Our wedding makeup tips can help you create a bridal look that’s everything you ever dreamed of. Your wedding will be one of the most important days of your life, so getting the details just right is a must.
Remember these key tips: If you’re having a makeup artist do your bridal makeup, schedule a practice day to ensure you are happy with your final wedding makeup choices. Next, give yourself plenty of time to get your hair and makeup ready on your special day. You don’t want to be rushed when you’re trying to look your best. Your pictures will last forever, so you want to be calm and happy by having plenty of “getting ready” time. Finally, keep a little bag of cosmetics essentials handy. Include extra foundation, lipstick, lipgloss and powder in the shades you plan to wear that day so that you can do quick touch ups throughout the day if needed.
The bridal and wedding makeup tips and tricks you learn will help you look gorgeous for your bridal and engagement pictures. They’ll also help you have an easier time working with your makeup artist and letting her know which looks and makeup styles you love most. These essential beauty tips will also help you ensure your makeup will hold up throughout your entire wedding day.
See our most recent wedding and bridal makeup posts below:
Wedding Eye Makeup Tips
When it comes to your wedding, eye makeup can be a tricky subject. Brides need to rely on makeup that will last all day. Plus, with tears of happiness that may or may not decide to make an appearance, no bride wants to deal with running mascara or eyeliner. Here are a few wedding eye makeup tips to help you get a perfect look that will last.
Consider Eyelash Extensions for Your Wedding Day
Lash extensions allow you to have long, gorgeous lashes – without the worry of your mascara running if you happen to get emotional on your special day. I used to look down on eyelash extensions because, honestly, I really liked my natural lashes and thought many of the sets of lash extensions looked fake. Nowadays, you can get lash extensions that look completely natural and blend with your real lashes.
I finally tried extensions last year. Let me tell you, I am absolutely sold. You can create just about any look you like. There are all sorts of lengths, shades, types and shapes. Just be sure to go to someone who has a lot of experience and can apply them correctly. And, for your bridal look, someone who can do more of a natural looking application. Also, we recommended you try them out a month or so before your wedding so you have time to get used to them beforehand.
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Choose a Fool-proof Eye Liner
There are a number of eye liners that will look beautiful for your wedding day makeup look. The point here is to choose wisely. Many liners fade quickly or wash away easily with just a little moisture. You want a liner that won’t budge. Quite a few eye liner formulas that will do the trick. A waterproof liner may be a good option. Or, if you know of a liner you love that doesn’t run, that may be your best bet.
Our recommendation? MAC’s Liquidlast Liner is a lifesaver. It does require an oil-based makeup remover when you’re ready to take it off, but until then it stays put. It comes in a variety of shades. Our favorite is Point Black for a more classic look, or Coco Bar or Brassbeat for a more natural look. When I spend a day at the lake, I pair this MAC Liquidlast eye liner with lash extensions for an all day look that won’t wash away, even with a cannon ball into the water.
When your bridal makeup is the least of your worries, you can spend your energy on more important things, like debating with your mom regarding her potential mother of the bride outfits. And we all know, with many a mother, that is no easy task!
Wedding Makeup Tutorial using Chanel Cosmetics
This tutorial shows some excellent makeup application tips for your wedding day or any special occasion. The tips are also important to remember for everyday use as well, ie: don’t over do it with concealer, and metallic shadows. The tutorial uses makeup from the Chanel Cosmetics line.
Choosing Makeup Colors for Your Wedding
Anyone planning a wedding knows the deliberation that goes into choosing your wedding colors. Your wedding makeup is just as important, and also needs to coordinate with the colors you’ve chosen for your special day. They also need to flatter your skin tone, eye color and hair color. With so much to take into consideration, here are some tips to get you started.
First ask yourself if there are any colors you can pull from your bridal bouquet or wedding centerpieces. For instance, if your flower arrangements contain a blend of oranges, pinks and corals, consider choosing from among those shades and using those colors as your blush and lip color. Determine whether your skin has warm or cool undertones. If you’re on the cooler side, choose a cool version of the shade you are considering. For instance, If you have warmer undertones to your skin, a coral shade may look best on you, whereas if you have cooler undertones, picking up on the pink shades in you bouquet might look best.
If your bridal bouquets have bolder colors like deep purples or reds, use minimal makeup to coordinate. For instance, if your main color is red, you may want to wear a classic red lipstick and then stick to simple makeup for your eyes and the rest of your look. Dark purple or navy can be used as an eye liner color if you want to pull out some of those types of shades.
