Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day. Her makeup, hair and dress are equally important. Many times brides make the mistake of thinking that by adding more makeup the look will last longer. In reality, the makeup appears to heavy, looks unnatural and can tend to melt in the event of warm weather.
I have been a makeup professional for more than 20 years. One thing I learned is that for special occasions, your makeup should be applied to highlight your features, creating a beautiful natural finished look.
Here are some of my tips:
Always begin with skin care. It’s important to take care of your skin every day, not only on the days leading up to the wedding. Apply a lightweight moisturizer to clean skin.
Primers are optional. The purpose of a primer is to smooth the surface of your skin. This will allow your foundation to adhere and glide more evenly. If you are using a primer, get one that is neutral in color. Also use an oil-free primer. (Remember you are already hydrating your skin with moisturizer first).
When you selecting a foundation be sure it matches your skin. Many people use liquid foundations and that’s fine. I prefer a cream foundation because they blend well and are buildable so you can get more coverage if you need it. If you choose a cream foundation, don’t apply a heavy layer. Use small applications and blend well. You will love the finish. Tip- if you apply your foundation first, you’ll discover you’ll need less concealer.
Keep your cheek color soft. The purpose of cheek color is to add dimension to your face and create a soft, natural glow. Cheek color is applied to the cheek bone. This is where you naturally blush. Don’t forget to blend.
When it comes to eye shadow, I do like shadow primers because they do help keep your shadow in place. Just like your foundation primer, be sure the color is neutral, otherwise the color of your eye shadow may be altered by the undertone in your primer. Use matte colors when possible. For a basic eye color look, use 3 shades… mid-tone for lids, dark tone for crease and light tone for under the brow.
I love waterproof eyeliners for special occasions. Apply liner to the top of the lid close to the lash line. (We call this tight-lining) For weddings, I love a soft smudged look.
Your brows should frame your eye. Use a brow brush to lightly brush your brows to create a smooth line. Apply a light brow pencil. Taupe is a universal shade that looks great on most. Seal the look with a brow gel.
Always use at least 2 coats of mascara. Before applying your mascara, do not forget to curl your lashes with a lash curler. Mascara base or boosters are optional. If your lashes are short, they will add volume and length. Comb through after each coat dries with your mascara comb. If you prefer to use eyelashes, be sure they are applied evenly. Never use the full lash strip. Cut them to place strategically for a more natural look. Be sure to use the appropriate glue so your lashes adhere to the skin.
Lip liner and lip color should match. Yes match. It is important that you cannot tell where the liner begins and ends. If you use gloss, apply only to the center of the lips. Never apply gloss to the entire lips, your lip color will smudge and that won’t be very pretty.
I end with loose powder or bronzer. Don’t overdo bronzer, it will look muddy in images. Try a translucent powder instead.
Here’s to your celebration!