Hello beautiful ladies/brides! This post isn’t necessarily just for our ladies getting married, it’s really for anyone who has a special occasion where you NEED your makeup to stay all day and be fantastic. I got married exactly a year ago today (7/16/11) so I thought, what better timing to do a post on wedding makeup? I’ll tell you some of my favorite tips and tell you exactly what I used!
PS- I do own the rights to these pictures but rather than dig them up on my computer, I cut and pasted them from our photographer’s website. If you are from WI or MN, I highly recommend Janet Mootz Photography!
1. Buy all your favorite products that you know have great staying power. This is not a day to skimp or buy a cheaper product or try something new. Stick with what you KNOW works.
2. Even if your skin is flawless, shoot for medium to full coverage (not sheer) makeup. It looks better on camera, especially the HD cameras that photographers use, and it bumps your look up a notch.
3. If you’re not 100% confident in your own skills, have a pro do it. In that case, you should definitely get a trial so you can go over what you like and what you don’t ahead of time. Have a salon work on your face, not someone at the mall. Why? Because mall employees’ top priority is to sell, so even if you have an appointment, if someone comes to their counter, they HAVE to help them. It’s their job. You want to be the queen of your makeup appointment and be confident you’ll get out of there on time.
4. If you are going to do your own makeup, practice several times. Really take your time and allot yourself an hour to do it. Make sure you blend your foundation so there’s no makeup line, spend time to make sure your eyeshadow looks exactly the same on both eyes. Take special effort with your eyeliner, and make sure you get mascara on each tiny lash. Take note of how you can change your entire look by winging your eyeliner or by shaping your eyeshadow differently on the lid.
5. Think twice before getting a spray tan for your wedding. It’s tempting to get a tan going for your big day, and definitely smart to get a faux glow, but if the heat gets to you, your arms might start to melt the spray tan, and it would get on your dress! Eek!
6. The day before your event, go get matched for your foundation. I know it seems last minute but it’s best this way. If you have seen any sun, or if your tan has faded since the last time you bought foundation, you will need a slightly different shade.
7. Use great skincare for weeks or months before your big day and stick to a strict regimen. It doesn’t really matter what it is as long as it works for you. Just make sure to wash your face before bed, and have a spot treatment for acne if you have it. Keep your skin moisturized but if you are prone to oil or breakouts, use an oil free moisturizer. Exfoliate 2-3 times a week to get rid of dull skin.
8. Balance out a bold eye look with a bold lipstick. I was told by my wedding photographer that you need to have makeup on both! I was going to do a bold eye and subtle lipstick, but she told me that wouldn’t look as good in pictures, and I was glad I followed her advice!