Women often imagine the wedding day of their dreams, and maybe you’re one of them. If you’re getting ready to prepare for the wedding of your dreams by trying on formal dresses Perth, don’t forget that your wedding day makeup requires thought and preparation, too.
Here are 10 tips for you to make sure that your wedding day makeup is as lovely as your dress:
Don’t wait for the big day to experiment
Your wedding day is going to be filled with too much drama and emotion to wait until then to try out the new makeup look that you found inside of a magazine. Can you imagine how you’re going to feel when you realize that you can’t get the eyeliner right like the makeup artist did? And what if you thought that those dramatic eyes would look stunning on you, but you end up looking like a high-fashion nightmare? And what if that shade of lipstick is simply all wrong?
These are things that you don’t want to find out at the last minute as you’re preparing to walk down the aisle, so do yourself a huge favor – don’t wait until your wedding day to try out makeup looks. Plan out your wedding day makeup look well in advance. This is going to give you time to test, correct, and perfect any looks that you’re inspired by.
Speaking of doing things well in advance…
Prep your skin
You might have heard it said before – the key to great cosmetics is great skin, because the skin is the canvas. There’s a reason why some of your favourite models look flawless in makeup advertising photos. It’s because they invest in their skin care religiously, and when it comes to your wedding day makeup, you should too.
Ideally, you should start prepping your skin at least three months in advance. This gives you time to work with a facialist to discover the skin care regimen that presently will work best for you.
You can also create a plan to make your skin look a certain way by your wedding date. For example, if you’re aiming for dewy, glowing skin, then your facialist can start using products that will help you to achieve your goals. And if you’re struggling with acne-prone skin or a scarred complexion, then corrections can be made months in advance, too.
Primers are key
Do you know why primer is used before applying paint inside of a house? It’s because primer provides a layer that smooths out the texture of the walls while also providing a layer of opaque color so that the hue of the walls remains true. The same concept applies to cosmetic primer for the face and the eyes.
Watch out for SPF product mistakes
SPF products is tricky – you’ll need to wear it in order to protect your skin’s complexion and health, but at the same time, it can make your skin look creepy in photos. This is because the zinc oxide in the product produces an unflattering glow when it’s exposed to photo flashes.
Since there will be plenty of cameras flashing on your big day, it’s best for you to wear an SPF-infused facial moisturizer. At all costs, avoid using a foundation that contains SPF, and don’t use sunscreen on top of your makeup – don’t even use facial powder that’s infused with zinc oxide!
White and sparkling powders look creepy in photos
Along the same lines, you’ll want to avoid the use of white setting powders, along with any powders that contain sparkles, pearls, or glitter.
You might be feeling the glow of love with a heart filled with sparkles and confetti, and you might want your cosmetics to translate how you feel. But you’ll regret doing this when you look at your wedding photos, noticing that your face looks 10 times more pale than the rest of your body. You also won’t like the look of weird light refractions coming off of your face because of the sparkly powder you wore.
Ditto for the eyes and the lips
Again, stay away from anything sparkly! Stick to mattes and creams for the eyes and the lips. You’ll thank yourself when your wedding photos turn out beautifully.
Avoid raccoon eyes
Let’s talk about eye concealer. Certainly, you’ll want to find a way to hide dark circles and discoloration. But a sure way to make sure that you have raccoon eyes in your photos is to cake on concealer on top of your makeup, especially if you’ve piled on the product.
Here’s a trick that makeup artists sometimes use – apply your eye concealer underneath your foundation and setting powder. The foundation will add color to the area, and the concealer underneath will act as a color-correcting primer.
Make your mascara waterproof
It’s almost a sure thing that tears of joy will flow on your wedding day. No matter who around you starts crying first, make sure that you’re protecting your cosmetic investment (and your wedding photos) by purchasing and applying waterproof mascara. And be sure to softly blot your eyes if you cry – do not smear your eyes at any cost!
Blotting sheets are your friends
If your skin is prone to becoming oily and sweaty, then a small pack of blotting sheets are your new best friends. Blotting sheets are thin, sheer papers that suck up excess oil without messing up your makeup. And be sure to buy the blotting papers that aren’t infused with powder – too much powder on your face will make you look dry and ghostly.
Get your lipstick formulation right
Finally, make sure that you use a lipstick formulation that will go the distance without leaving your lips parched and dry.
You can do this by applying lip liner around and towards the middle of your lips. Then add a layer of satin or cream lipstick on top of the liner. You’ll have layers of color that will stick to your lips without the need for using one of those drying matte formulas. Here’s an infographic with more suggestions for making your lipstick last.