Photo: Matt Blum Photography
It took hours of pinning and many hand cramps from clicking, but you've settled on your perfect hair and makeup combo. Now it's time to make sure it lasts from the time you leave the bridal suite to the time you and your new husband enter the wedding suite. "It's all about feeling like the best version of yourself all night long," says New York based makeup artist Allison Brooke. Armed with a few easy tips from Brooke, you'll be equipped to fight off faded makeup and limp hair and look fresh all day.
Things to Discuss Pre-Wedding
Kardashian contouring sounds great, but be realistic about the level of upkeep. Will you feel like re-applying that red lipstick or keeping black eyeliner on hand for your smoky eye on your wedding day? Brooke says this is also the time to identify your skin and hair type, since each requires different kinds of maintenance. If you've hired stylists, ask if they will bring items for you to take, she adds.
Day of: Before Your Glam Team Leaves
Your hair and makeup is perfect...and you want to keep it that way. If you've hired experts, make sure you take advantage. Brooke recommends going over touch-up tips with the stylists before they leave. Grab a beauty-savvy bridesmaid while you're at it to listen in and take notes. Designate her to remind you to do your little tweaks.
Before You Leave the Bridal Suite
It's time to head out for photos, first look or the ceremony, so do a once over. "Re-apply your lipstick, check your teeth and blot your forehead and around your nose," Brooke says. "Glow on cheeks, temples and down the center of your nose is okay." She recommends Boscia oil-blotting linens as they'll absorb oil without disturbing your makeup.
Finally, pack a beauty kit to-go: bobby pins, small hairspray and texture spray, tissues, Q-tips, toothpicks, lip balm, safety pins, breath mints, eyeliner pencil, blotting sheets or powder, eyelash glue and lip color.
Right Before You Walk Down the Aisle
Pump up your hair, refine your lipstick and primp your face; the big moment is almost here. For lipstick, Brooke suggests carrying a long-wear lip pencil for touch-ups and dabbing lipstick on top for extra-saturated color. If hair has gone limp, spray a little dry shampoo or texture spray at the roots and reel in flyaways with a little hairspray.
For Dry Skin: Spritz on a hydrating spy like MAC Fix to keep makeup from looking caked on. Dap a little lip balm or hydrating gloss on top of lipstick.
For Oily Skin: Soak up oil with blotting sheets and dust on setting powder like Laura Mercier smooth focus setting powder. Avoid finishing powders that will create flashback, AKA white shadows, when paired with flash photography.
If your pictures are following the ceremony, repeat these steps as needed.
Before You Make Your Big Entrance as Mr. and Mrs. at the Reception
If you're planning a tweak, now's the time. Brooke says you don't need a glam squad; just chose something simple:
1. Change your lip by dabbing a brighter or darker color on top of your existing lip.
2. Intensify your eyes by running eyeliner along your inner lash line on your bottom lid. Use purple or gray for green eyes, warm brown or copper for blue eyes and turquoise or jade for brown eyes.
3.Create a sexy up-do by pinning soft curls into a low, loose bun with bobby pins. Spray on a little texture spray and rough it up with your fingers.
All Night Long
Guests will wonder how you stayed so fresh through all that dancing:
1. If you have falling eye makeup, swipe a Q-tip under your eyes.
2. Use little bursts of hairspray to handing falling up-dos.
3. Curl your eyelashes with a curler to look fresher and more awake.
4. Blot, blot, blot; there's a lot of dancing going on.