There’s nothing more heart-breaking than seeing a bride with a makeup disaster. No bride wants to look overdone or garish on her wedding day, so staying natural is an important part.
Wedding Day Makeup Tips: Foundation
Good foundation is the base of all good wedding looks. It is essential that the bride’s face looks fresh, clean and pure-so caked on makeup is not an option. Primer is essential, as this will give a good base to all the bridal makeup and help to smooth out fine lines so that foundation won’t settle in them. Bridal makeup also needs to take into consideration that this will be the bride’s most photographed day of her life (for those of use who aren’t runway models!) so contouring on the cheeks, temples, jaw-line and nose is essential to maintain dimension in the pictures.
Airbrushing is one of the surest ways of achieving all the foundation wedding day makeup tips because it provides a coverage that is both flawless and natural looking. Airbrushing makes contouring easier as it blends naturally into the foundation.
Wedding Day Makeup Tips: Eyes
Wedding makeup for eyes will need to be heavier than normal primarily so that they stand out in the photographs. This does not mean however that you need to go goth-black on the big day! Knowing where to apply the makeup is a key point. The camera captures the light on the brow-bone, the centre of the eyelid and the corner of the eye, so putting a light shimmer on these areas will help make the eyes pop and really stand out. Using darker shades in the crease and the corner will also accentuate this.
False lashes are a good idea for wedding makeup, because they help give an open, full look to the eyes. If a full lash is not appealing, try applying four or five individual lashes to the outer corner for a more subtle look.
Wedding Day Makeup Tips: Lips
Lips are the third central focus of wedding day makeup. They need to be color-fast (ie won’t kiss off during the course of the event) and staying away from strong colors is a good idea, as these are often not color fast and some darker colors make teeth look yellow.
To make wedding lips look pouty and full, create an optical illusion by coloring the corners of the mouth with a darker shade, and pressing a bit of neutral shimmery eye-shadow into the centre of the top and bottom lip. This will not add color, but it will catch the light and give the illusion of a full pout.
The best thing to remember is that a wedding look should show a bride at her best, not create an over-done painted doll that the groom has trouble recognizing. Less is not necessarily more, but knowing where and how to apply the makeup is the real trick.
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