A Blushing Bride: The Foundation of Wedding Make-Up

“A little bit of powder, and a little bit of paint, can surely make you is what you surely ain’t”

OK, so we kid with you a little bit, but honestly, we all know the express purpose of make-up is to make you look, well simply put, as beautiful as possible! And a good make-up application should accentuate your natural beauty while bringing out your best facial features and their qualities so as to rival the most gorgeous celebrities done by the industry’s top make-up artists.

So of course, when it comes to your wedding day, the biggest part of looking your absolute best is to ensure your make-up is as close to perfection as possible, and of course, flawless. But since most of us gals apply a minimal amount of our own make-up on a daily day basis, how do we get a professional look that’s comfortable but “above” what we typically apply? How much make-up is too much (or too little)? What is the right style, or look we should go for? How do we avoid looking “overdone” or worse, not looking at all like ourselves?

Well since these are all good questions we’re gonna first start you off with some basics, and then we’re gonna let your own style and taste determine the rest. Here’s some practical tips that should help you achieve that special wedding day look so that you look (and feel!) your best on your most special day. OK, pay close attention, and feel free to take notes!

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1. Hire a professional make-up artist

Some of you ladies really know how to apply your make-up pretty darn well. And you probably could perform a great “do it yourself” job on your big day, but here’s the thing: It’s your wedding day. All you should really be doing is letting other people pamper you and having a freakin’ blast with it all. So we say, even if you’re that good, don’t do your own make-up on your wedding day! Instead, hire a professional make-up artist to do the job for you. I personally love nothing more than getting my make-up done by a make-up artist. I always feel like a movie star sitting in that big ol’ tall chair, and quite frankly, it feels sensational letting someone else “take the wheel’ to beautify myself. Kinda like getting a facial at a spa. Anyway, ask for recommendations and referrals from friends for a great make-up artist, especially if you know former brides whose wedding day make-up looked fantastic. Or, mosey on down to the department store’s make-up counter and check-out the make-up artists in their own element doing their thang on customers. That too can give you an idea of different styles among various artists, and if you see one’s work that you really like, you may be half-way there in choosing the perfect make-up artist for you!

2. Decide on the “look” you want on your wedding day

Are you having an outdoor morning wedding and want a very natural look? Or are you more of the dramatic flair type? Whatever your personal tastes are, decide on the look you want and go for it. Check out beauty magazines to get a sense of different looks you can rock depending on the time of day and what suits your personal tastes.

45103. Decide on the “type” of make-up you want on your wedding day

I love love LOVE airbrush make-up! It gives such a neat and “finished” look, and it’s sooooo good at hiding all the flaws (and I mean all of them!) and “locking” the make-up into place so as not too run, smear or smudge. But, it’s definitely not for everyone, so again, decide what’s best for you.

4. Schedule a make-up trial appointment

This is a must, because nothing could be worse than having your make-up done for the first time and not liking the results. This is also where you’ll find out if there are other issues like allergic reactions or sensitivity to the type of make-up they use. The very first time I got my make-up applied professionally I had a seriously bad reaction to whatever they used. My face felt like it was on fire (not to mention all the colors she used couldn’t have looked worse on me!) Thank god I had done it just for fun, but imagine if that was for the first time on my wedding day? You see where I’m going with this, right? Make sure to set the appointment!

1404806924_kozmetikAlso for your convenience, here’s a list of the basic elements of a fully applied face. You and your make-up artist can decide how many and in what combination you should use them in:

  • Foundation
  • Powder (loose or compressed)
  • Concealer
  • Blush
  • Eyeliner
  • Mascara
  • Eye shadow
  • Lipstick
  • Lip liner
  • Lip gloss

OK pretty girl, now let’s go and get fabulous!


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