Your Guide to Bridal Makeup: Dos and Don’ts

March 24, 2021
Caitlyn Martyn
By: Caitlyn Martyn | by L'Oréal

When it comes to planning your wedding, achieving blushing bride status is probably at the top of your list. The products you’ll use to do your bridal makeup, however, may not have crossed your mind. We can assure you that it’s not the sort of thing you should leave for the last minute, regardless of whether you’re having a big party post pandemic (whenever that may be) or a small, socially distanced ceremony now. Between high emotions, lots of attention and flash photography, it’s important to turn to products that will keep you looking your best from the ceremony to the reception and everything in between. Whether you love a bold look or like to keep things more natural, we’ve created a list of makeup dos and don’ts to help you get ready to say “I do.” 

Do Apply a Primer

If there’s one thing you should take from this, it’s that skipping out on primer is not an option. Not only does primer, like the Urban Decay Cosmetics Ultra Glow Primer, help your makeup stay in place all day, but it also ensures makeup goes on smooth to minimize the appearance of blemishes and fine lines for a flawless finish that will withstand even the brightest of camera flashes.

Do Pick Foundation Based on the Season

For fall and winter weddings, be sure to wear a foundation that keeps skin from looking (and feeling!) dry. The Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation keeps skin soft and supple while providing flawless coverage.

In the spring and summer, you’ll want to pick a foundation that can withstand heat and humidity, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24Hr Foundation in a Powder. Bonus: This powder foundation prevents shininess for a matte look that lasts through hours of photo ops and happy tears.


Don’t Cake On Foundation

Here’s the thing: Bridal makeup should look natural, so the more you look like yourself when walking down the aisle, the better. If you’re typically drawn to a more dewy look, forgo the heavy, matte foundation and opt for a light, illuminating product like a tinted moisturizer. We love the L’Oréal Paris Skin Paradise Water Infused Tinted Moisturizer for radiant, natural-looking coverage.

Don’t Forget the Eyebrows

Eyebrows complete every makeup look, so all the more reason to define your brows for the big day. To keep your brows looking their best, reach for something longwearing, like the NYX Professional Makeup Lift and Snatch Brow Pen, which helps to create fierce, beautiful brows to frame the rest of your face. Quick tip: When using an eyebrow pencil, go for a shade or two lighter than your natural brow color.

Don’t Get a Spray Tan the Day Before 

Sunless tanning is a wonderful thing, but it can also go terribly wrong should you rely on inexperienced hands or untested devices. If you’re going the spray tan route, discuss the timing with your technician and make sure you get a practice round at least a few weeks beforehand. This way, if you don’t like the results, you can choose to tweak the process and try again, with plenty of time to spare. The same goes for DIY-ing your faux glow. Practice is crucial. 

Do Try Waterproof Mascara

If there’s any day with guaranteed waterworks, it’s your wedding day. From the vows, to the speeches, to your first dance, we are almost positive the tears will be flowing — but your makeup doesn’t have to be. Stick to waterproof options, like the Maybelline New York Lash Lift Waterproof Mascara, since your lashes are closest to the waterworks. 

Don’t Wing It

If you want your face to be as flawless as your vows, you need to do a trial run before the big day. Whether you’re doing it yourself or hiring a glam squad, make sure to test out the look so you have one less thing to be nervous about on the big day. 

Do Keep Products on Hand

Keep a few products with you throughout your wedding day, like lipstick, blotting papers and setting powder (we love the NYX Professional Makeup Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Setting Powder) so you can easily touch up your look.
Photographer: Chaunte Vaughn

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