I decided to do my own makeup for my wedding day because a) makeup is very subjective and I'm a control freak b) I've had too many unfortunate situations where makeup artists failed to do my eyeliner #asianproblems. So I decided to take a stab at doing my own wedding day makeup!
Verdict? Best decision yet! Not only was I pleased with how my wedding day makeup turned out, I also learned lifelong tricks on which brands don't break out my skin and how to enhance my facial features. In the last couple of months, I watched countless Youtube tutorials, read bridal magazines, and paid multiple visits to the Sephora and Norstrom beauty counter gaining some knowledge along the way and I'm excited to share with future bride-to-bes what I've learned. If you're on the fence about doing your own wedding day makeup, keep reading to hear my tips and product recommendations!
When I began the process, my mind flooded with worries like... What lipstick won't run? How much blush is too much blush? Will it last all day? Will it turn out well in photos? Does this cover my pores? You get the picture. Rest assured, I learned you can do it all! Learn my from my months of trial and error for tips on flawless, photograph-friendly, and sweat-proof wedding day makeup!
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5 MUST-READ TIPS FOR BRIDES DOING THEIR OWN WEDDING DAY MAKEUP:
Pack a touch-up kit
Your wedding day will be LONG - and you need your makeup to last through the tears, the sweat, and the hugs. Depending on what time you plan to get ready (my bridesmaids and I started at 9AM), there will be a huge stretch of time before the actual ceremony. A touch-up kit is helpful for when you want to re-define your eyeliner, add lipgloss, powder down any shinyness, or just spray on more perfume! My honor attendant held a touch-up kit in her bag which included: concealer, lipstick, perfume, mints, blush, and eyeliner. I didn't need to reach for it often, but it was nice to know it was on hand.
Use a lip stain, not lipstick.
I used a lip liner and a lip stain (exact products below) based on the consultation of a Sephora makeup artist. With lipsticks there is always a risk it can run from sweat or smear when you kiss your groom! A lip liner + lip stain combo locks in the color plus can more sharply define your lips. Your lips is definitely one area you NEED to amp up the drama - and completes your bridal look. First use a lip liner to line the outline of your lips and then fill in your entire lips. Then layer it with the lip stain. Blot it, and reapply.
People get really excited when they think of airbrush, but it actually may not be your best choice. Why? Airbrush has a tendency to make your face look more flat due to the way it's applied versus glowy. Another reason to re-consider airbush is that once it is applied it is set. You cannot touch up throughout the day.
Stay way from any primers, foundations, or concealers with SPF because they may cause a flash-back when you take photos. If you're not familiar with flash-back it's when your face appears to have an unnatural white coating over your face in photos. Google "flash back makeup" and look through the images. Yikes.
If you have some free Saturdays til your wedding, I highly recommend vising your nearest Sephora. I probably went at least 6 times. Ask an associate for makeup product recommendations, color swatches, and don't forget to ask for samples. I repeat: do not forget to ask for samples. Some people don't know that Sephora gives free samples of any of their products (in the color that you want) ! You must take advantage of this. Samples are a great way to test to ensure that a product won't break your skin out, identify the best color match or brand, and aid in practicing applying the product. Any left over samples I had was packed into my touch-up kit for the day of. Also, if there's a product you want (like that really expensive Dior primer) but you can't afford, ask for a sample! My associate just gave me a penny-size amount so I could use it on the day-of without paying for the whole bottle since I wouldn't use that product again!
LOVE YOUR FACE
Lastly, love your face as natural as it is. I know that's not the most practical tip, but again, we're all about beauty not vanity. At the end of the day, you want to look like yourself on your wedding day
Next I'll share the exact makeup products I use that I totally recommend.
MUST-HAVE BEAUTY PRODUCTS FOR BRIDES WHO WANT TO DO THEIR OWN WEDDING DAY MAKEUP
Makeup Forever HD Blush ($26)
Good luck! Let me know if you try any of these tips or products!