Must Have Wedding Day Beauty Tips
By Jeanette Crutchfield
Tip 1: Stay Hydrated
The most important tip for wedding season prep is to stay hydrated. You really should be drinking enough water to stay properly hydrated year-round, but during wedding season it’s even more important. Bridal makeup is all about beautiful skin and nothing helps skin better than staying hydrated. Water is vital to our survival as your skin is the largest organ in your body and is between 55 and 75 percent water. Eating a well-balanced diet, which includes drinking water, can help with healthy skin and help you look and feel your best for the big day.
Tip 2: Prep Your Skin
Prepping your skin for the big day happens long before you apply your bridal makeup. Ideally, you should start looking at your skincare routine three months before your wedding date. Start by ensuring you have the right skincare products for your skin type and needs. Even if you think you know your skin, if you’ve been using the same products for quite a while, try a skincare finder to make sure they truly are designed for your skin concerns.
Double check that you have hydrating face cleanser and moisturizer for your big day, as well as SPF! These are the must-haves of every skincare routine. From there you can add a facial serum depending on your skin concerns, as well as other skincare products like masks, toners, and eye creams to improve your skin tone and texture for your big day.
Timing is Everything!
Starting your skincare prep 3 months before the event ensures your skin will look the best possible.
When looking at your skincare routine, pay attention to what season of your wedding. Summer skin tends to be more oily and shiny whereas winter skin can be dry and flaky. Choose your products accordingly and then be consistent with your skin routine. Skincare rarely gives immediate effects and needs time to show the benefits on the skin.
One month out from the wedding is when you want to schedule a facial. Timing is crucial. It’s soon enough to the wedding for your skin to still be smooth and glowing, however it’s far enough out from the big day that if you get any post-facial breakouts, they will have time to heal. If a professional facial is out of your budget, you can DIY at home with a clay mask. These masks help to refine pores, reduce excess oil, and smooth out your complexion.
Also, one month out is when you want to stop experimenting with your skincare. This is not the time to try that new retinol serum you saw on social media or that DIY cocktail that promises to give you flawless skin. Stick to your skincare routine and try not to overdo it.
The night before the wedding, the most important thing you can do for your skin is to get a good night’s sleep. There’s something to be said about “beauty sleep”. The night before, try to stay as calm and relaxed as possible. Try a hydrating sheet mask and relax for a few minutes. Take a warm bath. Spend time with your friends. And above all, get to bed at a decent time.
The morning of the event, prep your skin with the skincare routine you’ve been using throughout. Don’t forget to complete your wedding day skincare routine with a healthy dose of sunscreen, especially if your wedding is outside.
Tip 3: Grip Your Makeup with a Good Primer
No matter what your makeup look, it is crucial to prime your skin if you want long-lasting makeup. Face primers help your look be long-wearing and last well into the reception and cutting of the cake. It is important to choose a face primer based on your skin type as well as the look you are going after. There are a variety of face primers available to give you a fresh, hydrated look that lasts all day, ones that smooth out the appearance of pores for a flawless complexion, as well as ones that control shine with a matte finish so you look picture-perfect. Follow the directions on the back of the face primer package (yes, some primers apply differently than others), and let the face primer set for at least 30 seconds before moving on to your makeup.
Tip 4: Achieve a Flawless Looking Glowing Complexion
Every bride wants that glowing complexion to last the entire time. If a makeup artist is not in your budget, getting a long-lasting glow is easier than you think.
The key to any wedding look is a hydrating concealer. Choose a long lasting formula minimizing touch-ups, has a satin finish, and is hydrating as you will want to look bright-eyed throughout it all.
To showcase your healthy glowing skin, use a complexion booster. These glow-boosters give subtle radiance and luminosity that not only makes you feel amazing but also photographs beautifully. The key is in the application. Artfully apply the complexion booster to the high points of your face- cheekbones, brow bones, across the cupids bow of your lip, and even across your decolletage. This will help give you that luminous glow without looking shiny or oily.
To set your makeup for all-day and all-night wear, use a powder puff to gently press a luminous loose setting powder onto your complexion and lock it in place with a setting spray designed for long wear.
Tip 5: Make Your Eye Makeup Last All Day and Night
Your eyes are the window of the soul, and you are baring your soul to the one. Make sure your eye makeup is ready for it! We recommend going with a neutral eyeshadow to have a more timeless look that you will love on your wedding day.
PRO TIP: Tap some shimmery glitter in the middle of your eyelid. It will open up your entire eye look and have your peepers positively sparkling all night long.
The one thing to remember for your lashes is volumizing waterproof mascara even if you do not usually wear waterproof mascara, this is the time to wear it. When you tear up (and you likely will), waterproof mascara will stay put and not flake. Follow up with a waterproof liquid liner to give an uplifting winged look
Tip 6: Long Lasting Lips
The last step of your wedding makeup look might be the the most important - your lips! Whether you choose a soft natural pink or a bold red lip color, it’s important to choose a long-lasting formula with a matching lip pencil to help your lip look stay put.
Outline your lips with a lip liner and then fill them in completely with the pencil to help your lip color stay on longer. Use a brush or your finger to gently buff the lipliner into your lips to help it adhere better. Next, apply a long-lasting lipstick in light layers, blotting with a tissue in between applications. This helps your lip color to last.
Not into lipstick but still want a perfect pout for your wedding? Try a plumping lip gloss for fuller-looking lips.
There you have it! All you need for the perfect looking skin and makeup to make your wedding day that more magical!