"Bridal make-up should be special", Bobbi Brown, makeup expert and author of Makeup Manual, says. "Wedding makeup must be long lasting, look amazing in photographs, and be timeless," she said. In her book, she mentions some rules that brides must follow if they want to achieve the best look for their big day.
* Do a consultation and run-through of the your specific look(s) before the wedding day. "Reserve a an appointment for about four to six weeks prior to the wedding day to design and practice the look."
"Bridal makeup needs to have enough color to compensate for the whiteness of the dress." (But don't go crazy) "Start by making sure the skin looks even and smooth, and then add color to give cheeks and lips a glow. Finish with eyes that are defined but not overdone."
"To avoid feeing rushed, allow forty-five minutes to an hour for makeup application on the wedding day."
*Apply in natural light
"If possible, set up your makeup station near a window, or use a super bright lamp." This will ensure you do not miss any spots, and do not end up looking like a clown with pounds of makeup on.
* Use moisturizer
"Use a moisturizer that will prepare the skin for makeup. Avoid sunblocks and sunscreens that can give a 'flash off' to makeup. They reflect too much light under flash photography, resulting in an overexposed shot."
* Emphasize the eyes
"By brighting any darkness under them with corrector and concealer."
* Pink tones
"Flash photography emphasizes pink tones, so be sure to even out the skin with a yellow-toned foundation. Start around the nose and mouth, where there's redness, and then blend out to the rest of the face."
* Bright lip color
"Neutral, brown and pale lip colors look washed out in photographs, so choose a lipstick that's one or two shades brighter than what you normally wear... Pinks, roses, and plums are great choices for brides."
For more tips and some 'dos and dont's', pick up a copy of Bobbi's book. Below is a tutorial from Bobbi on how to achieve a beach or city bride look.
Glitter eye shadow is a bold fashion statement that we just love. But it’s hard to walk the line with glitter… it’s way too fun to pass up, but you don’t want to end up looking like a Vegas showgirl on your wedding day!
Here’s the perfect balance to dress up your eyes in a chic + effortless fashion. (from Lauren Conrad's Beauty Department).
TOOLS: gold + burgundy powder eye shadows, glitter cream shadow, black liquid liner, your favorite mascara, black kajal liner, a crease brush, a medium flat-head brush.
- With the crease brush, apply the light gold shadow just above your crease all the way up to your brow bone. Then trace the remainder along your lower lashline.
- Using the flat-head brush, apply the burgundy shadow in a half-moon shape just along and above the crease. Then sweep an additional layer along your lower lashline.
- Apply the glitter cream shadow all over the lid directly from the shadow stick, building layers until you have a good amount of product deposited.
- Line your upper lashline with the black liquid liner, winging it out if you wish.
- Apply a couple coats of your favorite black mascara. For it to last throughout your wedding, waterproof is best.
Below are additional options using glittery eyeshadow.