My favorite part of weddings, aside from all the dancing, is seeing how beautiful the bride looks. Although wedding makeup is typically very simple and neutral, it is one of the most difficult makeup looks to create. Not only does it have to be perfect for your big day, but it has to make you look like the best possible version of yourself while lasting through an entire day of kissing, hugging, crying, eating, and dancing. For me, it’s all about the dress and makeup. Since Kate Middleton, more and more brides are opting to do their own makeup. I’m a bit of a makeup junkie and surprise — I’ve done bridal makeup for women about to begin their Happily Ever After. Below, I’ve outlined my favorite wedding day makeup: a classic, natural look, but amped up.
The goal of your wedding makeup is to bring out your best features while being long lasting (although you may want to do some periodic touchups throughout the day). We recommend getting your makeup done by a professional makeup artist. Be sure to schedule a trail so that you can explain to the makeup artist exactly what you want and get a preview of the look. You’ll want waterproof mascara and long-wear lipstick. And remember, sometimes less is more. Allow the artist to make suggestions, but in the end, it is your day and you’re the one who gets to decide how you look.
When deciding on your hair and makeup for the big day, first take into account the overall ‘feel’ and theme of the event. Your beauty accents should be in-line with the theme and compliment your personality as well. If your wedding is rustic and outdoors, consider hair that is loose and undone, and maybe even skip the veil for a more casual look. Or if the wedding is an elegant black-tie affair, think about a sleek style that is timeless and polished. Although this may seem intuitive, sitting down and planning out the game plan ahead of time will help you get your desired results- and will aid your stylist and makeup artist in achieving the look and feel you are aiming for. A great way to narrow down your style is to not only use bridal magazines for dress shopping, but also to find hair and makeup looks that make you stop and say ‘ooh!’ Tear those pictures out for your planning too, so you have an easy way to show your beauty team.
Your wedding day is the day you’ll be photographed most, so you want to be sure your foundation is a good match to your skin. My favorite foundation is Makeup Forever HD Invisible Cover. Available in 26 shades, you’re sure to find the best fit. Apply using a foundation brush and be sure to blend around your hairline, nose, and jaw line. Next, apply concealer where needed to cover up any skin imperfections. I like Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing, which is smooth and has full coverage. As any bride knows, there’s no such thing as “plenty of sleep” before the big day. To hide dark circles, swipe Yves St. Laurent Touch Eclat Radiant Touch in a V-pattern under your eyes. Tap using your ring finger to blend. Set your foundation using a good pressed powder- I like NARS. Add a pop of color to your cheeks with a good pinky-peach blush. Try NARS Orgasm, which has a hint of golden shimmer to highlight your cheekbones.
To amp up your eyes, start by lining your top waterline with a long-wearing kajal eyeliner- I prefer NYX Cosmetics Collection Noir Kohl Kajal Black Liner. It doesn’t smudge and will last through your happy tears. Next, apply a neutral eye shadow, such as beige, taupe, or for a little sparkle, a metallic. I like Urban Decay’s Naked2 palette. It has 12 beautiful, neutral colors that you can mix and match to your liking. My favorite wedding day shades are a Bootycall, Half Baked, and Tease. Next, take your kajal liner again and line only your top lid, getting as close to your lash line as possible. To soften the line, take an angled eyeliner brush and gently smudge, extending just past your outside lash. Don’t forget to load on two coats of waterproof mascara. I prefer Maybelline Volum’ Express Mega Plush Waterproof mascara in Blackest Black.
Finally, fill in your eyebrows. This small step makes all the difference in framing your face and completing your look. I like Chanel’s Crayon Sourcils, which has an eyebrow brush on the end for easy blending. No one wants their lipstick fading before the kiss, so look for a longwearing lip stain. I love Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain in Beige Aquarelle, a peachy-pink that looks great with every skin tone. This will last all day between kisses, cake, and champagne.