Every bride wants their big day to be a smooth sailing one. Gorgeous hair, beautiful skin and physique, elegant wedding dress, and a classy setup. Bridal makeup is one of the many decisions that a bride must make before her big day. Natural, bold, vintage, classic, glamorous, boho, edgy, you name it.
As a general rule, you will want to wear more makeup than you normally do. Sweat, tears, and hugs cannot be avoided so you will want to make sure you start off by wearing enough. This will also emphasize your features in photos and ensure that your bridal beauty will shine through even in bad lighting and during ugly cries.
So, look no further, as we have put together 10 bridal make-up tips to make sure you look flawless whatever your wedding budget.
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Choose your make-up according to your style:
If choosing makeup for your big day overwhelms you, start by finding looks that you can relate with. Think of the words you would use to describe your desired wedding makeup look. Is it vintage glam, low-key beachy, boho-romantic, or something else? Generally speaking, there are three key bridal beauty looks with countless variations: Feminine & Natural, Vintage and Glam.
Consider your venue and theme:
If you already have your venue or theme, consider building your beauty look around it. Whether it’s a beach or a backyard, your venue can give you hints on what type of beauty you naturally gravitate towards. For example, a beach wedding would be the perfect location for dewy highlighter, a touch of bronzer, and a soft, pink lip. A vintage style wedding would pair perfectly with a bold cat eye and vibrant red lipstick.
Choose your makeup based on your wedding dress:
One of the most common ways to choose your bridal beauty is to base it around the overall style of your bridal gown. If your bridal gown features lace and flowing material, consider a soft, romantic look; a subtle, sexy dress calls for a smouldering smokey eye; and bold eyeshadow perfectly complements a non-traditional wedding dress.
Consider your signature look:
If you are lucky enough to have a signature beauty look, simply step it up a notch on your wedding day. Go a little stronger and bolder with all of your makeup to make sure it shows up in photos and lasts all day.
Talk to a pro:
If you have hired a makeup artist for your wedding day, don’t be afraid to ask for their advice. After all, they are the expert. Most makeup artists offer a consultation and or a trial session, so this is the perfect opportunity to find out what looks best on you. Don’t forget to show them images that you like so they can get a clear idea of what you are envisioning.
Take care of your skin:
Having a proper day and night skincare routine is so important at least 3-6 months before the wedding to ensure your skin is ready for the big day. It will help with how makeup looks and stays on the skin throughout the day.
Prepare in advance for last-minute emergencies such as sudden red eyes or swollen lips. Use only linen that your skin is used to in the days leading up to the wedding. Eat simple and cut out salt from your diet to reduce the appearance of bloating. Avoid new food or drinks, and do not test out new facial or skincare products two weeks before the big day.
Determine your budget:
It depends on how much you are willing to spend, as different makeup artists charge different rates. There is no point in approaching a makeup artist whose rates you can’t afford, unless you’re willing to be flexible with your budget in other areas.
Do note that there is a reason for the different rates makeup artist charge. It depends on how many time you need their services, how long you require them to be with you on your wedding day, how many different makeup looks you wish to have and how difficult the look is – does it require additional accessories or special makeup?
Prices also vary depending on the experience. Don’t expect amazing makeup when you are not willing to pay for it.
Remember the weather:
Makeup can work wonders, and waterproof formulas and setting sprays are two great inventions but thinking about the weather is always a good idea when planning your makeup style. Are you getting hitched on the beach in the middle of summer? Perhaps a smoky eye with layers of bronzer and blush isn’t such a great idea. Tying the knot close to Christmas? Consider a luminous wedding makeup look to boost a lackluster complexion.
Have your trial 3-5 weeks before your wedding:
Make sure you have your trial at least three weeks, but no more than 5 weeks, before your wedding. If you plan on using a particular shade of foundation for the big day, have a test run before your make-up trial so that your artist can see what colour your skin becomes with the tan.
Put confidence first:
Above all, you want to feel confident on your wedding day, so the only thing that really matters is making sure you figure out how to choose wedding makeup that will make you shine inside and out. Forget about trends and what kind of a look everyone else thinks you should be wearing, because this is your day and it’s your time to show off your uniquely beautiful features. Confidence is the most beautiful trend, after all!
So there you have it – 10 important tips to note when choosing your wedding makeup. Every bride deserves to be happy on the big day.
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