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Be a Beautiful Bride: Wedding Makeup Tips To Help You Look Perfect on Your Special Day

Updated on August 26, 2014

Most movies and books portray weddings as being delightful events, full of happy reunions, mirthful laughter, ecstatic parents and an excited bride and groom. In reality, however, weddings can be quite the opposite. Not that I’m suggesting that the happiness surrounding this widely-practised ritual is a facade, but I am well-aware of the fact that weddings can also be immensely stressful. What with all the planning, organizing and arranging that needs to be done, the to-be bride and groom often find themselves dreading the much-awaited day of holy matrimony.

For brides, the stress involved reaches new heights, because, apart from making the required arrangements, the bride also has to scout the streets for three extremely important things: jewellery, the bridal outfit and makeup. If you are a to-be bride and are already perplexed by all that needs to be done, here is an article that will help alleviate your stress levels and elevate your mood, at least a bit. Listed below are a couple of wedding makeup tips that will help you get your makeup right on your special day.

Applying the right kind of makeup on your wedding day is of supreme importance as your look will be captured by every gadget possible and will be preserved for times to come. So, choose your makeup smartly and look pretty even in the most candid pictures clicked that day.

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The Trusted Three for Flawless Skin:

Primer, Foundation, Concealer, these three makeup essentials are a must-have for every bride. Every bride wants flawless skin as bright lights and powerful cameras can pick up even the tiniest of flaws. Applying primer as your base is important as it helps foundation stay put, thereby allowing your makeup to last longer. It also closes pores and erases fine lines, giving your skin a smooth, shine-free texture.

When selecting a foundation, choose a shade that matches your skin tone. Check the color in both natural and artificial light. Use a foundation brush to blend in foundation evenly. If possible, click a couple of photos to check how your base makeup looks. It shouldn’t look too light or dark as compared to the rest of your skin.

Opt for oil-free and non-comedogenic foundations that feel light on the face. This is important as you’re makeup will be left on for almost the entire day and you don’t want to feel sweaty and irritable. Maybelline’s Dream Matte Mousse Foundation and the Dream Liquid Mousse Foundation are good examples of long-lasting, air-soft foundations that are also safe for all skin types.

Concealers too are important as they help cover up marks, lines and spots that were not masked by the layer of foundation. Apply concealer after applying foundation so that your face doesn’t look caked-up. Also, use different concealers for your eyes and face. Opt for one with hints of yellow for your face and one with peachy tones for your eyes.

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Eye Makeup Essentials:

Expressive eyes can be a bride’s most captivating feature. For picture-perfect eyes, pay special attention to your eye makeup. The most important eye makeup tip is to use water-proof, long-lasting products, because weddings, although a joyous occasion, can sometimes leave you teary-eyed.

Opt for a gel-based eyeliner as opposed to an eye pencil. Another important tip is to fill in your eyebrows with a brow pencil for dark, perfectly-shaped brows. Choose a pencil that is a shade or two lighter than your natural eyebrow color. For angelic eyelashes, don’t shy away from using fake eyelashes. The trick to getting feathery eyelashes is to curl eyelashes and apply mascara before fixing on the fake eyelashes and applying another coat and curling once again after the eyelashes are fixed on.

While applying eye shadow, start of by applying an eye shadow primer to keep your eye makeup smudge-free. Apply dark shades on the outer corners of your eyelid and choose brighter, lighter or shimmery shades as you move inwards. To prevent a meltdown, sweep translucent powder over your eye makeup when you’re finished.

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Luscious Lips and Peachy Cheeks:

Brighten up your face by adding color to your lips and cheeks. Choose a cream blush for a rosy natural look and apply it to the apples of your cheeks. To apply blush correctly, smile to pinpoint the apples of your cheeks and apply color on them. Then, blend the color upwards towards the hairline. On your wedding day, you will be doing a lot of smiling, so apply a good lip balm to keep your lips soft and moisturized. It’ll also prevent your lipstick from looking dry and cakey. Opt for a long-lasting lipstick, one that at least lasts for 14 hours. You can check out Maybelline’s Superstay 14 Hour Lipstick Range for attractive shades with great staying power. To make your lipstick last longer, always apply it in layers. You can also apply a lip pencil on your entire lip as the base as this will hold color longer. Define your lips by lining them with a lip liner. Ensure that the lip liner matches the shade of your lipstick.

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Well, this is it from my end. Hope you find these tips helpful. Another suggestion is to go for a makeup trial at least a week in advance. After the makeup has been applied, click a couple of photographs. This will give you an idea of how your makeup will appear in photographs. Similarly, if you plan to undergo any cosmetic treatments or try out a new face pack or cleanup method, make sure you do it at least two weeks in advance, so you won’t have to deal with sudden outbreaks or rashes on your special day.

For the Indian bride, the rules of wedding makeup are slightly different. Are you looking for some tips to help you get your makeup right? Here is an article that will not only only solve your makeup queries, but is sure to furnish useful tips and tutorials to help you look your beautiful best on your special day.


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    • Cherylann Mollan profile imageAUTHOR

      Cherylann Mollan 

      4 years ago from India

      Thanks for the appreciative comment DDE. Yes, personally I think every bride should be treated like a princess on her wedding day, After all, weddings happens very rarely in your lifetime. (I used the word rarely because I didn't want to say once. I'm all for second marriages if they make someone happy.) :)

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      Devika Primić 

      4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great hub.

      A special day as a wedding needs to be treated with extra care and the bride surely needs to look her best. Your ideas are so helpful and informative.

    • Cherylann Mollan profile imageAUTHOR

      Cherylann Mollan 

      4 years ago from India

      @Billybuc: Thank you for your comment, and coming from you (I've read your hubs and I think you're a swell writer) it means a lot. :)

      @Dragonflycolor: Thanks for stopping by. Yes, I love weddings, wedding makeup, wedding dresses and everything bridal, so you can expect a couple more hubs on the topic. :) And no, I don't do makeup professionally, just try trends on myself and my unsuspecting friends and family members. :)

      @FlourishAnyway: True that. :) What with digi cams, video cams, handy cams, the very intrusive mobile phone and those really sophisticated cameras with lenses that protrude up to your nose! You never know when you'll be caught on one, so yes, you should be careful. Thanks for your thoughtful comment.

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      4 years ago from USA

      You are absolutely right about being captured in all kinds of images on your wedding day. It's one of the most important days to have flawless makeup, hair, and attire. Photos last a long time.

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      4 years ago

      would love to see more pictures of bridal makeup. do you do makeup? great hub!

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      Bill Holland 

      4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Not my thing, obviously, but as a writer I appreciated the introduction you was something most people can relate to and thus it was effective. Well done!


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