But keep in mind that you can also simply compliment your wedding colors rather than coordinate with them. Use good judgment when deciding which way to go. A nice, neutral eyeshadow shade can often look more flattering and add just the right amount of glow to your look without requiring the use of specific colors. If your wedding colors can be worked into your look, go for it. If not, opt to compliment with neutrals and avoid clashing with your wedding colors.
Bridal makeup is an essential part of your wedding day look. If you can, you may want to schedule an appointment with a makeup artist at a department store makeup counter and bring in a few swatches of your wedding shades. The artist can help you evaluate potential makeup colors and assist you in choosing your final bridal makeup look.
Benefit: Realness of Concealness
Beauty emergency? Not anymore… Benefit’s Realness of Concealness mini “fake it” kit has the solution for just about anything. This little kit contains an assortment of fix-it products from Benefit Cosmetics. The enhancers include Ooh La Lift, Lip Plump and High Beam, as well as Lemon Aid and Boi-ing – two of the top selling Benefit concealers. The kit is portable – small enough to pass through airport security with its recently tightened regulations (learn more about travel beauty tips). According to Benefit, “It’s your solution for beauty dilemmas on-the-go”.
If you’re a Cosmopolitan Magazine fan, you’ll be glad to know it was praised there and received the “Fabulous Face Kit” Beauty Award. It was also voted the “Favorite Timesaver” by Child Magazine. If you have a stressful week and you happen to break out, this concealer kit can be a life saver if you have any events that week. If you’ve been curious about a Benefit concealer or other correction product, this is a great way to try it out, along with a few other Benefit fan favorites. This is also a great item to keep handy in a wedding day makeup kit. The kit retails for just $32 and comes in a darling little box.
You can purchase it here! :)
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Dior Lip Glosses – Reviews of Our Top Picks
Dior Cosmetics is a high-end makeup brand with prices to match. Like anything by Christian Dior, you can definitely expect to spend quite a bit more than you would for an average cosmetics product. While you can probably argue that you can find just as good quality at places like MAC for a fraction of the price, everyone deserves to own at least one item from Dior – if only for the feeling you get when you pull the elegantly packaged product out of your makeup bag. And if you’re only going to own one Dior item, you can’t go wrong with a lip gloss. Dior’s top of the line glosses are the perfect splurge item for a bride’s wedding makeup look, a fun photo shoots or your next exciting date or special occasion.
Many of their devotees’ first foray into Dior was with their lip gloss. That’s because their glosses have an excellent reputation in the cosmetics world. Celebrities and fashion magazines alike sing its praises and with good reason.
Dior has been around forever but the first gloss that started getting a lot of press was Dior Addict. The Dior Addict Ultra Gloss Reflect is a shimmery gloss that is shiny without being sticky. Rose Denim is a cool toned rosy-pink color with a subtle blue shimmer. It is perfect for neutralizing colors that are too warm. If you have always wanted to wear a baby pink color but never thought you could pull it off, this is a great way to experiment because it’s very sheer and the intensity will vary depending on what you put underneath it.
Crème de Gloss is a gloss with a very high color payoff. In fact, it reminds me more of a liquid lipstick than a gloss. It could easily be worn on its own because it is not sheer like most glosses. The texture is about as perfect as a gloss can be. It’s very creamy and moisturizes without being sticky or drying out your lips. Fig Nectar is a highly pigmented plummy pink that looks great on both warm and cool skin tones. It also lasts longer than you would expect a gloss to last.
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As part of their new DiorKiss line, Dior has also released their DiorKiss Luscious Lip-Plumping Gloss – a lip gloss available in eight translucent shades that plump your lips as they shine. Most of the shades have a iridescent shimmer to them. The lip gloss also features a special curved gloss applicator that allows for smooth and application.
Another Dior lip gloss fav of ours is Dior’s Addict Lip Polish – a lip primer and polish in one. This lip product mimics the effect of a lip primer with it’s unique formula of moisturizing hyaluronic microspheres and a high shine finish. The product also has a special spinning roll-on applicator that gives you an even, “just-right” amount of polish over your entire lip area.
Dior lip glosses are a great choice for anyone who is looking to treat themselves to an ultimate luxury pick-me-up. It helps you look great and feel great at the same time.
How to Apply Makeup Primer
[See the rest of our How to Apply Makeup series for beginners.]
