Wedding photos last forever, so when it comes to planning your look, don’t spend all your time on the dress and little on your skin care and makeup. Brides tend to try new things right before their wedding, for example, new creams, tanning products or spa services. You can run into a little bit of trouble if you don’t know what you are doing, so here are a few tips to keep in mind that will save you from a beauty blunder on your big day:
1) Always have a makeup trial: Whether or not you are doing your own makeup or going with a pro, make sure you schedule a trial. Test, test, test. Try a few different looks and photograph them to see how they finish. Make sure you test with photos because sometimes the final product looks different to the naked eye vs. flash photography.
2) Stay true to your look: If you do not normally wear a lot of makeup, you should keep things natural (enhancing your features), and if you don't normally wear smokey dark eyes, don't use your wedding day as an opportunity to be experimental. You want to be able to recognize yourself in photos.
3) Exfoliate: Your beauty regime leading up to your big day is from head to toe. Make sure you exfoliate and take care of your elbows, legs, knees, shoulders, and anywhere with bare skin. And of course, moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.
4) Waterproof it: Prepare for waterworks. Use waterproof foundation, primer, setting powders, blushes, eyeshadows, mascaras eyeliners and lip stains! There are some great finishing sprays that can help set your look for hours.
5) Touch-up Kit: Ensure that you have a makeup touch-up kit with you or your bridesmaids on the big day. Here is a good, general list of what you might need:
- Lash glue
- Blotting tissue
- Refreshing spray
- Translucent powder
- Blush brush
- Pencil sharpener
- Powder puff
- Make-up remover wipes
- Cotton swabs
6) Lip stain and Lip pencil: No matter what your lipstick promises you, they will come off as the night and drinks go on. Opt for a lip stain for kiss-proof colour and if you prefer lipstick, find the matching lip pencil in your favourite shade and use that instead of a lipstick. It'll last much much longer.
7) Primer: Last but not least, make sure you start your makeup routine with primer. Eye primer, face primer and lip primer are key to long lasting makeup. To avoid shiny hot-spots, you can apply extra primer on your T-zone and chin.