Being the most beautiful bride on your wedding is your well deserved right. One of the bride’s worst nightmare is a disintegrating wedding makeup for your wedding photos. Figuring out how to keep your makeup looking perfect all day is something to add to your pre-wedding to-do list. We gathered up some helpful tips to make long-lasting wedding makeup.
Prepare your Skin 6 months before the Wedding day.
“Getting regular facials makes a big difference in your skin’s texture and helps you have the best base for makeup,” says makeup artist Tiffany Patton of White Rose Collective in New York City. Schedule monthly treatments—aim for at least three—that will illuminate and firm your complexion, says facialist Regine Berthelot of New York’s Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa at the Plaza Hotel. To prevent any last-minute irritation, skip extractions the month before.
Do a trial makeup
“Make sure you have your trial at least three weeks, but no more than 5 weeks, before your wedding. If you plan on using fake tan for the big day, have a test run before your make-up trial so that your artist can see what colour your skin becomes with the tan,” says M·A·C Senior Artist, Rebecca Butterworth.
Prep and Prime
“The secret to long lasting makeup is in prepping of the skin, rather than the actual makeup application. Skin that has not been properly prepped will not be able to hold makeup beautifully. When you see makeup that starts to disintegrate with sweating and dancing, most of the fault lies in the skin preparation before makeup application. Always make sure that you start with a clean face. Wash your face and use a toner or cleanser to completely get rid of all dead skin, dirt or makeup residues. Moisturize your face (under your eyes as well) so skin is hydrated. Freshly hydrated skin will prevent makeup from drying on your skin & will help makeup blend in perfect for a long lasting effect. Follow your moisturizer with a pore primer, that will decrease the look of pores, wrinkles and lines.” —Dina Ramon of TCBeauty Care
“As you’ve prepared for this day to come, I recommend not rushing by having your hair and makeup timed out so you can relax and enjoy the beauty process. Allow at least 45 minutes to an hour for make-up application on your wedding day. Also, It’s essential to have your skin clean, exfoliated, and hydrated so you can achieve a flawless application of make-up. Don’t forget to wear a button down shirt so you won’t smudge your beautiful wedding day hair and make-up.” —Tessa McCullough, Makeup Artist at G2O Spa + Salon
Especially getting married in a beach wedding or with places with warmer climates. Use oil-free products – primer, moisturizer, foundation etc.
Make Your Foundation Waterproof
“If you already have a foundation that you love but its not necessarily waterproof, try priming the skin with Milk of Magnesia on a cotton ball (after you moisturize) to lock on the coverage for hours. This helps if you sweat a lot, get insanely oily or if you just want your makeup to stay in place all day!” —Beauty blogger, Nicole Williams
If you’re a big crier too, think twice before tacking on false lashes. “Tears will lift the lash adhesive right off,” says Davis. Curl your lashes and stick with a volumizing mascara instead, and whether you wear falsies or not, waterproof mascara is a must—and Maybelline New York Great Lash Waterproof Mascara is a classic.
Go With Lip Stain/tint
“For the perfect bridal lip, use a stain! You won’t have time to re-apply all day and you don’t want it rubbing off all over your new husband. Apply just before you walk down the ailse, layer with a sheer gloss for your photos and you’re all set.” —Celebrity makeup artist, Rob Harmon
Line Your Lips
“Line your lips and fill in the entire lip with lip liner. Follow with lipstick (not gloss) and then lightly pat with a tissue before applying a second coat. Also, it’s important to remember to apply lipgloss sparingly because gloss tends to take off lip color faster.” —Michelle Bouse, founder of Beauty Boutique
Layering is Key
“Layering is key, if I have a bride who wants a look involving eyeliner I always trace with black shadow first, and layer with a gel or liquid to ensure the look lasts all night. The same goes for blush, I love layering a cream blush and powder blush, it gives demension, texture and lasts for hours.” —Lori Leib, professional makeup artist and Creative Director of Bodyography Cosmetics
Take Care of Oil
“If you are feeling oily, use a tissue or toilet paper to blot your t-zone instead of adding more makeup on.” —Colgate Optic White Designer Smile Squad member, Marianna Hewitt
There you go. Your wedding makeup is also part of your wardrobe. People will not only look at your dress but also your face. You are the bride and the center of the universe on your wedding day! Be beautiful and don’t forget to smile!