Wedding days are full of crying, kissing, hugging, dancing, sweating and other makeup-ruining activities, so it’s really important to have makeup that will last through it all! Here are some of my favorite long-wearing products!
Always start with a primer. There are lots of choices, depending on your skin type. If you’re more oily or tend to get shiny throughout the day, look for a mattifying primer. If you have reddness or uneven tone, look for something color correcting. Makeup Forever offers many different Step 1 primers for every type of skin or concern.
I love the Urban Decay All Nighter foundation. It’s truly waterproof, and provides great coverage with a natural finish. It also comes in a large range of shade.
If you also need a concealer for under-eyes, blemishes, etc., the Kat von D Lock It Concealer Creme. Again, there is a huge shade range here. It also has amazing coverage, and, as the name implies, super long wear. The whole Lock It line is actually great. If you’re looking for super full coverage, the Lock it Liquid Foundation is a great choice.
One of my all-time favorite eyeliners is the Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner. It’s a bargain at only $12, and stays on all day long!
I’m not a huge fan of waterproof mascaras as they can be rough on your lashes, but for special cry-fest occasions, they are necessary. Since it’s not something I use all the time, I grab a cheaper option so I don’t feel bad if I toss it. One of my favorites is L’Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Mascara.
Lips are one of the hardest things to keep on all day. Lip primers and lip liner can help color stick, but definitely carry a tube to touch up. You can also go for a lip stain which will do just that: Stains give your lips a more natural color that stays on. A word of caution on stains: they can be drying. I found the YSL Vinyl Cream Stain for my wedding that hydrates and gives great color payoff. It’s a little bit of a splurge, but was worth it.
Finally, top it off with a makeup setting spray. I like L’Oreal Infallible Pro Spray, which you can find in your local Target.
Plus, it’s a great time to try some of these since Sephora is having their VIB discount this week!
As a makeup artist, I’ve learned a few things about doing hair and makeup for weddings. Here are my best tips:
Do a trial first. This seems like a no-brainer, but it’s an important step for both you and the artist. It gives you a chance to try different looks, and be sure they understand your vision and style. Everyone has different preferences, so speak up if you’re not in love with what they’re doing. This also allows you to determine if you have a sensitivity to any of the products they use.
Read the fine print. Make sure you understand the terms of their contact and pricing. Don’t make a commitment until you do a trial and are sure you like their work.
Make sure they ask you questions. You want to be sure they tailor their work to you and your event. Is it inside, outside?Day or night? Formal or casual? What kind of makeup do you normally wear? Be cautious if their services seem one-size-fits-all.
Know your numbers! Try to have a definitive idea of who needs what kind of services. Are the mothers of the bride and groom going to want to get beautified that morning? Will all of your bridesmaids want their hair and makeup done? Flower girls? The size of your group will impact how many stylists you need and how much time it will take. If you try to add three bridesmaids the week of your wedding, you run the risk of being told “no.”
Timing is everything. Coordinate with your stylists to determine how much time you will need that morning. They may need to bring additional staff to accommodate your group if you are short on time. Knowing as far in advance as possible will prevent a rushed and stressful morning. This will also help your photographer and day-of coordinator stay on schedule.
Special Requests? Do you have extra special things you may need? Tattoo covering? Lashes? A bridesmaid with Rapunzel hair? Be sure to ask about these in advance.
Money money money. Be sure to figure out who is paying. Some brides cover the cost of services for their whole bridal party, or just their Maid of Honor. In other cases, each person pays for themselves. If they are each paying, be sure they understand the costs and agree before making arrangements. There is nothing more awkward than having to chase your friends around for money on the morning of your wedding.
Do you have any questions about getting a glam squad for your big day? Ask in the comments!