Are you a bride to be stressing out over her skincare regime or makeup for the big day? Never fear! I'm a bridal MUA professional and also engaged so I'm here to sympathize with your stress and give you some lifesaving tricks for your wedding look!
Some quick tips before I get to the palettes....
1.) Never get a facial two-three weeks before your wedding.
So many brides do themselves a disservice by pampering their skin with a facial two-three weeks or so before their big day. Why is this a problem? You would think that it would do the opposite, and give you glowing skin and it does, eventually. However, usually after a recent facial regime whether it's a peel or a mask, your skin will either break out badly, peel ( with a facial peel such as a glycolic peel, citrus peel etc. ), get very red or just appear straight up stressed out. The focus of a facial is to exfoliate, purge or strip the skin in a healthy way while depositing moisturizing anti aging or mattifying agents in order to clean, cleanse and peel back the first/older/damaged layer of skin on the face. This definitely will give you a glowing, younger looking, clear compexion after the period of a few weeks when your skin has recovered from it's facial "workout". However, many brides do this a DAY or week before their wedding! This leaves your makeup artist OR yourself in a predicament due to your skin's momentary lapse of breakout, or peeling/redness due to the chemicals in your facial. Save yourself the stress of a potential skin disaster and have a facial a SAFE month before your date for the best results.
2.) Airbrush is overrated, terrible on the skin and overpriced!
Many brides come to me asking specifically for airbrush makeup and I cringe, cringe, cringe! Most airbrush cosmetics are mixed with a liquifying agent in order to push them through the airbrush consistently without chunking up, or clogging. This liquifying agent is usually alcohol or silicone, which are both terrible for your skin, horrible for long wear throughout the day and a disaster for anyone with wrinkling or acne. Any makeup artist capable of using an "airbrush" brush can make give you an identical airbrushed look WITHOUT the nasty chemicals needed in airbrush foundations, without the horrible lasting quality of the airbrush foundations, without their nasty tendency to set in wrinkles/imperfections AND without the nasty chemicals that you end up breathing in. Ask your makeup artist to use, or purchase a "finishing" or 'airbrush' brush to apply your foundation with. Bh Cosmetic's Round Stippling Brush ( for $6! ) is a great example . Almost every brand from E.L.F to MAC carries a decent "airbrush" stippling round brush that will give you a flawless finish sure to last!
3.) Always get a cosmetic trial makeup run if you aren't doing your makeup yourself BEFORE the wedding!
It's well worth any cost to make sure you love your look before you walk down the isle. Your makeup artist will want to get to know your skin, and you'll want to try out some different techniques most likely! Bring photos of looks you love, and discuss your worries for the big day concerning your skin, and your hopes. If you're using a makeup artist he or she will appreciate it! If you're doing your makeup yourself it's still a great idea to practice a couple of times so you don't stress out during the day of.
4.) GOOD QUALITY HD MAKEUP is worth the price: Stay away from Non-Professional Products!
Professional Products and HD products are made for two thing: Film and Photography. During your big day there may be a lot of that and if you use a non-professional, 100% silica, HEAVY spf, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Oxide product or foundation heavy in metallics you could suffer from a term we MUA's call the dreaded 'FLASHBACK" which makes you appear as if you have a load of baby powder all over your face! Beginning MUA's and home DIYer's often make this mistake unknowingly, which can't really be undone once you look like a baby powder victim in all of your photos! Here is a list of powder and HD products that do NOT cause flash back.
Make Up Forever Mat Velvet, Revlon Colorstay Whipped Cream Makeup, Ben Nye banana powder, Too Faced Pressed Powder, Ben Nye HD Powder, Revlon Photoready Powder, MAC Full Cover Foundation, Duo Matte powder Foundation, Studio Fix Fluid by Mac, Maybelline Dream Liquid Airbrush Finish, Maybelline Dream Smooth Mousse Foundation, Rimmel Lasting Finish 25 Hour Foundation, Este Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup, Coty Airspun extra coverage
On to the palettes!
1.) Classic Love Palette:
Perfect for the classic bride, with subtle warm rose tones along with naturally eye and cheekbone enhancing perfectly placed highlights. Not overdone yet pretty! Perfect for the gal wearing a classic white ballgown.
Eyeshadow: From the Too Faced Natural Eye Neutral Eye Shadow Collection apply "Heaven" to the lid and and lower lash line, blend out. Then Apply "Silk Teddy" to your lid. Apply heavier in the crease and sweep across your lower lash line. Blend. Then apply "Sexspresso" right on the upper lash line and on the lower water line. This will give your eyes a warm subtly contoured and lined look without the vivid eyeliner.
