6 Bridal Eye Makeup Tips

A bride wearing a lacy robe and getting her eye makeup done.

When it comes to wedding makeup, the eyes are undoubtedly the center of focus, which is why it’s essential to get things as perfect as possible. You know what they say: the eye is the window to the soul. Although you’re probably reading this because you’re doing your own wedding makeup, these tips can be useful even if you’re hiring a professional.

1. Don’t Stray too Far from Your Normal Makeup Look

This goes for all aspects of wedding makeup, but the eyes especially. Of course, no one is born with a sexy smokey eye or winged liner, but you shouldn’t stray too much from your normal makeup routine. If you keep things relatively natural day-to-day, now is not the time to start experimenting with brightly colored shadows. However, if you’re never seen without your winged liner, you have the option to get away with pretty much anything, makeup-wise.

2. Think Long-Lasting

When trying to enjoy the most special day of your life, the last thing you want is to be distracted with constant makeup touch-ups. Hence, it’s highly recommended that you use long-lasting products, as well as other precautions, when doing your eye makeup.

First, eye primer is key. It will give a smooth surface and help any eye liner and eye shadow adhere to your lid and stay there. Eye primer can be a lifesaver at any all-day event. Second, waterproof makeup is a must-have, especially when it comes to the eyes. It’s not just about crying (though you will likely shed a tear or two), but rather stability. Third, a setting spray, though mainly used on the face, can help as well.

But lastly, speaking of stability, eyeshadow will more than likely crease halfway through the night, which is why creme shadow can help, but only a bit. Primer also does its part, but it’s best to just prepare a few tools, such as a couple Q-tips and a small blending brush to clean up your look throughout the day.

3. Go Big or Go Home

A bride getting false eyelashes applied.

Fluffy eyelashes are every bride’s dream, so make sure to double up on that mascara. Just let the first coat dry a couple minutes before you apply the second one. However, there’s only so much that mascara can do, which is why most people turn to false lashes. If you go down that route, opt for individual ones rather than a strip—they will look much more natural.

False lashes of any variety will take practice to apply well on your own, so don’t try to master the skill the day before your wedding. As with the rest of your makeup look, go through a few practice sessions so that you know what to expect when you sit down at your vanity the day of your wedding.

And, last but not least, an eyelash curler can help as well. It may not seem like much, but the effect is noticeable!

4. Don’t Neglect Your Eyebrows

A bride getting her makeup done.

If your eyes are the picture, the eyebrows are the frame. Hence, they should be every bit as groomed as the rest of you. Thick, full brows add youth, so let your eyebrows grow out for a month before going to a professional to shape them and remove any stray hairs. You can use lash growth serum on your brows in the meantime to speed up the process of a grow-out. To top it off, add a bit of highlighter (or blend a bit of white powder) on your brow bone to highlight your arch and add some sheen.

5. Get Bigger, Brighter Eyes

Most brides want to make their eyes look bigger, in which case there are a few do’s and don’ts to abide by. A classic, streamlined winged liner can be your best friend in this case. Fully outlined eyes, especially liner on the bottom of your eye, can be your worst enemy, making your eyes appear small and closed-up. Even a smokey eye can have the opposite effect if done incorrectly.

Another focus when it comes to eye makeup is highlighting one’s eye color. This means that you can pick a shadow palette (even a neutral one), with undertones that make your look pop! Although there are standard formulas for complementing colors, it really depends on the person. Most people’s irises are not monotone. For example, bronze and gold shades are ideal for blue eyes. However, if you have hints of green in there too, some purple can transform your look dramatically!

6. Practice Makes Perfect

Last, but not least, always schedule a practice session or two, and leave plenty of time (at least 1.5 hours) on the day-of to do your thing. Try to do your makeup in natural light if possible, or at the very least, avoid overhead fluorescent lights. And, of course, take plenty of photos to see how the look photographs.

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