There is no question when you’re the bride, the attention is at you. And only you. Oh okay, sometimes the spotlight curves to the teary maid of honor, maybe at the tensed groom, or at the stunning flower arrangement. But mostly the attention’s at the bride. With that, it is a must that the bride looks all dolled up. All. The. Time. Perhaps 1,001 cameras will be present at the wedding day not counting the photo and video team you hired especially for the event. Now question is, will you like if your face gets oily before the Ultimate Wedding Kiss or dare lose the color of your lipstick in the middle of the ceremony? Me neither.
The biggest problem of bridal makeup is staying power. True, right after the make up is done the bride looks astounding, exquisite, and breathtaking. But what about 2 hours later? A retouch every hour is out of question. (Can you imagine a make up artist powdering the bride while the officiating priest is preaching?) Makeup application matters but the kind of makeup use matters a lot as well. You’re going to be a bride once at (22? 25?29?), so don’t be frugal when it comes to yourself. It only reflects how much value you’ve given yourself compare to… the wedding venue.
On the photo above are the tried and tested, research-based, on-hand make up products I use for bridal make up purposes.
First things first, prime your skin:
Benefit The Porefessional– for normal to combination skin
Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch– for extremely oily skin. This is rather very expensive, but yes, truly holds oil for hours.
Second, foundation all the way:
Revlon Colorstay Foundation– my number one choice of foundation. I haven’t tried other foundations so I’m very welcome with suggestions.
Third, conceal the imperfections:
Bobbi Brown Corrector in Peach– women all over the world won’t rave about this product for nothing. Number one undereye concealer for me.
Fourth, powder lightly to set the make up:
Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder– I learned about this when Georgina Wilson and Solenn Heusaff recommended this to Ingrid Holm (internet friend since high school) and Ingrid, in turn, shared it to the world.
Fifth, apply eye shadow and eye liner that suits your theme:
Eye shadow brands vary depending on the color I’m looking for but my personal favorites are Lancome, Estee Lauder and Elizabeth Arden. But really, it doesn’t matter. The universe has 1,000,000,000 eye shadow and eye liner brands so better use the ones you have always prefer.
But before that, you have to prime your eye lids first to make the color last. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion can give that.
Sixth, don’t forget the mascara:
Christian Dior DiorShow– as explained here. If you don’t like the extra weight falsies give, better use powerful mascara for the top lashes. And reserve waterproof mascaras for the bottom lashes, like for an example, Maybelline Great Lash Mascara.
Seventh, the hush blush:
Nars Blush in Orgasm-ah yes, the blush that Angelina Jolie made famous. Of course, it depends upon the bride’s skin tone. But I have to say Orgasm pretty much suits all skin tone. It has a peachy pink, glowing effect that screams “Seriously, I am in love.”
Eighth, lipstick baby:
MAC Lip Pencil in Spice is an absolute favorite. The color is almost a twin to our natural lip color. For lipsticks, I admire Revlon, Lancome, MAC, Estee Lauder, and Shiseido. I have yet to try the others.
Ninth, set everything and you’re done:
MAC Fix Spray. This locks everything. Mist a few times 8-12 inches away from your face.
Now, dear bride, you’re ready to face your groom, the world and 1,001 cameras.
Aside from the products I mentioned here, suggestions are very welcome. Personally, I love weddings and I only want the best for my clients.