What You Need to Understand About Bridal Makeup for a Wedding

bride putting on bridal makeup

Here comes the bride, and her makeup…doesn’t look right!

On the day you’ve been dreaming of your whole life, that’s the last thing you’d want to hear. You may not realize it, but your bridal makeup is just as important as your dress because it will help you look and feel beautiful all day long. To help you prep for your fairy tale moment, we’ve gathered the top tips for bridal makeup.

Prep Your Skin Months in Advance

Don’t wait until the day before your wedding to prep your skin—start three to six months in advance. Develop daily and nightly routines that include exfoliating and moisturizing. If you have blemishes you’d like to remove, such as clogged pores, freckles and sun damage, consider a mild or medium chemical skin peel.

Test Out Bridal Makeup Ideas Ahead of Time

You have a rehearsal dinner, so why not have a rehearsal makeup session as well? It gives you a chance to test out different looks and to find out what looks good on you and to seamlessly match your dress and style. Bring pictures of different makeup styles you’d like to try and wear a shirt that matches the color of your dress to ensure the color palette is spot-on.

Consider the Season and Setting of Your Wedding

If your wedding is in the summer, have blotting paper on hand as well as sunscreen. If your wedding is set for the cooler months, keep your skin moisturized and have a misting spray bottle ready to go. Also consider where the ceremony will occur—for a beach wedding, glitter and brighter colors add appeal while more subdued colors are appropriate for indoors.

Don’t Stray Far from Your Everyday Look

Does a bold red lip make you nervous? Does the thought of pink eye shadow make you panic? You want to feel like a princess on your big day, not Pennywise, so stay away from makeup that you wouldn’t normally wear. The last thing you should think about while walking down the aisle is your makeup.

Consider Your Photos

The only thing that will last longer than your marriage is your wedding album, so take your photos into consideration. Natural light and a flash can reveal makeup mistakes otherwise unseen, so arrange to have your makeup done in natural lighting and take a few test photos throughout the process to see how it appears. Patchiness and an uneven tone are the most recognizable errors in photos. To avoid them, match your foundation perfectly and apply makeup to your chest, neck and shoulders, if they are exposed.

Use Waterproof Makeup

This one’s a no-brainer — when the tears start to roll, you don’t want your mascara to run with it. Use waterproof products and have plenty of tissues and blending products on hand.

Drink Water

Proper hydration can not only give you more energy, better focus and an overall healthier body, but it can also leave you with bright, glowing skin. Plus, your makeup will adhere better when your skin is hydrated. Drink at least two to three liters a day a week before the wedding. For the best results, start incorporating more H2O two to three months before the big day.

Plan Your Maintenance Routine Ahead of Time

You’ve planned every aspect of the wedding down to the color of the candles and the flavor of the frosting. The only thing left to plan is your makeup maintenance routine: How often will you need to touch up your look? What products will you need? Or, do you prefer a no-maintenance look? Be sure to pack the products you’ll need for the day in your makeup bag so you’ll be prepared to touch up any part of your look.

Are you ready to tackle your bridal makeup? These tips are a great start, but there is so much more to learn about the world of makeup. Through Salon Success Academy’s Makeup Designory Program, you’ll learn the proper makeup application techniques in as little as 10 days. Call 1-877-987-4247 to learn more.