Deciding on a makeup look for your wedding day can be a stressful process, and finding someone who can execute your perfect makeup look is an even tougher ordeal. There is going to be lots of photos taken on your wedding day, after all, which means your makeup look for the special day will be memorialised for eternity, so there is no space for mistakes here!
The Perfect Bridal Makeup Guide
If you’ve found someone who is able to do your perfect makeup for your wedding, then congratulations! But if you’ve decided to do your own makeup yourself and are looking for tips on how to ensure your makeup stays intact, check out our tips below:
Pamper Yourself with a Sheet Mask
Flawless makeup always starts with well-prepped skin, so on the morning of your wedding, give yourself a quick pampering treatment by using a sheet mask. Sheet masks are the perfect alternative to traditional face masks as they are not only convenient to bring along to your wedding venue, but also will make less of a mess. They are also easy to apply, saving you the time and hassle of having to carefully slather a face mask all over your skin. Go for a sheet mask with both hydrating and brightening ingredients such as aloe vera, papaya extract, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide. This will allow your skin to absorb all those good ingredients and leave you with glowing skin.
Use Fingers to Apply Your Foundation
We know it is easier sometimes to let a makeup brush do all the work when it comes to applying foundation, but it certainly can’t give you a natural finish that your fingers can provide. Remember, you’ll likely be in your wedding makeup for almost an entire day, so you want to avoid a face caked with a thick layer of foundation as much as possible. To allow your foundation to melt in seamlessly into your skin, use your fingers rather than a brush as the heat from your fingers will help your foundation blend more easily. Begin from the centre of your face and gently blend outwards, concentrating on areas that need more coverage. If you’re not keen on applying foundation with your fingers, another option is using a damp makeup sponge. The moisture from the sponge will sheer out your foundation and help you achieve a dewy finish. If you need to hide dark spots or zits, use a concealer and spot conceal those areas using a tiny, tapered eyeliner brush.
Only Powder Your T-Zone
Setting your makeup is extremely important on your wedding day as you want it to last as long as possible while still looking flawless. However, you also don’t want a made-up face that just looks flat and dry. Thus, after you have applied your foundation, set it with a powder to ensure it stays in place. Opt for a finely milled powder as it will prevent your foundation from looking too cakey or powdery. Apply the powder using a small, fluffy brush with low-density bristles — don’t forget to tap off the excess powder from the brush so you don’t end up applying too much. Pat the brush carefully on your forehead, down the bridge of your nose as well as on your chin. Avoid applying any powder on your cheeks as this will mattify your face too much. Plus, powder-free cheeks will add a nice glow to your overall makeup look, providing you with a dewy appearance.
Go Bolder and Brighter
Lighting and flash photography can cause your face to look washed out, even when you have makeup on. This makes it essential for you to play up your facial features so your face doesn’t end up looking flat and one-dimensional in photos. For your cheeks, go for a brighter shade that will give you a slightly more intense pop of colour (no nude blush shades here!) and apply it on the apples of your cheeks and blend it out towards your cheekbones. After applying your blush, follow up with some clever contouring to give your face more definition. Choose either a cream or powder contouring product and apply it onto the perimeter of your forehead, the hollows of your cheeks and along your jawline. For an easy guide, simply swipe your contour in the shape of the number three, starting from the centre of your forehead, followed by your cheeks and finishing off at your jawline. Make sure to really blend the contour out so it melts in with your foundation and blush.
Give Your Face Some Highlight
After you’ve contoured and blushed up your face, it’s time to add more glow to your skin with some highlighter. For your wedding day, we recommend avoiding shimmery highlighters that contain specks of glitter as these can look too tacky for a wedding. Instead, opt for soft-focused highlighters that will provide you with a smooth, dewy appearance, as though you have an Instagram filter on. Apply the highlighter onto the bridge of your nose, cheekbones as well as the inner corner of your eyes. If you have a drier skin type and wish to add more glow to your skin, you can apply a bit of highlight onto the centre of your forehead and your chin.
Apply Lip Liner Before Lipstick
To ensure your lipstick lasts throughout the day, apply lip liner on your entire lips instead of just lining them. Then, apply a layer of your lipstick and blot with a piece of tissue to get the excess off. Apply a second layer to deepen the intensity of the lip shade.