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As your wedding day approaches, there are a few things you should do to ensure that your appearance will be flawless on the big day. (expert advice)
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In order to make sure that you look your absolute best on your wedding day, you have probably booked appointments with your hair stylist, manicurist and pedicurist, make-up artist and even a tanning specialist. As your wedding day approaches, there are a few things you should do to ensure that your appearance will be flawless on the big day. Below, you will find some beauty check in tips to guide you toward the perfect wedding day appearance.
Beauty Check In: Hair and Make-Up
The last thing you want for your wedding is a bad hair day and make-up which makes you look like a clown. If you haven't scheduled a ‘practice run,' it's important to do this at least a few weeks before the big day. Check your hair by moving around and shaking your head to ensure that it will stay in place. Your make-up should look natural and enhance the beauty you already possess; not like you're being painted up for some kind of strange ritual! Make sure you feel comfortable with your selections and that the hair looks great with the dress. This beauty check in will make you feel more confident and excited about the big day.
Beauty Check In: Manicure and Pedicure
If you've never received a manicure or pedicure before, you may want to have it done a few weeks before the wedding. It's essential to be sure that you're happy with the look and that you're comfortable with the results. If you will be wearing tips or other types of fake nails, make sure they're at a length you feel comfortable with. If you have it done a few weeks ahead of time, you will only need to schedule a ‘filler' appointment to make sure everything is in place. You will also have the chance to get accustomed to fake nails if you've never had them before.
Beauty Check In: Spray Tan
If you will be receiving a spray tan for your wedding, it's imperative that you make sure the specialist is using the right color. Have a practice run about a month before the wedding and if you're happy with the results, have your specialist take notes of color combinations and any other important points. You will definitely want to be checked for a sensitivity or allergy - imagine walking down the aisle with hives!
By doing a beauty check in at least a few weeks before the wedding, you can tie up loose ends and ensure that everything is set for your ceremony.1
Every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day -- primped, pampered, and toned. That's why it's important to start a hair and makeup regime months before you say, "I do." A trial is the perfect opportunity for a professional to showcase what they do best and for you to share any concerns like a skin sensitivity or flyaway hairs. Depending on your theme, you'll be able to envision your overall wedding day look in advance. Here are a few of our favorite bridal beauties for inspiration:
Feminine Floral Blush
Photo by Melanie Yu
Since the camera and lights will tone down your makeup, put a little more blush on the apple of your cheeks than you normally would apply. For a nautral look, try a cream blush. It goes on sheer. But if you want more staying power, layer a powder blush on top.
Cultural Indian Henna
Photo by Nadia D Photography
The night before an Indian wedding is known as the "Night of Henna" or Mehndi when a bride's hands and feet are decorated with elaborate henna designs. Did you know that the groom's name is hidden on the right palm of the bride's hand?
Long Lush Lashes
Photo by Amelia Lyon
In order to get lush lashes, you need to do it the right way: curl at the root, middle, and top of the lash with a curler. No need to clamp down, just squeeze lightly.
Vintage Red Lips
Photo by Jen and Ashley Photography
Pair red lipstick with the lightest possible shades of eye makeup. Think brown, tan, and gold. To finish off your vintage look, apply concealer around the border of your mouth to prevent bleeding.2
Many women book a wedding make-up trial into their calendar in an attempt to determine how they will wear their make-up on the big day. This is a great idea if you don't normally wear make-up or you'd like to try something a bit different. Below, you will find some information on what to expect at your wedding make-up trial.
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Wedding Make-Up Trial: Skin and Blemishes
Whether you're visiting a cosmetics expert or a salon to have a make-up trial, the first thing you will probably hear is how to care for your skin. No amount of make-up will make you look amazing if your skin isn't cared for. You will probably be instructed in exfoliation techniques, tips for keeping your skin in tip-top shape, using sunblock and more. Each of these things protects and nurtures the skin so it will be naturally beautiful, smooth and bright.
Wedding Make-Up Trial: Emphasis
Another thing your make-up expert may explain is emphasis. Many times, choosing one feature on your face and emphasizing that will create a beautiful look that is not overdone. For instance, when emphasizing your eyes you may use shadow, liner and mascara - but the lips should remain as natural as possible with maybe a bit of gloss. If you plan on emphasizing the lips you may use a beautiful bright lipstick, but the eyes should be left as natural as possible. This technique will keep you from looking overdone while enhancing your natural beauty.
Wedding Make-Up Trial: Color
Different brides-to-be look beautiful in different colors. If you have hazel, green or grey eyes - brown shades of shadow will bring out the beautiful color and depth of your eyes. Individuals with blue eyes look stunning in warm shades such as rose and mocha. If you have dark eyes, you will probably want to wear bright and warm shades like chocolate, persimmon or deep pink. Your make-up specialist will probably tell you that colors which look great on you should be chosen over colors that match your attire.
Spend some time and try different things until you achieve the look you want. The best thing about a make-up trial is that an expert will help you when it comes to shades, brands and techniques.1
Whether you will have a traditional, formal wedding or a beautiful casual affair – you want to look your best. Some brides-to-be make an appointment to have their makeup done for them, while others prefer to do it themselves. A few advantages you have include knowing what looks great on you and having applied your own makeup more than once in your life.
If you choose to apply it yourself, here are some great DIY makeup tips for your wedding.
Makeup Preparation –
The night before your wedding, exfoliate your skin to remove dead skin cells. This allows the makeup to go on smoother, look more natural and last longer. Be sure to apply a moisturizer after the exfoliation! Spread moisturizer once again on your face about 20 minutes before you start putting your makeup on.
Foundation and Powder –
One of the best DIY makeup tips for your wedding is to blend. As you put on your foundation, use a makeup sponge or your fingers to blend the makeup. This will keep you from having foundation lines around your chin and jaw. Applying powder is important because it sets the foundation and helps the makeup last longer. Be sure the colors match your skin correctly so the makeup will look natural and beautiful.
Note: If you have dark circles, a few dots of concealer before the foundation will help give you the look of ‘instant rest!’
Blush, Shadow and Shimmer –
Blush should be applied sparingly to the apples of your cheeks. Smile while applying it and you will see exactly where it should go. Blend with your fingers so it appears natural and pretty. Your eye shadow, eye liner and mascara should be dependant upon what time of the day your wedding is. Ceremonies held at dusk or after dark, call for you to apply more to help your features stand out. However, if your wedding will be at midday, skip the eye liner and only apply a little mascara and shadow. Too much can make you look overdone!
A warning when applying shimmer – too much can make you appear sweaty or wet! Only apply a bit of shimmer under your eyebrows and on your cheek bones.
The great thing about doing your own makeup is that you can simply wash it off and start over if you don’t like it – without paying extra! Experiment with your makeup well ahead of time so you can perfect your technique and achieve the beautiful look you want.2