You know you want to look your best for your wedding day. What you might not know? What to do to get there. We went to the pros for insider beauty tips for brides, whether you’re going pro or doing it yourselves.
For DIY Beauty Brides:
“More hair spray is not necessarily better. Too much of it can weigh down the hair and give it a dull finish. Sometimes, if hair is too oily, the hair spray can make it look whitish or cloudy.”
–Kristin Ariniello, Makeup and Hair Artist, Portland, Ore.
“If you’re doing your own makeup, it is a good idea to schedule a makeup lesson with a licensed professional to teach you everything you need to know about bridal makeup and makeup in general. This will give you confidence and knowledge that will last way past your wedding day.”
–Kirsten Brusse, Joli Visage, Providence, R.I.
“If you’re concealing a tattoo, learn to do it the right way with the right products. Go to a professional makeup artist first and have her teach you the right steps to conceal a tattoo and the correct products to buy for your skin tone.”
–Lyndsey Yeager, Glossa Professional Makeup Artist, Cincinatti, Ohio, and Covington, Ky.
“Don’t neglect your eyebrows, but don’t do them yourself. Your brows frame your face, so let a professional take care of your brows. It’s also a good idea to get them done days before so there’s no redness.”
–MiMi Johnson, P3 Lab, Atlanta, Ga.
“Avoid makeup overkill. Want Angelina’s lips, J. Lo’s skin, and Jessica’s eyes? Beauty inspirations are wonderful, but make sure all the elements will work together — there may be a reason you aren’t finding all of those accentuated features in one photo!”
–Jeni Hoover, Jeni Hoover Hair and Make-up, Austin, Texas
“Wear the correct shade of foundation. The best way to figure this out is in ‘natural’ daylight. Never make a decision about foundation unless you’ve applied it to your jawline first and looked at it in daylight. The color should blend and look like it disappeared.”
–Dierdre Mahon, DeeVa Beauty, LLC, Nutley, N.J.
“When shimmer is applied just the right way, it adds to the beautiful, natural glow you already have. However, when too much shimmer is used, it can make your face look sweaty or oily — especially in wedding photographs. To keep it looking natural, apply the shimmer to only one place. Also, just give it a light dust to avoid the sweaty look!”
–Christy Lavallee, Makeup Artistry by Christy, Sturbridge, Mass.
“Waterproof, waterproof, waterproof. Many women make the mistake of assuming that they won’t cry on their wedding day when, in actuality, they always do. Use waterproof foundation, primer, eyeliner, and mascara. We don’t want makeup running down the face from either tears or too many dances.”
–Allison Sammel, Elegant Beauty, Danbury, Conn.
“Controversial, I know, but I recommend no SPF be worn on the wedding day. Additional sunscreen will cast an ashy or ghostly affect when flash photography is used. I’ve always practiced this, and will until I get further data that says otherwise.”
–Kelly Wisniewski, Make-Up Artist, Phoenix, Ariz.
“Although it looks beautiful in person, mineral-based makeup is not ideal for photographs. It looks as if your skin is oily on film.”
–Daneene Jensen, Hair and Makeup Artist, Hilltown, Pa.
If You Go Pro:
“Avoid bringing a lot of people to your trial appointment. If you bring a few friends or family members who are very opinionated, you might find yourself getting talked into a look you aren’t completely in love with. The only person’s opinion that really matters is your own!”
–Andrea Martin, Something Blue Stylists, Orange County, Calif.
“Do not moisturize your face — let your makeup artist take care of this. Improperly applied moisturizer will break down your eye makeup and cause creasing and prevent long-wearing makeup from staying.”
–Jill K. Imbrogno, Make-Up Artist, Westchester, N.Y.
“Many stylists advise ‘dirty or second-day hair’ for updos. If your hair is already on the oily side, you may want to avoid this and shampoo the day of. Gals with dry or curly hair may benefit from second-day hair. Consult with your hairdresser if you’re not sure.”
–Kim Poutre, Special Event Beauty, Bridgewater, Mass.
“If your entire wedding party is having their hair done by one stylist, don’t go last. If the stylist ends up running behind, you don’t want her to rush through your hair. Choose the person that is the least picky and wants something simple to get the last slot.”
–Meg Ford, Special Occasions Hair by Meg, Reston, Va.
“Avoid ‘trend.’ Don’t turn your hair into the shape of a telephone just because Lady Gaga did it at the VMAs the week before — you’ll have those pictures forever! If you enjoy following trends, try adding small elements to your style to make it more current.”
–Alison Livengood, Venia Beauty, Seattle, Wash.
“Don’t wait until the last minute to book any of your beauty specialists! You should have a contract in place so everyone is on the same page with time, place, and fees. Work with your stylists and artists to create a day-of schedule so you have a guideline to stick to on your wedding day.”
–Lesley A. Collins, Beauty Marked Design, Tampa, Fla.
“If possible, do the hair and the makeup trials on the same day so you can see the whole look together. Wear a white top with a similar neckline to your dress and bring your veil (if you already have it) or borrow one. If you can’t do hair and makeup trials on the same day, style your hair in a similar shape to what you plan for the wedding day when you have the makeup trial, and wear a bit more makeup than usual to your hair trial so you can approximate the look.”
–Berit Digerud, Makeup by Berit, Laguna Beach, Calif.
“False lashes are a staple for any bride. They add definition to the eyes and really make them stand out. The key: making them look natural so people see your eyes, not the lashes. As a general rule, I use individual lashes on smaller eyes and a strip of lashes on larger eyes.”
–Anthea King, Timeless Glow Bridal, New York, N.Y.
“Have a hair and makeup practice before your wedding — and stick with the beauty plan that you and your stylists create. Even if you get a brilliant, radical idea on the day of your wedding, try not to change things up too much. You’ve been planning this look for months now, so stick with your original plan and you’ll love the pictures later!”
–Audrey Tunis, Chicago Makeup Professionals, Chicago, Ill.
“If you are bringing images from magazines with you for your makeup trial, choose women with the same or similar hair/eye/skin color. If you are a redhead with green eyes and bring in a picture of Tyra Banks, the makeup is going to look different on you.”
–Elizabeth Arsov, Elizabeth’s Head To Toe, Birmingham, Mich.
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