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15 Bridal Makeup Tips for Your Big Day

Let me put this disclaimer out there. I’m no professional makeup artist! However, what I do know, is that bridal makeup is an essential aspect of a bride's overall look on her wedding day. While most brides choose to have a professional makeup artist, there are some brides, that may choose to do their makeup. With that being said, we are sharing 15 Bridal Makeup Tips for Your Big Day to help you achieve a stunning bridal makeup look.

15 Bridal Makeup Tips for Your Big Day

Photographer: Victoria Priessnitz

1. Preparation is Key

First on our list of 15 Bridal Makeup Tips for Your Big Day is preparation. We can all agree that preparation is the key to everything. Start with a well-hydrated and primed face. Cleanse, moisturize, and use a primer to create a smooth canvas for makeup application, which helps it last longer.

2. Choose a Long-Lasting Foundation

When choosing a foundation, opt for a long-wear foundation that matches your skin tone perfectly. Consider a matte finish if you have oily skin or a radiant finish for a dewy glow.

3. Conceal with Care

Use a concealer that matches your foundation to cover any blemishes, dark circles, or redness. Blend it well to avoid any visible lines. Again, use a concealer that matches your skin tone.

4. Set with Powder

Dust a translucent setting powder over your face to prevent excess shine and ensure your makeup stays in place throughout the day.

5. Enhance Your Eyes

Choose eyeshadows that complement your eye color and wedding theme. Neutral shades like gold, bronze, and champagne work well for most brides. Don't forget to use waterproof mascara to avoid smudging during emotional moments.

6. Perfect the Brows

No makeup application is complete without perfect brows. Well-groomed eyebrows frame the face and enhance your overall look. Use an eyebrow pencil or powder to fill in any sparse areas and set them with a clear brow gel. If you are looking for something semi-permanent or permanent try a brow tint, henna, or micro-blading.

7. Blush and Contour

Apply a natural-looking blush on the apples of your cheeks to add a healthy flush. Lightly contour your face to define your features, but remember to blend it well for a seamless finish.

8. Glow with Highlighter

Apply a subtle highlighter on the high points of your face, like the cheekbones, brow bones, and the bridge of the nose, to add a radiant glow. You will look amazing in those wedding photos.

9. Luscious Lips

Choose a long-wearing lipstick or lip stain in a shade that complements your overall look. Remember to line your lips and apply lip balm before the lipstick for a smooth finish.

10. Trial and Practice

Don’t wait until your actual wedding day when trying out your make. Before the big day, do a makeup trial to test out the look you want with your makeup artist. This will ensure you're both on the same page and give you peace of mind.

11. Photography Considerations

Keep in mind that makeup can look different in photos than in real life. Opt for a slightly heavier application than your everyday makeup to ensure your features are well-defined in pictures. Most makeup artists offer “wedding day makeup” because your makeup need to last all day.

12. Touch-up Kit

Remember, preparation is key. Prepare a touch-up kit with essentials like lipstick, blotting papers, powder, and Q-tips to fix any makeup mishaps during the event.

13. Natural Lighting

If possible, do your makeup in natural light or near a well-lit window. This will help ensure your makeup looks balanced and flawless. If you are unable to do your makeup in natural light be sure that you have adequate lighting, such as a ring light, when you apply your makeup.

14. Waterproof Products

Given the emotional nature of the day, using waterproof makeup products, especially mascara, and eyeliner, can help prevent smudging or running. Also, waterproof products are great for those moments when you can’t help but shed a tear or two.

15. Relax and Enjoy

Finally, take a deep breath, relax, and enjoy your special day. A calm and happy bride radiates beauty from within!

Remember that bridal makeup is about enhancing your natural beauty and feeling confident on your wedding day. Work with a professional makeup artist, if possible, as they can bring out the best in you and create a look that complements your style and personality.

If you want to learn more about our 15 Bridal Makeup Tips for Your Big Day, contact us to speak to one of our wedding planners.



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