11 bridal makeup tips and tricks

What looks good on your face, may not look so good in the pictures.

What looks good on your face, may not look so good in the pictures.

Wedding season is upon us! Whether you’re planning to do your own makeup for your wedding day or you’re hiring an artist, here are 11 bridal makeup tips to keep in mind:

DO: Practice beforehand! Even if you’re doing your everyday makeup with a slight twist, practice and take pictures of your face from different angles to make sure you have enough on, that there’s no glitter overload, and that your foundation doesn’t morph into something else in photos (SPF can make your face look much lighter than your neck in photos, for example).

DON’T: Wing it on the day of, either with a makeup artist or at your own vanity. Even makeup artists need time to get acquainted with your features, your preferences, and your coloring. Plus, again, you’ll want to see how their creation photographs. You’ll be paying more for these pictures than any others in your life, most likely.

DO: Lay off the shimmer. What looks pretty in real life will look too glittery in photos.

DON’T: Make everything matte, but be choosy. Apply a hint of shimmer to your lid or brow bone and perhaps a highlight on the tops of your cheekbones. Remember to go for finely-milled shimmer products rather than chunkier ones. They’ll give you an ethereal glow instead of being obvious.

DO: Stick mainly to neutrals and/or sheer colors. Bright blue and green shadows are in today but you’ll probably be showing your photos off long after 2009. You will want your makeup to look classic, not dated. Still holding on tightly to your more dramatic colors? Look through your high school yearbook at the girls who didn’t heed similar advice. This doesn’t mean you have to stick to champagnes and browns, though. Play with sheer color to bring out your features if you like (try purples with green eyes!), but don’t make it the focal point of your face.

DON’T: Count your favorite red, pink, or plum lipstick as “too dramatic.” Paired with neutral shadows, liner, and mascara, they can completely brighten up your face. They’re perfect for that “blushing bride” look. Check into a long-wearing lipstick, however, to avoid needing to touch up frequently throughout the day. Who wants to worry about that?

DO: Look through magazines for your ideal bridal look. Either practice them on yourself or show them to your makeup artist during the trial run. This is especially important if you’re using a makeup artist because you’ll know you’re both hoping for the same outcome.

DON’T: Forget to point out what you love about the pictures you show the artist. Is it the radiance of the bride’s skin? The way her eye color stands out? How sculpted her cheekbones look? Communicate.

DO: Everything you can to make sure your makeup lasts throughout the ceremony and reception. Test out your lipstick to make sure the long-wearing formula you have actually works well for you, get the waterproof version of your favorite mascara, set your foundation and concealer with loose translucent powder, and use an eyeshadow base.

DON’T: Forget a small bag with your emergency touch-up items like lash glue if you’re wearing falsies, lipstick or gloss, and translucent powder.

DO: Remember to relax and enjoy the happiest day of your life.

Crystal Schwanke

Crystal has been a freelance writer and editor since 2005. Her work has appeared on multiple channels at LoveToKnow.com, as well as Mia, M Magazine, Moultrie Magazine, and others. Her interests include fashion, beauty, history, hiking, reading, and spending time with her husband and daughter. You can find her blog at http://mommybeauty.blogspot.com