Congratulations and let the wedding planning begin! Planning a wedding can be stressful (book a venue, photographer, catering, décor) and costs can add up pretty quickly. If you’re comfortable doing your own makeup, you can save some money by doing it yourself on your wedding day. Pinterest is a great source for inspirational bridal looks (how did anyone plan their wedding before Pinterest?)
Wedding day makeup is more complex than your everyday look because you need to look gorgeous in person AND in photos. You also want it to last until the last man – or woman – standing.
Here a few recommendations for doing your wedding day makeup like a pro:
Prep and Prime
Moisturize your skin then apply a light layer of primer either with your fingers or a brush. Start at the t-zone (forehead, nose and chin) and blend outwards. A good primer does two things:
- it fills in enlarged pores and fine lines so your foundation glides on smoothly
- it controls shine and extends the wear of your makeup
Nars Pore & Shine Control Primer
Benefit The Porefessional
Use a long wear foundation that matches your skin perfectly. These are designed to be sweat and humidity resistant and will last 10-12 hrs. If you wear your hair up don’t forget to put some on your ears! They can get pretty red when we’re nervous or excited.
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick
Eyes that Mesmerize
Focus the drama on your lash line and lashes. This will make your eyes really stand out in photos. I like to use a waterproof pencil or gel, and apply it as close to the base of the lashes as possible. After you’ve applied the eyeliner, take a small brush with some dark shadow and apply it on top of the line. This will give you a softer, more romantic feel. And make sure your mascara is waterproof!
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Eye Pencil
Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner
Kiss Proof Lips
To ensure your lipstick doesn’t fade after your first kiss, follow this technique.
- hydrate lips with lip balm
- line and fill ill in your lips with lip liner
- apply lipstick (avoid moisturizing formulas, they fade quickly)
- take a tissue and blot your lips (this removes moisture and turns it into a stain)
- apply another coat of lipstick and top with gloss if you like.
If you don’t find them too drying, you can opt for a long wear lip stain. Have your maid of honour or bridesmaid carry your lipstick so you have access to it for touch ups.
MAC Lip Pencil
Estee Lauder Stay-In-Place Lip Pencil
Lock and Load
Now that you’ve created your ideal bridal look you want it to last! I always finish each bride’s makeup with 4-5 sprays of a makeup setting spay – it’s like hairspray for your face. If you tend to get oily, carry blotting sheets instead of powder. They will lift away oil for a shine free finish.
Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets
Makeup on your wedding day must be a little heavier than what you’d normally wear. This is to compensate for the camera flash that will bounce off your face and wash out your colour by 30-40%. Practice doing your makeup and take a few selfies in daylight and at night for a true sense of how it will look on the big day.