From marrying your Barbie with your Ken to creating a mood board for your very own perfect wedding, every girl’s dream is to sparkle on her big day. One of the most important factors of getting princess prepared is, of course, our makeup. For those struggling between MAC and Clinique, lipstick and lip-gloss, matte and dewy, here is a list of some top tips for getting your makeup tip top on the day.
· Do practice, practice, practice! A bridal makeup trial should take place around 5 weeks before The Big Day, regardless of whether you have a makeup artist or you’re working your magic yourself. Don’t forget to take photos with and without flash to see how your makeup looks in natural and artificial light.
· Don’t wear makeup that is too heavy on the day, as you may notice it starts to slip towards your toes by the end of it! A bridal look should highlight your natural beauty, but that doesn’t mean you should ditch your inner diva! Stock up on the perfect false lashes (individual lashes are better for a more natural look) and don’t forget the sparkle!
· Do make sure that your makeup matches the rest of your skin! Wear a white shirt during your makeup trials to get an idea of how it will look with your dress. If your dress exposes your chest and neck, make sure that your foundation is blended well and is the same shade as your skin!
· Don’t wear foundation with added SPF, as this will flash back in your photographs and give you a very shiny, white face!
· Do look at styles and looks that interest you before your trial so that you know what you want. Don’t let the makeup artist make all the decisions – it’s your day and you know what makes you feel happy in your own skin!
· Don’t forget to keep your makeup with you in your bag on the day in preparation for the inevitable blub! Remember your makeup sponge, lipstick, tissues, lip-liner and concealer for touch-ups throughout the day.
· Do think practicality! As much as sparkly, shimmery bronzer is gorgeous, it’s best to use a matte bronzer on the day to prevent your face from looking too shiny on the photos (maybe a little sparkle wouldn’t hurt!) To make sure you keep glowing all day long, use primer, waterproof eyeliner and waterproof mascara for long-lasting makeup (and protection from a big black smudge on your dress – not a good look!)
· Don’t fall victim to the beauty vloggers. YouTube is great for makeup tips, but it is always a big mistake to copy step by step the methods of a makeup tutorial. In the end, we don’t have professional makeup training like most of them do and it can sometimes end with a confused “well my makeup didn’t turn out like hers!” YouTube beauty gurus like Pixiwoo can be fantastic for wedding makeup tips, but make sure you use their tips to work with your beauty and not theirs.
· Do get your skin prepped and primed before your day! Drink plenty of water, get plenty of sleep, change your pillow case regularly in the run up to ward away spots (eek!). It’s also helpful to moisturise, wash and cleanse your skin using toner twice a day and a face mask or exfoliator once a week. Skin serum, night cream and skin oils are also available to keep you glowing all the way up the aisle!
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