They don’t call it your big day for nothing so you need to look your absolute best, for most brides to be its a military operation so get planning early!
My top tip would be to create a countdown diary for getting everything ready for the big day- that way you can get your ideas down on paper and work out a beauty and pampering schedule taking the stress out of the situation.
Step 1 Choosing the right make up artist
Start thinking about your make up 6 months before your wedding day and choose your make up artist for the big day make sure you research this properly and get a good feel from them after all, they will be with you right up to the vows!
Browse through magazines and search the internet for ideas, bear in mind these will only be ideas and the make up artist will give you the best advice for the day.
Step 2 Creating the canvas
To really hydrate and soothe the skin start having facials regularly every 4 to 6 weeks, starting about 3 months before. Beautiful, clear skin is the blank canvas for great make up. If your budget doesn’t allow for this then try to do DIY versions at home, choosing the right products for your skin type. Good skin will look gorgeous in the wedding photos and your make up will look perfect on the big day.
Step 3 The trial…
Its best to have your trial run of hair and make up about 6 weeks prior to the wedding. Tell your make up artist the colours that you have chosen for your wedding theme so that it all ties in. If you’re not used to wearing a lot of make up tell your make up artist because you still want to look like yourself on the big day just a more fabulous version!
Book the time of arrival for the make up artist and let her know where you’ll be on the day of the wedding. If you’re not having a make up artist book a make up lesson and continue practising the look at home and ask the person giving you the lesson to write everything down for you. Get a friend to take pictures so that you can see what it will look like on the day. Always take a mirror outside to check the look, indoor lighting can have a yellowing effect on the colours. If you’re doing your own make up ensure you apply a bit more than usual for photographic reasons and don’t apply too much shimmer as the flash will pick up on this more.
Bridal make up is individual and unique to every bride – there are no hard and fast rules but do try to be yourself and feel comfortable with what you choose for your look on the day.
Have your final facial at least 1 week before the wedding so that it brings any impurities to the surface and allows time for any blemishes to calm down on the skins surface – and get your eyebrows shaped by a professional to frame your face.
On your wedding day wear a button down top, shirt or bath robe so that it doesn’t ruin your hair and make up when you take it off. Ask your chief bridesmaid to keep your lipstick/lipgloss in their bag and carry some powder and blotting papers for touch ups.
Now you’re ready to walk down the aisle feeling beautiful.