It’s been a while I know and I’m really sorry for that, life has gone a bit crazy in the day job world which has meant my blog has taken a bit of a backseat but I’m back with recently inspired post suggested by a friend of mine who is actually getting married herself in a couple of weeks. We happen to sit next to each other in the day job and she’s regularly asking bridal make-up related questions and this post was born…
Over the past 6 years I often find myself saying the same things or answering the same questions or coming up against the same problems when it comes to looking after yourself and preparing you and your skin for your big day, so with this post I will try to banish some of the worries out there…
1. Don’t over do it
This is the most important one which is why I’ve decided to start with it. I’m a make-up artist who actually doesn’t like over doing it when it comes to make-up. It’s really important to be aware of your good points and your bad points and to make it clear on your trial what you do and don’t like about yourself. A good make-up artist will make you look like an enhanced version of yourself but not someone you don’t recognise when you look in the mirror. You need to walk down the aisle and know that the man waiting for you at the other end will be amazed by how wonderful you look and not slightly shocked by how much make-up you’re wearing, Don’t be afraid to say it’s too much if at your trial you feel overly made up. It’s good to be prepared so show your make-up artist some images of yourself with make-up on when you’ve felt good about yourself, it will help her/him build up a picture of what your comfort zone is. Don’t get my wrong it’s ok to push your comfort zone a litte just don’t over do it!
2. Go easy on the tan
There’s nothing wrong with wanting a tan on your wedding day, most brides do, but think very carefully about it and if you’re going for a spray tan allow it to build up slowly rather than going for one last minute really dark tan. Also try to avoid fake tanning your face. It’s really easy for your make-up artist to make your face match your body with bronzers etc but it’s really hard to hide dodgy tan lines where it’s gone a little bit wrong!!
If you want a real tan don’t take ANY risks, wear strapless clothing and a decent amount of sun protection when out in the un, the last thing you want is strap marks or to be a burnt bride!
3. Don’t change your skincare regime
No matter how much you feel like you want to, in the last 8 weeks running up to your wedding do not change your skin care regime. It’s far more likely to be detrimental than beneficial. Trust me!! If you want to do any thing then purchase a facial exfoliating sponge and use it with your current facial wash, it will help to remove dead skin and keep your skin smooth and clear.
4. Not planning your lip wear for the full day
A good make-up artist will talk about this with you but if you’ve decided to do your make-up yourself or she doesn’t raise it then ask yourself. As the minute she leaves it’s the one thing that usually needs a touch up on occasions throughout the day. I have a few rules I suggest all my brides abide by when picking their lip wear on the day.
1) Avoid lip gloss like the plague, it transfers on to everything you kiss and your hair and veil will stick to it too, plus it needs really regular touch ups
2) If you want to wear a lipstick then make sure you buy the lipstick your make-up artist uses so you can do touch ups on the day and then apply it using a lip brush and blot really well. Lipsticks are made to last 3-4 hours but if you don’t blot then they’ll come off easily in an hour or so.
3) If you don’t like lipstick then ask your make-up artist about a lip stain, this is a real favourite with a lot of my brides, it saves having to reapply lip colour throughout the day and gives you subtle wash of colour that will last and last. You can apply lip balm over the top which works well if you’re suffering with dry lips and feel the need for some moisture but it’s not absolutely necessary. Recommended lip stains are by Benefit, Benetint, Posie Tint and Cha Cha tint.
5. Wearing too much foundation
Less is more! You really don’t need to pile on the foundation just because it’s your wedding day, in fact your skin will be able to give off it’s natural glow with much more ease if you apply one well applied thin layer of foundation over a good primer. Use bronzers and blushers to add contouring and allow your natural beauty to shine through. This will also avoid awful tear lines down your foundation. If you over do it the foundation with go with the tears.
6. Trying something new
You might feel that it’s your wedding day so you should treat yourself and try something you would never normally do or afford to do. This could be big false lashes, air brush make-up or contouring. Starting with each in turn I’ll explain why I don’t think this is a good idea.
False eyelashes can be really appealing on your wedding day and can give you lovely big fluttery lashes, but if you’re the sort of person who never wears them your wedding day isn’t the day to start. Why not try some individual lashes at the outer corners instead?
Airbrush make-up is a big trend at the moment, especially if you’re lucky enough to not need very much make up but be aware that unless you’ve worn it before and are used to it, it does have it’s disadvantages. If you don’t have the most perfect skin and need a thicker coverage this really isn’t for you. If there’s any kind of a smudge in the make-up from an accidental rub or something then it’s really hard to repair it. I would also advise that it’s not probably going to be suitable for the entire bridal party so take care when thinking of this as an option.
Contouring is really big at the moment, but remember this is true ‘at the moment’ you want a timeless look that when you look at your photographs in 10 and 20 years time you don’t regret going for something too ‘on trend’ of the moment. Contouring is something that can really add definition to your face but I would advise that in daylight (which most weddings are) it can look really harsh and over the top.
7. Overdoing it on the eyes
Don’t go too dark on the eye make-up, think about choosing browns and greys instead of blacks, especially if you’re not a dab hand with eyeliner. Greys and browns are easier to blend and are much less over powering. Be careful of this if you have a very fair complexion, darker skin tones can take darker eyes with more ease.
8. Forgetting to look after your lips
Dry lips can be a real shame on your big day they can make lipstick look rough and feel uncomfortable, you may find you have no option but to wear a lip balm in order to make them feel better. If you can start to look after your lips in the 8 weeks running up using a good lip balm like Carex or any good lip care treatment on a regular basis. Avoid Vaseline, it blocks moisture from getting in rather than making them more moisturised. Buy yourself a cheap toothbrush and then before bed every night dry brush your lips in circular motions with a bit of lip balm for a couple of minutes. It will help to remove dead skin and make your lips feel really soft.
9. Not wanting your eyebrows enhanced
Your eyebrows can make such an impact to the shape of your face, make sure you encourage your make-up artist to enhance them for you during your trial so you can get used to them if it’s something you don’t usually do. If it’s too much ask them to do it with less of an impact but don’t leave them bare they will need some kind of shape to them. Also finding someone who can shape them for you in the week running up, either via waxing or threading is a really good plan, make sure you get a recommendation though and try them at least once before the big day.
10. Dab don’t wipe
This is my biggest tip and the most important thing to remember, when you cry which you undoubtedly will, make sure you catch you tears and dab them away rather than wiping. Dabbing won’t take the make up away in the way that wiping will! Have your bridesmaids on hand with plenty of tissues throughout the ceremony, that’s what they’re there for.
I hope you’ve found this useful and if you think someone could benefit from reading this please feel free to share this with your friends!
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