Wedding day makeup is just everyday makeup. . .multiplied by the power of ten. It’s that important. Overdo your makeup and you’ll look like you’re heading to a club instead of the alter. Under-do your makeup, and you’ll look pale and sallow — and even worse, your face will come out shiny and without definition in your photographs.
Scared yet? That’s why plenty of brides hire wedding day makeup artists. But if that isn’t in your budget, or if you feel like tackling this task on your own, follow these steps for fresh and fabulous cheeks that are sure to smile the day away.
1. Wash your face with a non-abrasive cleanser or mild exfoliating scrub.
2. Gently rub your favorite lightweight, non-greasy moisturizer into your skin, massaging all the way to your hairline and onto your neck.
3. Dot foundation onto your cheeks, nose, chin and forehead. Spread it outward with a brush using small, sweeping strokes. Make sure to carefully blend the makeup into your skin.
4. Apply a yellower-than-your-skin concealer to any red spots or splotches on your face. Blend well.
5. Dust on a light coat of loose powder onto your forehead, nose, and chin. Tap some onto your cheeks only if they are susceptible to greasiness.
6. Apply a sheer coat of bronzer across your cheek bones, starting at the base of the apples of your cheeks. Brush it to the base of your temples. Blend with your fingers if the bronzer goes on too dark.
7. Add a layer of blush directly on the apples of your cheeks. Work the brush in circular motions, making sure to stay on top of your cheek bone. Do not sweep the blush back toward your hairline; keep it limited to the apples of your cheeks.
8. Finish with shimmering powder or lighter shimmery blush, sweeping it over your entire upper cheek.
Tip: How do you know which shade of blush is right for you? When you’re standing at the makeup counter, squeeze your hand into a tight fist. Release your fist, and compare the pads of your fingers to the shades of blush. Whichever is the closest match is the right color for you. For a bit more drama, go a shade or two darker, or go lighter if you want a more subtle touch of color. But stick to the same color family. If your fingers have a peachy hue, don’t go for berry colored blush, and the other way around.
Have fun exploring your perfect wedding day look!