On September 1, 2012 I was made the luckiest woman on the planet. I got to marry my best friend and confidant in this life. Of course, I wanted to look like the most beautiful woman on this planet, too. But that was no easy task. I had a very limited budget for this special day, and going to a salon to get my make-up professionally done was not an option. No worries, though! The shine beauty gurus have so many wonderful tutorials and articles to help you through your wedding day DIYs.
Every woman is different, and have different tastes. So, please take these tips with a grain of salt. I would always suggest you do whatever you feel comfortable with on this special day. Because, believe me, you’ll probably feel really uncomfortable already (Ahem, … spankx?!) .
1. Prepare your usual make-up routine
I would not buy new brands or types of make-up. You’ll never know what can adversely react to your skin. The last thing you want is a horrible break-out the day you walk down the aisle.
2. Do a full run through of your make-up application a couple days before
This mock make-up routine will really help you figure out if you need to change any aspect. There are also photograph filters you can download onto your phone to take pictures of yourself in different light. If you know the atmosphere of your wedding setting or even what the weather should be like that day, you might find this helpful. Lighting can affect how your make-up is perceived and this little trick might help you avoid looking too “done-up”.
3. Use a bright, clean mirror
Usually I tend to do my make-up in my car with the ceiling lamp turned on. I know, no bueno. But, I’m mostly strapped for time in the morning and I got to do what I got to do. But for my wedding make-up I used my brightly-lit make-up mirror. It has a normal side for regular application, and you flip it over to see a super close-up of your face (which, boy-oh-boy, I did not want to see that). It was really helpful, though. I used the scary close-up side to pluck my eyebrows and remove and unwanted, and until that time un-noticed, hairs. I washed my face, flipped the mirror around and started apply my make-up.
4. Do you make-up before you put your dress on
Wear a shirt that unbuttons, not a pull over. That way if you get make-up anywhere on you, it won’t matter. But I kept a tide-to-go pen handy for most of the day for any unexpected accidents.
5. Waterproof make-up will save your face
I cried like a baby. Seeing yourself for the first time as a bride, walking down the aisle, reading your vows. If you’re like me, the tears will flow! I used Almay’s waterproof liquid eyeliner, dark brown. Then, I applied waterproof mascara to match. I did not dare use any crayon eyeliner for fear of me wiping my eye and turning into a raccoon. Or worse, wiping that onto my dress.
Did you do your own wedding day make-up?
What kinds of products did you use?
Would you have done anything differently looking back?