Her wedding day is one of the most important moments in a woman’s life and never has there been more pressure to put your best face forward. Everything is in place – the ring, the dress, the perfect man waiting at the altar. All that’s needed now is a beautiful up-do and a glowing complexion. But that’s the part that often causes brides the most stress, especially those who don’t traditionally wear a full face of makeup.
There may be a tendency to pull out all the stops – but remember, less truly is more. Let this be your mantra when planning your beauty routine for the big day. Here are some other expert suggestions to get you through a stress-free makeover.
Pay special attention to your skin in the weeks and days leading up to your wedding. Be sure to wash your face twice a day and use an exfoliating cleanser at least twice a week to create that healthy glow.
Watch what you eat. Perhaps your reaction to stress is wolfing down a great burger and fries, but we all know how quick a pimple can pop up out of nowhere.
Drink plenty of water in the weeks leading up to your wedding. Hydration begins on the inside!
Allow your moisturizer to absorb into the skin before adding foundation or powder to avoid pooling in the fine lines around the eyes and mouth.
Use water based concealer to brighten any dark spots under your eyes, making sure not to go too light.
Invest in a good waterproof mascara.
Think warm and rosy, instead of frosty and shiny.
Apply foundation that blends easily with your skin tone, being sure to also use on eyelids as a base for eye shadow.
Consider single eye lash additions – they allow for a little extra pop, without the bulky eyelash strips of the 60s.
Lightly use a bronzing powder to warm your skin – being sure to include your neck and chest. But don’t overdo it.
Use a little blush – even if it’s not normally in your repertoire.
Lean toward a matte eye shadow
Pack a touch up kit.
Turn to the web if you’re going at it alone. There are a plethora of how-to websites and videos that can walk you and the bridesmaids through a variety of looks.
Feel absolutely comfortable discussing makeup preferences with your bridesmaids – you don’t want anyone sticking out like a sore thumb.
Bring your makeup choices or pictures of looks you’d like to try when visiting with the makeup artist.
Have a test run – whether you’re doing it yourself or you’re leaving it to the professionals, everyone wants to know how they will look prior to their big day. It will be the perfect way to iron out and wrinkles.
Skip the SPF, especially if your ceremony or reception are being held outdoors.
Be scared to step outside of your comfort zone, especially if you generally steer away from makeup. Warm it up a bit for your wedding day and make sure you stand out in your photos.
Skip the lip color, even if you don’t traditionally wear lipstick on a day to day basis. Something pink or rose colored will work best as brown and pale lip shades can look washed out in photos.
Avoid the test run. In fact, going one step further, we suggest you try it in the morning so you can see how well the makeup wears throughout the day.
Experiment on the day of the wedding or try something you’re not familiar with
Clump on too much mascara.
Get carried away with glitter and shimmery highlights that can reflect light and look too shiny in pictures.
Get too trendy – instead, aim for a more classic, neutral approach to your makeup that will appreciated for years to come.
Skip the powder – a finishing brush will be necessary to help keep the shine at bay throughout the long day.
Tweeze your eyebrows on the day of the ceremony.
Overdo it. Avoid the disco eyes and heavy dark makeup, instead aim for a timeless, classic look.
Feel like you’re being too lavish if you call in the professionals.