Perfect makeup is really something to consider before any event where you are the center of attention. There’s no rule that says you have to look a specific way on your wedding day, you are not mandated to contour, bronze and wear fake lashes longer than a baby deer just because you’re getting married. Your bridal makeup should be you at your very best,  whatever that entails.  If you don’t feel like yourself without red lipstick,  wear your favorite shade. If you live for a very minimalist look, work it.  Don’t feel pressured to bow to beauty trends just because you’re getting married! Here are wedding day makeup tips you should consider.

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Wear a white t-shirt if you’re having your make-up test in a store so that you can see how the make-up looks against a pale color and take a picture of yourself in daylight  to see how it looks before you purchase anything Remember that bridal makeup needs to have enough color to compensate for the whiteness of the dress. There’s a big difference between everyday clothes and a wedding dress, so there should be a difference in your make-up, too. Start by making sure your skin looks even and smooth, and then add color to your cheeks and lips to give them a glow.

Eat a meal before you sit down for hair and makeup because it’s go-time thereafter. You may feel a loss of appetite due to nerves, but make sure you have protein in your system. A hungry bride with a glass or two of champagne is a bad look.

Makeup can behave strangely in photos, You’ll often need more of it than you’ll think to look “normal,” and what works under flash and in natural light can be very different. So while you’re doing your bridal makeup road tests, take a few snaps to check how it works in pictures. Ideally, you’ll want to take some selfies, a snap in natural light, and—perhaps most importantly—a photo with flash. Some foundations that contain SPF and certain setting powders can create a ghostly “flashback” effect when a flash is involved; make sure that doesn’t happen to you! 

  •  Glowing skin is always in:

While nobody wants to look like a sweaty oil-slick on their wedding day, you also don’t want to be so powdery and matte that you look like a powdered doughnut. Don’t load up on tinted powder and hide your gorgeous skin, let your natural beauty shine through!  Fight shine with an oil-busting primer, add a light BB to even out skin tone and set with a fine dusting of translucent powder. The final touch? Apply a powder or cream highlighter to add extra radiance to your skin. Highlighter should be applied down your nose, along with the tops of your cheekbones, at the center of your forehead, on your chin and right above the Cupid’s bow of your lips. You’ll be glowing in no time!
Make sure your makeup works on camera…

  • Avoid makeup with SPF:

    While sunscreen is very good for your skin,  it can be very bad for your wedding photos. “The zinc and titanium oxides that are found in SPF formulas can cause a white cast on the face in flash photography.  If you must slather on sunscreen for your outdoor wedding,  make sure it’s in your moisturizer and not your foundation.

  • Long wear lipstick is your best friend..

    Layering on your lips will ensure a long-lasting finish. “Begin by conditioning lips with a lip balm to help prep and soften and follow by applying a light layer of lipstick in a satin or cream formula, then swipe your lipstick on a second time to build its color. “Optionally, if you prefer to add the appearance of volume, draw lip liner along or just outside the natural lip line and then feather in the color onto the lipstick. Press lips together to set. Also totally optional: Finish with a light layer of gloss for a multi-dimensional look.”

    • Go too dark on the eyes. Define your eyes by applying color in the crease,  but avoid using a shade that’s too dense, as it can detract from the eyes themselves.
    •  Prepare for touch-ups.

So you’ve chosen waterproof, long-wear makeup, well done. But it’s still makeup, not a tattoo—and so you have to be ready to make cosmetic touch-ups on the go. Make sure that you have a well-stocked makeup bag with everything you need to keep your face totally perfect. We’re talking the usual suspects like concealer, powder, eyeliner, and lipstick—but also wedding day extras, like blush, mascara, makeup removal wipes and a few (clean) brushes to reapply.

  • Don’t forget your body!

If there’s one thing you don’t want,  it’s your face and body ending up two different colors. Combat that by embracing your inner celebrity and applying some light body makeup to your neck and chest with a makeup sponge brush. Don’t forget to set with the same powder you’re using on your face to make sure you don’t accidentally get it all over your dress!

  • And so is waterproof everything.

Emotions are running high at weddings, so if you’re not normally prone to tears, you need to cry-proof your eye makeup. That means waterproof mascara, eyeliner, brow product and concealer (for under your eyes, naturally)

  • Have fun!

Let’s be real: makeup is meant to make you feel happy, and bridal makeup especially so. You shouldn’t have to spend your wedding worrying about whether your lip gloss is coming off, or if your foundation is totally immaculate.

Happiness makes everyone beautiful, so keep one eye on your lipstick, smile and enjoy your day!