10 Bridal Makeup Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

A bride wearing a red lip and bold eyebrows.

One of the things brides are typically most concerned with on their wedding day is their bridal look. From the dress to the veil to the shoes to the nails, there’s a lot that goes into looking picture perfect on this monumental day. Bridal makeup is also something that most brides put quite a bit of thought into. No matter what glam look you’re going for on your wedding day, there are certain makeup mistakes you’ll want to avoid making. To ensure you don’t fall victim to them, read the list below!

1. Skipping a Makeup Trial

A woman getting her makeup applied in a trial run before her wedding.

Especially as you’re budgeting for your wedding, you may feel as though you don’t need to spend the extra money to have a makeup trial. However, this is something you shouldn’t skip! This is the perfect chance to figure out what your makeup look will be, try things you’re debating, and to test out products with your makeup artist. It’s also a great time for them to get to know you, your preferences, and your skin type to best ensure that your look is exactly what you dream it to be on your big day.

2. Not Wearing Waterproof Mascara

For your wedding day, waterproof mascara is an absolute must! It’s easy for this small detail to slip your mind, but ensure that you or your makeup artist is using this so that your tears of joy don’t end up ruining your look.

3. Forgetting the Primer

It’s easy to forget to apply primer before you apply your foundation and concealer. Especially on your wedding day, you want your look to last you from the first photograph snapped all the way until the last dance. Primer makes that a possibility! This beauty must-have also aids in treating conditions such as dry or oily skin, so it really is not to be skipped.

4. Skimping on Moisturizer

Moisturizer plays a large part in helping makeup last and in making it look beautiful in the first place. Apply a light moisturizer before having your bridal makeup done. You may also want to consider doing a hydrating face mask a few days prior to your wedding for extra moisture. It’s also important to stay well hydrated; it helps skin glow and it’s easy to forget to guzzle water amidst the hustle and bustle of the days leading up to your wedding!

5. Forgetting About Your Brows

A woman doing her eyebrows as part of her bridal makeup.

Eyebrows should receive attention from your makeup artist, too on your wedding day! Enhancing the look of these over-the-eye features can really bring your look to the next level. Besides ensuring they’re groomed well leading up to your wedding day, define them with a brow powder by following their natural shape that day. The powder should match your hair color to keep the look natural.

6. Not Allowing Makeup to Set Properly

Makeup needs time to set well before you rush into photographs or your ceremony. Plan your schedule on your wedding day so that your makeup is done with enough time to dry. If that’s not possible, use a hair dryer on the “cool” setting to speed up the process. After each step of the process, allow your makeup to set before moving on to the next step to make your look last all day.

7. Waxing too Close to Your Big Day

You’ll want to wax any part of your face (eyebrows, lip, and so on) several days before your wedding. This is because doing it too close, like the day before, can result in redness, puffiness, or even cuts, burns, or scabs. Although this is unlikely, you don’t want to take your chances on a day that’s this important.

8. Adding Highlighter Incorrectly

Many brides want to have a shimmery look to them on their wedding day, which is understandable. However, it’s important to add highlighter correctly. Instead of adding it to your nose or forehead, keep it to the tops of your cheekbones for a fresh look. When it’s not applied to the right spot, you may end up with skin that looks greasy, which is undoubtedly not the desired outcome for any bride. Along the same vein, avoid over-using anything with glitter in it, as this product may reflect back poorly in front of the camera.

9. Messing with Your Skincare Routine

A young woman washing her face in front of a mirror as she's working on skincare before her wedding.

You know what works for you and your skin, so don’t change it in the weeks leading up to your wedding. Even though it can be tempting to do something different to get your skin ready, stick with the products and routine you know and trust to avoid any last-minute breakouts.

10. Forgetting Oil Blotting Sheets

Your makeup on your big day isn’t all about when it’s initially applied. You’ll want to have some oil blotting sheets on hand—this could be something for your bridesmaids to hang on to—in order to keep your look fresh and shine-free throughout the entirety of the day.

These tips make it easier to achieve your dream makeup look that will last from the beginning to the end of your wedding festivities!

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