As the big day is approaching, everything is becoming a huge deal. Do not give in to pressure and make sure this day, and what precedes and follows it, is enjoyable. Certain brides are stressed because they do not fall into the traditional look or they do not feel comfortable with it. Some are bothered by their weight, others do not like the tight hair or the white dress, you, from what it seems, do not enjoy the makeup.
Do brides have to wear makeup?
The answer to this question is easy, no they don’t. Brides do not have to do anything they do not want to. There is no wedding manual to say what you are supposed to look like on your wedding day. Well, unless you are royalty, in that case, there are some rules. However, you do want to look your best, and that may need a little boost. Your best is your natural, but you want your face to look the same throughout the day and the evening. Pretty much the same way you want your hair to stay in place. A touch of makeup will prevent the redness and the sweat from coming out, and it will look nicer in photos.
Prepare your face
If you want your face to look its best, you need to prepare the skin first. Make sure you wash it, steam it, and clean it regularly in the weeks or at least days, preceding the wedding. You do not want any surprises on the day, as they may require heavy makeup for covering up. Also, be sure to exfoliate and moisturize. Your skin needs to look tight and rich. While this is important as a base for light makeup, it is crucial if you opt for no makeup at all.
Without a dramatic emphasis on your eyes or your lips, you need to rely on emphasizing your natural features for a striking effect. With this natural look, light contouring and a beautiful skin tone are the two main things to focus on. First of all, use primer on the entire face to make the rest of the makeup settle nicely. Once that is done, do the same with foundation. Use concealer to get rid of the facial lines you do not want to be seen, such as the black circles around your eyes and the wrinkles below them. Use a tiny bit of a light shimmer powder on your cheekbones.
Apply primer to your eyelids in order for the eyeshadow to last. Use the nude shadow from your chosen palette and apply it to the entire lid, all the way to your eyebrows. Find a shimmery color in the palette you are using, to apply to the corners of your lids. Look for a shade that best matches your eyebrows and apply some of it to them. It will give your brows a more voluminous look and nicely frame the eyes. The next step is using a lash curler to add the final touch and the romantic look to your eyelashes. Apply some mascara once you are done. Alternatively, you could go for a dreamy look popular with anti-makeup supporters in Sydney. Semi-permanent lash extensions Sydney is crazy about will grant you a natural look with fairytale eyes.
Now, before you move onto the lips, apply a thin layer of peach blush to your cheeks and finish it off with translucent powder to connect everything nicely. Apply some to the lips, to make the lip color stick better. The natural look requires natural lips. A nude shade will make you look completely washed out. Us a pinkish color which best matches the color of your lips. Apply a layer of top coat for a glossy effect. If you want a matte look, leave the top coast out and do not forget to apply the powder to the lips before the color.
Should you do it yourself?
You can do the makeup by yourself, or hire a professional. The professional may be a good solution because they have the skill, and they already have the makeup. For a nice natural look which will last for hours, you need quality make up which can be expensive. It is a waste of money if you are not going to use it later. But then again, you are spending a lot on the wedding as it is, so the little extra will not harm your budget. Make sure you put aside enough time to find the best shades and fits. Take a friend along, perhaps a more experienced one, to help.
Regardless of who you choose to do the makeup you have to try it out before the big day. If you are doing it on your own, practice applying it. Buy the makeup a couple of weeks in advance to give yourself a chance to get used to the look. There are a couple of different natural palettes, namely something in lines of brown/beige, pink, or peach. See which one suits you the best and ask your mom or your friends to tell you which they think flatters your natural look.
A reason why a bride is always the most beautiful person at a wedding is not an expensive dress and a 5-hour hair and makeup treatment. What makes her radiant is her happiness and love celebrated on the day. Bear this in mind and it will help you plow through the rest of the process with no consequences and pure excitement.
Audrey Taylor was born in San Francisco, and moved to Adelide at the age of five. Marketer researcher and social media manager on hold, full – time mommy of a cheerful two-year-old. Graduated from Queensford college, worked in a couple of marketing agencies across Australia, eager to learn more about business and share her experiences. Traveled across the Europe. Her hobbies include: home decor, fashion, travel, music, old movies.