With all eyes on the bride, it’s important you look and feel your best on your wedding day. In order for you to do just that, we enlisted the help of celebrity makeup artist and co-founder of the The Glam App, Joey Maalouf, for his pro tips and best bridal makeup product recommendations, so that you can confidently walk down the aisle, unbothered by smudging mascara, because, let’s face it, that’s the last thing you want to think about on your big day.
As far as bridal beauty is concerned, Maalouf says, “save trends like a matte lipstick and colorful eye makeup for your bachelorette party or bridal shower” opting instead for a more natural beauty look on the big day “so that your photos remain timeless.” Think less is more, while still accounting for the cameras.
For more of Maalouf’s wedding day makeup tips and tried-and-true bridal product recommendations, keep reading.
When it comes to wedding day foundation, Maalouf says it’s best to “keep your foundation and concealer very minimal because that’s the first thing to crack.” He recommends using this water-based foundation from MAC on your face and body “so that you are all one color.” Why this formula specifically? Because it comes in a variety of shades, and Maalouf says, “it’s so light it will give your skin a beautiful glow and the perfect wash of color.”
If you’re looking for a full-coverage foundation, Maalouf says, “Giorgio Armani is the way to go (especially if you’re getting a spray tan).” This specific foundation comes in a diverse range of shades that once set “stays perfectly put,” according to Maalouf.
Maalouf suggests spot-concealing any imperfections with this lightweight concealer that just so happens to moisturize and smooth skin as well.
Looking for a heavy-duty concealer? Give this moisturizing concealer from Charlotte Tilbury a try, as it both corrects discoloration and fills in cracks.
What’s the secret to the perfect bridal glow? Cream Blush. If you want a glow “from ear to ear,” Maalouf recommends applying Tom Ford’s cheek color, which comes in two versatile shades, “only to the apples of your cheeks.”
(Ed. note, this product has been discontinued. An alternative would be Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Cheeks, $85).
If you want to look dewy without looking oily, Maalouf recommends lightly powdering your T-zone with this blurring and oil fighting powder from By Terry. However, he cautions using too much powder, saying it is best to “keep everything else shiny for a healthy glow.”
Keeping in line with Maalouf’s timeless bridal look, he suggests wearing a natural eye shadow like this eye tint from Jillian Dempsey, which he says is “the perfect amount of color and shine.” All you need to do is “dab on the lids for an instantly stunning eye,” says Maalouf.
Accentuate your eyes with this black liner from Dior by drawing a “very skinny line just on the top lash.” Since this formula is shinier than most, Maalouf says it will “really bring out the eyes.”
(Ed. note, this product has been discontinued. An alternative would be the Dior On Stage Liquid Eyeliner, $30).
According to Maalouf “waterproof everything” is essential on your wedding day as it’s important “to look good for as long as you can because pictures last forever.” He recommends using this volume-enhancing mascara from Yves Saint Laurent that darkens lashes, adds fullness, and can withstand a tearful moment or two.
The first thing you should do when it comes to wedding day beauty is to apply this eight hour cream on your lips, as it “will slightly plump the lips, but most importantly take away any dryness,” Maalouf says.
After hydrating your lips, Maalouf recommends applying a lip stain as it “requires no maintenance.” He is currently loving Serge Lutens lip stains as “they have the perfect amount of pigment to create a long-lasting stain.”
Maalouf says to “apply the desired color to the lips and blot with a tissue, and do this at least four times to make sure your lips stay through the ceremony into the cocktail.”
Want more bridal beauty tips? Check out our bridal beauty timeline.