10 Dos and Don’ts of Bridal Makeup

10 dos and dont's of bridal makeup

You’ve got the dress, now it’s time to consider your bridal makeup! With the help of experts, we have put together a list of tried and tested wedding makeup dos and don’ts which will ensure you look radiant on your Big Day.

The Do’s of Wedding Makeup

Say ‘I do’ to the following aspects of wedding makeup…

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  1. Do go in for a makeup trial at least 4-5 weeks before the wedding. If you are planning on having some skin treatments, try to have them at least 2-3 months before, just in case you experience breakouts. In case of spray tanning, have it done before the makeup trial, so that your stylist can select the right colours for your new skin shade.
  2. Do wear a white shirt/dress/top to your trial to give you an idea of how the makeup will look against your dress. Experts recommend checking your appearance in daylight instead of bright salon lights when comparing different makeup shades.
  3. Do your homework. Educate yourself about various makeup terminologies and bring sample pictures/photos of bridal makeup you like along for the trial to show the stylist the makeup look you’re after.
  4. Do play up your eyes as they will look fantastic in photographs – false eyelashes (individual ones placed in between natural eyelashes) are an excellent way to accentuate the eyes.
  5. Do focus on your best features – if you have beautiful glowing skin, ask your stylist to simply define it using the right colours and contouring techniques. Get the basics right and everything else will fall in to place.
  6. Do insist upon waterproof and water-resistant mascara and makeup. This will prevent smearing and smudging especially if you’re feeling teary on the Big Day. Your wedding day makeup needs to work harder than normal as it has to last all day long – M.A.C Pro Longwear has a range of eye, lip, skin and other makeup products perfect for a bride but your makeup artist will ensure your makeup has extra staying power whatever brand they opt for.
  7. Do get a good rest the night before. If your eyes are still red, consider some lubricating eye drops to soothe the redness.
  8. Do bring along hair pins, jewelled tiaras or any other accessories or clip-on extensions etc you intend to wear when trying out bridal hairstyles at your trial.
  9. Do use nourishing and restorative hair products to prepare the hair for heat, pulling, curling or straightening and other stress it will invariably be subjected to on the wedding day.
  10. Do keep things simple and be true to yourself. You want to be a stunning bride and not completely unrecognizable walking down the aisle.

bridal makeup dos and donts

Don’ts of Wedding Makeup

  1. Don’t wait until the very last minute to get a wedding makeup trial.
  2. Don’t hesitate to shortlist and interview at least 3-4 different makeup artists by checking their portfolios. Make sure the chosen one is willing to listen to your preferences as well.
  3. Don’t change your hair cut or colour right before the wedding. All experiments are best done 6-8 months before the day. The same is true about skin treatments and facials etc too close to the Big Day.
  4. Don’t go for layers of makeup that will be noticeable in wedding photos. Instead select a matte look which can be achieved using translucent powders and blotting paper.
  5. Don’t follow trends blindly. It’s okay to browse Pinterest for ideas and inspiration but make sure you get a bridal trial irrespective.
  6. Don’t worry about tattoos – if you’re keen to cover up a tattoo you’re no longer fond of, talk to your makeup artist about specially designed products that will cover it. Or you can always ask your wedding photographer to touch up the photos and make tattoos invisible if you don’t mind them showing on the day.
  7. Don’t over tweeze eyebrows. Invest in a specialist who can do them for you. Avoid drawn-on, very thin or sparse eyebrows as they will make you look older than you are.
  8. Don’t use all-over colour for one or two grey hairs. Simply use root touch up which can even be done at home. If you have never coloured your hair before, don’t forget to get an allergy test to see if the colour product suits you.
  9. Don’t try to drastically alter your look on the day. Your makeup should only enhance and define your best features and not change or overwhelm your appearance.
  10. Finally, don’t stress about your bridal makeup – your makeup artist will take care of you. So relax and relish being pampered!

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Images: Main-MakeupbyMaria Dubai | BelletheMagazine | Pinmakeuptips

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Dipa M

Dipa M

Born and raised in India, Dipa has spent several years in the USA. With a degree in Engineering, she discovered her passion for writing 5 years ago. Since then, she has written for various online publications all across the globe. When she is not reading or writing, she is out for a walk with her 2 year old Cocker Spaniel, Coco. She is also the editor of weddingsOnline India.
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