A Guide to Doing Your Own Wedding Makeup

A close-up image of a bride wearing a sleeved wedding dress and holding a bouquet.

More and more brides are opting to do their own wedding makeup instead of enlisting in the help of a professional. Not only is doing your own makeup fun and cost-effective, but it gives you complete power over how you look on your big day. Even if you’re not an expert yourself, you can still do your makeup well for your big day if you follow the below tips and take the right steps of preparation.

How to Prepare for Doing Your Own Wedding Makeup

There are several steps you can take to make certain that your wedding day glam application goes seamlessly.

Practice Makes Perfect

Once you decide you want to do your own wedding makeup, you should immediately begin practicing as often as you can. This gives you the ability to see what you do well, what you need to sharpen your skills on, and it will also give you a more solid idea of what you like the looks of and what you don’t. Each time you practice, take photos of yourself so you can refer back to them to see your progress as you get better and better at perfecting your look.

Get Your Skin in Check

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You also want to prepare to do your makeup flawlessly on your wedding day by getting your skin healthy leading up to your wedding. Nail down a skincare routine that works for you well before your wedding day, stay well hydrated, and get facials regularly. The more glowing your natural complexion is, the less makeup you’ll even feel compelled to wear on the big day and the better makeup will stay on your face, too. And if you’re getting married in the winter, you’ll want to take extra care to moisturize skin well leading up to your wedding to stave off dry, patchy skin that can really cramp your look.

Consult the Experts

As you buy products to use on your wedding day, you might want to consult the experts that work at your favorite beauty stores for assistance. These sales associates can help you match shades to your skin tone and match shades of lipstick, blush, and eyeshadow to your complexion perfectly.

Creating a Flawless Wedding Day Look

There are definitely some insider tips that will allow you to create your wedding-worthy look.

Use Primer

Primer will be your best friend when it comes to wedding day makeup. A skin primer helps to fill fine lines, minimize pores, and create an environment on your face that is ready for foundation, concealer, and the rest of the makeup you plan to use. You should also use primer on your eyelids, which will be a different type of primer than you use on the rest of your face. Using this on your lids will allow for smoother eyeshadow application and prevent discoloration.

Avoid Heavy SPF

SPF is so important to wear on a daily basis to protect your skin, but on your wedding day you should consider not wearing it at all—if you’re not going to be exposed to the sun very much—or wearing a lesser SPF than normal. If you choose to wear it, don’t wear one with a rating over 15. SPF can cause you to look washed out in photos due to the minerals in the formula. Since you definitely don’t want this, it’s something to think about when choosing face products to wear on your wedding day.

Wear More Makeup Than Normal

A young woman applying makeup with a brush.

Chances are that in your day-to-day life you don’t wear tons and tons of makeup on your face, and it may feel strange to pile it on for your wedding day. However, wearing more makeup than usual on your big day is normal. Remember that the makeup you wear on a regular day likely won’t translate to photos the way you expect, so going with the mantra “more is more” where makeup is concerned for your wedding is the way to go.

Keep it Timeless

Especially if you’re nervous about doing your own makeup or about wearing a lot of it on your big day, you’ll definitely want to go with timeless shades that complement most skin tones. For instance, bronze, champagne, rose gold, and soft gray tones are classics that you can’t go wrong with! Warm colors like gold, peach, and copper will help you to look flushed rather than washed out, which many brides worry about when wearing white. You absolutely can’t go wrong with a timeless and classic look that plays on your natural beauty, so do keep that in mind when doing your wedding makeup.

Wedding makeup doesn’t have to be intimidating or tricky, and you can easily prepare to do your own flawlessly before you say “I do.”

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