Mascara: Sweep Dior Diorshow Mascara in Catwalk Black over your lower and bottom lashes for a big, glam finish to the eyes.
Highlight: Dab Benefit Cosmetics High Beam on your upper cheek bone and blend outwards. Dab it under the arch of your brow as well and slightly above the v of your upper lip.
Blush: Apply Perricone MD No Blush Blush in Warm Rose Pink on the apples of your cheeks and blend in sweeping circles.
Lips: Fill in your lips with Tart LipSurgence Matte Lip Tin "Hope" - warm rose
Lipgloss: Apply Buxom Full On Lip Polish in "Emily" - pink chiffon for a glossy, and subtly plumping finish
2.) Glam Love Palette:
Perfect for the ultra fashionable bride, with a pop of fiery red and luxurious eyes. Fiesty yet glam, perfect for off-white gowns or cafe/mocha toned gowns.
Eyeshadow: From the Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette 03, use the light golden blush tone in the lower Right hand corner on the lid and blend out, sweep it on the lower lash line as well and your water line. Then apply the golden hue to the left of it in the crease and blend out. Apply the mocha warm hue in the middle square of the pallete lightly in the crease and lightly in the corner of the lower lash line.
Eyeliner: Line the upper eyes above the lash line with MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Eyes in Black.
Eyelashes: Attach some falsies! I love MAKE UP FOR EVER's 'Janet' falsies for this look.
Highlight: Dust on SEPHORA COLLECTION MicroSmooth Baked Luminizer in Stardust to the upper cheek bones, and the arch of the brow.
Blush: Apply NARS Matte Multiple "Laos" - rose coral to the apples of your cheeks and blend.
Lips: Fill in your lips with NARS "Heat Wave" Matte Orange Red
Lipliner: Apply Urbdan Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in Classic Red to the lips, making a crisp line. The perfect red lip!
3.) Rockstar Love Palette:
Perfect for the alternative bride, with mysterious golden and dark grey hues paired with sexy wine toned lips. This look is vampy yet romantic.
Eyeshadow: Apply Bobbi Brown Sparkle Eye Shadow in Sunlight - champagne gold sparkle to the lid and lower lash line. Blend outwards. Then apply Urban Decay's 'Oil Slick" grey/black eyeshadow with glitter to the crease and blend out. Also apply Oil Slick to the corner of the lower lash line and blend.
Eyeliner: Line the upper eyes above the lash line with Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Black. Make a cat eye if you please, looks perrrrrfect with this!
Highlight: Dab on some highlight with Smashbox Halo Highlighting Wand in Pearl right on the cheek bone area and under the arch. Blend!
Blush: Apply Josie Maran Argan Color Stick in Pink Neutral to the apples of the cheeks and blend.
Lips: Fill in your lips with NARS Dressed to Kill - fuchsia rose with gold shimmer
Lipliner: Line your lips with SEPHORA COLLECTION Nano Lip Liner in Pleasant Plum
Lipgloss: The finishing touch, Buxom® Full-On™ Lip Cream in Kir Royale - rich wine
4.) Laid Back Love Palette:
Perfect for a beach wedding! Golden undertones take in the warmth and nude pinks enhance your natural beauty. Simplistic!
Eyeshadow: Swipe on Josie Maran Coconut Watercolor Eyeshadow in Playa Del Pink - shimmering light pink. Apply to the lid. Then, apply Tarte SmolderEYES Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Gold to the top lash line and blend on the bottom lash line.
Mascara: Sweep Dior Diorshow Mascara in Catwalk Black over your lower and bottom lashes.
Highlight: Dab MAKE UP FOR EVER Uplight Face Luminizer Gel in dewy golden biege on your upper cheek bones and blend.
Blush: Apply Guerlain Terracotta Blush Sun Shimmer Highlighter in Sunny Pink - orange-pink glow. This blush is specially formulated to illuminate and sculpt sunkissed complexions with a healthy, natural-looking color
Lipgloss: Apply Yves Saint Laurent ROUGE PUR COUTURE Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain in Corail Aquatique
Body: As a finisher, apply Hampton Sun Serious Shimmer Cooling Spray - Bronze, to the body! This spray rejuvenates and hydrates the skin with aloe vera, chamomile, and vitamins A through E. It leaves a sheer, sexy, tan-highlighting shine on the skin—along with a kiss of Hampton Sun's signature Privet fragrance.
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