Your wedding is possibly the most-photographed day of your life. And, of course, there are so many things you want to make sure are done perfectly on the big day — from seating arrangements, music, catering, and décor. Naturally, some aspects of planning unexpectedly take a back seat, including your wedding day makeup. But, let’s bring your bridal beauty look back to the top of the list (even if it’s just for a little while). As far as makeup goes, we’re almost positive you’d want to avoid as many blunders as possible (pictures last forever, right?), so we tapped some of the beauty world’s most-knowledgeable experts for all of their wedding day makeup dos.
1. DO Take Your Wedding Season Into Consideration
“A bride should absolutely tailor their foundation selection to the elements she’ll be in for her wedding,” says celebrity makeup artist Amber Dreadon. “If it’s winter you will want a foundation that won’t look too dry or flat, if it’s summer you don’t want anything that gets too shiny too fast! If your wedding takes place from daytime to nighttime, opt for something long-wearing.”
“For summer brides, I’d suggest prepping the skin with an anti-shine water resistant primer like Becca’s Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector,” advises makeup artist Chauntal Lewis. “I’d use a fuller coverage foundation, like La Mer’s Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation for fall or winter weddings.”
Buy it: Becca Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector, $36, Sephora.com, La Mer Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation, $110, La Mer
2. DO Choose a Lipstick or Balm You Feel Comfortable In
“The lip is very important,” says Smith & Cult Beauty Ambassador Elena Miglino. “I always tell my brides to spend some time at the makeup counter and try on all the possible shades, and ‘when you know, you know!'”
She continues, “I personally love a natural lip. First, you want something that will stay all day, like Smith & Cult The Tainted Lip Stained Flatte. I love the color “Kissing Tiny Flowers.” It’s pretty much the natural lip color that we all want, not too brown and not too pink. If you want to amp it up a little, try adding Smith & Cult The Shining Lip Lacquer in the color “Now Kith.”
Buy it: The Tainted Lip Stained Flatte in “Kissing Tiny Flowers,” $24, Smith & Cult, The Shining Lip Lacquer in “Now Kith,” $22, Smith & Cult
3. DO Drink Lots of Water Before the Big Day.
“Hydrated skin will allow for the best application of makeup,” continues Miglino.
4. DO Have a Makeup Trial
“Most freelance makeup artists will offer a bridal trial separate to the actual wedding day,” says makeup artist Tabby Casto. “The trial is so important. Both for the makeup artist and for you. Having the chance to try different looks means that on the day you are going to be feeling confident and happy in the knowledge that the look you are wearing is right for you and is going to last!”
5. DO Use Waterproof Products
“Waterproof everything!” advices Miglino. “And if you tear up, try to have a beauty blender on-hand to blot. That will press the product into the skin instead of leaving streaks or wiping the product away.”
6. Find Balance in Your Look
“If you’re going for a smokey look, go light on skin makeup and opt for a natural color on the lips,” says NYC-based makeup artist Min Min Ma. “For bold lips, go light on the skin makeup as well. I prefer using a matte lipstick, for it’s more long-lasting and requires less maintenance. Try Charlotte Tilbury’s Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk.
Buy it: Matte Revolution in “Pillow Talk,” $34, Charlotte Tilbury
7. DO Keep a Few Products On-Hand Throughout the Day
“I always leave my bride with her lipstick and blotting papers,” says Lewis. “Translucent powder or blotting papers in the for shine is key to keep on-hand.”
“Blotting papers are a must, a pressed powder in a compact so you have a mirror on-hand and a lipstick or lipgloss to touch up throughout the day,” continues Dreadon.
8. Do Make Sure Your Foundation Is a Perfect Match
“Your foundation should be as close to your skin tone as possible, or the tone of your neck,” says Miglino. “You will be photographed nonstop that day and the last thing you want is for your face and neck to not match.”
9. DO Apply Moisturizer Before You Self-Tan
“Your secret weapon when applying self-tan is using moisturizer as a barrier,” says St. Tropez Celebrity Tanner Sophie Evans. “Apply prior to application on problem areas so that they don’t go any darker (this is always elbows, knees, hands, feet any severe dry areas). Never moisturize the whole body, as it will dilute your self-tan color. We also use moisturizer to blend afterwards around the crease in the wrist, back of the heel, around the hairline to make the tan look natural. Your tan is your paint and your moisturizer is your water so we are blending and fading for perfection.”
10. DO Use a Teeth Whitening Product
“A smile is something you’ll be wearing that day, and you’ll want your pearly whites white,” says Miglino.