A Makeup Guide for the Classic Bride

A lot of time and detail usually goes into planning a wedding. Your make up should also be planned ahead of time, so that you look picture perfect on your wedding day.

Whether you are planning to do it yourself or hire a makeup artist it is always nice to have some pictures for inspiration and reference to look back to. It can also help ensure that you and your makeup artist are on the same page. For instance, your definition of a ‘smokey eye’ may be completely different from your makeup artist’s definition. Even better, do a trial run of your wedding look. If you hire a makeup artist, try to coordinate a trial on a day like your Wedding Shower or Bachelorette Party so that you can test the look in photos, see how long the makeup wears and bonus – you look fantastic for another event!

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Here are some tips to keep in mind for your big day:

  • The camera sees differently than your eyes. Avoid products that have a high frost finish and glitter as these products will reflect light back into the camera. Flash photography can wash out color – you want to apply a bit more color than you normally would so it is picked up in photos.
  • For your concealer, most people need 2 shades. Usually a warmer/peachier shade to counteract the bluish/purple tones in dark circles. A yellow toned concealer to counteract any redness and blemishes. Avoid using concealers that are too light as it can do the opposite of concealing and make dark circles look muddy.
  • Avoid foundations with a SPF. Yes, you read that right! Normally I advocate SPF but the titanium dioxide in SPF tends to cast a white hue in photos. Ever wonder why sometimes your face looks lighter in pictures than in person? You also want to avoid any powder foundations. A foundation that I would recommend is Make Up Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation. Or if you do not want to buy a full sized product you can try a concealer without SPF and wear it as a foundation. One that I have used on brides in the past is MAC Select Moisturecover – it has a great finish that is very blendable and buildable. You will want to set your foundation with a powder to make it last all day.
  • Certain lighting can flatten the face so you want to add dimension by using a bronzer and a highlighting product. For highlighting, you want to use the product on the high points of the face – brow bone, cheek bone, temples, cupid’s bow. A product I would recommend instead of a traditional shimmer powder would be YSL Touche Eclat – love, love this product.
  • Choose shades that flatter you and stay away from anything ‘trendy’ (bright shadows, glitter liners) on your wedding day – you don’t want to look back at your wedding photos and have your makeup to look dated. Keep your look classic and timeless.
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  • Falsies are your friend if you aren’t blessed with lush lashes or if you want that extra oomph! Full lashes help define and open up the eyes for photos. Waterproof mascara and eyeliner are also a must on your wedding day. It’s an emotional day and even if you aren’t the type to cry, waterproof formulas last longer and can help with the smudge battle.
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  • Your wedding day is going to be a loooong day.   Keep a touch-up kit with you so that you can touch-up your makeup throughout the day. Some items you may want to have in your kit: powder, blotting papers, lipstick, lipgloss, eyeliner, concealer, Q-tips and eyelash glue.

I hope some of these tips help you look and feel your most beautiful on your special day. Remember to enjoy the day as it goes by so quickly! Good Luck!


This post is dedicated to our dear friend K, whose upcoming wedding is in August.

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