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How To Avoid Wedding Makeup Disasters
Your wedding day is the most special day of your life. For better or for worse, cynics might add, but heck, why would you even have a wedding day unless you actually wanted it to be the most special day of your life and on your happiest day, nothing can be ALLOWED to go wrong, especially your makeup. Here is your full-of-common-sense guide on how to avoid makeup disasters on a wedding day (especially if its yours). Here’s hoping you won’t be the blushing bride because of too much blush!
- Buy Your Outfit Way Before Your Makeup, Jewelry, and Shoes:
Everything has to be coordinated, which is why you have to select your wedding dress way before anything else. Even if you are tempted to go over to the makeup counter and splurge just a tiny bit on that fabulous new shade of lipstick, you just have to have, save on your makeup budget. Be practical and buy your dress and shoes first.
Choose the Right Foundation:
Seriously hunt for the right foundation. Brides are often women who don’t have the time or the will to apply foundation. However, as a bride, you cannot go without it. Therefore, a mistake that brides often make is buying the wrong shade of foundation, especially Indian brides who mainly have a wheatish complexion think that looking like a vampire is probably the point to a foundation, which is why they always end up with shades much lighter. However, tuck that fairness myth safely away in the dustbin where it belongs. Gorgeous skin does not mean having one that makes you look like Morticia Addams. It is about a healthy glow, an even skin-tone and no blemishes. Therefore, look for the foundation that is closest to your skin tone. See that it offers superior coverage. Buy a liquid foundation rather than a powder one as this is winter. Always get it tested on your jawline and even a considerable part of your face upwards from there. The store is likely to have tube lights, so its best to go foundation hunting during the day. Ask for a mirror, go out of the store, study your jawline closely in the day light and then see whether it suits you.
Cleansing, Toning, and Moisturizing:
Have a proper skin care routine from at least a month before. This is for all you lazy gals out there who never quite take care of themselves. CTM – cleanse, tone, moisturize twice everyday. Exfoliate and apply face pack about once a week. Go for a facial before the wedding (its YOUR wedding after all) and be sure to CTM just before you apply your makeup.
Face Primer and Eye Primer:
Purchase a face primer and an eye primer if possible. A lot of people think that primers are unnecessary, but priming ensures that your makeup stays on longer without having to apply and re-apply too much. You cannot let your makeup fade out on your wedding day. Also, primers protect your skin.
Blush it Up:
Buy a peach blush if you are wheatish to dusky and a pink one if you have a lighter complexion. The Maybelline blush is both affordable and good, so no need to splurge on a more expensive one.
Coordinate Lipstick and Eyeshadow:
Buy your eyeshadow and lipstick coordinated with your outfit. Indian weddings tend to celebrate excess in everything, but it is high time to break away from that. Your wedding outfit is bound to be “heavy,” therefore you have to play it light and subtle with your make up. If you are going heavy on your eye makeup (especially if you have big, beautiful eyes), go light on the lipstick and vice-versa. Buy your shades accordingly.
Attractive Eye Makeup:
For eye makeup, shimmery eye-liner is a great idea. Ditch that black liner and kajal. It is time to go bridal with a bang. Lakme has a great line of colorful shimmery liners, even a transparent one to go with any color you want. For your lower waterline, go for NYX eye pencils. NYX also has a white pencil that is of great use. A lot of make-up artists tend to fatten the eyeliner and apply a thick line of kohl. That looks great of rock chicks, but they also make the eyes look small. Everyone loves big eyes. This is where a white pencil comes handy. They just make your eye pop! Also, never forget to get some mascara magic on. Use colored mascaras only if it co-ordinates with your eye shadow. Otherwise, use black or transparent mascara. Definitely, use a water-resistant one. Curl your lashes with a curler. Apply at least two coats and brush out clumps. Do not use falsies. This is your wedding, not a fashion show. Use a eyebrow pencil or some brown eye shadow to fill out the eyebrow. Use an eyebrow comb to sharply define your eyebrows.
Go For Red or Pink Lipstick:
For lipstick, use either a red or a pink. Stay away from browns, nudes and maroons and any other dark colors. Use red only if you want it to be the focal point by keeping the eyes and the outfit lighter. The best bet is to go with a pink that suits you. Also, do not go for a gloss, or a lipstick that has too glossy a finish. Search for something less glossy, but not matte, deeply pigmented and very smooth. Long-lasting is of course heavily desirable in this case, but do not depend on it even if it claims to. Always have your lipstick in your clutch purse. Also, you ABSOLUTELY must use a lip liner. I cannot count the number of brides I have seen with horrid bleeding lipstick lips. Co-ordinate the lip liner with the lipstick. Buy it a shade lighter so that the line doesn’t show.
Highlighter and Bronzer:
Get a highlighter and a bronzer only if you have faith in your makeup artist (or yourself). All brides get their makeup done by someone else, preferably a professional. However, if you have been practicing your makeup skills enough, you might want to do it on your own. However, contouring and other makeup subtleties are hard to master and even professionals often aren’t able to do it perfectly. Therefore avoid this step unless you are absolutely sure of it. You have your regular makeup covered anyway.
10. Choose the Correct Makeup Accessories:
Buy the most functional brushes, sponges, q-tips, cotton balls, makeup swipes. An artist cannot work without his tools- his brushes and his hands. Therefore, do not invest on an expensive lipstick and forget all about brushes. Half of the art of doing your own makeup lies in your tools. Buy a foundation brush and a sponge. Use the first for applying and second for blending. Definitely use a blush brush. Use an eye brow comb. Buy an eyelash curler and always have your disaster saviors like q-tips and cotton balls handy. The MAC brushes are the best, but you can also buy the very affordable Vega and Faces brushes. Read reviews on www.makeupandbeauty.com to know which ones to buy.
- Get a manicure and pedicure:
We never quite take care of our hands and toes as we should. However, manicures and pedicures pamper and beautify. Definitely buy TWO nail polishes (using the same color on fingernails and toes is not a good idea).
- Be Sure to Smile and Be Happy:
Don’t be nervous! Even if things don’t go according to your plan for the wedding day, what is most important is that you are getting married to who you love. Nothing makes a bride more beautiful than the glow of happiness on her face!
P.S. Almost forgot. Make sure ALL your makeup is WATER-RESISTANT!
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