We’re in the golden age of stand out bridal looks, and whether you’re looking for something Pinterest-worthy or something a little bit more understated, there’s no end to what is possible for your bridal look.
And as expectations on what is acceptable wedding-wear become more flexible, so too do the options for achieving new and interesting styles.
So with that in mind, here are some tidbits of advice for making your own bridal makeup look standout.
Keeping it camera ready
The human eye sees light and colour very differently from a camera, and a flash will wash out or add unwanted shine to your features, even if it isn’t visible to the naked eye.
Avoid unpleasant surprises in your photos by gearing your makeup to be photographed just like the celebs do.
Adding a layer of translucent powder over your foundation and concealer to any problem areas can help you avoid that dreaded oily shine and give you a nice matte look. Save the shine for the lips!
Blend Blend Blend!
The camera’s flash will bounce off your make up, so to avoid looking like a painted patchwork of products, make sure you blend your concealer and foundation using a concealer brush or makeup blender.
Keep the eyebrows natural
When it comes to eyebrows, the more natural the better.
Not only do they frame the eyes like nothing else, they are the one of the main conveyors of emotion for the human face. I don’t think there’s a bride alive that wants to look perpetually surprised or quizzical on her wedding day.
Start by using an eyebrow pencil to fill in your brow from the bottom upwards. Use short hairline strokes so the end result looks more natural in photos and in real life. A fuller brow also makes your face look more youthful and fresh, but be careful you don’t overdo it.
Don’t be afraid of a little colour
Conventional wisdom dictates that the best makeup style for a bride is a very natural colour pallette with a touch of blush. But don’t be afraid to throw in a touch vibrant colour to create some interest or drama.
Contour with colour
Contouring is the biggest makeup trend of the decade. But it need not be relegated to dark and light only. Experiment by adding in some soft peach or warm pink to your contouring colour palette. The end result will be a slightly chiseled look that enhances all of your best features, while still leaving a bright and natural look.
Match your eyeshadow and lips
Similar shades of pastel pink on both the eyeshadow and lips can create a stand out look that is full and youthful without feeling immature. It’s understated and natural, yet still captivating.
Bold lips are in
According to Harper’s Bazaar, the most popular lipstick for brides on Pinterest is berry red.
And I’m not surprised. A little bolder than what we’ve seen in the past, these knock-out shades inject a bit of vibrancy into your wedding look in a way that leans more elegant than edgy.
Throw out the white dress
Okay this might sound extreme – but more and more brides are saying no to the white dresses of yore and opting for blush tones and light greys. Their secret? Pairing these unconventional dress colours with conventional, simple make up for a bridal look unlike any other.
If getting rid of the white dress altogether sounds like a step too far, perhaps consider a change of outfit for the reception. There is some real scope for creativity as injecting a bold colour into a traditional ballgown can keep things looking ‘bridal’ and fresh. It also sets the tone for the reception!
Try an earthy look
For more smoky eyes, try using earth tones in similar shades from the same colour family. An apricot blush swept over your cheeks and a clear gloss on your lips will complete this look.
Make it last
Weddings are day long events! That means for a truly stand out bridal look you have to be sure your makeup will look as flawless in the evening as it does in the morning and afternoon. Luckily, there are a few tricks you can use to make sure this happens.
Go easy on the gloss
Lip gloss typically makes lipstick colour fade faster, so you’ll want to limit how much you use.
A great way to make your colour last longer is to use lip liner on your entire lip, follow that up with your lipstick, gently pat your lips with a tissue and then apply a second layer of lipstick.
Think about a lip stain
Instead of lipstick and gloss think about a lip stain. It will last longer and unlike gloss, it won’t get all over your groom after the kiss.
If you’re thinking of having long hair that is down on your wedding day, it also means your hair won’t get stuck on your lips, which is surprisingly common with gloss.
For makeup that will last all day, going waterproof can make sense. Especially for your mascara!
If you’re like a lot of brides I’ve worked with, there’s a good chance at some point there will be tears of joy. And you don’t want your flawless eye makeup ruined!
Have backup product
No matter how many steps you take to ensure your makeup lasts all day, there’s going to be a need for touching it up at some point, so make sure you have the right products to hand.
If you’re using a professional makeup artist, most will be happy to sell you the same products they’re using to ensure you have some to hand.
In the end
No two weddings are alike. Not because of shoes or dresses or eyeliner, but because no two couples getting married are the same. And if your big day should reflect anything, it is that.
For the best standout bridal look, keep things personal. And nothing will stand out more than you!