12 Quick DIY Wedding Makeup Tips for Busy Brides

DIY Wedding Makeup

Your wedding day is coming up and I’m sure you are very excited! Some brides choose to do their own DIY wedding makeup on their special day instead of hiring a professional makeup artist. This is usually the case if they are comfortable with what they are doing or have had lessons from a professional, and if you happen to be one of those brides, we’ve got some tips for you!

1. Wear the Right Color of Foundation

70% of people including brides are wearing the wrong foundation right now. Don’t be one of them! Have a professional match your skintone perfectly to your favorite brand or their recommendation for a long lasting foundation to ensure that you look flawless on your big day.

2. Think High Definition

Photographer’s cameras nowadays can pick up even the finest details, and professional makeup artists have begun using companies that offer and promote products that are made for high definition. If you want that flawless, airbrushed look, look into companies like Smashbox and Make Up For Ever. Both companies offer you makeup that is High Definition, from concealer and foundation to eyeshadows and primer.

3. What About Airbrushing?

Don’t feel badly if you don’t have an expensive airbrush system! You can get the exact same flawless look with long lasting High Definition makeup. Usually, artists don’t recommend airbrushing foundation for wedding days anyway because of how fragile the makeup can be. For example: brides can easily sweat through airbrush foundation, causing patchiness or streaks.

4. Waterproof Everything

There may be tears so don’t just make sure your mascara is waterproof. Choose a long lasting, waterproof eyeliner and, if possible, a foundation too. It’s also possible to set your foundation in order to make it longer lasting.

5. Don’t Overdo It

The last thing you want to have is a dark, dramatic smoky eye. Stick with neutral colors and a shade of lipstick that compliments you. Use makeup to enhance your beauty, not to cover it up.

6. Learn to Tightline

Tightlining makes your lashes look more full without a full eyeliner on the top lid. Use this technique if you will not be wearing much makeup. Practice by gently lifting your eyelid to expose the lash line and apply eyeliner at the very base of your lashes.

7. Spray-Tanning

If you don’t usually do this in your daily life, why start on your wedding? Leave the spray-tanning for the honeymoon because you don’t know if you’ll have an allergic reaction, look too dark or even orange. No one wants an orange bride! Yikes!

8. Don’t Forget Your Lipstick

Make sure you pack your lipstick in your clutch before you leave your house for any touch ups before photos or the reception. If you don’t want to carry a touch up kit with you, ask one of your bridesmaids or see if it’s alright to leave your kit in the limousine.

9. Practice, Practice, Practice!

Don’t wait until the big day to decide on what colors of blush and eyeshadow to use. Try out a couple different looks and ask honest friends for their opinion on your finished product.

10. Don’t Forget Your Bridesmaids

Communicate with them so that you know your makeup will all be uniform; you don’t want someone distracting from your big day with a bright red lip.

11. Changing Skincare Regimen

This is a big no-no in the weeks leading up to your wedding. If you must change it, make sure your makeup still settles properly and that there are no allergic reactions or breakouts.

12. Waxing

Wax your eyebrows or face at least five days prior to your wedding; this is not something you can leave for last minute. You shouldn’t apply any makeup to the waxed area for at least 24-hours and that will give the skin time to heal and the redness to fade away. If you must remove some facial hair on the day of the wedding, tweezing is suggested for a quick clean up.


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