Looking radiant and beautiful on your wedding day is every bride’s dream. Whether you opt for subtle pastels, a bold smoky eye or crimson lip, your bridal makeup should be a true reflection of you.
Makeup guru Bobbi Brown shares her answers to the most-asked questions by brides.
How do I know what beauty look is right for me – feminine, romantic, sophisticated?
It depends on each bride since makeup should be used to enhance a woman’s favorite features. I believe that your makeup on your wedding day should be tailored to your personal style and skin tone. To help you find the perfect shades and wedding day look, I recommend scheduling a consultation with a makeup artist prior to your wedding day.
We offer a special Bridal Makeup Lesson at Bobbi Brown counters where our professional artists will design a tailor-made wedding day look, share tips for long-lasting makeup, and show you how to recreate the look on your special day.
I think I want to do my own makeup for my wedding. Do you have any tips?
If you are already a seasoned makeup artist – or simply a self-taught beauty pro – just allow yourself enough time before the wedding (at least 3 hours) to complete your look. If you’re new to makeup, visit a makeup artist at your local department store; they should be able to show you what products and tools you’ll need for the big day. Just as you would with a professional, do a makeup trial on yourself and have a friend snap some photos in various lighting. Practice makes perfect and seeing the final product in pictures will ensure you get it right when it counts.
What if I want something more bold, like a red lip?
Yes, as long as it works with your style. Remember, your wedding day isn’t the time to try something that you don’t normally wear. If you love bold color and want a big-statement lip, look for blue-red and orange-red shades of lipstick – these are the strongest reds. For a subtler take on red, blot the lipstick onto your lips or try a sheer red lipstick or gloss.
How can I make sure I look great in the wedding photos?
Make sure your foundation is the exact color of your face (and body if you’re wearing a strapless dress). Dust bronzer on your face and neck to warm up and even out your skin tone. Layer two shades of blush — a neutral shade and a brighter pop ― for a longer-lasting flush. Choose a brighter shade of lipstick than what you normally wear. Finally, smile and have fun.
How can I get my makeup to last from ceremony to reception?
Pick long-wearing formulas that don’t crease, fade or run; look for key phrases like ‘long-lasting’, ‘all-day’, and ’12-hour wear’, and anything water-resistant or waterproof. Next, prep the skin for staying power, which means leaving facial oils, rich eye cream, and slippery serums on the shelf. A simple, fast-absorbing moisturizer is all you need. Set concealer and foundation with sheer loose powder so it stays put and fends off shine. Finally, be sure to layer your blushes and eye shadows; by building color, you’ll get a more blended look that lasts.
What are the most common makeup mistakes brides make on their wedding day?
Most brides make one of two mistakes: too much makeup or too little. The first turns the bride into a total stranger to her friends, family, and worst of all, the groom. Too little makeup can leave a bride looking washed out in photos. How to strike a balance? Stick with shades that complement your skin tone. Foundation should blend invisibly into your skin. Blush should look like your cheeks when you’re naturally flushed. On eyes, it’s all about blending and definition. For lips, don’t go too subtle or pale — brighter colors look best in photos. If you’re color-shy, try a sheer gloss instead.
Click through the gallery above for inspiring bridal makeup looks, fresh off the Spring 2015 bridal runways.
Photos: Courtesy of Carolina Herrera Bridal