On our wedding day, we have a lot of decisions to make. One of the most important decisions is about our hair and makeup. After all, you’ll want to be able to look back on your wedding photos years from now and remember how beautiful you felt on your big day. Whether you are having your makeup done professionally, or you are doing your own makeup, there is so much to consider! Here is a guide for choosing your bridal makeup.
While there is a certain “traditional” look to bridal makeup, it’s still important to be yourself, and to focus on what makes you most happy and what makes you feel beautiful. Of course to keep things appropriate, you want your makeup to look natural and elegant rather than harsh or bold, but the decision is yours to either go for a very subtle, all-natural look, or to play up one or two of your features. For example, you may want to pair a natural eyeshadow look with long false lashes to draw attention to your eyes, or you might want to swap a nude lip for red lipstick, which will really draw attention to your beautiful smile.
If you find yourself having a difficult time making these decisions, try practicing different bridal makeup looks at home and see what you feel most comfortable in.
Consider what will be most flattering.
When choosing your bridal makeup, it is also important to consider what kind of makeup will be most flattering for your particular skin tone and facial features. After all, your tastes may change over the years but you still want to be able to look back to your wedding photos and admire the way you looked on your big day. So try to find a balance between “classic” makeup choices and putting your own spin on things.
Also, consider the way your makeup will enhance your natural beauty. Light contouring is always a good choice on your wedding day, as it gives dimension to the face that will be reflected in your photos, and can also be used to “correct” certain facial features that you don’t want to be highlighted. For example, contouring can be used to make a broad nose appear slimmer, or to define the jawline which may be particularly important if you’re going to be wearing an undo.
Find balance with your hair and dress.
You will want to also consider the way your makeup will look with your hairstyle and dress at your wedding. A bolder makeup look might look pretty when you try it on in advance, but if you’re wearing a bold or complex hairstyle or wedding dress as well, you might end up feeling too overdone or made up. Instead try to find balance. If you know you plan on wearing an intricate hairstyle, keep the makeup simpler, or if your dress is very simple, feel more free to make bolder choices with your makeup. This will draw attention where you would like it to be drawn, rather than having too much going on at once with your bridal look.
Practice ahead of time.
If you’re doing your bridal makeup yourself, practice it a dozen times before your actual wedding day at home. Or even if you’re planning on having your makeup done professionally, ask your makeup artist to do a demo for you long before the actual wedding. The last thing you want is to feel as if you’re “experimenting” and making the wrong choices with your look on your wedding day! So take the time to see that your makeup plan is “just right” rather than just jumping in.