Important Bridal Makeup Tips For Your Wedding Day

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(Photographs of me and beautiful bride Alyson by Claire Diana Photography. )

Important bridal makeup tips, tricks, and products for your Cinderella moment.

Of all days you want your makeup to be just perfect, it’s on your wedding day.  When the love of your life looks into your eyes to say “I DO,” you want to make sure that those eyes, skin, and lips, are on point.  Because let’s be real, your spouse is not looking down at your feet to see what shoes you chose or what types of flowers you are holding, they’re looking into your FACE!  That’s why making sure you have the right tools, techniques, and products are so key!

After doing weddings for over 12 years now, I know a thing or two about what brides are looking for…

  • Longevity.  Is it going to last all day and into the night? What products should make that happen? Primer, primers, and more primers. And did I mention products that say longwear and waterproof??
  • Will it look good in pictures.  You want to make sure you don’t look washed out in photos and there are a few tips to make sure that doesn’t happen.  Did you know that SPF can cause that white-ish cast in flash photography? So skip those products that contain sun protection just for the day.  And because we all know that sometimes makeup that seems more dramatic in person is actually not dramatic enough to show up on camera.  That being said, definitely do a trial run before the big day and have a friend take your pic so there are no surprises/disappointments with your makeup on the day of.
  • Glamour.  How to look a little bit (or a lot!) more glamorous than you do in everyday life. Two words – false lashes. 

Recently I answered the longevity and the looking good in pictures question with this Instagram video below – be sure to press play on the arrow and make sure you are following my new account here @JSMminute

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Product suggestions from video 

Primers (silicone free) : MAC 24 hr. eyelid primer  || Neutrogena Shine Control Primer

Waterproof mascaras : Covergirl Lash Blast Volume ||  Urban Decay Cannonball

Neutral eyeliners (bonus points for waterproof!) :  Urban Decay 24/7 Liners in “corrupt,” “hustle,”  “whiskey,”or “zero”

Long wear foundations with little to no SPF :  Estee Lauder Double Wear ||  L’Oreal Infallible 24Hr Matte Foundation

Peachy Pink blushes :  NYX blush in “Intuition”   || Nars “Orgasm” 

Setting Spray :  Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

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Another important bridal makeup tip…wear false lashes!

When answering how to get a little bit more of a glamorous touch to your makeup for your wedding day without going too far with overdone contouring and super dark colors, I say add FALSE EYELASHES!  They are easier to apply than you think and make a HUGE impact.  Just take a look at my gorgeous bride Ami, and what a good set of lashes did to make her eyes pop!!

When it comes to false lashes there are so many styles out there that look natural enough that no one will guess you are wearing falsies.  My biggest tip – apply the strip AFTER the rest of your eye makeup is done, so that the strip has something to grab onto and land on.  For a more natural wispy look – leave them be after applying, or for extra added drama, swipe a coat of mascara or two.

Here’s how to apply them and a couple of my favorite styles…

False lashes add that extra touch of glamour and drama to any makeup look & it's truly not as hard as you would think to apply them. ✅ My tip for a successful strip application: Do all of your eye make up FIRST including curling your lashes and a coat of mascara or two, so the strip has something sturdy to land on rather than flimsy bare lashes. 1️⃣ Choose your favorite false lash strips. I like @ardell_lashes Demi Wispies for their super lightweight and almost invisible band. Plus the lash length isn't too awfully dramatic. 2️⃣ Take a @qtips and squeeze @duoadhesive glue onto the tip then drag it along the backside of your lash strip. 3️⃣ Grab the lash with either your fingers or a set of tweezers and slowly lower down onto the back of your natural lash line until the lash strip sits comfortably on your lid. 4️⃣ If any glue is still white or shining after it has dried completely, just take a liquid liner (brown or black) and dot/color over the spot until it darkens. 🎥 & edited by @jawavifilms 🎶 by Birocratic #bowtothebrows #jsmminute #ardell #ardell_lashes

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Products used from video

Lashes on me : Ardell Demi Wispies

Another fave natural style :  Ardell #110 (not as full as the demi wispies)

#1 selling glue :  Duo Adhesive in Clear/White

There are some top tips for your flawless wedding makeup checklist!  These are for all of you do-it-yourself makeup brides! 

If you don’t trust yourself to do your own makeup for your wedding day, and are interested in booking me for your wedding, contact me at jennifer@jennysuemakeup.com. I’d love to be a part of your special day!!

You can also check out some examples of my work on my Makeup By Me Pinterest board.