Not a bother at all, it’s wedding season so I’m sure many people have this question!
First off, congrats! I love weddings and I love wedding makeup even more :)
You will most likely want to buy these products weeks in advance to test them out and see how they work for you. Even try attempting your wedding makeup a few times before the big day to see how the products wear and to get the skill down. You can learn some makeup skills by going on Youtube and searching “Wedding Makeup Tutorial” to get a little inspiration. I took the liberty to find some videos I recommend and linked them below.
For under the eyes try something light weight but brightening. From the drugstore I recommend and love Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer because it never looks cakey under the eyes and makes me look awake and refreshed! I’d recommend getting a shade one shade lighter than your skin tone to really brighten and open up your face in pictures. If you want to make sure your concealer won’t budge i’d recommend using an eyeshadow primer underneath your concealer (Loreal DeCrease is good) or using a long wearing concealer like MAC Pro Longwear Concealer or Lancome Effacernes Waterpoof Undereye Concealer.
For wedding makeup I think a light shimmery champagne shadow all over the lid with a light matte brown in the crease is timeless, easy and super flattering. If you have oily eye lids you’ll most likely want to use an eyeshadow primer underneath like Loreal DeCrease or NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Primer. For extra glam try using a waterproof liquid liner or using black or brown eyeshadow to line the upper lash line, you might want to skip on the flick/cat eye and just line the upper lash line to add some drama and make the lashes look a little more full. Using brown shadow or a brown liquid liner will look more natural and less dramatic. I wouldn’t recommend using pencil as they tend to smudge. Try waterproof liners like Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner (they make a black and brown shade) or Loreal Telescopic Waterproof Liner (comes in black and brown).
For lashes try a waterproof mascara like Loreal Double Extend Waterproof Mascara (one of my fav waterproof mascaras) or Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara. You may want to try false lashes! Okay don’t be scared… I know as a beginner false lashes probably seem really scary but they are gorgeous for brides! You can cut the lashes in half to only apply them on the outer half of your eye for natural, wispy look. I’d highly recommend Ardell Demi Wispies ($3) which have wipsy, uneven in length hairs to look more natural and less “perfect”. I’d recommend youtubing how to apply false lashes but my main tips are cut off the ends of the lashes, let the glue dry and get tacky on the lash band for a good 30 seconds and use tweezers to apply and hold down the lashes.
For the lips try something like Revlon Balm Stain in Honey, it’s a great nudey pink shade that’s easy to apply, easy to reapply through out the day and slightly stains the lips. The shade is a your lips but better shade, nothing too dramatic just something light and pretty.
Lip liner is great for brides as well. Lip liners are much longer lasting than lipsticks and can be used all over as a lipstick or under lipstick!
Hi there! I’ll explain a bit the differences between skin types :)
First, once you figure out your skin type instead of trying to find makeup to work with your skin type you should try finding the right skin care to treat your skin type. Sometimes it’s hard to find the right foundation to completely cover dry patches or find a foundation that will stay shine free on the oiliest of skin so make treating your skin a priority. If you balance out your skin type with the right skin care finding the right makeup will be much easier. Just a little tip to those who have a hard time finding makeup for their skin type!
Dry Skin - If you’re skin is dry your face will feel tight after cleansing, might look a little dull or flat (no glow or radiance), have dry patches, foundation looks too matte and dry on the skin, etc.
- If you have dry skin you want to make sure to use a gentle cleanser that won’t dry or strip, use a thicker moisturizer or facial oil at night, exfoliate once or twice a week to remove dead, dry skin and keep your skin smooth and more radiant. You might even want to try hydrating serums or hydrating masks to lock in extra moisture. Cream cleansers or cleansing oils are great for dry skin because they clean the skin without soaping and foaming up which can be overly drying.
Normal Skin - If you’re skin is normal you have very minor skin problems. You get somewhat dry if you don’t moisturize and a little oily in the summer. You might get a pimple every now and then.
- If you have normal skin i’d recommend keeping your skin care simple to maintain that nice, normal skin! Nothing too drying or harsh, go for more natural skin care or skin care claiming to be more gentle.
Oily Skin - If you have oily skin you might have black heads, clogged pores, large pores and acne because excess oil clogs the pores and makes them appear larger. You’ll get greasy on the nose, forehead, inner cheeks, chin, sometimes all over. Foundation might slide off within hours and look greasy/oily.
- If you have oily skin you want to use the right skin care like clay masks to help draw out clogged pores. If your pores are clean and unclogged, they will be tight and produce less oil. Charcoal skin care is great for oily skin because it gives a deep clean, try cleansers like Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser or Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser. Try using an oil absorbing toner before applying makeup to keep you shine free through out the day, something like Kiehls Rare Earth Pore Refining Toner. You might also want to try dry oils to help combat oily skin, learn more about that here. P.s don’t over strip the skin of it’s natural oils (will cause you to be extra oily), if you are using charcoal cleansers and toners try keeping that in the day time and stick to something more moisturizing at night like dry oils and night creams.
Combination Skin - If you have combination skin you’ll have a mixture of different skin types. Typically, combination skin means oily skin with some dry patches. For example, your nose and forehead is oily but your cheeks are dry. This skin types makes finding the right makeup more difficult cause you want something long wearing but not too drying. Your skin could be combination because the skin care you’re using is too harsh and drying cause your skin to freak out and be oily and dry or it could be your natural skin type.
- For combination skin I recommend using skin care targeted more towards dry skin and using makeup targeted more towards oily skin. This way your skill will be properly hydrated and moisturized so your skin will be more balanced.
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This new NYX Angel Veil Primer is super similar to my all time favorite primer, Hourglass Mineral Veil!
Some great matte bronzers to try are
The Body Shop Honey Bronzers $20 (currently on sale for $12!) These bronzers come in a few shades & are great for fair/pale skin or for those who want a very natural, light bronzed look.
Benefit Hoola Bronzer $28. Great for a variety of skin tones because you can apply a light layer or build it up for a darker color.
NYX Matte Bronzer $9. Fabulous drugstore bronzer that comes in a few shades from a light beige to a deep brown.
Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder $44. If you’re planning on using your matte bronzer to contour you will love this! It’s very cool toned almost grey/taupe which makes it perfect for contouring. Your contour will look like a shadow rather than a brown bronzer.
Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder $40. Comes in a few shades. Very silky, easy to blend matte bronzer.
A few tips! :)
Applying Bronzer In Extra Places
You can try applying bronzer in areas the sun would normally hit the skin making your face look more tan and sun kissed. Try applying bronzer on the temples, down the nose, slightly on the chin. These are all the most raised areas on the face so they get the most sun exposure which will make it seem as if your face is more tanned than it is! You could also just try applying bronzer on larger areas of the face and bringing it down the neck.
Using A Darker Setting Powder
You may even want to buy a more affordable pressed powder in a shade to match your skin to apply a light layer over your foundation to darken it up a bit. Just make sure to use a powder the shade of your current skin tone, not going too dark thinking it will balance out the light.
Mixing With A Darker Foundation
Lastly, try mixing it with a darker foundation or buying a darker foundation to mix with it on the back of your hand to get a darker shade. You can find a foundation for under $5 or so and buy a shade two or three shades darker than your skin tone to mix a drop or so with your current foundation, since the shade will be significantly darker you’ll only need half a drop to a drop so it won’t change the results of the high end foundation.