The makeup you choose for your wedding day should showcase your radiance without being too over powering. There are some differences in wedding day makeup versus everyday makeup. You want to pick formulas that are more matte, rather than shimmery, so you won't look shiny in photos. The trick is wearing makeup that's not too heavy but defines your features. You can wear shimmer on your eyes, but just not all over. The lipstick you choose should be creamy rather than a matte formula. Matte shades can often make your lips look dry and flat in pictures. It's also important to wear color on your cheeks, especially since flash photography can wash you out. In terms of colors, really anything goes as long as it doesn't overwhelm you. To help give you some ideas, here are some different looks to play with. Just make sure if you are doing your own makeup, practice in advance. Or, if you're having a pro do it, get a trial session. You don't want any surprises or have to redo your makeup on your wedding day.
Shades of whispery pinks and berries are extremely flattering and romantic. You don't need three shades of eye shadow for your eyes. This look is more about a sheer wash of color on your lids, like a sheer pink. To bring out the shape and color of your eyes, use a soft gray or amethyst powder shadow. Take a stiff brush and dot it in between your lashes. This will give your eyes definition in a soft, subtle way. Use a cream pink blush, which looks like a natural flush, on your cheeks and wear a soft berry or rosy lip. While you don't want to create a look with all-over shimmer, formulas with subtle light-reflecting particles can give your skin an ethereal quality. Try a liquid highlighter on the tops of your cheekbones for a dewy glow.
Everyone has a favorite facial feature, be it your eyes, lips or cheeks. This look is all about drawing attention to and playing up that one aspect of your face. For example, if your eyes are your best assets, you can make them look even brighter and bigger with a few tricks. Line the rims of your eyes as close to the lash line as possible to further define their shape. Extend the line on the top lid a little past the outer corner to make the eye appear wider. Curl lashes and apply a few coats of black mascara for added drama. The rest of the makeup on your face should be neutral tones. You'll look like the best version of yourself.
This is all about looking natural, so a clear complexion is key. Choose a foundation that blends easily into your skin. A creamy formula won't make your skin too chalky or look like you're wearing foundation. Apply concealer to spots that need additional coverage, like discolorations or blemishes. Use a bit of powder to minimize shine in the t-zone and above the eyebrows. Keep your makeup in the same color family so your eyes, cheeks, and lips look monochromatic.
If you want to go for an old Hollywood look, red lips and bold eyes are the defining touches. First set your complexion with a matte finish foundation, so your skin looks flawless and even. Sweep a bone shadow across your lids and enhance the crease with a brown shade. Using a liquid black liner is essential to this look. Draw a heavy line along the upper lash line just past the corners of your lids. Coat your top and bottom lashes with very black mascara. Use a matte true red lipstick over a matching lip pencil. Before applying lipstick, fill in your lips with pencil first. This will keep it intact and create that intense, painted on lip that makes this look.
You may think this effect is too intense for your wedding day, but if you stick to browns rather than dark grays, your eyes will pop without looking too heavy. Browns also work on any skin tone. Because the eyes will appear more made up, keep the rest of your face neutral. To achieve this look, wet your eye shadow brush and start building color from the top lash line and into the crease. You can skip liner, but a bit of black mascara adds the finishing touch.