By: Chanelle Felder
You’ve seen it countless times in real life (and all over your Pinterest Wedding Board): neutrals, neutrals, and more neutrals! Taupe, brown, bronze, and pink-hued makeup looks are so popular in wedding makeup because they are truly timeless, are flattering on everyone, and doesn’t distract from your entire look as a whole! Just because neutral eyeshadow can be the “sweatpants” of the makeup world, that doesn’t mean that they can’t be transformed into something more. The easiest ways to make a neutral eye more interesting is to mix shimmery (not glittery!) shades with matte shades, and to add a pop of color directly on the lid or slightly smoked out in the crease, for example. Play around with ways to subtly add a little oomph to your neutral eye makeup.
Even I love a good purple smoky eye and the occasional aqua lipstick, your big day is not necessarily the time to rock the latest color trends or overly exaggerated makeup techniques—I’m looking at you Kim Kardashian Highlight and Contour Queens! After all, you don’t want your wedding pictures to be like looking back at your old high school yearbooks!
Embrace… Waterproof, Transfer Resistant, and Longwearing Everything!
This goes without saying, but weddings are a long, hot, and sometimes sweaty affair, and no one wants to be that bride whose face is melting off by time she gets to the reception. While waterproof mascara is an obvious choice, what actually goes on your skin is just as important. A good makeup primer and setting spray can be the difference between a flawless face and one that needs constant touch-ups during photos; and they are truly essential no matter what skin type you have. However, you can take you tear-and-sweat proof makeup routine to the next level with a transfer-resistant foundation, cream blush as a base for powder blush, and a lip stain or pencil underneath your lipstick for a little added insurance that your kisses won’t wipe away your perfect pout.
those unforgiving DSLR cameras will only capture your glowing complexion, stunning smile, and nothing more.
Embrace… What You Should Avoid
Am I totally confusing you yet? Well, I’ll be crystal clear with this tip: DSLR cameras can be more merciless than just picking up unwanted facial imperfections. Some cameras are notorious for revealing an otherwise invisible white cast left by most high definition (HD) setting powders, sunscreens, mineral makeup (if photos are taken with flash), and any chunky glitters in your makeup. If you want to avoid any mishaps altogether, be sure to choose any other type of foundation for your wedding day, standard translucent or flesh-toned setting powder, and skip the SPF on that day. If you wouldn’t dream of giving up your beloved HD setting powder, mineral makeup or sunscreen, ask your photographer if any of your selections will clash with their camera, or choose a different brand of HD powder, a sunscreen oil, and mineral makeup that you’ve tested with your photographer’s camera so your pictures with come out perfectly.