If you're in the thralls of planning a wedding, whether it's your own or your overwhelmed best friends, you know there's a lot to think about (we know, understatement of the year). Smaller details can actually be quite significant when you take a moment to think to think about them, and that includes your make-up. While you may just want to stick to your favorite, most trusted products that day, you may be looking for something extra special for the big day.
While everyone will have varying preferences when it comes to color palettes, drama, and overall aesthetic for their wedding day, we'd venture a guess that the majority of people who are getting married have one thing in common: They'd like the foundation for their wedding to stay on their face. (Bonus points if it offers an ultra-flawless finish to boot). Sound too good to be true? Perhaps. Unless, of course, you have some of the industry's best makeup artists on hand to give you their top recommendations (not to worry—we can help with that). Curious to know which foundations makeup artists recommend for your big day?
For foundation that won't budge, mix a little setting spray with your foundation before putting it on.
Keep scolling for 10 wedding-approved foundations that wear the expert seal of approval.
A worthy investment for your wedding day (and take it from day-to-day devotees–the bottle lasts forever), this long-wearing, high-definition foundation keeps your complexion looking like your skin (aka no cakiness) but just that much more photogenic. It's loved by celebrity makeup artist Tamah Krinsky.
If you've ever dreamed of looking like a Kardashian on your wedding day (i.e., an ultra-airbrushed finish), you'll want to reach for this cult-loved formula from Urban Decay, as it's the exact foundation makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic used on Kim. (Psst! Managing editor Lindsey Metrus is also a fan). It's lightweight, demi-matte, and boasts an impressive range of shades.
Expertly suggested by celebrity makeup artist Kendra Richards, this do-it-all foundation boasts a font of wedding day perks: SPF 25, buildable coverage, radiance (sans oil), and great for any skin type—whether you veer dry, oily, or in between.
According to celebrity makeup artist Chauntal Capri Lewis, La Mer's cult-favorite foundation is a given if you're in want of a naturally flawless, look on your wedding day. Infused with the brand's signature Miracle Broth, it offers the skin SPF coverage, antioxidants, and a virtually poreless finish. Plus, the foundation's Color Capsule Technology keeps the color static throughout your big day—regardless of heat or humidity.
Oh, and if you really want to take the look above and beyond, Lewis suggests combining the La Mer formula with Giorgio Armani's equally iconic foundation.
"Hands down, the combination of La Mer Soft Fluid Foundation ($120) and Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ($64) is my ultimate foundation cocktail for brides, and they complement one another perfectly. First, I'll use the La Mer, which will provide a flawless finish and lasting, full coverage, followed by the Armani to leave a soft, silky texture just like true skin."
According to celebrity makeup artist Phoebe Ogan (who was behind Whitney Port's beautiful wedding day makeup look), Lancôme's petal-soft cushion foundation is the ultimate choice for a natural, subtle finish. Plus, there's no risk of spilling!
If your wedding day M.O. is something along the lines of "the more glow, the better," then look no further than this radiance-enhancing recommendation from Richards. The name pretty much says it all, but in case you want more details, it delivers baby-soft smoothness and a noticeable improvement in tone and texture.
If you don't want to sacrifice a luminous glow on your wedding day but are looking to stay under budget, follow celebrity makeup artist Kayleen McAdam's lead and try this drugstore pick from Covergirl. It's what McAdams used on Sofía Vergara for her wedding day, so that alone makes it a go-to pick.
Considering her practically effervescent clientele (think skin-blessed beauties like Nina Dobrev, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, and Megan Fox), we'll be trying any foundation celebrity makeup artist Monika Blunder touts as her go-to. So run, don't walk to grab this offering from Chanel, which she says is perfect for a fall bride and gives a beautiful finish to the skin—not too dewy, not too matte.
Long-wearing, waterproof, and high-quality coverage—it's no wonder that this one-part concealer, the one-part foundation is championed by makeup artist Daniela Gozlan. We also love that comes in over 30 shades for broader versatility range.