While many brides opt for a professional makeup artist for their wedding day, other brides decide to go the DIY route. Whether you are trying to keep costs down or if you are typically comfortable doing your makeup yourself, you will want to take special care with your wedding day look. Fortunately, a little practice and a few great products can go a long way to make you feel confident on your big day.

Start With A Good Base

When it comes to looking glamorous on your wedding day, having great skin is even more important than your makeup. You may want to check in with a dermatologist before your wedding if you are concerned about you skin. You will want to implement a new skincare routine a few months before your wedding so your skin can adjust to any products you are using and you’ll know if something doesn’t work for you well before the wedding day! Leading up to your wedding day, make sure you get plenty of sleep and drink water. This will both be great for your skin and will keep you happy and healthy for your big day.

Keep It Simple 

You might be tempted to go for over the top glamour on your wedding day, but if you are doing your wedding makeup yourself, it’s often better to keep things very simple. This is a good way to make sure that you look like the best version of yourself instead of a caricature. A great way to feel extra special while still looking like yourself is to pick a specific feature that you want to showcase. If you love bold lipstick, you will likely want to keep your eye makeup simple and neutral. On the flipside, if you would rather go all out with your eyes, pick a simple nude lipstick that won’t overwhelm your face.

Make Sure Your Lipstick Is Kiss Proof!

You will want to make sure that your lipstick is transfer proof so your spouse doesn’t end up wearing it after you kiss in your ceremony! This will also help you make sure you still look great after you eat, drink, and chat with your guests all evening. You will likely want to experiment with liquid lipsticks and lip stains as they tend to have much more staying power than lip glosses or creme lipsticks.

Practice Before Your Wedding Day

Makeup is definitely a case where practice makes perfect. You might think you had the perfect mascara or eyeliner but then realize that when you get teary, it runs or realize that your lipstick won’t make it through a slice of wedding cake. Practicing in advance is also a good idea if you plan to use products you don’t normally use such as false eyelashes or contouring your face.

This is also a good time to ask a trusty, honest friend to give you a second opinion on how you look. You should take a few pictures of yourself to make sure your makeup photographs well, especially using flash photography. Some products containing SPF or finishing powders might give your face a white appearance in flash photos. It’s better to know beforehand so you don’t look like a ghost in your wedding photos.

These tips aren’t meant to take the place of the knowledge that a professional makeup artist would have, but if hiring a professional doesn’t fit into your budget or if you’ve made other priorities, these tips are a great start to make sure that you look and feel fantastic at your wedding.

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