As every bride knows, it’s the small details that matter. You wouldn’t just say, “Whatever, I can find,” when choosing your flowers. No bride says, “I’ll wear whatever,” when it comes to her dress. Nope. A bride take special care to make things perfect. That goes for your makeup too! Your bridal makeup should do three things: Make you feel pretty, photograph well and flatter your face. The perfect wedding look begins with good skin care. You’ll need to start at least a month in advance to get the best skin care for your bridal beauty.
The Month Before the Wedding
Waiting until the last minute to change skin care products or undergo a special skin care treatment is a bad idea. Facing the day with red, irritated skin or a serious allergic reaction can put a damper on the festivities for the bride. The month before the wedding, treat dark spots, try skin tightening products (retinols) and think about boosting the hydration. The ideal wedding day makeup starts with beautiful looking skin. Take care of your face and neck!
Two Weeks Before the Wedding
Get rid of unwanted facial hair by making a stop at the salon. Besides defining your brows, you may need a lip or chin wax. Not to be gross, but do pay attention to your nose hair too. By waxing a few weeks before the wedding, you’ll allow the skin to calm and you’ll have time to correct mistakes. Splurge on your nails too. Everyone will be looking at your hands. Keep them neat and tidy!
Bridal Makeup Tips
- Foundation: Start with perfectly matched foundation. If you have to visit a department store to get a good match, do so! It’s worth it to have the right foundation for your bridal makeup. Makeup for brides should look natural. Noticeable makeup lines are a big no-no. Purchase the matching setting powder too. You need to wear powder to avoid shine during photos. Apply the makeup with a fresh sponge, paying attention to the hair line.
- Cheeks: Wedding day makeup should give the cheeks a natural glow, especially at the apples. Don’t overdo blush though. Wear enough to define the cheekbones without overpowering your face. Consider wearing a bronzing powder too. Touch the forehead, nose and cheeks lightly for a slight glow.
- The Eyes: Here’s where he’ll be looking! Steer clear of dark eyeliner and shadow that can disappear if you tear up. (And you will!) Curl the lashes before getting started. You want that flipped lash look for wider eyes. Your wedding day makeup should pay homage to your wedding colors but in a light, flattering way. For a touch of brightness, line the eyes with a light-colored eyeshadow like sand, light pink or gold. Highlight around the eyes using a facial highlighter to make the eyes stand out.
- Kissable Lips: You don’t want the groom to hesitate when he goes in for the first kiss–in front of all your guests! Steer clear of gloopy lip gloss. Keep lips soft and kissable with balm and for color, try a nude or pink lip stain. You want the color to stay, even after kissing the cheeks of hundreds of guests.
Enjoy your wedding day with confidence!