Whether you're the kind of woman who gobbles up YouTube makeup tutorials like candy or consider a sweep of brown mascara to be a "heavy" makeup day, there's no disputing that every bride wants a perfect face for her wedding day. And you can have it — as long as you follow these wedding day beauty commandments from makeup artist Jodie Hazlewood, owner of Makeup by Jodie.
Stay away from new products.
Introduce anything you might want to try on your big day in the months leading up to your wedding to see how your skin will react. "You don't want to have a breakout or otherwise upset your skin on your big day," says Hazlewood.
Let you products sink in.
Apply your moisturizer, then primer, then foundation — but leave five minutes in between each application to allow the product to take hold, advises Hazlewood.
Select long-wear, waterproof formulas.
Long-wear and waterproof makeup is formulated to last through your tear-filled vows and getting sweaty on the dance floor. "Even if you're not a crier, they will still last longer," Hazlewood says.
Test your makeup in daylight.
"It's absolutely essential you do your makeup in natural daylight to create flawless skin," Hazlewood says. "Position your mirror by a window so daylight is flooding your face."
Keep it light.
"A lot of light layers last so much better than one heavy layer," Hazlewood says. "Lightly layer your foundation, concealers and powders, building the coverage where you need it." You can layer blush, too, starting with a powder and topping your cheeks with cream.
Spray on staying power.
A setting spray "will keep everything in place," Hazlewood says, and some formulas even give skin a natural glow.
Highlight your features.
"Use a small amount of highlighter on the high points of your face, under your foundation, to create a lit-from-within glow," she says. The one area to avoid sweeping highlighter along? Your T-zone. "Camera flash loves shine, and you can end up looking hot and flustered in photos," Hazlewood says.
Mix up your concealers.
One concealer does not solve all skincare needs. "You'll need a heavy, more clay-like one for covering blemishes and redness, and a creamy, slightly highlighting one for around your eye area," says Hazlewood.
Consider your photos.
When you think you've applied enough color, you likely need just a hint more. "Even if you're used to wearing nude shades every day, it's much more flattering in photos to have a pop of soft pink or peach on your cheeks or lips," Hazlewood says.