Every bride seeks to look her best on her wedding. Great wedding makeup starts with a great canvas. In order to look your best for your special day, the skin needs to be in its best form. This means proper skin care, makeup preparation, and finding the perfect foundation match.
If you don't have a regular skin-care routine, start one three to five months before the wedding. This will give your skin time to adjust. Skin care doesn't have to be expensive or confusing. Use a basic cleanser morning and night, exfoliate once or twice per week and use a moisturizer twice per day. Lip balm is also a good idea to keep lips hydrated and soft. Seeing an Esthetician is a great way to begin a personalized skin care routine. While it would be ideal to start getting facials 4-6 months before the wedding, you can start as late as three months.
Avoid the tanning bed. Not only is tanning bad for the health of your skin, brides who are normally light to moderate in color end up looking unnatural in their wedding photos years later. If you truly feel you need a touch of color for your wedding day, opt for a sunless tanner or spray on tan instead. They have developed significantly over the years and options for fair skin and dark skin are all available without the worry of turning bright orange.
Sunless tanning products are safe for your skin, temporary, and achieve the same results without the damaging effects of the sun. Your first coat of sunless tanner should be applied five days prior to the wedding, and if you desire a darker color, apply another coat three days prior to the big day.
On an everyday basis, a foundation with SPF is recommended, but on your wedding day, you should use a foundation that does not contain any sort of sunscreen ingredient. The ingredients that act as sunscreen will reflect the photographer's flash, making your face look brighter than the rest of your body. The reflection also washes out your features. During formal portraits, the photographer can "bounce" the light, which neutralizes the SPF brightness, but candid shots, photos during the ceremony, and the reception are usually not staged, and therefore it is best to eliminate SPF in your foundation altogether.
Using a foundation primer after moisturizing and before your foundation will significantly increase the length of time between powder touch-ups. Additionally, foundation primers even out the skin tone and texture of the skin, and absorb oil, to keep shininess at bay. Make sure that the foundation you select matches your skin tone perfectly. Choosing the right foundation texture is equally as important. The right texture will ensure that your makeup lasts throughout the day and into the evening.
If this all seems a little daunting, employing a professional Makeup Artist for your special day is a wise move. A professional Makeup Artist will give you a flawless and timeless look, so that years from now you will still be proud of how you looked on your wedding day. Also, selecting a makeup artist who will come to your location and stay for touch-ups will ensure your makeup stays flawless for the entire event.