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Bridal Makeup Tips

Updated on August 2, 2009

For many women, their wedding day is one of the most important and memorable days of their lives.  For that one day all eyes, not just your future husband's, will be on you. Every woman wants to look her best as she walks down the aisle.  Nowadays many weddings are filmed too, making it even more important that everything from your bridal makeup to the shoes you are wearing is perfect.

Here are a few tips that will help you look your best on your wedding day.

Don't wait till the month or week before to prepare your skin. No matter how much or what type of makeup you apply, if your skin isn't in peak condition you'll be able to tell. How do you take care of your skin?  Make sure you have a good diet, drink plenty of water, don't go to bed without taking your makeup off and have plenty of rest and exercise.  Your skin reflects your health, so doing all you can to stay healthy will help your skin to look its best on the big day. 

If you are confident at applying your own makeup or you have a friend who has a good eye for makeup then you do not need to have your brides makeup applied by a professional.  If you're not sure, though, you might want to have your bridal makeup professionally applied.  You want to look your best, so unless you are certain and you have practiced beforehand on what type of makeup to wear, get professional help.

Plan your makeup around the time of day you'll be married and whether you're having an indoor or outdoor wedding.  Night-time weddings usually require more formal and a little heavier makeup than daytime weddings.  If you're getting married outdoors, then your makeup should be softer and more natural looking to accommodate the lighting.

A white dress can wash out your face, so if you're going for pure white for your wedding dress you might need to apply more color to your face than if your dress is ivory or off white. Base your choice of makeup also on the style of your wedding dress. A fresh young style of dress requires a softer, more natural makeup style. A sophisticated dress with a stronger neckline, or a dress that's off the shoulders lends towards a more classy, formal makeup style.

The eyes are said to be the window of the soul, so dress up your eyes. While makeup shouldn't be overdone, be sure to highlight your eyes and wear eyeshadow that draws out the color of your eyes.  Or you may choose to highlight another facial feature, such as your lips or your high cheekbones.  Don't overdo it though, if you're emphasising your eyes then go easy on your choice of lipstick.

While speaking of lipstick, one important tip is to chose a long wearing or matte lipstick or lip gloss, something that will withstand a lot of kissing.  And your mascara should be water resistant, just in case of tears.

Make sure you have a practice run of applying your bridal makeup well before your wedding day so that you can decide in advance which style and look will best suit on that important day.

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