Caking on your foundation, whether its using too heavy a base or having it airbrushed on like a mask is the ultimate sin. No one should want a base so heavy you can’t see your real skin underneath it all. It’s not a good look and at the end of the day you still need to look like you. So many brides choose to wear such a heavy base it looks like stage make-up or like a mask. You may look glamorous for those first few hours, but wearing that many layers in the heat, damp, cold, and with all the emotions of the day; it’s going to crack. A few light layers are best, Start with a primer then your base and then a concealer for any areas that need any extra coverage. Try a BB/CC cream if you don’t normally wear foundation. Tinted Moisturiser for a bit more coverage or liquid foundation if you want full coverage. See below for my recommendations.
Primer: Smashbox Photo Finish Primer (Clear) or Benefit’s Porefessional.
Base: Dr Jart BB Platinum Beauty Balm Cream, Pixi’s Illuminate Tint and Conceal or Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua.
No Powder/Heavy Powder
Here’s the thing. You need powder. It sets your base in place. If you don’t have it you end up with highly shiny patches across your face. Too much and you can end up looking like you’ve put your face in a bowl of flour. It’s about choosing the right one. My two favourites are either MAC Mineralize Skinfinish or Pixi’s Flawless Beauty Powder.
If you wear this normally and and you want to have some continuity to your look this is fine. The worst thing to ask for as a bride is a heavy smokey eye because you think it’s the glamorous thing to do. It can look great on a night out, on your wedding day it can just be over the top – particularly for a daytime ceremony. However smokey eyes don’t just mean black and white shaded together; you can use alternative colours such as bronze, purple and light greys, and they can all give that smokey sultry look without overpowering your entire look. Classically bronze and browns looks great on blue eyes and really make them pop. Violet, lavender and other shades of purple bring out the green in your eyes and charcoal greys suit most. My favourite shadows are from the Pixi Eye Glow Cube or Smashbox’s Colour Pop Palette. Whatever you go for, make sure you (or your MUA) uses an eyeshadow primer to help it last all through the day and into the night.
Not enough Make-Up
I know if you don’t wear much or any, it’s a scary thought having someone put make up on you. However you are going to be photographed all day, from every angle and these photos are an everlasting memory of your big day. At a minimum you need a base, blusher, mascara and a liptint. Any professional worth knowing, knows how to give you that “no make-up make-up” look. Embrace it.
False Lashes (When you’ve never tried them)
Wearing lashes on your big day is only something you should do if you are comfortable wearing them. The first time you wear them, they can feel heavy and can irritate if you aren’t used to them. They are going to be on for a minimum of 8 hours. You need to be totally comfotable in them. You can’t take them off after a few hours (well not without destroying your eye make-up). Have a trial run- wear them for a night out, or a girls night in.
Secondary lash crime: Theatrically heavy false lashes. This is your wedding day. You aren’t from TOWIE and you don’t need lashes that touch your eyebrows when you open your eyes. At their worst you end up with a droopy half asleep, drunken look. A simple set that add extra volume and a touch of length is all you need. I actually really like Naturalites from Eyelure. They’re easy to wear (and apply if you are doing them yourself).
Doing half the make-up yourself
You’ve hired a make-up artist. Unless they’ve collapsed in a heap on the floor or have broken all their fingers in their hands. Let them do their job.
Going to the make-up counter the morning of the wedding. Because your day isn’t stressful enough? Going to a counter and getting a random person to do your make up with no trial. Good plan. Not all counter staff are professionally trained make-up artists. Do you want to take that risk?
I haven’t used pictures for this post as it’s not fair to pass judgement on particular photo’s I’ve seen... but now you’ve read this, you may just recognise some of these crimes in others ;).