My first piece of advice concerning wedding day make-up is get a professional. You or a friend can hide flaws, but a professional make-up artist can bring out your best features, making you look naturally like a model. If you just can’t bring yourself to go over your budget any more than you already have (the average American bride goes 50% over her budget), here are some tips on how to look glamorous. First of all, realize that you will probably need to wear more make-up than you do on a daily basis. However, this does not mean just cake it on, haphazardly. Be sure that you are using a foundation that matches your skin tone. If you don’t know, ask someone. Some skin has a yellow tint to it, others are more pink and still others have more brown. Be aware of what colors are in your skin tone. Then, apply your foundation all around your face, concentrating on blending, especially in the creases and odd shapes, like around the base of your nose. Be sure that there are no lines near your hair line or chin, because cameras tend to pick those up very easily. Next, use a concealer that is slightly lighter than your foundation to hide impurities and dark circles under the eyes. Don’t forget the outer corner under your eyes! Be careful not to use a concealer that is too light, as that will frame your eyes, instead of blending the circles with your cheeks (Note: concealer goes on after foundation because you want it to stay right where you put it and not get smeared around).
When applying blush or bronzer, follow the natural line of your cheekbone. Always apply in strokes from beneath the middle of your eye toward the top of your ear. Never start at the ear and go toward the nose. If your blush looks too strong, wait a few seconds for the skin to adjust after being manipulated and, if it still looks intense, give it a light layer of foundation or powder to make the red glow look like it’s coming from beneath the skin. Always follow with powder to avoid shiny glares in your pictures.
You should be using several shades of eyeshadow. First, use a light to mid-tone or shear shade from the lash line to the brow. Then, using a flat eyeshadow brush, apply a slightly darker tone along the crease line, or slightly above. This will give your eyes shape and dimension. Lastly, use your darkest shade to create a small ‘v’ that sits on it’s side, from the crease to the outer corner to the lash line. Follow this with eye liner from corner to corner on the top and from outer corner fading to inner corner on bottom. Feel free to add a colored liner on top of this on the outer corners. Finish with two layers of mascara. Use a waterproof mascara in case of wedding tears. Start at the base of the lashes and follow them out as you move the brush in horizontal strokes to separate lashes. Go easy on the bottom lashes.
To get kissable lips, apply a liner along the natural edge of your lips (don’t put it on the skin tone outside of your lips, or you will get a chapped-lip look) and follow with a lipstick that matches. To complete the look, add a subtle gloss. Be sure to take lipstick and gloss with you on your wedding day for touch-ups. If your maid of honor carries a purse, that’s the perfect place to keep them.
Final thoughts: Blend, blend, blend! To successfully make your make-up look natural, blend all lines and all boundaries between different colors. Stay away from too much glitter or shine, as this will reflect the flash of cameras.