By Caitlyn Halliburton
It’s the most exciting time of the year...wedding season! If you're anything like my friends and I, you have a wedding to attend every other weekend (actually, I just went to two weddings, two weeks in a row). But this article isn't about the tales of supportive guests...it’s about our shining star...the bride. Yes, you beautiful, glowing-in-love woman, you, we're here to help.
No other day is special quite like today, and you know in a few short hours, heads will turn and all eyes will be on you. This is the beginning of your new life. Well, you can’t begin a new chapter without a flawless look. Your bridal makeup is a key component to stunning your friends, family, and of course, your anxious groom. Achieving your flawless wedding day beauty comes in just a few simple steps, with or without a makeup artist.
We know the weeks leading up to the big day can jam-packed and super stressful, so in order to ensure your skin is glowing and ready for the spotlight, it’s important to prepare a few weeks before you say “I do!”
First Thing’s First
This is your wedding. Treat yourself and your skin to a facial. By cleansing your skin, you can sleep easy knowing you won’t wake up with blemishes or pimples that even the best bridal makeup artist can't remedy. Reserve a spa day for you and your bridesmaids 4 or 5 days before you walk down the aisle so all the red and scarring that occurs post-facial will be healed and your face will be perfectly smooth.
Since you’re getting a facial anyway, go ahead and rub away pre-wedding stress with a massage or aromatherapy treatment. You’ll feel good, and looking good on your big day starts with feeling good.
If you decide to go with a makeup artist, make sure you schedule a few consultation appointments in advance, that way you and your artist have a good idea about what look you want to go with and what products will best suit your purpose and your skin.
However, if you’re the DIY bride, you can still achieve bridal beauty with these makeup tips below.
Bridal Makeup Tips and Tricks
With cameras flashing, nerves tingling, and plenty of dancing, primer will be your bridal makeup’s best friend. Primer goes on before your makeup, and it not only keeps your makeup fresh all day long, it also helps enhance pigments in your products, so you glow more.
Next, go with a concealer and foundation. Even if you don’t normally wear them, they will give your skin a pristine look in pictures. It’s important to note you’re going to apply more makeup than usual because of the flash photography. Those pictures are forever, and we don’t want you paying your photographer for more “touch ups” than necessary.
Now that you’ve got the basics, it’s time to figure what look you want to go for. If you’re anything like my happily-wedded girlfriends, you’ve perused Pinterest for hours searching for a bridal look to match your style. To make things easier for you, here are a few trendy bridal looks with some helpful tidbits to ease your mind.
The Glamorous Bride
Are you the woman who says to yourself, “The more makeup the better?” Or perhaps you just want to go for a dramatic look on your big day, one that no one can take their eyes off of. This might be the look for you. The smoky eye with gold and black shadow are bound to shimmer down the aisle and through the dance floor, making their way to drop-dead gorgeous photos (like this one). The luscious red lips are sure to leave their mark, not just on your groom’s lips, but on everyone who encounters your smile.
Achieve this look:First highlight your brows with Beauty For Real’s Ever Starstruck Shadow STX, then trace your lids with All Day Latte. Use our all-time favorite Black Magic waterproof I-LINE to line the lids and fill in the corners of your eye. Act quickly! You will have to blend the eyeliner to achieve your desired look, and it sets fast. If the red seems like a little too much, no worries! Switching it out for Beauty For Real’s Nudist Lip Gloss + Shine will easily transform the look to a golden glam.
The Classic Hollywood Bride
The aisle is your red carpet, and this is your chance to shine superstar! You simply cannot go wrong with this timeless, elegant look, and you’ll be admiring your wedding photos for years to come. The light eye makeup and dazzling red lips will turn heads, and most importantly, stun your incredible groom. Now, all you need is the perfect dress to complete this understated enchanting look.
Achieve this look: Our 24/7 waterproof I-LINE in Black Magic paired with our D-FINE Mascara make for the perfect minimized eye look. Paint your lips in our Really Red Lip Cream and you’re ready to strut your stuff all the way down to happily ever after!
The Sun-Kissed Bride
Are you the bride who dreams of a bright, springtime wedding? And you know nothing would complete your daydream more than equally beaming bridal makeup? Then this is the look for you. The natural eye and pink lip pair will highlight that charming smile of yours, making your groom melt for you like it’s the first date all over again.
Achieve this look: Delicately swipe on some of Beauty For Real’s D-FINE Mascara and highlight your cheeks with Blush + Glo to give your cheeks that radiant springtime glow. Complete the look with our Kiss Me Lip Gloss + Shine, and your groom will be pleading “kiss me” every chance he gets ;)
The Natural Bride
With just a little attention to the eyes and a natural lip, your beauty will sparkle even more than that gorgeous dress of yours. A natural look like this will go with any dress style, during any time of day, and you know it will remain incredible for years to come. If you’re not a big fan of makeup to begin with, this look might make you feel more comfortable for your big day, which means you get to have to more fun.
Achieve this look: Line your eyes with Beauty For Real’s I-LINE in Black Magic, smudge it a bit on your outer corners. If you’d like a little shimmer, apply Ever Starstruck Shadow STX first. Highlight your cheekbones with Blush + Glo and give your lips a naked shine with Nudist Lip Gloss + Shine.
Now all that's left is an elegant updo, your final dress fitting, and a deep breath before you head down the aisle into the arms of forever! Congratulations on your big day!