A Guide to Getting the Most Out of Your Wedding Makeup

The secret to an impeccably made-up face is all in how you lay the groundwork. You’ve likely heard that time seems to pass in the blink of an eye once your big day finally arrives, but realistically, you’ll probably be contending with quite a lot to maintain a fresh complexion. Brides looking to minimize stress can follow some simple steps over a period of time to prep their skin for a smooth, effortless makeup application, and should employ a number of tips throughout the day to preserve a flawless look.


Consider Professional Wedding Makeup Expertise

Your wedding is a fabulous excuse to indulge in some extra pampering, and facials can make a huge difference in the quality of your complexion. If you plan to take advantage of the many professional makeup treatments available, start scheduling them regularly once you’re three to six months away from the event to boost your skin’s health and keep it looking clear and bright. Book a series of peels to fade discoloration and reveal an even, radiant appearance, or consider microdermabrasion to help remove scarring and alleviate clogged pores. If you’re dealing with puffiness a few days before the wedding, try a relaxing microcurrent facial to nip it in the bud and help stimulate circulation to ensure your makeup looks stunning when the time comes. Treatments with the potential to cause irritation, however, such as extractions and deep exfoliation, should never be undergone within a month of the wedding.

Applying Your Own Makeup

Whether you plan to rely on a home regimen to whip your skin into shape, or just want to supplement the professional services you receive, there are an extraordinary number of products that deliver a spa-worthy outcome in the comfort of your bathroom. Talk to your dermatologist or facial technician about introducing retinol into your routine, an ingredient that rapidly increases cell turnover to improve skin texture, tone, scarring, and the appearance of acne. While prescription retinols are notorious for being harsh, there are plenty of commercial formulas that incorporate soothing elements for superior efficacy without any negative effects. If you’re struggling with dullness, try incorporating vitamin C-rich serums and moisturizers to build a serious glow, and use a toner, cleanser, or mask featuring alpha hydroxy acids to encourage gentle resurfacing. Frequent exfoliation will provide your skin with a surface that makeup can adhere to with ease for a gorgeous result.

You’re Almost There

Once your special day is here, there are still a few things you can do before your bridal makeup appointment to allow for an enjoyable process and assure you’ve done all you can to capture the aesthetic of your dreams. A week prior to the occasion, try cutting back on salty foods and start drinking lots of water instead of alcohol to keep puffiness at bay and give your face a natural definition that makeup will enhance even further. The night before, use a soothing, moisturizing mask to plump fine lines or an exfoliating choice which incorporates natural fruit acids to give a fresh, youthful glow. Apply your most reliable, time-tested products for a clean, supple complexion without risking an adverse reaction and make sure you pay special attention to the lips by clearing away dead skin with a soft, damp washcloth and putting on a thick balm before bed.

In the morning of your big day, after a big glass of OJ or some much-needed caffeine, cleanse with your favorite, tried-and-true facial wash. Next, apply a water-based serum, moisturizer, or combination of the two to provide adequate hydration and extend the wear of your makeup. Look for products that include hyaluronic acid, an ingredient which helps the skin maintain water without becoming greasy. If you need to wear SPF for your wedding, make sure it’s in your moisturizer because foundations that include sunscreen can cause a white cast to appear under flash photography. It also might be worthwhile to try an eye cream that boasts light diffusing technology to disguise any dark circles or wrinkles or consider airbrushed makeup just for your wedding day. For the final touch, take a minute or two to carefully massage your products into the skin for maximum absorption and a bit of stress relief. Don’t skip the décolletage, either!

The Finishing Touch

Following these steps is the surest path to avoiding any last-minute beauty fiascos, but a bride can never be too prepared, and there are still a few things you can do to account for any eventualities. Avoid the temptation to pack a powder compact in your clutch as you’ll start to look “cakey” after so many reapplications throughout the day, and these products can also show up in photographs. Instead, use blotting sheets to soak up excess oil, or for a great trick, try a dry sponge, which will completely avoid disturbing your foundation. Setting sprays are also an excellent option for all-day events, as they can refresh your look and provide a natural appearance that lasts for hours, with formulas that will mattify, hydrate, and even illuminate. Finally, pack a beauty kit with items like a lip color and concealer for touch ups, Q-tips, mints, toothpicks, tissues, bobby-pins, and a mini can of hair spray to have on hand just in case. In the end, you’ll realize all that effort was worth it when you get to sail through your special day under the confidence that once you receive your wedding photos, you won’t have any regrets.

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