Planning on doing your own makeup for your big day? Get gorgeous and avoid wedding-day disaster with these 10 amazing makeup and beauty tips by local award-winning makeup artist Christy Lavallee of Christy & Co.
1) Treat early – Facials and peels can do wonderful things for your skin, but they often result in redness and breakouts after treatment. Make sure you do these treatments at least two weeks in advance to give your skin time to heal and get back to its beautiful self.
2) Moisturize, inside and out – The key to gorgeous, glowing skin is to properly prepare the canvas in advance. Applying a good facial moisturizer and eye cream will help to give your skin that dewy glow while eliminating dry, flaky skin that makeup can magnify. (Her faves – Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream, Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre, and Kiehl’s Creamy Avocado Eye Treatment) And while you’re at it, you should also moisturize from the inside out – drink plenty of water in the days leading up to your wedding. A well-hydrated body results in well-hydrated skin, enhancing your skin’s natural glow and giving you a more flawless complexion.
3) Prime your canvas – To ensure that your foundation lasts the whole day, using a primer is essential. It prepares the skin for makeup by creating a protective base that foundation can grab on to, causing it to go on smoother and last a lot longer. There are several formulas available, including ones with tint and skin-brightening properties. (Her faves – Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer or Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre)
4) Match that foundation – Using the incorrect foundation color will result in a less-than-perfect makeup application, and is glaringly obvious in wedding photos. Many brides skin colors change before their wedding – either through various tanning methods (sun, tanning beds, or tan-enhancing creams) or from the loss of a tan (especially for fall weddings after the summer sun season has ended). The same foundation you used even a month before may not be the correct color for you now, so it’s very important to get matched to the correct foundation color just before your big day. Swipe the foundation along your jawline in natural daylight. If you can’t see it, you’ve got the right match. (Her faves – Face Atelier Ultra Foundation (liquid), Kevin Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer (cream), or Fortunate Face Minerals Foundation (powder))
5) Keep the shimmer in check – Most brides will want to apply some shimmer for their wedding day. When applied just the right way, it adds to the beautiful natural glow you already have. However, when too much shimmer is used, it can make your face look sweaty or oily – especially in wedding photographs. To keep it natural looking, apply the shimmer to only one place, preferably the cheekbones or brow bones. Also, just give it a light dust to avoid the ‘sweaty’ look! (Her faves – Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Backed Powder in Highlight 01 or Nars The Multiple in Copacabana)
6) Don’t overdo it! – While a formal event most certainly calls for a more glamorous look, too many brides seem to think that more is better when it comes to makeup for their wedding day. Use the rule that states to focus on one feature – pale lips with smoky eyes, or a bold lip with less shadow. While a slightly heavier makeup application is certainly called for – after all, your face is competing with a white gown, camera flashes and possibly even direct sunlight – the key is to still look like you, just better!
7) Go for Classic Beauty, rather than Trendsetter – Your wedding day photos and videos will be with you for the rest of your life. As beautiful and stylish as trendy makeup can be, it’s probably not something you’re going to want to look back on years from now. We don’t want to cringe while looking at our wedding photos the way people do when reflecting back on their 80’s prom pictures. Stick with classic and timeless. (Her faves – The Romantic: a slightly smoky, defined eye with rosy lips and cheeks, or Old Hollywood: nude eyes, winged liner and a bold, red lip)
8) Raccoons are not invited – One of the biggest mistakes brides-to-be make is wearing mascara and eyeliner that isn’t waterproof. Chances are you will get teary-eyed as you and your honey share those special wedding moments. Nothing is more unsightly than mascara streaks running down your face, captured for eternity in your wedding photos. Cosmetic companies have created waterproof mascaras and eyeliners for this purpose. Make sure to use waterproof makeup that will stay put – even through your tears of joy! (Her faves – L’Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara in Carbon Black, and Femme Couture Ultra Smooth Gel Liner in Black)
9) The brows have it– Your brows are a central and important feature on your face, more so than many people realize. When they’re well groomed, they can enhance your eyes and your entire look. If yours are out of control, it’s worth the money to let a professional groom them. Just make sure to have any tweezing and grooming done at least a few days before your wedding rather than the day of – these often result in redness, and the wax residue left behind can leave areas where makeup has difficulty blending. For the day of, choose a powder shadow two shades lighter than your natural brow color, and lightly fill them in to give your brows more shape and definition. (Her faves – Ardell Brow Defining Palette or Anastasia Brow Powder Duo)
10) Lipstick longevity – To give your creamy lipstick some added staying power, work in this order: powder your lips with translucent powder, line and fill in your lips with a liner that closely matches your natural lip tone, apply lipstick, blot, apply another light dusting of translucent powder, apply a second coat of lipstick. If you like the look of gloss, apply just a dab in the middle of the lower lip. (Her faves – Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color or Laura Mercier Lip Stain) If your lips are naturally dry, be sure to apply a balm at least half an hour in advance to plump and alleviate dry, cracking lips (Her faves – Lucas’ Papaw Ointment or Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15) If your lips are not dry, and a long-lasting lipcolor is your preference, there are some out there with great longevity that do not overly dry out lips. (Her faves – Sephora Creamy Lip Stain or Make Up For Ever Aqua Rouge)