5 Wedding Makeup Tips for Brides

By Julie •  Updated: 12/22/21 •  4 min read

Your wedding could quite possibly be the most photographed day of your life. Celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury says, “Your wedding makeup should be as glowing as you’ll be feeling on the day.” However, because of the chaos of planning for the catering, location, and whatnot, you might actually neglect other important aspects of your big day — including your bridal makeup. As the star of the day, you deserve to have the time to focus on yourself, too. But worry not! Here are five beauty tips that are sure to come in handy when you’re preparing for your dream wedding look.

Match your cheeks and lips

One of the most foolproof tips for putting together a bridal look is to use light tones and focus on appearing fresh and youthful. To achieve the softness attributed to wedding days, you’ll often see brides donning monochromatic looks. If you’re into pinks, try to go for the same rosy hue for your eyeshadow, blush, and lipstick, then add on pops of golden highlight on your cheekbones and inner eye corners. Earth-toned lovers can go for chocolate-colored shadow and a nude lip.

Waterproof everything

Use all-waterproof goods or spritz on a waterproofing setting spray — you’ll thank us later. For extra makeup security, use a water-resistant primer before foundation to really lock in every product you’ll be layering on after. It’s also important to make sure that your eyeliner and mascara are both waterproof and water-resistant, to avoid any black tear-streak mishaps when you get emotional. Another tip is to have a beauty blender or makeup sponge handy to blend instead of wiping your base makeup off.

Don’t forget your brows and lashes

Speaking of lashes, it might be tempting to just forego your brows and eye makeup completely. However, these parts are just as important as the rest of your look, because so much of people’s attention is directed towards the eye area. A light brow tint or brow gel will set the hairs into place and give you fuller brows for a more youthful look. Having fluttery lashes also translates quite well on the camera and highlights your eye smile in photos.

Have a trial before the big day

Professional makeup hair and artist Melanie Rivers also emphasizes how important holding a trial run is. It’s a perfect opportunity to communicate your desired look with your makeup artist and make alterations as it’s being put together. You’ll also find out whether or not you need to purchase additional products, like hair extensions or specific foundation shades to perfect the result. Furthermore, you can avoid the hassle of mishaps on the wedding day itself, which ensures a fuss-free makeup experience.

Choose a day to night look

Most brides change out of their wedding dress into another dress of a different style for the reception. Some opt for comfort, while others opt for more daring fashion choices. Either way, you shouldn’t forget to transition your day-to-night makeup look. Since you started with lighter makeup, fill in the hollows of your cheeks with contour powder for a more defined cheekbone and face structure. You can also tap into the darker end of your eyeshadow palette’s color spectrum to darken up your eyeshadow. For those with daring dresses, you might also want to go bold with a darker or brighter lipstick shade.

As long as you prepare early, you’re guaranteed to have a smooth makeup run on your wedding day. We guarantee you’ll be the gorgeous bride you’ve always dreamed of being. For more wedding articles, drop by our blog here at Comlongon Castle Weddings.

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Julie is an editor and writer who loves to write about getting engaged and wedding preparations. She’s also a wedding photographer on the side. Julie received her degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. Julie lives in Texas with her husband and their three kids. As a couple they enjoy spending time on Texas’ South Padre Island beaches, and they also love to hike in the Texas Hill Country. As well as being parents to kids, Julie and her husband are also pet parents to two dogs, three cats, and a 50 gallon tank of beautiful tropical fish.