Updated: May 2, 2019
It’s almost wedding season ladies! I am so happy to announce that this year, I am one of the hundreds of thousands of brides getting married this summer! Believe me when I tell you that I have gone though several magazines and several pins on Pinterest looking for the perfect wedding look - and I know I am not the only one on the search! Since I am a makeup artist, I'm doing my own makeup on the big day; however, not everyone is a makeup artist, and not everyone can afford to hire an artist to do their makeup for them.
It's totally fine to do your own makeup and honestly, it can be such a fun and therapeutic experience. It may seem daunting at first, but trust me, when I say it's gonna be okay! Here are some tips for those of you who will be taking on the challenge.
Absolutely do not wait until the last minute! It may seem as if you have all the time in the world because of not needing to book an appointment with a makeup artist, but you should plan at the very least two months ahead of time. I have been browsing ideas for months and have begun playing with different lip and eye combos for about a month now. You not only want to plan ahead of time so that you have a clear idea of what you want for your big day, but you also want to make sure you have all of the products you need in order to create your look.
We all want to have clear skin on the day of our wedding. My advice is to keep your current routine if your skin is already clear; you don’t want to add in new things and risk having a reaction. If you do not have clear skin, try these two products that helped transform my skin completely!
If you do plan to get a facial for your wedding, schedule it for no later than two weeks before the big day.
Don’t go dewy!
Glowing skin and looking like a goddess on your wedding day is definitely a must. However, dewy and glowing are two very different things. When you choose products that have a dewy finish, your skin will remain wet. On the other hand, products with a glow have powders in its formula that cause a "glow from within" type of effect that won't remain wet after you've applied them. There is a time and place for dewy skin, but your wedding day is neither the time nor the place! You do not want to look sweaty or have your makeup slip and slide all over the place, and you also do not want your makeup to transfer onto your dress or onto others.
These beautiful glowing products will help you reach ultimate goddess status!
Priming is a Must!
Primer may seem like an insignificant step in your makeup application process, and I am literally shocked when I hear that so many people skip this step! I'm a primer advocate for two reasons. Firstly, primer acts as a barrier between your skin and your foundation. While foundation is meant for your skin, I do not recommend placing directly on your face or body without first applying some sort of moisturizer or primer. Secondly, primer will fill in any pores or fine lines on your face leaving you with a smooth flawless canvas to work with. Why wouldn't you want to prime?! Check out these primers below for some inspo:
If you have acne prone skin, check out the Maybelline Master Prime for redness control:
For dry skin, the NYX honey dew me up primer is a must!
If you're one of the lucky ones with normal skin, check out the no poreblem primer from touch in sol
For oily skin, NYX shine killer is the way to go!
Splurge on Foundation
I completely understand the logic of not wanting to purchase expensive makeup. You're just going to wash it off at the end of the day, so why splurge? Trust me, I get it. However, this is your wedding day and you want to look your best right? Foundation is the base to your entire look: if your base doesn't look it's best, the rest of your look won't look as good as it could either. I definitely recommend buying a higher end foundation simply because you won't have to worry about coverage, your skin will look so much better in photos, and the ingredients are better for your skin as well! If buying an expensive foundation is completely out of your price range, get a sample of one from Sephora, and save if for your wedding!
Fenty Pro Filt'r Foundation
Too Faced Born this Way Foundation
Marc Jacobs Remarcable Foundation
Beauty Blender Foundation
No Flashback Powder
It's your wedding day, that means you'll be taking tons of photos. The last thing you want is for your face to look ghostly and blend in with your wedding dress. This problem is called flashback. To avoid it, don’t use a setting powder with the ingredients zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Check out these powders that not only look great in person but also in every photo you’ll take weather it be flash or not!
Concealer Three Ways
Concealer will be your best friend on this day. To get that perfectly sculpted look without looking overdone, try highlighting and contouring with concealer rather than powder. This will give your face tons of dimension but leave you with a natural radiance that most powders cannot. You will need three concealer shades: one that is the same shade as your skin tone, one 3-4 shades lighter to highlight with, and one 3-4 shades darker to contour with. (Pro Tip: contour first so that you can clean up any mistakes with the lighter colors.)
Bronze, Don't Contour
Believe it or not, bronzing and contouring are different. Here's a quick rule of thumb, if it's a cool toned powder, it's a contour; if it's a warm toned powder it's a bronzer. Now that we're all on the same page, absolutely do not go crazy with contour powder; with two much powder, you can easily look muddy and bruised very quickly. Since it’s summertime, let’s just agree to keep the harsh contour to a minimum, okay? Don't get me wrong, I love a good contour! (anything to make your face look 5 lbs lighter am I right?) But bronzing up your skin and keeping the tone warm rather than cool will give you a more youthful and romantic look; and will look better in photos!
Don't Over Highlight
Looking like a glazed doughnut Is definitely trendy, and yours truly has been a part of that trend for awhile now. As much as I love a good shiny cheek, let's save that for Instagram and social media and not for your wedding day. The good thing about this is that you don't need to buy a new highlighter, just use less!
Set, Set, Set!
With all of the dancing, mingling, crying, laughing and eating, the last thing you want is for your makeup to fade away. Lock that baby in place! Setting spray actually works and you should definitely use it!
Skip the Gloss!
As pretty as gloss is, don’t go with a glossy lip on the day of your wedding, at least not the ceremony. I am having the hardest time with this because glossy lips are gorgeous, but you don’t want to make a mess on your partner or on your dress. For a similar effect, try using a lighter lip color on the center of your lips to mimic the shine and dimension that a gloss gives.
For longevity, use a lip liner to fill in your entire lips, then apply a liquid lipstick or lipstick on top.
Don’t be afraid to play with colors also! Adding a soft pop of color is a very romantic statement that will make you stand out even more than you already will. (Pro Tip: Stay away from purples that day they can make your teeth look yellow.)
Nyx Lingerie Liquid Lipsticks
Colourpop Lip Liners
Mac Lip Liners
Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipsticks
Colourpop Liquid Lipsticks
Ofra Cosmetics Liquid Lipsticks
I wish each of you the best of luck as you take on this challenge! Remember to practice a couple months in advance so that getting ready for your big day goes as smoothly as possible. If any of you have an questions feel free to leave a comment below or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org I look forward to chatting with you beauties!