Makeup primer is one of those beauty secrets that can make a big difference in the look and wear of your makeup. It preps your skin for makeup and creates a smooth base that makeup can adhere well to. If you’ve tried a foundation that looks fantastic on a friend or a model in a magazine only to be disappointed with the results, using makeup primers can make a big difference. Even if you are happy with the foundation you are currently using, a layer of cosmetics primer underneath can bring it to a whole new level.
Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you learn how to apply makeup primer:
Step 1: First you will need to use moisturizer. Putting any makeup on top of dry skin usually leads to trouble later in the day. Choose a light moisturizer as heavy creams tend to make primer slide right off your skin. Be sure to let the moisturizer sit for a few minutes to allow it to be absorbed into your skin.
Step 2: Pump or pour a small amount of the primer into your hand. Dip a damp foundation wedge sponge into the primer and dab it gently onto your face, beginning under your eyes and around your nose. (Note that some primers are packaged in such a way that you spritz them directly onto your face from the bottle.)
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Step 3: Next, add the primer to your forehead, chin, nose, and cheeks.
Step 4: Using the same sponge, blend the primer into your skin. Be sure you cover all areas s evenly as possible, but it’s okay to use a little extra in places where your makeup tends to wear off quickly, such as in the T-zone or over large pores.
Step 5: Wait a few minutes for your primer to dry before applying foundation and concealer.
Step 6: Most foundation primers aren’t suited for the eyelids, but you can purchase a primer specifically designed for the eyelid. Eyeshadow is often the first makeup to fade during the day. A good eye makeup primer can help you get much more mileage out of even the cheapest eyeshadows. Just rub some into your eyelids before applying shadow to help your shadow stick to your lids all day.
Once you know how to use makeup primer, you’ll have an extra secret weapon at your disposal to help you achieve the ultimate in your makeup look for your next special occasion.
Make Your Makeup Last with MAC
Our favorite cosmetic brand, MAC Cosmetics, is made specifically to resist any active day or a night out on the town. Tougher than regular cosmetics, MAC knows there is much more to the glitz and glamor than just application. For me, there is nothing I hate more than creases on a beautifully done eyelid, or spending a bunch of time on my face makeup or eye makeup only to see the different shades blend together at the sight of sweat or moisture.
To prevent these cosmetic catastrophes, here are a couple products you might want to try (if you haven’t already), as well as a few quick makeup tips:
To avoid eyelid creases on your lid, first apply MAC Paint under your eyeshadow. These Paints blend right into your skin and serve as a base that will keep your eyeshadow looking fresh all day, or night. Some people use the paints as their actual shadow, but I often use it in addition to shadow to help my shadow last longer and stay in place. Paint can double as a simple basic primer that works well with a matte or shimmer look. The paints come in different shades, but my favorite is Bare Canvas – it is just that, a nice, neutral shade that provides the perfect canvas for your shadow. Truth be told I have even dabbed Bare Canvas on my lips to help keep my lip gloss or lip stick on a little longer. :D
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Now, shadows are not the only thing that starts to wear out and blend together. So, for a fresh all over look, MAC created its popular Prep + Prime – a makeup primer that you smooth over your face to achieve an impeccable powder application. Many of us use both foundation and powder but with Prep + Prime I have found that for a more natural look the powder itself will do just fine. Of course both can be used if a little more coverage is needed. If you’ve ever wondered how to make your makeup last all day, you’ll definitely want to give Prep + Prime a try. You can usually even stop by the MAC counter and have one of the makeup artists apply it to your skin so you can test it out.
When there is a long day or night ahead, let these top MAC products come to your cosmetic rescue and make your makeup last longer. MAC Paints and MAC Prep + Prime are both top notch MAC essentials that will prevent you from having to take a too many powder breaks – leaving more time for the more important things in life!
Seven Tips for Kissable Lips
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, here are a few tips to get ultra soft, smooth, kissable lips:
- Apply Vaseline to your lips each night before bedtime. You may have another lip balm product you will want to use instead, but if not, good old Vaseline works wonders.
- Keep an extra toothbrush handy and use it to lightly brush the surface of your lips each day to remove dead or dry skin. You will want to do this just as your Vaseline or other moisturizer is wearing off so that the dry skin comes off smoothly and easily. If you wait until your lips are already dry, it won’t do much good!
- Always use a water-resistant lip balm with SPF protection (yes, even in the winter… and especially while skiing or snowboarding). The skin on your lips is ultra thin and delicate. Since you don’t need to “tan” your lips, too much sun exposure will cause your lips to burn, chap, or worse. This can make applying any type of lip color a nightmare. A protective lip balm will prevent damage and soften your lips all at the same time.
