Top Ten Wedding Makeup Do's & Don'ts

Hello again, Delightful readers! Thank you so much for all the feedback on last month’s blog post. Several of you told me you went out and purchased some of the products I recommended, and love them. That’s great to hear! We are, as we speak, in the peak of wedding season. You probably are getting married, are standing up in a wedding, or are attending at least one wedding this summer!
In honor of the season of love, I wanted to share with you brides-to-be, some tips on wedding day makeup. As a makeup artist, I personally recommend hiring this service to be done professionally. An expert will put you at ease and pamper you on the morning of your wedding. They will use products on you that will stand the test of time, sweat, and tears and look great in your photos. However, hiring a professional makeup artist can be costly, and doesn’t always fit into every one's budget. For those of you that choose to go at it alone, this blog post is for you!

Top Ten Wedding Makeup Do’s and Don’ts
Tip #1 Practice makes perfect. Research different makeup looks ahead of time, and try them out well before your wedding date. It’s important to have your makeup look and all of the needed products figured out ahead of time. The last thing you want is a few rounds of trial and error as you’re getting ready for your big day. Does your wedding have a theme or color scheme you’re following? Perhaps, your wedding has an old Hollywood feel, you might try a bold red lip with a winged eyeliner.

{Image courtesy of Melissa Stewart~Makeup Artist}

If you generally don’t wear much makeup, maybe you want to keep your bridal look neutral with subtle pops of color
{Meyer Photography}

Whatever look you choose, practice it several times before your big day!
Tip #2 Prime=Time. Priming your eyes, skin, lips, and lashes will provide long-lasting makeup that won’t fade or run off throughout the day. For eyes, I recommend Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion ( $19).
I use this one every single day on myself, and always on my clients.

It will help diminish the appearance of fine lines and pores to give you a flawless “airbrushed” finish and keep your foundation on all night.

Tip#3 Build your look on the proper foundation. Upgrade to a long wearing foundation for your big day. Try one in a medium or full coverage like MAC’s prolongwear foundation {}

Tip#4 Step away from the glitter. Avoid using too much shimmer on the skin or eyes, as it doesn’t mix well with the camera flash. A subtle touch of shimmer on the eyes or a sweep of highlight , like Too Faced Pink Leopard Bronzer ( $28) along the check bone, is sufficient enough.

Tip#5 Tame your mane brow. Whether you’re rocking a pair of Brooke Shield's brows or some barely there hair, always groom your brows. If needed, fill in with a brow powder or pencil, and brush over with clear brow gel or mascara. Always brush directly up, then follow along the shape of the brow.
{How To Create The Perfect Eyebrow Arch via Hubpages}

Tip#6 Lash out a little. After priming the lashes with MAC’s Prep& Prime Lash ( $14 ), go for the bold, with Christian Dior’s Diorshow mascara ( $24.50). I always, always, always put false eye lashes on brides for an extra pop. Try cult favorite, #7s by MAC ( $15).

Tip#7 Tear proof your eyes. Even if you’re not a crier, chances are, when the moment comes that the love of your life starts saying those immortal vows, a tear or two thousand might flood your eyes. This is where eye primer comes in handy. Also, stick to waterproof eyeliner, mascara, and eyelash glue. And as always, “blot. Don’t rub” the eyes with the tissue.

Tip#8 Lip Tricks. Exfoliate your lips several times during the week of your wedding. Try LUSH’s lip scrub ( it’s only $8.95, smells like dessert, and it’s edible!
When applying your lipstick, first line and fill in the entire lip with a lip pencil. The drier texture of the lip pencil will give the lipstick something to stick too. Make sure to carry your lipstick in your “touchup kit” as you will need to reapply it several times throughout the day and evening.

Tip#9 Take pictures (with a flash) before you head out the door. This will be the telltale way to determine if your makeup stands out in pictures and how it will turn out in your professional shots.
Tip#10 Pack a touch up kit: Lipstick, oil blotting sheets, tissues, lash glue, deodorant, perfume, Qtips. You will need these few survival items for freshening up throughout the night.
And there you have it, 10 tips and tricks, to use and share, to create a perfect wedding day (or any day) look that will last and last!

What are you favorite products to use when creating your makeup looks for weddings or other special occasions?

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Ashley said...

great tips!!! thanks for sharing:) i can seriously always use make up tips!! :)

Melissa said...

You're welcome Ashley! I'm glad you found these tips useful :) Any burning questions about your own makeup routine? I'd love to hear from some readers on what they would like me to blog about!

Linda @ theLENNOXX said...

What a great collection of tips! Wish I had read this before I was married (wohoo, three year wedding anniversary tomorrow BTW). I'll bookmark this post anyway, I could always be chosen a bridesmaid haha!

xox Linda

Melissa said...

Absolutely! Although these tips are bride-centric they can definitely be applicable for any occasion when you need a long wearing look. Pass it along to bridesmaids, prom goers, or try them out for a long night out on the town! said...

One of my best friends is getting married in two weeks - I am definitely emailing this to her! Great tips!!!

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