Bridal Beauty: 20 Great Makeup Tips
Choose a mascara that’s waterproof; it lasts longer and withstands tears. If you really don’t like the look or feel, use one coat of regular mascara, then follow up with a light coat of waterproof mascara.
2. On the Line
Charcoal, navy, or mahogany are your best options for eyeliner. Black or brown may look too severe, especially if your wedding will be held during the daytime and/or outdoors.
3. Lighten Up
Use a white shadow as a highlighter on your brow bone if you have light skin; a warmer light peach or vanilla shade will suit deeper complexions.
4. Give Them Shape
Do contour your eyes, but avoid using color that’s too dense (it can detract from your eyes themselves).
5. Shade Your Brows
Define your brows with a pencil or shadow that matches your hair color.
6. Get the Red Out
Pop an eye drop if your eyes look red or tired, but stick with a brand you’ve used before to avoid unwelcome surprises (irritation or worse!).
7. Sweet Cheeks
Don’t forget your blush! A pop of color on your cheeks is like an instant facelift. For fairer skin, a pink tone will work; those with deeper skin tones can choose a rosier hue.
8. Zap a Zit
If you have a blemish or breakout just before your wedding day, keep your hands away from your face — the spot will heal more neatly if you leave it alone. In the case of a sudden monstrous pimple, see your dermatologist and ask for an cortisone injection that will shrink it instantly.
9. Blend, Blend, Blend
Blend well all over, especially at the corners of your eyes, since cameras pick up visible makeup lines.
10. Get a Good View
For your makeup application, natural light is best. If possible, set up an application table near a window. If there’s no natural light available, use a superbright lamp — halogens work best.
11. Sit Up
If you’re getting ready at a hotel, ask for a high bar stool so you can be at eye level with your makeup artist. If you can’t get a stool, simply prop yourself up on pillows.
12. Even It Out
Use bronzing powder on your chest and neck if you need to even out your skin tone — it will make your skin more luminous and ensure that your face doesn’t look too different from your body.
13. Watch That Gown
Don’t, however, use foundation on your decolletage — it can stain your dress.
14. Carry Protection
Use a moisturizer that includes SPF 30 or higher, especially if you are getting married outdoors! You may be getting more sun than you think you are, and you will definitely look pinker in pictures.
15. Brighten Up
Choose a lip color that’s a bit bright. Pale nude or brown lip hues can make you appear washed out in photos, particularly since you’ll be wearing white. If you normally wear a neutral hue, wear it as your base with a pink or rose color on top. If you normally wear dark lipstick, use that as your base and apply a lighter sheer pink on top to give you a lift.
16. Keep It With You
Even if you mix various lip colors when applying your makeup, be sure to have one great lipstick to carry with you for touchups.
17. Greet ‘Em With a Grin
You can have the softest lips and the perfect lipstick, but if your teeth are yellow, you won’t want to flash a smile. There are lots of safe, reliable over-the-counter teeth-whitening systems, which all whiten teeth by a few shades.
18. Prepare the Area
When you’re getting your hair styled, a low counter with a mirror — like a vanity table — will work best. Check to see that your chair has a low back, so your wedding hair stylist will have easy access to your head. And make sure there are electrical outlets nearby for appliances such as hair dryers, curling irons, and electric rollers. For extra insurance, bring a few extension cords.
19. Turn On the Heat
If your wedding is early, or if time is of the essence, plug in your rollers, curling iron, or straightening iron before your stylist arrives to save time.
20. Refresh Your Tresses
Head to a local spa and have a professional scalp massage (which not only feels good, but stimulates the hair follicles and adds body) and deep conditioning treatment the week before your wedding.