How to Do Your Own Wedding Day Makeup

Every woman wants to look stunning on her wedding day–and from a gorgeous wedding gown to that sleek and sexy up ‘do there’s a lot of planning when it comes to looking the part. Makeup plays a key role when it comes to looking your best on such a special day–and before you think you need a professional makeup artist to apply it for you, think again. You know your face better than anyone–and that makes you the perfect candidate for creating your perfect wedding-day face.

Prep Work

A lot of planning goes into your wedding day, and part of the planning should include proper care of your skin weeks, if not months, ahead of time. Cleanse and moisturize your face daily with products specifically designed for your skin type, and never leave the house without applying sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Pay special attention to problem areas on your skin–using quality products to treat blemishes and reduce puffiness or dark circles under the eyes. Drink plenty of water each day and maintain a healthy diet, too. The result will be healthy, glowing skin–the ideal canvas for your wedding day makeup.

Think about which cosmetics you already have to do your own wedding day makeup, and make a list of the items you’ll need. Keep in mind that your makeup application should look like “you,” only with slight enhancements–so you may need to pick up some items you don’t normally use, sticking with a color palette you feel comfortable with. When in doubt, opt for more neutral colors instead of bright ones.

The Perfect Foundation

On clean skin, the first thing you’ll need to apply is primer. Primer evens out the texture of the skin, making your makeup go on much smoother than if you went without. After applying primer, you’ll be ready for foundation. If you don’t normally use foundation, you might want to try using a tinted moisturizer in place of one. Tinted moisturizer is fool-proof–and for those women who don’t usually go for foundation, it will be easy to apply and it has a natural look. If you want to use foundation, apply the shade you usually use, and blend it in well with your fingertips, a foundation brush, or a cosmetic sponge depending on whether it’s liquid or powder. Once the foundation is evenly applied, use some light concealer to camouflage any blemishes or discoloration on the skin.

Illuminate the Eyes

Now that you have the perfect base–it’s time to make the eyes sparkle. Apply your chosen eye shadow color evenly over each lid with an eye shadow brush. Use a color slightly lighter than your lid color to highlight the brow bones, blending if necessary with a small cosmetic sponge or blending brush. Use colors that compliment your eye color, hair color, and gown–opting for earthy tones if you’re unsure. Bronze, gold, and brown are great shades for bridal makeup–as are smokier colors like gray and silver. Once you’re satisfied with your eye shadow application, use eyeliner to really make your eyes pop. For a more classic look try liquid eyeliner on just the top lid. If you want to use it along the bottom lash line, use a soft eyeliner crayon or pencil so that you don’t end up with a harsh line. Curl your eyelashes or apply false ones if desired, and finish with waterproof mascara.

Blush Those Cheeks

Lightly dust your cheekbones with blush, applying just a bit more to the apples of your cheeks to really make them stand out for your wedding photos. If you have a tendency to turn red fairly easily, go easy on the blush and apply only slightly more than you would on a normal day.

You May Kiss the Bride Lips

If you want to make your groom weaken in the knees when it comes time to kiss the bride, go for a soft, natural look. Use a neutral-colored lip pencil to carefully outline your natural lip line, and apply a matching lipstick color evenly over your lips. Top it off with a clear or light-colored gloss to make your lips shine. If you don’t feel comfortable wearing lipstick, skip it and just use the light-colored gloss. You can reapply when you need to and you won’t need a mirror to do it.

Set Your Look

Once you’ve achieved the look you were going for, don’t forget to set your makeup so that it stays put for the duration of your special day. Makeup can be set with a setting powder or a setting spray–a light dusting or a soft mist will do the trick.

Don’t Forget to Practice

Practice is important if you want your makeup to be perfect on your wedding day–so don’t wait until the last minute to apply it for the first time. Start practicing a few weeks before your wedding so that you are able to perfect your look in time for the big day. Practicing well in advance will also give you time to shop for new colors or brands if you’re not satisfied with the ones in your cosmetic bag. Practice makes perfect, so don’t overlook its importance!
Applying your own wedding day makeup isn’t as big of a challenge as it may seem. With a little practice, you’ll have your bridal makeup mastered–and you’ll feel like a million bucks on your wedding day.

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