10 Mistakes You Could Make with Your Bridal Makeup
No matter what kind of bride you are (or what type of wedding you’re planning), there is one thing every lady can agree on: She wants her makeup to be flawless. Here are ten tips to ensuring that you don’t have any mishaps or meltdowns as you walk down the aisle.
1. Not Thinking About Your Makeup Early
Even though it’s tempting to treat your makeup like an afterthought, you should really start planning your look right after you decide on your dress. After all, your makeup is an accessory (a very important one) to your overall look that day. So if you’re going for a Boho bride vibe, then your makeup should be similarly low-key. Create an inspiration board on Pinterest so you have a clear idea of how you want everything to come together.
2. Not Booking a Trial
While you’re at it, make sure to book it at least a few months in advance so you have ample time to tweak things as needed. Have your inspiration board ready to show your makeup artist. The clearer you are about your expectations, the better. And finally, take tons of photos—in all sorts of lighting—to get a better idea of what your makeup will look like in all settings.
3. Doing Any Sort of Treatment Too Close to the Wedding
We’re talking spray tans, teeth whitening and facials. All of these things are wonderful ways to get yourself in tip-top shape, but you want to build in some buffer time in case anything goes awry. Give yourself at least a couple weeks (or days, in the case of tanning) so you don't risk getting last-minute streaks, blotchiness or breakouts.
4. Trying Something New
Normally, we’re all for a little experimentation, but on your wedding day, you want to look (and thus, feel) like yourself as much as possible. So if you don’t normally wear a smoky eye or red lip, this probably isn’t the time to test the waters. Stick to whatever it is that makes you feel your prettiest.
5. Going Too Heavy-Handed
While it’s certainly OK (actually, it’s advised) that you add on a few extra products (like primer and setting powder) for photo reasons, you don’t want to go overboard with everything else. Remember what we just said about looking like yourself? Same logic applies here. Bottom line: Whatever it is you’re wearing, use a light hand and make sure that everything is blended seamlessly.
6. Not Using Waterproof Eye Makeup
Between the tears and sweat (from dancing, obvi), there are lots of factors that could lead to smudging. Luckily, there are tons of eyeliners, mascaras and even eye shadows out there that won’t move until you tackle them with remover. Ever been curious about lash extensions? This is a good time to try them since they’ll negate the need for any mascara—and will last through the honeymoon. Just make sure you get them at least a week ahead of time.
7. Wearing Too Much Shimmer
Yes, you want to look all glowy and fresh, but there is a fine line between looking radiant and looking like a grease ball. And that line is placement. Keep the highlighter on your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose and the inner corners of your eyes—but maybe skip the forehead and upper lip (both areas are prone to getting sweaty).
8. Neglecting Your Body
This is especially important if you’re wearing anything that’s strapless or otherwise exposes your chest, arms or back. Two things to note: You want to carefully blend any remaining foundation down your neck and décolleté so there is no disconnect from your face. Next, slather on a lightweight lotion on any exposed skin so nothing looks patchy or dry.
9. Not Covering Your Face When Putting on Your Dress
This isn’t an issue if you can step into your dress, but if you’re wearing a style that needs to be pulled over your head, use something (towels or tissues) to cover your face and protect your fabric.
10. Not Touching Up Throughout the Night
This is a task for your maid of honor. Pack a small bag or clutch of just the essentials (blotting papers, lipstick, lip gloss and maybe some eye drops) and have her give you a quick blot or reapplication throughout the night. It will make all the difference in photos.