- Use a lip liner that is close to your natural lip color. You don’t want to use one that’s too dark – your lip liner is there to help keep your lip color in place and make it last longer, not to create a distracting line around your mouth.
- When applying lipstick, blot your lipstick with a tissue after applying each layer. This will give your base lip color extra staying power.
- February is a perfect time to try fun, flirty shades in pink, red or berry. Once you’ve finalized your clothing choices, choose a shade that compliments your coloring and goes well with your outfit.
- After applying your lipstick, finish off your look with a soft, shiny lipgloss. But be sure not to go overboard on the gloss – too much can take your lips from gorgeous to gooey. Also, by layering and blotting your lipstick as mentioned in the above step, you won’t have to touch up your lipstick during the evening, which usually requires precision – and a mirror. Glosses are lighter and easier to apply, so you can quickly and easily touch up the shine if needed.
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These tips will give you a perfect pout and help your lip color last much longer – throughout your entire Valentine’s Day date, perhaps? ;)
Benefit Chickster Maybe Baby Powder Perfume and Garter
This chic little powder perfume comes with an absolutely ah-dor-able garter attached to a pouch (perfume scent is Maybe Baby). You wear the garter underneath your party ensemble, and voila! You have the perfect place to stash a lipstick, gloss, extra cash or anything else without having to carry a purse. I can’t tell you how many times I could’ve used something like this when going out dancing. You never want to leave your bag at a table, but any bag (even a small one) just gets in the way when you’re on the dance floor. Well, problem solved! This sexy little accessory is the perfect gift for any of your party-going fashionista friends.
All Day Eyeshadow
Want your eyeshadow to last all day? Here’s a quick trick to try: Apply a cream eyeshadow first, as a base, and then follow it up with your favorite dry shadow. Using this layering technique enables your eyeshadow look to last much longer than applying powder shadow alone.
As an added bonus, this technique intensifies the color. Give it a try next time you have an all day event! ;;)
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Wedding and Bridal Makeup Advice
Your wedding day may be one of the happiest days of your life. It is important that you feel like you look your best. When you look at photographs of your wedding, you want to see your true beauty captured. You may decide to get bridal pictures taken in addition to the photos from your special day. With so many photos and memories, you will want o be sure to have your makeup enhance all of your best features. Makeup application for these special events will most likely be a little different than your average makeup day.
One universal truth is the need to apply more makeup than usual so that it shows up in photographs. Especially since you will probably be wearing white for your wedding and bridals, it is important to apply enough makeup that you don’t end up looking pale or washed out in the photos. For most girls, it might even feel like you are wearing too much makeup, but that probably means it’s just the right amount. When you see the photos that you will have forever, you will be really happy you did go heavier on the makeup.
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Since every girl is different, you will want may want to do a couple of practice makeovers to see what you like the best. Makeup counters in most department stores have makeup artist that can be very helpful. You can even make an appointment with one of them to have them do your makeup for free. They can offer advice on what will look good with your complexion and hair and how to really make your best features pop. If you really like how they do your makeup, consider hiring them to do your makeup for your wedding day and bridals. It is your special day and it will bring peace of mind to know that a professional is doing your makeup exactly how you want it.
If you are doing your own makeup, you will definitely want to invest in some good foundation. The right foundation is very important to help create and even glow to your skin. When it comes to photographs, using a powder foundation can cause you to appear washed out and paler than you may like. A liquid foundation tends to work best. Since you will be wearing white, you really don’t want makeup rubbing off on you all day long. And even though it might be necessary to touch up your makeup at least once during the long day, you don’t want to have to be worried about it all day long. The right foundation can help keep everything set without giving you that oily look.
Looking your best on your wedding day and for your bridals is your right as the bride. A good makeup job will help you feel as beautiful as you are.
Wedding Day Makeup Tips Using Chanel Makeup
This video has some of the best wedding day makeup tips we’ve come across. Brides Magazine’s Beauty Editor, Alice Guillemet, meets with Bridget, Chanel’s Senior Makeup Training Manager, for expert wedding day makeup advice. With her special makeup tips, she covers tons of little things that brides often forget to take into consideration – everything from veils, to wedding colors to essential advice for wedding photography.
The video does highlight some Chanel products, so if you’re a Chanel fanatic (like me!), you’re in luck. If you prefer another brand, you can still use your own array of products and use the techniques they cover – since the tips in this video are essential. You’ll definitely want to take a look!