Read our guide to wedding makeup to choose the perfect look for your big day.
You’ve picked the date, booked the venue, and said yes to the dress: Now it’s time to decide on your bridal makeup look for the big day. Choosing a wedding makeup look can be overwhelming—there are a lot of trends out there, and you could spend days scrolling through Pinterest for ideas.
To help you out, we’ve put together this handy guide to bridal makeup. Here’s what you need to know.
How to choose the perfect wedding makeup look
Just like it can be daunting to find the right wedding dress, it can also be stressful to figure out which wedding makeup look is best on you. The pros at Wedding Wire suggest taking the following steps to find your ideal bridal makeup look:
- Research wedding makeup trends. Start the process by looking through bridal mags, searching on Pinterest, and checking out red carpet photos of your favorite celebs. This will help you determine what style you like, whether that’s boho chic, vintage glam, or something else. According to Cosmopolitan, some of the most popular wedding makeup looks right now include bronzed skin, smoky eyes, and classic red lips.
- Take your wedding dress code into account. Is your wedding going to be a super-formal black-tie affair? Or are you going for a more casual beach vibe? If your wedding is more formal, you may want to glam it up with smoky eyes or a red lip. If your wedding is more casual, you may want to focus on glowing skin and wear neutral colors instead.
- Think about the makeup you wear regularly. Sure, your wedding is the chance to get all glammed up, but you still want to look like you. If you don’t typically wear a ton of makeup, you may not want to go for a bold style you’re unfamiliar with on your big day.
Finding the right makeup artist for your wedding day
According to the bridal experts at The Knot, one of the easiest things you can do is ask your married friends for recommendations. You can also ask your hairstylist, photographer, or venue for suggestions. You may even find good advice on wedding message boards or other online groups.
Scheduling a bridal makeup trial
Once you’ve decided on a look—and you’ve found a makeup artist you want to work with—it’s time to schedule a trial run. This will allow you to see how the makeup looks on you beforehand. Don’t love your initial idea? No problem. During your makeup trial, you can experiment with different looks to see what you like best before your big day.
Vanessa Ungaro, makeup artist, tells Martha Stewart Weddings you have your makeup trial after you’ve purchased your dress—and you should bring a photo of your dress with you to your appointment. The pros at Brides, meanwhile, suggest doing a second trial closer to your big day.
Do your makeup trial in the morning—that way you can see how the makeup looks throughout the day and make adjustments if necessary. Mascara flaking by noon? You may want to use a different product on your wedding day.
How to do your own wedding makeup
If you’re interested in doing your own wedding makeup, Glamour and Byrdie both offer great tips for getting your look just right. For those who opt out of hiring a professional makeup artist, focus on keeping things relatively simple: we’re talking healthy, glowing skin, natural eye makeup, tamed brows, and long-lasting lips.
When it comes to products specifically, you’ll want to skip the lipstick or gloss and use a stain instead since it lasts longer, according to the experts at Bridal Guide. You’ll also want to avoid overdoing it on the shimmer because it can make your skin look greasy, as well as blush since too much can look unnatural.
The bottom line: There’s a lot to stress about when planning your wedding, but makeup doesn’t have to be one of them. Choose a bridal makeup look you feel comfortable and confident in—and your beauty will surely shine through on your big day.