When it comes to bridal makeup, less is always more. It shouldn’t be overdone and brides should feel and look their most natural and beautiful. Subtle champagnes, dusty pinks, and earthy browns are colors that most brides opt for. Apart from makeup products that are light and feels breathable, another important thing to look for is staying-power. You may have time on the day to touch-up, but you also don’t want to be constantly worrying reapplying. This is especially true for your mascara, for instance, as it needs to withstand those tear-jerking moments.
While some brides work with makeup artists on the big day to avoid added stress, it’s always a great option to do your makeup yourself. Work with the products you already have and invest in some of the ones below if you like. Practice a few times before the wedding and ask a friend who’s really good at makeup (if you’re not) to help you out. The important thing is to look like yourself, but better.
1. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
Creating a smooth base for your makeup is essential. Just apply a dime-size amount and your make-up is sure to stay put all day. ($36)
2. Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Lotion
Prep your eyelids with this cult favorite to avoid any creasing of your eye shadow during the day. ($20)
3. Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer Kit
We love how blend-able this concealer is, as it effortless glides on to cover your dark circles and even minor blemishes. The kit even comes with a fine powder for the perfect application to keep you looking refreshed. Tip: Always put your concealer on after your foundation; this avoids putting on too much and having it look cakey. ($35)
4. Giorgio Armani Maestro Foundation
This light-as-air foundation blends flawlessly with your skin, making it comfortable to wear all day and lets your radiance show. Tip: Remember to opt for a foundation without SPF if there’s going to be a lot of flash photography in order to avoid a white cast. ($64)
5. YSL Touche Éclat
A makeup bag favorite, use the Touche Éclat to bring some subtle sheen to your look. Tip: Use it on the parts of your face where the light hits; such as highlighting your brow bone, cheekbones, and Cupid ’s bow. ($41)
6. Bareminerals Mineral Veil
This barely-there powder is the perfect topper for your makeup look. It’s a staple finishing powder that has light-reflecting pearls, giving you an ethereal softness to your look. ($21)
7. NARS Laguna Bronzing Powder
Another cult favorite, the NARS Laguna gives the perfect sun-kissed look and is great for subtle contouring. Whether you’re having an outdoor or indoor wedding, a touch of bronzer will give you a boost of a healthy glow. ($38)
8. Stila Convertible Color
The best cream blush around, Stila’s Convertible Color will make sure that your cheeks stay rosy all day and night. “Nude Pink” is a perfect and natural cheek topper for the bride or bridesmaids. ($25)
9. Lancome Artliner
A bestseller year-on-year the Artliner is a liquid liner with an almost felt-tip applicator, allowing for precision application. It’s extremely pigmented and long-lasting. Tip: Try the “Brown” or even “Augergine” shade for a less intense look than traditional black.($30.50)
10. Dior Diorshow Waterproof Mascara
Diorshow mascaras are amazing because they’re great for volume and length. Go for the waterproof version of this old favorite to avoid panda eyes. ($28.50)
11. Bobbi Brown Brow Kit
It’s important to add some natural definition to your face by touching up your brows. Get your eyebrows plucked at a brow bar a few days before the wedding and add a touch of brow powder, which looks more natural than a brow pencil. Tip: Set with a clear mascara. ($47)
12. Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Solo
We absolutely love the Eyes to Kill collection by Giorgio Armani for its color selection and staying power. “Shade 10”, which is a very light dusty pink, is perfect for any bridal look. Tip: Don’t forget to dab a bit of white shimmery shadow on the inner corners or your eyes to open them up. ($32)
13. YSL Glossy Stain
Lip stains are great for weddings because they last and usually don’t transfer. We adore the Vernis À Lèvres because it gives the sheen of a traditional lip gloss while having the intensity of a lipstick. The impressive color selection means that you’ll be able to find the perfect shade for your makeup look. Tip: Gently exfoliate your lips the day before the wedding and keep hydrated to avoid chapped lips! ($35)
14. EOS Lip Balm
Chapped lips are a big no-no for not only your wedding, and not just foryour wedding day. We love EOS lip balms because they’re so easy to apply in a hurry. Tip: Add a touch of lip balm before you apply your lipstick because they can be drying.($3.29)
Tips & Tricks
- Make sure to photography yourself with your makeup look using a nice camera before the wedding. This will help you decide if you need more/less makeup.
- Instead of wearing a full set a fake lashes, try using individual ones for a more natural look. And don’t forget about your bottom lashes too!
- Keep some oil blotting sheets to use during the day.
- When it comes to makeup on your big day, less is more. It’s always better to play it safe.