Doing Your Own Bridal Makeup? Check Out These 9 Tips

Redheaded Woman With Bridal Makeup

If you’re a bride-to-be who is planning on doing her own bridal makeup, then this article is for you. Whether you want to save money or you simply prefer doing your own makeup, here are some tips that we hope you find helpful for your big day.

Now Is The Time For Pampering

In the months before your wedding day, prepare your skin by getting regular facials, wearing plenty of moisturizer and sunscreen, and doing masks. Don’t go too overboard or your skin may dry out, but do really pamper your skin to get it ready.

A few products we recommend:

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Have A Makeup Game Plan

Along with spoiling your skin for months, the stretch of time before your ceremony is also when brides doing their own bridal makeup should be practicing different looks.

Be sure to take advantage of online makeup tutorials and different types of makeup in order to find exactly the right look for your wedding day. Don’t just wing it — find the best bridal makeup look for you and practice until you’re pleased!

Try New Products In Advance

Don’t wait until the week before your wedding to test new skin care or makeup products. Your skin may not take well to them, so it’s wise to find this out well before your big day. Play around with new products all you want, but to be on the safe side, start as soon as possible.

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Skip The SPF If Your Wedding Is Indoors

Unless you’re getting married outside, consider skipping any makeup that includes SPF. Products that include SPF tend to make the skin come across very pale in photos, which can often cause your face to appear to be a totally different shade than the rest of your body.

However, if you’re getting married outdoors, it’s better to use SPF makeup products to protect your skin from the sun.

Watch Out For White Powder

Speaking of your face looking like a different shade than the rest of your skin, watch out for loose white powder. Some of white powders have the tendency to photograph badly and make skin look extra-white. (This is a very common problem that happens on the red carpet.)

If you definitely want white powder for your wedding day, be very careful when you blend it, and be minimal with how much you put on.

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Pay Attention To Your Lashes

Nothing makes your eyes look their best like lashes do, so be sure to pay attention to them when it comes to your bridal makeup. And this goes beyond just mascara! Take advantage of false eyelashes or a great eyelash curler.

If you’re really serious about your eye-framing lashes for your wedding day, consider going a step further and getting eyelash extensions.

Understand How To Use Highlighter

Highlighter can help make a stunning bridal look; however, if you’re not familiar with applying it, you can end up looking oily or sweaty.

Many brides who do their own wedding makeup apply highlighter in the wrong areas and end up looking too “wet” in photos. Don’t apply it to your nose or forehead; instead, keep it to the top of your cheekbones.

Be sure to watch plenty of online highlighter tutorials if you’re doing your own bridal makeup and you’re unfamiliar with applying highlighter.

Bridal Makeup Must-Haves

There are a few bridal makeup products that no girl should be without on her wedding day:

Waterproof Mascara

Unless you wear waterproof mascara in your everyday life, it can be easy to overlook it when planning your bridal makeup. However, it’s important to remember it for your wedding, because no one wants those black, streaky cheeks after a few tears begin to fall. Even if you’re confident you won’t cry, we strongly recommend using it. You might surprise yourself.

Bridal Makeup - Redheaded Woman Applying Mascara In Mirror

 Moisturizer AND Primer

First, the moisturizer: it’s a critical product to use on your wedding day. A good moisturizer will keep your skin hydrated, it will help your makeup “lie” more naturally, and your skin will feel much better overall.

Then, primer! Even if you don’t normally use primer, it’s a must for bridal makeup. Primer is your secret weapon for fighting creases, shine, pores, and “bumpy” makeup. Primer is great for photos, as it keeps your skin looking smooth and glowing, and it helps your makeup last longer. If you’re not familiar with primer, be sure to watch some helpful online tutorials.

The order: first moisturizer, then primer, then concealer, then foundation, then makeup.

Setting Spray/Blotting Sheets

A bridal makeup staple is setting spray, which will essentially help your makeup stay invincible for about 15-18 hours. Just be sure to try it out before your wedding day in case you don’t like it.

If you don’t want to use setting spray, just use simple blotting sheets to keep your face shine-free without removing your makeup.

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Designate Someone For Touch-Ups

Most brides barely have time to eat or use the bathroom on their wedding day, let alone check to see if they need makeup touch-ups. Because you’re probably going to be extremely busy, it’s wise to appoint someone to be your “touch-up checker”. This is simply someone who checks every hour or so to make sure your makeup is still looking fresh and pretty.

Most of the time, a bridesmaid can do this, but choose anyone who you think will do a good job of alerting you if you look oily, shiny, smudged, or streaked.

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We hope that these tips help you if you’re a bride who is doing her own bridal makeup. The most important thing is to feel comfortable and beautiful! And if you’re still on the hunt for your perfect Los Angeles reception hall consider our stunning ballroom at Platinum! Check out our gallery, or contact us with any questions.