5 Tips for DIY Bridal Makeup
The wedding day! That wonderful and oh-so-stressful day that women spend their youth dreaming about. For most of us becoming a bride is about achieving the most beautiful day of our lives and yet it comes with high expectations and an abundance of stress. And to top it off we want to look flawless and perfect as we walk down the aisle to meet our beloved groom.
With so many decisions to make about the wedding we tend to forget about the wedding makeup until a few weeks before the big day. Then we have to make a decision, do we hire a professional makeup artist or do we do it ourselves? I have to say it’s always a bonus to hire a professional and even better if that professional has done makeup applications on you before but 9 times out of 10 brides hire a makeup artist they have never worked with. If you have a makeup artist who knows how to do your makeup and you are comfortable they can achieve the look you want then by all means have your makeup done by a pro. But if that isn’t the case then there are a few ways you can achieve a flawless look on your wedding day by doing your own makeup.
DIY never looked so good or was so easy to achieve.
5 Tips to do it yourself
- Skincare: Clean and clear skin is very important for that flawless look on your wedding day. It starts with super hydration (lots of water) at least one week before the wedding day and a good skincare routine at least 6 weeks before hand. The water will keep your skin plump and acne free and the skincare routine will give your skin that clean and clear foundation to apply your makeup on. I recommend a skincare line that has a cleanser, moisturizer, night cream and a weekly exfoliant. Use quality products that work well with your skin type. If you don’t know what you should use start collecting samples from different skincare lines and find the brand that suits you best.
- Foundation: Find the perfect foundation that matches your skin type and skin tone. You may think your current foundation is the right one for you but more often than not our foundation isn’t the perfect match for us. Seek out a professional who can help color match your foundation and get you into the right product, the most common mistake many women make is to color match their foundation on their wrist, but for a perfect match you need to color test on the side of your face from your cheek to your chin. If you have dry skin you want to use a product that will keep your skin hydrated like Marc Jacobs Marvelous Hydrating Mousse. And if you have oily skin you will want to tone down the shine and wear a product that will stay matte all day like the Neutrogena Skin Clearing Liquid Makeup. Either way you want to make sure you are wearing the right foundation for you.
- Primer: This product will be your best friend on the big day and I strongly advise using a face and eye primer. Primer is applied after your moisturizer has absorbed into your skin and before you apply your foundation and eye shadow. I personally think it is essential to any makeup application but especially on your wedding day. Primer will keep your makeup looking fresh all day and will help to minimize fine lines and large pores. Primer is the wonder product that hides most skin flaws.
- Highlight and Contour: A makeup artist will do this makeup technique to help her brides achieve a sophisticated look but it is simple to do if you learn the tricks and don’t over do it, natural highlighting and contouring will give you an elegant glow. I recommend taking a workshop from an online academy Highlight & Contour Like a Pro or going to your local cosmetics counter and having a professional teach you how to highlight and contour.
- Perfect Eyes: Your wedding day eye look is essential and getting it right can make your wedding photos that much better. Start by applying your eye primer and then use soft yet subtle shades of peach or pink, try to stay away from dark eye liners like black and go for a softer charcoal or grey. Add a little shimmer of silver to the corner of the inside of your eye between the nose and the eye. This gives your eyes a pop. If you know how to tight line your eyes this technique will make your eyes look full and open and will enhance your eyes, and remember to always use a water proof mascara. I recommend using your favorite mascara to get the length your desire and then top that off with a coat of water proof mascara. This will give you length and will ensure you don’t get black eyes if tears happen to spill on the big day.
These tips and can and will help you to achieve a flawless look on your wedding day but the most important thing to remember is that you need to practice. Practice makes perfect and in the case of DIY Bridal Makeup it is essential.
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