Bridal Beauty Tips for the DIY Bride

In my previous post, I mentioned wanting to offer a few suggestions to brides opting to do their own makeup on their wedding day. I harbor no ill feelings toward brides going down that route, and want to see every lady look as lovely as possible (with a look that holds up) on her wedding day.

First things first, makeup will not look good if the skin under it is not prepped correctly. A few days prior, gently exfoliate to remove any build up. Proper moisture is also key, it not only corrects the skin, it gives makeup something to adhere to. One of my favorite moisturizers to use under makeup is Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre. It is a makeup artist must have. I recommend applying a decent dollop evenly all over skin, and allowing it to soak in for ten minutes or so before applying foundation.


The perfect time to apply eyeshadow and liner, is while the moisturizer is sitting and doing it's work. Hint hint, apply eye makeup BEFORE foundation, that way any shadow fallout under the eyes can be cleaned away. If eye makeup is done after foundation and you have fallout, no matter what you do, the under-eye region will look dingy and dull. 

When it comes to eyes, you need to start with a primer if you want your shadows to last. One of my favorites is Urban Decay's Primer Potion. It comes in several options, but the original formula and Sin (a shimmery nude that is pretty enough to wear alone) are my go-to's. A primer will not only prevent creasing, it also helps shadow look brightest and closest to its true color; not muted because the tones of your skin are showing through.  


For foundation, I use Temptu's SB airbrush makeup on 99% of my brides. SB stands for silicone base, and it translates beautifully in person and on camera. Another silicone base makeup I use in my kit, is Make Up For Ever HD. It is available for purchase at Sephora, and I would recommend going in and being color matched prior to purchasing. There are many other options for foundations that will translate beautifully, but I would say stick to a liquid or creme with a silicone base for a wedding day look. 


Something that you might not be thinking of, is that when you go to kiss your husband for the first time, that beautiful shade of pink, red, salmon, or whatever is going to transfer right onto him. That can all be avoided with a lip stain. A stain is also great, because all you have to worry about the rest of the day is applying a clear gloss when your lips start to feel dry. Easy peasy perfect color throughout the day. Make Up For Ever, Nars, etc. all make wonderful stains, but there are drugstore brands that work just as well. Maybelline Super Stay 24 Color is one that I think parallels the high end and pro brands, and also comes in a wide variety of colors. 


After all your makeup is perfectly in place, a finishing spray will "lock" in the look. I currently  have Skindinavia's in my kit, but Urban Decay's All Nighter is literally the exact same formula. So take your pick!  Just hold the bottle 10 inches or so from your face, and do 4-5 gently sprays up and down, then side to side to make sure you have even coverage.


I hope some of these tips are helpful, please feel free to comment with any other topics, questions or products you would like to hear about!