Before the big day be sure to avoid these common makeup mishaps by scheduling a trial to be sure that both you and your hair and makeup artists are all on the same page. After all, you want to look like the best version of YOU on your wedding day.
Trying Something New:
Your wedding day isn't the time to experiment with red lipstick or smoky eyes for the first time. Instead, choose tones that you feel comfortable with and most like yourself.
Getting Caught Up in Beauty Trends:
Contouring (using bronzer and highlighter to bring out your cheekbones) is a huge trend right now. But this kind of heavy manipulation can look too harsh during the daytime. Always remember that your photos are going to be on display for many, many years after the wedding; you don't want someone to be able pinpoint which decade your wedding took place in based on your face alone.
Skipping the Makeup Trial:
It's an extra cost but a worthy one. Schedule your trial at least three months before the wedding. If you aren't happy with the first trial, this will buy you time to try out another option.
Going in Unprepared for Your Trial:
You probably already know that you should bring photos to your hair trial, but many brides don't think to bring photos to their makeup trial as well. Look through magazines or Pinterest for women with similar coloring to yours whose makeup you love. And if you have any photos of yourself where you particularly like (or dislike) your makeup, bring those along as well. Also, wear white to your trial — it'll help you get an idea of what your makeup will really look like on the wedding day. And don't forget to take pictures!
Wearing Lipstick or Lip Gloss:
Skip these products in favor of a lip stain, which is the most long-lasting option. Lip gloss wears off super quickly and will get all over your groom when you kiss him at the end of the ceremony. Also, when your lips are too shiny, you will lose definition in your pictures, and it can leave a glare.
Adding Shimmer in the Wrong Places:
A little shimmer or iridescence on the cheeks looks fresh and dewy, but worn on the nose or forehead, it can look like your skin is greasy. Whatever you do, steer clear of anything with glitter. Glitter and sparkles have the unfortunate effect of reflecting back light towards the camera.
Going for Too-Dramatic Eyes:
Except for mascara, ban the color black from your makeup bag. "Black liner or shadow is too harsh for the majority of people," said Giannoni. "You can create a much more beautiful effect with other colors that will create a soft, glamorous, even sultry look." She recommends using browns, grays, navy, and deep purples instead.
Forgetting Your Brows:
Your brows frame your eyes and can truly change the entire look of your face. Aside from having them professionally waxed a week before the wedding, you're going to want to define them with a brow powder.