It is perfectly acceptable to do your own wedding make-up. Many brides do their own. It is also one less thing you have to worry about on your wedding day. You don’t have to go anywhere and you can do it at your leisure.
If you have made the decision to apply your own wedding make-up, you might want to have a professional do it a few days before so you can feel confident you are using the right tones and are applying it correctly. Then practice at home a few times to make sure you get it just right.
The best skin is glowing and healthy skin. You can begin making your skin radiant by getting plenty of sleep starting several weeks before the big day. Exercise and eating right are also essential for healthy skin.
Wedding make-up tips
The following tips will help you look your most beautiful on one of the most memorable days of your life.
• Apply moisturizer and sunscreen fifteen minutes before putting on your make-up. Don’t use a sunscreen that contains titanium dioxide or zinc oxide as it reflects a ghostly look on photographs.
• If you are having a daytime wedding, you can apply your make-up slightly heavier than usual. If it is a nighttime wedding, you can go a little heavier than daytime. Whatever you do, do not put on too much. It really will hide your natural beauty instead of enhancing it.
• Choose a foundation that matches your skin tone. Don’t wait for your wedding day to see if it works. Apply it and then go outside to look at it. It should blend in completely with your skin tone.
• Apply foundation to your face and neck and to any other areas that your wedding dress doesn’t cover – ears, shoulders, etc. Make sure to powder it so it doesn’t rub off on the edges of your dress.
• For lipstick, avoid any extremes – not too red and not too pale.
• Avoid frosted or shimmery glosses for your blush, eye shadow, and lipstick, as they do not photograph well. Frosted make-up tends to white out in photos, and shimmery make-up tends to make the skin look shiny (aka oily and sweaty).
• Mineral-based make-up, although good for your skin, does not photograph well. It gives your skin a grayish, whitish pallor. Forgo it just for one day.
• Use waterproof, matte make-up. This kind of make-up photographs well and will last throughout the long hours of the ceremony and reception.
• Use new, waterproof mascara to avoid messy clumping on your eyelashes. It will also be helpful if you happen to shed a few tears.
• All of your make-up colors should complement each other. Cool colors are blue-green, burgundy, black, pink, and light purples. Warm colors are ivory, reds, brown, copper, and beige.
• Instead of your usual blush, you might try a copper bronzing powder. It is a warm and natural color and it will add a glow to your skin. You can gently apply it to your neck and chest as well.
• Use a pencil or shadow that matches your hair to color your eyebrows. Use a light touch.
• For darker complexions, use a light peach or vanilla color on your brow bone. If you have light skin, use white eye shadow.
• Make sure to blend all your make-up very well. Otherwise, photographs will show unattractive make-up lines.
Don’t forget to practice putting on your make-up. This will give you experience and self-confidence so that you will be relaxed and comfortable applying it on your wedding day. Remember though, your natural radiance and happiness is the best make-up there is.