bride wants to look her very best and be at her most beautiful, but presenting your best face can be a little daunting. How do you make sure your wedding makeup stays on all day, looking flawless in your wedding photos, and manage to make you feel like a model, but still look like you?
A lot of time and detail went into choosing your dress, ring, flowers, and even your hairstyle. Don’t let your makeup take a backseat. Take the time to go through magazines and pull out makeup styles that you really like, even tear out the ones you really hate. It could be how a certain feature is played up, or that great lipstick color, or how the skin glows, or even how they used way too much eyeliner. All this is easy to say and show to a makeup artist, like me, with pictures. It helps tremendously to show your desires by pictures rather than endlessly describing it. This helps me immensely in seeing what you like and don’t like. Remember, our mental ideas of pink lipstick could be completely different. There is a lot of truth in the adage that says “a picture is worth a thousand words”. It really gives a lot more information with a visual sense.
To save some wear and tear on your nerves on that big day, by all means, schedule a consultation, or even better, a complete makeup application before the big day with your makeup artist. Plan it for the rehearsal dinner, or a special evening out alone with your groom, or a get together with all the bridesmaids. Don’t overlook this very important step because this way you can see if you like your makeup artist’s style.
Things to bring to your consultation appointment:
Tear sheets from magazines, of makeup you like and don’t like.
A picture of your wedding dress (even a picture on your phone will do) This gives the artist a great idea of the style of the dress and the wedding. Is it romantic? Dramatic? Elegant? This gives an idea of your style.
The shade of lipstick that you1d like to wear. If I don’t have it, using yours is no problem. This is also a great test to see how long your lipstick will last during the evening.
Your favorite waterproof mascara. I highly recommend using your tried and true mascara, and yes, waterproof. You just might be shedding tears of joy. If it’s your brand, you do not have to worry about watery eyes, redness, allergies, etc.
Remember, your makeup run-through is the time to play, try different ideas, colors, etc. Don’t be afraid to say you don’t like something. Makeup is easy to take off and reapply. Once you have your look down, make sure the makeup artist writes everything out, and notes makeup items you may not have that you’ll needing for that day. And don’t forget, if your makeup rehearsal is set for a romantic dinner with your groom, have the makeup artist change the lipstick or eye makeup a little so your groom can’t tell you are wearing the same thing for your wedding day. We wouldn’t want him seeing the same look twice.
Other great tips
Since most photographers use a flash when taking wedding pictures, the brides foundation must be free of any SPF because camera flashes are a form of light, and SPF’s are meant to block any damaging light rays from our skin. What happens when a foundation with SPF and a camera flash mix is that dreaded “white faced” picture where we have a ghastly white face and a normal colored body.
Your skin is the basis for your wedding day makeup as this is where it all begins. Make sure you drink plenty of water and stay out of the sun in the weeks leading up the wedding.
If you don’t already use lip balm and moisturizer, now is the time to start. These items will help to keep your skin refreshed. Lip balm will moisturise your lips which is helpful because colour fades unevenly on dry lips.
For brides with oily skin, be sure to avoid any harsh skin treatments as these can actually increase the amount of oil in your skin. A better alternative is to being a skin care routine with cleansers and balancers made specifically for your skin type
Get your last regular facial a week before the wedding. If you rarely have facials, don’t get one within a month of the wedding.
Use a handkerchief tucked in the bouquet to wipe lipstick from your groom’s mouth after the kiss
It is a good idea to apply some moisturiser about twenty minutes before you start to apply your makeup. This will help to reduce slide.
Don’t ever pluck or wax brows the day of the wedding. There’s always the chance overdoing it and you could develop red rashes. Infact never wax or tweeze unless your 3 – 5 days from the ceremony.