A bride doing her own makeup for her wedding isn't that far-fetched of a concept. Plenty of brides attempt a DIY look, especially since they know which products and shades work best for them, thus avoiding the dreaded day-of "Oh no, I hate what the makeup artist did" conundrum. That's not to say that makeup artists as a whole don't understand brides' needs, but if you're skilled at doing your own makeup and feel confident in achieving the perfect look for your nuptials, so be it. So to help your makeup stay in place through the I dos, the dancing, and of course, the emotions, we enlisted the help of a few top makeup artists to tell us every product you need to ensure your makeup remains in holy matrimony with your skin throughout the entire day.
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"Start with a primer before you put on your foundation. If you can start with a primer that has 'mattifying' or 'oil free,' that would be best. You want to stay away from hydrating primers, as those will make you look oily within hours," explains Laura Geller.
Celebrity makeup artist Ana Marie Rizzieri prefers sticking to cream formulas for the big day: "I prefer more creams than powders. It always looks fresh and glowing! I always use a tinted moisturizer for the foundation—this gives you a luminous complexion. I love Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturizer ($44) and love a cream blush in a pink color on the apples of the cheeks. I use Kevyn Aucoin—it always looks fresh and natural and sun-kissed."
Even if you opt for a creamy glow, dust a little bit of translucent powder onto your face to set your look. This powder from La Mer still allows just the right amount of sheen to show through while helping your makeup not to slide off. Says celebrity makeup artist Yumi Mori, "[Using powder] will tone down the shininess we try to avoid for wedding pictures."
Celebrity makeup artist Andréa Tiller loves using a setting spray to keep everything in place: "Always use a setting spray to seal in the makeup so it lasts longer and becomes tear-proof. I usually spray this after the makeup is done."
Of course, with all of the tears (hopefully of the happy variation) and sweating that occurs on your wedding day, waterproof makeup is a must. So if you have very oily skin, the aforementioned tinted moisturizer may not be for you. Says Tiller, "Use waterproof products, especially for eye and lip products such as eyeliners, mascara, and lip liners—even foundation."
"Modern brides are opting for a simpler yet elegant look. Individual lashes give a more natural look than full lashes, which is always helpful for elegance," says Mori. Tiller adds a helpful tip to keep your lashes intact all night: "Press the real and the fake lashes together, and add one light coat of mascara to bind them even more," she explains.
"Pamper yourself with a facial mask before your makeup regimen. This prep will also help to firm your skin," says Mori. This face mask firms and lifts the skin while hydrating it. Check out our full review!
With all of the eating and sipping of bubbly you'll be doing on your big day, you'll need a heavy-duty lip liner to form a barrier and help the look last longer, according to Mori. This universal liner from Sephora is colorless and waterproof to prevent smudging outside the lip line.
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