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4 Pro Tips for Flawless Wedding Makeup

Planning a wedding takes a lot of work (not to mention, money).
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When most women dream of their wedding day, they envision photo-ready, perfectly dewy skin to match their gorgeous bridal gown. This starts with prepping your skin several months before your wedding day, eating a healthy balanced diet, exercise, and of course finding a talented bridal makeup artist who can make your vision come to life.

Take a look at these tips straight from some of Beautster’s pros on achieving flawless bridal makeup.

1. Less is more

While you might have heard that brides should wear more makeup than usual to make their features pop and stand out on camera, that’s simply not true. Bridal photoshoots are often intimate and include lots of close-ups and kissing shots, so it’s best to wear just enough foundation and concealer so that it doesn’t rub off or transfer, but not so much that it looks overly shiny and unnatural. Today’s hi-definition cameras pick up on everything, and you don’t want wedding photos where you look overdone, with exaggerated features. Your wedding day, whether it’s ultra glam or more relaxed, is the perfect day to look beautiful and natural as you pledge your love to your partner in front of family and friends.

Draw attention to your lips, eyes and cheeks, but stick to a look that’s close to your day-to-day style. Focus your makeup look on the overall picture rather than on making a single statement with a smokey eye or a dramatic lip, especially if you don’t normally wear dramatic makeup. Beautster pros advise not to change your natural look too much, but to accentuate your natural features and choose a look that you know you’ll be comfortable and confident in all day.

With almost every aspect of your bridal ensemble on your to-do list, the only thing left to do is make-up.

2. Create the perfect canvas

Great skin is the first building block to luminous, dewy bridal skin, followed by foundation and concealer. As a final touch to your skin, add some strategically placed highlighter to your cheekbones, chin, the tip of your nose and along the bridge, the inside corners of your eyes, on the cupid’s bow above the upper lip, as well as on your collarbone. Pro Tip: pearly highlighters look best on fair skin, while gold tones pop on darker skin. Well-placed highlighter will catch the light just perfectly, making you look positively radiant.

Prep Tips: don’t forget to book a facial treatment and hydrate your skin with a professional grade facial serum and moisturizer, since makeup looks best on hydrated, supple skin.

3. Choose long-wear makeup

Your wedding day will likely be a long one, filled with emotional I do’s, family photos, dancing and lots of food, so it’s important to choose makeup that can withstand whatever your day brings, with minimal touch-ups. If you’ll be wearing a bold lip colour, pros recommend choosing a lip stain rather than a lipstick for much longer wear and transfer, and for eye makeup like eye shadow, use a powder instead of a cream-based shadow, since powders last longer and stay put much better. 

Ask your hairdresser to evaluate your features to see if they match your appearance, including wedding features, hairstyles and wedding dresses.

4. Apply makeup past the jaw line

To achieve a polished and finished look, professional makeup artists recommend that brides continue makeup application past the jaw line and onto their collarbone. If you have a short dress, mix some luminizer with moisturizer and foundation to cover any redness on the legs and arms, and use a large brush to dust some finishing luminous powder to set it in place. Powder won’t smear or stain your dress like a cream formula would, so you can rest easy and enjoy the day, knowing that everything will stay in place.

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