If you're in the thralls of planning a wedding (or have been helping a friend or loved one plan a wedding), you're probably aware that there's a lot to think about. (We know, understatement of the year.) Especially, might we add, where your wedding day makeup is concerned. And while everyone will have varying preferences when it comes to color palettes, drama, and overall aesthetic for the big 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.
(And 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. Curious to know which foundations makeup artists recommend for your big day?
Ahead are 10 of the best foundations for weddings that get 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! Our bride-to-be 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 flawless, silky-smooth foundation 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 ($110) 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 gives a beautiful finish to the skin—not too dewy, not too matte.
Finally, long-wearing, waterproof, and boasting natural yet high-quality coverage, it's no wonder that this one-part concealer, the one-part foundation is a makeup artist favorite. Not to mention that it comes in over 30 shades for maximum versatility. Makeup artist Daniela Gozlan champions it as one of her favorites.