You will want to wear more makeup on your wedding day than you are used to. With flash photography, post-event editing, and changes in light throughout the day, it’s extremely important to get ready in the right lighting.
Lighting is an element that is hugely overlooked when doing makeup. Getting ready in the right lighting makes all the difference in how your makeup will turn out. Lighting that is too warm (yellow) or too cool (blue) can result in some major “yikes” moments as soon as you walk outside.
White or natural light is the best lighting to do makeup in. If you get ready in white light, you will look good in any light.
Not only will makeup applied in bad lighting look different in natural light, but it may also read differently on camera as well.
A good professional Makeup Artist will always carry The Makeup Light, a very specific light made just for makeup that is white light, making color matching and application simple and accurate.
We all know aside from false lashes and mascara, foundation is a gamechanger. It evens out the complexion and when done right the end result is smooth, flawless coverage that still looks natural. Airbrush makeup is ideal for bridal makeup as the coverage can be sheer to full and have a beautiful blurring effect. Most airbrush foundations are also long-wearing which is great for the long day ahead.
Be sure your foundation matches your skin tone. Always test your foundation on your jawline and bring down to your neck as this is usually where the tone differs. If there is a major difference, mix colors to find a match that will be seamless from the face all through the neck and chest.
Choosing the right blush can bring the entire look together. Blush is used to add a natural flush to the skin, to show the rosiness and almost bring a liveliness to the face. In our opinion, it is a necessary product to create a natural, soft makeup look. Blush also adds a youthfulness to the face and who doesn’t want to look youthful?
This youthful glow will be what you will look back on in 30 years and cherish and will add that color brides need against the starkness of a white gown.
Hues of pinks, corals, reds, and some oranges are ideal colors for that naturally beautiful flush in the cheeks.
Blush is also much needed as photographers may use flash, which reduces the color saturation by 30%-50% sometimes leaving photos of a flatter, less dimensional appearance.
The way some photos are edited and filtered can also wash out the makeup, leaving brides looking either very muddy and shadowy (usually the result of dark, moody filters) or washed out (light, blown out filters).
Although you may not be a huge fan of blush adding some on your wedding day will ensure you look natural and youthful on your wedding day.
Like blush, bronzer is one of those things that are needed to create a natural makeup look. Bronzer brings back warmth and dimension to the skin and should do exactly what it says; bronze the skin. Bronzer should be strategically placed on the high points of the face where the sun naturally hits.
Although there are many finishes for bronzer, it’s highly recommended to NOT use bronzer with shimmer or glitter. This can cause the skin to look muddy and unnatural.
The great thing about eyeshadow is that the possibilities are endless. Although the selection of colors, finishes, tones seem to go on and on, we highly recommend sticking to a warm neutral palette as warmer tones are much more flattering and timeless.
For a natural eye look that is still dimensional, it’s important to use a mix of matte, satin, and shimmer finishes properly placed to enhance your eye shape. A shimmery, champagne tone similar to your skin tone is a great option to add brightness and sparkle to the lid while still being the anchor for a natural eye look.
To ensure a long lasting eye makeup, eyeshadow primer should be laid on the eye first.
Eye liner can be applied in many different ways, apply at your discretion as this can be the one of the biggest details that can alter the look. If you usually wear a thin line, go with a thin line, same if you wear a winged liner or smudged out, diffused liner.
Lashes are like the little black dress of makeup, they will transform and take your look to the next level.
There are a large variety of lashes available from very natural to very dramatic as well as strip lashes, demis, and individuals.
Strip lashes are good for all eye types and create specific styles and shapes to the eye, while individual lashes are perfect for a customized look, are great for watery, teary eyes, are very comfortable to wear, and blend in seamlessly with your natural lashes.
If you have eyelash extensions, if you love the way they look, get them refilled a few days before your wedding day. If you’d like to use mascara, there are specific mascaras for extensions as traditional mascara will ruin them.
If you’d like a little extra volume, individual lashes can be added to extensions without ruining them. Strip lashes are not encouraged.
When choosing the right lashes for you, it’s dependent on your style and personality.
Lipstick is the final touch and brings the look together. Like eyeshadow, there are many colors, tones, and finishes available to create the look you want.
The right lip color will not only look naturally perfect, but will also show off those pearly whites and perfectly coordinate with your wedding gown.
For a natural lip, a creamy finish mimics the look of hydrated lips, in a tone that is close to your lip color. Always look for the undertone in your lips (pink, brown, red are common undertones) as this will be the deciding factor between which color is perfect for you.
For a quick makeup change between ceremony and reception, change your lip color to a brighter, more bold hue to take the look from day to night.
We hope you found this guide helpful and now have an idea of your vision for your wedding day. As a Bridal Beauty Stylists with a combined decades of experience, our Stylists can help you in creating a makeup and hair look that you will love that is timeless, natural, and the best, most beautiful version of you.
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