If you’re a true lover of beauty, your bridal makeup look is one of the most important decisions to make, amongst many other things. Should you go for the classic wedding day makeup made up of soft pink shades? Or should you go natural by opting for nude colours paired with a “my lips but better” lip colour? Or maybe you should go bold and unconventional with a dark theme.
How to Nail Doing Your Own Bridal Makeup
Whichever makeup look you go for, the next decision to make is whether you want to hire a professional makeup artist, have someone you know who is a makeup guru do the makeup for you, or simply do it on your own. If you have gone for the last option, here are some tips you need to know to help you nail your makeup look for your big day
Take Care of Your Skin
Achieving flawless makeup on your wedding day doesn’t just mean taking care of your skin a day or two before the big day. You’ll have to properly care for your skin months before your wedding day to ensure your skin remains in the best shape possible. Be diligent with both your morning and nighttime skincare routines and try not to include any new products into your routines. You never know how your skin will react to something new and you really don’t want to risk experiencing an acne breakout or any other adverse skin reaction that is going to take time to clear up in the days leading up to your wedding. You can, however, consider going for one or two facial sessions to amp up the condition of your skin. Facials are great to clear skin congested with blackheads and whiteheads, as well as help brighten your skin and give you a natural glow. On the morning of your wedding day, apply a hydrating face mask to ensure your skin is in an optimal condition prior to applying your makeup.
Practise Your Wedding Day Makeup
Even if you know your way around creating flawless makeup, it’s still a good idea to practise doing your wedding day makeup before the actual day comes. You’ll need to know how long your makeup can last, what sort of eye makeup you wish to create, what lip colour will complement the rest of your makeup… there is a long list of things to consider to make sure your bridal makeup is perfect. Practising your makeup is also a must if you intend to try a technique you’ve never dabbled with before such as a smokey eye or winged liner. If you’re unsure of how to execute any technique, simply refer to one of the many makeup tutorials on YouTube. If you’d rather have someone teach you in person, book an appointment at a beauty counter or with one of your favourite brands and have them show you how to create your ideal wedding day makeup look step by step.
Consider Skipping the SPF
We know, we know, every beauty expert out there is always going on about the importance of applying sunscreen prior to makeup application before heading out the door. The only exception to this is your wedding day due to the flashback SPF gives in photos. And unless you somehow have a no-flash photography rule during your wedding (which we highly doubt), you’ll want to skip sunscreen. Ensure your moisturiser, foundation and any other beauty product you will be applying on your face do not have any SPF either. If skipping SPF is just not a part of your beauty routine, then go for a maximum of SPF 15. Do a photo test before the big day to see if there are any flashbacks so you’ll know if the SPF will work for the big day.
Waterproof Mascara All the Way
Whether you think you’ll be a blubbering mess or not on your big day, going for waterproof mascara is always the safer bet. The last thing you want is for streaks of black mascara running down your face and ruining not only your makeup but also the many photos capturing the messy waterworks. If you don’t have a go-to waterproof mascara, it’s time to start doing your research and testing out different mascaras so you can find one that is the most suitable for your eyes. Remember, some mascaras might contain ingredients that can irritate your eyes so make sure to do your test way beforehand to avoid any last-minute problems.
Powder Over Your Eyeliner
No matter how much of an expert you are with eyeliner, if the wedding day involves tearing up ( we are sure it is going to be bucket loads of happy tears) or warmer weather, your perfect eyeliner will get messed up. To prevent this from happening, avoid using a pencil or gel liner to line your eyes as this is just a disaster waiting to happen. You might just end up with crooked, smudges and an ever-thickening wing that will be a massive pain to clean up and correct. Instead, opt for a liquid liner and go over with black powder eyeshadow to hold the liner in place. This is a foolproof and smudge-proof way to keep your eyeliner on fleek for the whole day.