Wedding venue. Dress. Rings. Vows. Bridesmaids. Make-up. There are around 2846 tough decisions to make when planning your big day and choosing your make-up look is up there among the trickiest.
Do you pick a look that’s classic? Or do you try something a little different that could potentially haunt you in your wedding photos for years to come? (Green eyeliner, we’re looking at you.)
Luckily there are plenty of beautiful make-up looks to choose from that won’t date like your wedding Instagram hashtag will.
Put the blush into “blushing bride”
If you’re one of the many brides-to-be who struggles to catch zzzs the night before your big day, there’s one product you can rely on to help you appear as though you slept for eight hours: blush.
A little pop of colour on the apples of your cheeks will completely brighten up your face and help you look healthy and radiant.
Our advice? Choose a subtle peach, rosy pink or warm coral blush - they’re the three most universally flattering shades. Nars Blush in “Orgasm” ($44) is the best place to start.
Go for a no make-up, make-up base.
When Meghan Markle walked down the aisle to Prince Harry during their May 2018 wedding extravaganza, we were more focused on her make-up than her dress. Right before our eyes was glowing, bare-looking skin (hello gorgeous freckles).
Ironically, it can take applying several products to get your skin looking this “natural”. To avoid foundation looking cakey (the only cake at your wedding should be covered in butter icing), L’Oréal Paris Make-up Director Noni Smith says to ensure your skin is hydrated and smooth first. Moisturise, apply a creamy primer (like L’Oreal Paris Infallible Luminising Primer, $25.95, apply a CC cream, then a sheer foundation if needed. Conceal any blemishes and use a small amount of liquid highlighter just above your cheekbones.
“To get a really fresh look, use a foundation brush to lightly stipple only onto areas needed.
If the skin doesn't need coverage then don't cover it. Leaving your raw, glowing real skin showing is what this look is all about,” explains Noni.
Lashings of fake lashes
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If you want to accentuate your eyes, choose to apply feathery, fluttery fake lashes. Opt for individual fake lashes, like 1000 Hour Individual Flared Lashes Medium Black Kit ($9.49), over the strip variety. They’ll not only look more natural, if there are any malfunctions during the celebrations (read: tear-inducing wedding speeches) they’re a lot easier to fix.
Pack a small tube of lash glue in your clutch as insurance and wait for the “your lashes look amazing” compliments to roll in.
When in doubt, go with a neutral eye
If the idea of a dramatic smokey eye has you reconsidering walking down the aisle, meet your reliable saviour: the neutral eye. Soft taupes, browns and even subtle, shimmery golds are neutral enough to keep you looking like yourself - with a sprinkle of glamour added.
The first order of business? Be sure to prime your eyelids.
“An eye primer is essential for any bride because the lids of the eyes are the oiliest skin on the body, which can often create creasing of your beautiful eye look,” explains Clint Dowdell, Nude by Nature Makeup Artist.
Next? Apply your eyeshadow.
“Use a base of taupey, golden and natural shadows to create a base - The L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche La Palette in Nude Beige ($29.95) is a perfect palette for this eye look,” explains Noni.
“Define the eye by rimming it in a dark kohl pencil, then lightly smudge and smoke it out over the lid and very gently underneath.”
Curl your lashes and add mascara as the finishing touch.
Just add highlighter
Think of highlighter as your secret wedding weapon when it comes to banishing dull skin.
“Highlighters create a look of healthy, glowing skin and can enhance the natural contours of the face giving a soft, angelic appearance – perfect for a bride’s special day,” explains Clint.
So where exactly should you be applying highlighter to that lovely face of yours? According to Clint, those with drier skin can be a little more generous than those with a naturally oily complexion.
“My favourite areas to add a touch of glow to are the top of the cheekbones, the bridge of the nose, brow bone and of course the cupid’s bow,” explains Clint. To create a luminous glow, try Nude By Nature Touch Of Glow Highlight Stick in Champagne ($24.95) or Benefit Cosmetics’ Dandelion Twinkle Highlighter ($51).
Match your nails to your bling
Sure, you could choose to adorn your nails with classic beige or timeless soft pink on your wedding day. But if you want to have a little more fun with your digits, match your sparkly engagement ring with equally as sparkly nails.
Trust us, nothing says “I’ve just married the love of my life and I’m ready to party” more than glitter nails. Try Smith & Cult’s gold, glittery “Shattered Souls” nail polish ($18).
Choose a coloured lip (but prime, prime, prime)
OK, we’re not going to skirt around the issue - choosing a bold or brightly coloured lip on your wedding day can be a controversial move. The big kiss that comes after “I do”? Your partner might wind up wearing half your carefully applied colour.
That said, if lip colour is your thing and you’d feel naked without it, there are a few ways to go about it. Opt for a subtle lip stain or tint that will provide long-lasting colour that won’t transfer like Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Sweetheart ($19.95)
Want something with a bit more POW-factor? Wear your favourite lipstick shade (we love Karen Murrell’s Rymba Rhythm ($30) but prep your lips with primer first. A lip primer will plump and smooth your lips and extend the wear of your colour. It’s a non-negotiable if you’re planning on kissing your beloved and sipping champagne until the wee hours, right?