If you're planning a wedding for spring or summer this year and intend to do your own makeup, have a friend do it, or if you have questions for the makeup artist you've booked then I've narrowed down some key products to have on hand (or ask your makeup artist about) to help keep your makeup last all day and night!
MAC Paint Pots - They act as a primer and are the perfect base for your eye shadow. Using a base product like this will help prolong the fading of eyeshadow color. They also will allow eye shadow pigment to intensify if they sit on a base rather than just your bare eye lids. A primer also helps with minimizing your shadow from creasing. Eliminating makeup from creasing all together is near impossible but a product like Paint Pots will reduce it for sure.
A common request from brides are fake lashes. They add glamor and help with making eyes look bigger. If you would like something extravagant and want to purchase a pair for your makeup artist to apply then try Esqido Lashes ($34-$42). They are made from naturally shed mink hair so they are light weight and realistic looking. A cheaper and easier option are Ardell Individual Lashes ($5 at Walmart). Because they are individual they are much simpler to apply then a full strip lash and they can really fill in the eyelash area making your lashes look full. Make sure to apply mascara after you apply them so they blend in with your natural lashes.
If you're curious to see what Esqido Lashes look like take a look here. The model is wearing style Little Black Lash ($34).
If you are a cryer I'm sure you're thinking you need a water proof mascara. I've read a lot of reviews about water proof mascara and people seem to think it's really harsh on your lashes and can cause breaking. I'm starting to think that because the formula is stronger (so it will resist water) that the harshness (and potential hair breaking) comes from the extra effort it takes to remove the mascara. But if you want one that is water proof and only plan on using it infrequently, like your wedding day, then it will be fine. I don't love water proof mascaras so I don't have any favorites so I'd advise you to try a couple before your wedding and choose one that works for you. The one I've used is Maybelline Great Lash. It works OK but I find it starts to dry before you get the wand to your eyes. When you find one that works for you and find it clumpy then simply apply and then wipe the mascara wand clean and use it to separate lashes and remove the clumps.
Use a lip liner that matches your natural lip tone or one that closely matches the color of your lipstick. Don't worry if you think the lip liner will show through and don't think you have to line the edge of your lips only, because you don't! Fill in your entire lip with liner and then put your lipstick or gloss on top. The liner will help with the longevity of your lipstick!
For the most part, brides want to look like they have a natural glow. It looks amazing in photos, so I don't see why you wouldn't! Here's a few highlighting products that look great! Buxom Divine Goddess Luminizer, Benefit High Beam, and Nars Copacabana Illuminator. Note: most of these products come in pinky tones or white shimmer tones so it's up to you if yous like a warm glow (pinks) or a dewy tone (white shimmers)
Your best friend for the day will be a finishing powder, such as MAC Finishing Powder or NYX HD Studio Photogenic Finishing Powder . It will stop shine and mild sweat from appearing on areas you don't want shiny like your forehead, nose, and chin (don't apply this on your cheeks or it'll hide the highlighting product you just applied!). IMPORTANT: If you are intending to use a finishing powder please do some homework and try out a few at stores and then take a selfie with the flash on. You'll want one that is matte and translucent. Otherwise it will reflect light or even worse show up in photos like THIS. On your wedding day apply it lightly, there's no need to go over board. It's also a great thing to use on your fiance's forehead to stop shine. He'll be fine with it once he knows it's completely invisible. I use MAC Finishing Powder all the time to stop shine, and I'm a dude!
Having a perfect arch and a shapely brow will make a huge difference for your face. Your eyebrows are what frame your eyes so if they need a little help try Anastasia Beverly Hills eye brow products. They are a bit pricey (the Dipbrow Pomade is $23 at Murale by Shoppers Drug Mart) but worth it. If you want to try a cheap option to practice first, try e.l.f. Eyebrow Kit at Target. If you are not used to drawing in your eyebrows then start extremely light-handed and build up if needed. For help read the Fill In those Brows section HERE.
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