So, you're getting married. Congrats! What an exciting time in your life. I am sure that with all of that planning you have to do for the big day, makeup is probably not at the top of the list. I am not here to say it should be, don't worry. I am here to offer you some advice on the basics for bridal makeup.
First things first, take a good long look at your makeup collection (or if you're me, in your makeup trunk!) and see if there are things you're planning on using that might need to be replaced. No one wants to have clumpy mascara in wedding photos. So, take a look. If you've invested in a few key items such as: foundation, concealer, and primer and they are working for you, stick with it! The last thing you want on your wedding day is to have a reaction to an unfamiliar product.
Okay, now that you've taken a look at what you have, here is a checklist of items I would make sure are in your wedding makeup kit:
Primer: I will be posting more on this later, but primer is key for your wedding day makeup look! Smashbox makes great primers. They are pricey, but work so well and will last you a long time. Avoid primers or moisturizers with any SPF in them as they do not work well with flash photography. The SPF creates a white glow under your foundation which might make the skin on your face appear much lighter than the rest of your body, and we don't want that.
Concealer: Find a concealer that is a close match, or a tad lighter ( to cover dark circles as brides tend to lack sleep leading up to the big day). My favourite concealer is the Lise Watier concealer wheel. It has worked wonders for me for years, and one palette will last you well over a year!
Foundation: If you read my blog on BB cream you will know I am a big fan of its light, buildable coverage. However, on your big day you need to bring out the heavy artillery, and that is where foundation comes in. I am going to admit that my favourite foundation of all time is a pricey one ringing in at $50 a bottle. I do plan to experiment with more drug store brands, but Makeup Forevers HD foundation is by far the best I've used. It photographs so well and makes your skin look as though it has been air brushed. Although this product does seem pricey, liquid foundation can be used for up to 2 years, and that is exactly how long one bottle lasted me! It was a great investment. I didn't use it everyday, but when I had a breakout, or a special event to attend I knew it would give me flawless coverage.
Powder: This will vary from person to person. There is setting powder and there is also powder that will add a little more coverage. As mentioned my favourite is M.A.C. Studio Fix powder plus concealer. I am still using the same same powder that I bought back in February 2012 and I use it every day!
Waterproof Mascara and Eyeliner: Waterworks are a guarantee for most at weddings, so be sure that you have some waterproof mascara and eyeliner handy. L'Oreal - Voluminous Million Lashes comes in waterproof and is a mascara that I've used for a long time. You might also want to invest in lashes, but be sure to do a trial run as they do take some time to adjust to wearing.
Blush, Bronzer, and Highlighter: I have used Quo from Shoppers for a long time for all of these. However, I recently purchased pop of pink blush, bronzer and highlighter from Smashbox (with my Optimum points!). I have to admit that I LOVE them and use all three almost daily! As I mentioned on one of my bridal looks in my portfolio, for your wedding you will want to add more pigment to your face as the flash from a camera will wash a lot of it out. So have fun with it!
Eyeshadow: Your wedding day makeup has to last you the entire day. My favourite palette that can accomplish many wedding looks is the Naked palette by Urban Decay (which usually comes with their eyelid primer). Eyeshadow is a personal preference. If you're testing out eyeshadow in a store use your index finger and pick up some of the pigment, then wipe it on your inner forearm. This will give you a good idea of how pigmented (strong the colour is), and also show you how it will look on your skin.
Lips: For lips you want something that will wear off naturally during the day. I find that liners and lipsticks need to be reapplied too often, which isn't always easy during such an eventful day. So, instead I like to go for a lip stain/gloss that wears off naturally throughout the day and is easy to reapply when needed. I stumbled across a great product at Walmart, Hard Candy - All Glossed Up! It is $5 dollars and an amazing product. It goes on smooth, and wears off well during the day. I used it with my last bridal makeup application and it was amazing!
One final tip about colour: When it comes to your foundation and powder do make sure that you ask a professional to colour match you. Sephora has a colour IQ station that will find your perfect match. You want to make sure that your foundation is as closely matched to your skin as possible for the photos. Once you have been colour matched ask for a sample of your current skin tone, and a lighter or darker one as well (depending on what time of the year you are getting married). Test out a few samples before you purchase your perfect shade. If you're going to invest in makeup, your wedding is the perfect time to do it. The makeup will last you years to come, and you will look back at your photos and love the long lasting coverage and look you will achieve.
I hope this information has been helpful. If you have any questions at all please don't hesitate to contact me!
Thanks for reading.
Favourite Bridal Makeup Artist
I am a freelance makeup artist who works out of Waterloo. I am an Ontario qualified teacher with a passion for makeup. I love to help people look and feel their very best!