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Beauty Pictorial 5 bridal makeup dos and don'ts you should know

Do you want to look back on your time as a bride with smiles or regret for the makeup you wore on the biggest day of your life?

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Elegant bride

While most brides spend months choosing the perfect wedding dress, the makeup is equally important.

Wedding guests, even men are always eager to snap shoots of the couple especially the bride and her radiant glow. Photos taken on such special occasions are forever.

Do you want to look back on your time as a bride with smiles or  regret for the makeup you wore on the biggest day of your life?

Makeup artist applying makeup to bride. play

Makeup artist applying makeup to bride.


  • Dos

  1. Wear a white dress if you’re having your make-up test so that you can see how the make-up looks against a pale colour and take a picture of yourself in day light (with no flash) to see how it looks.

  2. Emphasize your eyes by brightening any darkness under them with corrector and concealer.

  3. Remember that bridal make-up needs to have enough colour to compensate for the whiteness of the dress. There’s a big difference between everyday clothes and a wedding dress, so there should be difference in your make-up, too. Start by making sure your skin looks even and smooth, and then add colour to your cheeks and lips to give them a glow.

  4. Focus on the most important elements of your look, such as beautifully natural-looking skin, softly groomed brows and feathery lashes. If you get these basic factors right the rest of your make-up will fall into place.

  5. Finish your make-up off with a highlighter shade on the browbone to make the eyes really pop. Go for a light matte shade, and pat onto the outer corner of the brow bone so subtly draw attention to this area of your face.

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  • Don'ts

  1. Have your make-up test done anywhere with overhead fluorescent lighting. If you have a professional make-up artist coming to your home, arrange a time when it’s still daylight outside.

  2. Just apply make-up to your face. Instead, extend down your neck and over your shoulders if necessary, this will ensure you face is not a different colour or even texture to your body. Everything should look uniform to create the most natural look possible. An easy way to blend uneven skin tones together is to use a light fake tan. Do this the day before your wedding not the night and beware of darkening your skin tone too much as the effect it actually the deaden the look of your complexion.

  3. Forget to decide what kind of maintenance you’d prefer for the day. For example, are you happy to check you're looking okay throughout the day, or do you want to just forget about your make-up once it's on? Waterproof mascara is an obvious requisite, but it's also worth considering cream eyeshadows that really set - you can be sure they'll stay where you put them.

  4. Go too dark on the eyes. Define your eyes by applying colour in the crease, but avoid using a shade that’s too dense, as it can detract from the eyes themselves.

  5. Rush. Allow at least 45 minutes to an hour for make-up application on the wedding day.

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