A woman’s wedding is usually the day on which she is most photographed in her life, so naturally, every bride wants to look her best. A professional can help a lot, but a bride can do her own makeup or style-hair for the big day to great effect.
From plucking eyebrows to body waxing, from teeth whitening to self-tanning, your wedding day is the time to splurge ---but not the day before you say “I do”. Some of these can cause swelling, sometimes a little bleeding, or little discomfort. The answer is to plan ahead.
For your wedding, makeup should be more polished and layered than your normal daily makeup, in order to look your best in the photographs and of course to last. But avoid too vivid or garish colors for the eyes or lips, which will detract from your natural beauty.
As well as official photography, guests will be taking picture too, so use pressed or matte powder to reduce any shine that could be highlighted by the flash of a camera.
Your bridal make-up has to last from the wedding breakfast to the end of the reception; therefore using a primer is a necessity. Not only will a primer create a flawless base for the application of the rest of your makeup, it also ensure your look lasts all day, meaning only minor touch-ups are required.
Have some quick touch-up makeup with you. I suggest purchasing the KEY makeup items that your makeup artist will use on you. You will need to do some touch-ups after kissing all of your relatives, inevitably crying through the maid of honor speech and enjoying some of that delicious wedding cake.
Whichever “makeup look you go for, you should test the makeup in natural light and on camera before the big day (try it one or two months before). Do this trial run, even if don’t hire a pro makeup artist.
Highlight your best features to ensure picture-perfect photography. Go for waterproof mascara!
I have a hair countdown checklist for you:
Wear a dress shirt when getting your hair styled. Don’t wear something that has to be pulled over your freshly coiffed hair at the end. Dress shirts, however, can be unbuttoned without doing any damage to your beautifully done hair.
PS: consider a tryout of your hair style a couple weeks before the wedding.
Your brows are great for framing your face, and complete every make up look.
Try to shape your eyebrows one week before.
If they are over-plucked then leave them to grow and have them done one day before the wedding.
Take care of your lips each night by applying a coat of lip balm or Vaseline. Gently rub it over your lips in a circular motion with a wet wash cloth. This will exfoliate and soften your lips at the same time.
Before wedding period, try to avoid drinks that may darken your teeth (coffee, red wine, dark tea).
Also, you can try teeth whitening (at home, with “Crest Whitening Strips” or with hour dentist for professional tooth whitening). Beware: teeth whitening may wear down your enamel, making your teeth more sensitive to hot and cold, so don’t overdo it!!!
To help whiten teeth naturally, try to eat raw veggies (such as carrots and celery) which can help remove surface stains, or rubbing teeth with strawberries or lemon (both natural whiteners) and then rinsing with cool water.
A Trick to get a beautiful smile in front of camera: just say “YES”. This relaxes the jaw line, separates your lips and automates a naturally pleasant expression.
Take care of your skin before the wedding day. So, in the month before your wedding, get into a regular skin care routine:
Don’t do facial on day of or too close to the wedding day. Do it at least a week before.
Do body waxing at least 3 days prior, or more if your skin is very sensitive.
If there was ever a time to have perfect pretty nails, your wedding day is definitely it. Your hands are going to be center of attention some time in this day (the RING!).Think about the close up photos, so you need your hands and nails to be as pristine as possible.
Moisturize your hands daily with a good quality hand cream, packed with vitamins and minerals. Also, get regular weekly manicures if you can afford it. This is your chance to look at your nail bed. Shape your nails to match, giving your hands and nails a balanced and elegant look.
Test multiple shades. Certain shades look better on different skin tones. Once you’ve found your perfect shade – stock up (one for the salon and one for your wedding day emergency kit).
Also, think about your bouquet (make things look harmonious). If you want to add a pop of color to your nails try and tie the color scheme to a dominant color in your bouquet.
Please email me with any questions you might have. I will be glad to help you and share some of my wedding photography experience with you.
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