Doing Your Own Makeup For Your Wedding? Here Are Some Tips To Nail The Perfect Look

Published by - The Wed Post | 8 minute read

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If you think you do a better job of doing your own makeup than most makeup artists out there, then you go girl! We actually agree that people who have a knack for doing makeup understand their skin tone and face structure much better than anyone else can, which means they can definitely do their own makeup and look absolutely bomb. If you’re the kind of girl who falls in that category, here’s everything you need to know to do your own makeup for your wedding!

Do What You Do Best

Try not to experiment too much for your wedding makeup. If you’re amazing at drawing wings, then stick to a winged eyeliner. If you’re used to using a certain shade of lipstick, then use the same one. If you prefer to blend with your fingers as opposed to a beauty blender, use your fingers. Our basic point is, stick to what you know and the end result will be phenomenal. If you haven’t tried flash lashes before then let’s not experiment, if you haven’t used a certain kajal before then stick to your normal one – basically, try to look like yourself, just your best self.

Don’t Forget To Prep Your Skin And Lips

More than your makeup skills, prepping your skin for makeup is what matters. If your skin isn't prepped, your skin won’t be able to hold on to the makeup. Prepping is easy – all you need to do is wash your face, use a cleanser or a toner and then apply a moisturizer. Some of the best toners that you can use are Kaya Purifying Toner, M.A.C Prep + Prime Fix+ and Kiehl's Ultra Facial Toner while some of the most popular cleansers are Garnier Skin Naturals Micellar Cleansing Water, MCaffeine Naked & Raw Coffee Face Scrub. Finally, apply a primer so that any open pores, wrinkles and fine lines don’t show. We recommend using the Lakme Absolute Under Cover Gel Face Primer, Colorbar Perfect Match Primer, Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water or the Benefit Porefessional Face Primer.

Choose A Lip Stain Over A Lipstick

Let’s get a little technical – how lip stains work is that they add colour to the lips without forming a layer, literally just staining the lips. A lipstick, on the other hand, forms a layer on top of the lips. So if you eat or drink, you’re going to eat up eating and drinking that top layer. But you can’t eat or drink a stain! By using a lip stain, you won’t have to worry about touch-ups and plain lips – just use the lip stain once before you make your big entry and the colour will last as long as you want it to. Try the Sephora Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick or the Colorbar Kiss Proof Lip Stain – these two are the best in the market!

Make Sure Your Foundation Matches

We really needn’t be saying this, but think of this as a disclaimer. Your foundation needs to be the same colour as your neck, not two shades fairer! So many people use a lighter foundation to make them look fairer, but when your face and neck aren’t the same colour, everyone knows what you’ve done. Always buy a foundation that matches your skin colour and make sure you blend it in really well so that your face doesn’t look the slightest bit cakey. Makeup is supposed to enhance your beauty, not make you look all caked up! To achieve that effortlessly, use foundations like Bobbi Brown Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, MAC Studiofix foundation or the Smashbox Studio Skin hydrating foundation.

Set Your Makeup With Loose Powder So It Doesn’t Crease

Ah, the wonder of loose powder! The trick that most makeup artists use to ensure that the makeup under the eyes doesn’t crease is setting the makeup with dry powder. They finish off the final makeup by applying a dab of loose powder on top of the concealer. The thing to remember here is a dab of powder, so you need to use it sparingly. You can use Faces Canada Mineral Loose Powder, NYX Professional Makeup HD Finishing Powder, the Laura Mercier loose powder or Huda Beauty Easy Bake Loose Powder to ensure that you have no creases whatsoever.

Don’t Forget To Use A Setting Spray

The setting spray has one job – it helps your makeup last longer. Just like hairspray keeps your curls intact, setting spray keeps your makeup intact. Once your makeup is all done and you’re ready to show the world, just use some setting spray and let it dry. Basically, setting spray will ensure that your makeup won’t budge – that means your candids are going to look picture perfect even after hours of partying. Use Anastasia Beverly Hills Dewy Set Setting Spray, NYX Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray Matte Finish or Colorbar Stay The Day Finishing Mist.

Try Some Looks Prior To The Wedding To See What Works The Best For You

If you’re in the mood to experiment, then you must try a few looks before the big day to see what actually suits your face type. While you’re experimenting with these new looks, make sure to see how long it actually takes you to perfect the whole look. You can always use YouTube tutorials for inspiration, but we definitely recommend sticking to what you know best, with a slight variation or two, to make sure you bring your A-game for your wedding functions!

Give Yourself Enough Time

We cannot stress this enough! If a professional makeup artist can take two to three hours doing someone's makeup, what makes you think that you can finish it in just half an hour? Remember, doing the makeup for someone else's wedding vs doing your own makeup for your own wedding is poles apart. Make sure you have at least three hours in hand to do your makeup. If you finish early, that’s great – you’ll just get more time to take pictures, have a few drinks to calm the nerves and manage last-minute touch-ups. The last thing you want is to be running around panicking and makeup-less!