While some brides dream of hoards of people buzzing around their heads - uncovering the perfect lipstick shade, winging the neatest eyeliner, and bringing out their inner glow - not everyone desires such a charade.
Some women dream of something a little calmer, a little quieter, and a little more serene - a moment of peace and clarity before one of the biggest days of their lives. These brides are the ones that often opt to do their makeup themselves, to stick to what they know - what they know works and to go with it - completing their bridal look and feeling confident and comfortable.
Doing your makeup yourself vs getting someone else to
The positives: You can remain in control, relax a little, work to your clock and create a look you know you will feel comfortable in - ensuring you recognize yourself on one of the days you will look back on and remember the most.
The negatives: The problem is - things can go a little wrong. With nerves accumulating, an added pressure of it needing to look good, and some people not even knowing where to start - doing your makeup for your wedding will require some preparation. After all, you don't want to look back on the photos of the big day and think;
"Why didn't I just pay someone to do that?
But do not panic - we are here to provide you with the ultimate tips to make sure you nail the big day makeup - independently creating an iconic wedding look.
Stick to what you know
Honestly, one of the easiest and biggest tips when doing your makeup for your wedding is to stick to what you know. Don't stray too far from your usual makeup routine. You know what works for you and what doesn't, and you most definitely know what you like and do not like.
By following a similar makeup routine to your usual, you know you will like the makeup and how it makes you look and feel. Maybe you are a lover of a nude lip accompanied by a gentle bronze and a simple french manicure set - if that's the case, consider doing some makeup on the big day that follows suit. A bright red lip and bold cat eyes wings are probably not for you - at least not on your special day. You want to know that you will look back in years to come and think;
"Damn, my makeup looked good."
Think about the weather, color scheme, and location
You will, to some extent, want your makeup to fit with the general vibe of your special day. Maybe you are having a tropical beach wedding. That would require slightly different makeup to a chilly forest morning ceremony. Think about how your makeup will survive the weather conditions. A hot, sticky environment will need lighter makeup and a good setting spray to ensure no colors run and your makeup stays put.
A day ceremony in a cooler setting can be the perfect time for bolder looks - if that is your style.
Keep in mind your color scheme too. You don't want to look back on photos from the big day and notice your orange eyelids clash with the bouquet.
Blending is key!
We have all probably been guilty of giving a Kim K-style contour ago. And we have also all probably realized it is not as easy as you may think.
Instead, we end up with streaky lines and terrifying orange splodges everywhere - things to avoid on the big day.
No matter whats type of makeup you opt for, ensure you blend, blend, and when you think you have done blending - blend a little more!
Set aside enough time
Okay, so on an average day, your makeup takes, say, 45 minutes? Well, this is your big day. You will be nervous, have other things on your mind, and you will want to ensure that you have enough time to do your makeup and hair right. Leave enough time for things to go wrong and have enough time that you can comfortably rectify them - without adding more anxiety to your load.
We generally recommend setting aside 1.5 hours for your wedding makeup. That way, you can relax, take your time, and be prepared if things go slightly wrong and require a little fix-up.
Do the makeup first and then dress
This may sound like a no-brainer - but you'd be surprised. Make sure you do your makeup before changing into your wedding dress. That way, you can be sure no loose powder falls on your clothing - or any other makeup for that matter.
Practice makes perfect
Of course, like with anything, practice does make perfect. Perfecting your look weeks before means you can be confident you have enough time to learn to nail the technique so that on your big day, you feel comfortable applying your makeup and know exactly what look you are trying to achieve and how to do it.
The bottom line
So there you have it - follow our top tips to ensure you nail your makeup on your big day. Look back on the photos with pride and fond memories of the great wedding makeup you created yourself.