It has finally arrived, the day you have been planning for all these months. Your Wedding Day.
And being the important, unforgettable moment of your life you of course want to look and feel your absolute best. Although lovely, it is also going to be a long, emotional day and, at moments, a little stressful. This is why having the right products and tools at hand when it comes to your makeup is crucial. Nobody wants to have to run to the washroom every 30 minutes to touch up their powder or re-apply the lipstick. Check out our list of wedding beauty essentials and feel confident and beautiful all day long!
Priming your skin for makeup not only makes it apply much easier and more evenly, it also makes your makeup last longer. Choose the one which suits your skin type the most and apply it right before you apply your base. Some of the best for various skin types :
OILY SKIN: NEUTROGENA SHINE CONTROL PRIMER
DRY SKIN: LAURA MERCIER MINERAL FOUNDATION PRIMER
SENSITIVE SKIN: NIVEA MEN AFTER SHAVE BALM for sensitive skin
An unusual choice, but this is an inexpensive product which works wonders as a primer for any skin type, especially suitable for sensitive skin. It keeps the moisture locked in all day and has a smoothing and calming effect. It contains glysterine, an ingredient present in most primers, which makes makeup stick better to your skin, thus prolonging the wear of your whole look.
SKIN PRONE TO ENLARGED PORES OR FINE LINES: BENEFIT POREFESSIONAL
UNEVEN SKIN TONE: CLINIQUE SUPERPRIMERS
Most of these products will correct more than one problem anyway, so you can choose the one you find the most benefits from.
2. COLOUR CORRECTING
This step is optional, but can do wonders for your makeup look, especially if your skin is very uneven in tone, you have sunspots or redness. Colour correcting products are all the rage at the moment and there are numerous options of various price ranges available everywhere. I recommend the MAKEUP FOREVER COLOUR CORRECTING PALETTE
Medium coverage is where it’s at when it comes to wedding makeup. You want your skin to look beautifully even and smooth, but it should still look and feel like skin. Choose a long-lasting foundation which will stay put throughout the day, but will let your skin keep some of its natural appearance. An important aspect to keep in mind is also the fact you will be photographed a lot during your wedding, most of photographers will also use flash when snapping away. SPF in foundations tends to give an annoying white flash-back when using flash photography, so stear clear of foundations which have SPF in them.
DRY SKIN: BOURJOIS HEALTHY MIX SERUM FOUNDATION
OILY SKIN: ESTEE LAUDER DOUBLE WEAR
Soft, glowy blushes are the best for this occasion. Whatever your preferred shade is, it can work if you take extra care with blending it over your cheeks carefully to avoid harsh, colourful spots on your face. A soft splash of colour works wonders, a blob of pink will make you look like a clown. Here are some of my top picks in various shades:
KIKO COSMETICS SOFT TOUCH BLUSH 108
THE BALM ARGYLE
MILANI BAKED BLUSH IN LUMINOSO
Cream or powder, make sure there is no chunky glitter in the product you are using. Glittery highlighters never look natural and here we’re trying to create a glow, a dewy effect without looking like a disco ball. There are many shades available, ranging from frosty whites and pinks to golds to complement every skin tone.
ANASTASSIA BEVERLY HILLS GLOW KIT
6. EYE SHADOWS
Unless you are going for a very dramatic look both with the theme of your wedding and your dress, keep the eye makeup look neutral. The goal should be to elongate and open up your eyes, making you look fresh and lovely and bring out the beauty of your eye colour. A hint of gold, champagne or rose gold will add shine to your look. My favourites:
MAKEUP GEEK FOILED EYESHADOWS
URBAN DECAY NAKED PALETTE
7. EYELINER AND MASCARA
Waterproof, Waterproof, Waterproof!
LANCOME HYPNOSE WATERPROOF MASCARA
TOM FORD EYE DEFINITION LIQUID LINER
8. BROW PRODUCTS
Eyebrows frame and define your face and you will want them to stay in place all day long. Opt for definition, not crazy form-changing application.
ANASTASSIA BEVERLY HILLS BROW DEFINER
WHITENING LIGHTENING BROW BAR TO GO
ANASTASSIA BEVERLY HILLS BROW GEL
9. SETTING SPRAYS
And finally, a setting spray will give your makeup extra wear time so do not skip this step.
MAC FIX PLUS
URBAN DECAY DE-SLICK SETTING SPRAY