Having a low budget wedding and plan to do your own wedding makeup? It is not such a scary idea as it might seem. Here are some tips for you to get your bridal beauty on point, all by yourself!
Practice till perfection
You might be a regular when it comes to applying flawless makeup. But the wedding jitters could potentially be a nuisance and have you go wrong. So, you need to practice your look many times before hand to make the process very easy and one you could follow blindly. And if you are not one to put on makeup too regularly, then no need to mention why practice is important, is there?
Make an investment
You should invest in some top quality beauty products that you will use for D-Day. While keeping within budget is paramount, think of it as a long term investment as you won’t use these products only for that one day. You can continue to do so even later.
In the months leading up to D-Day, get face clean-ups done. A week or so before, get a facial done to ensure you have the best possible skin for you to get your makeup on. Make sure beforehand that the facial and face clean-ups use products that suit your skin, and there isn’t any breakout or rash resulting from it.
Ensure that you clean your face properly before you start your makeup. Use an appropriate face cleanser to remove any dust and grime from your face. Use little-more-than-warm water before the cleanser and wash it off with cold water. The warm water helps open out any pores for the cleanser to reach deep and clean out every pore. The cold water helps close the pores.
SPF formulas contain zinc and titanium oxides that can cause a white cast when the camera flashes on the face. So it’s best to avoid. But, if you do have an outdoor wedding under the sun, ensure the sunscreen is in the moisturiser you use and not the foundation.
Don’t forget to use appropriate moisturiser to hydrate your skin. A well-hydrated skin makes the makeup look better than dry flaky one. You will do well to ensure that you moisturise your face daily, or even more than once daily, during D-Day countdown.
Waterproof it all!
Use waterproof beauty products – foundation, mascara, blush, lipstick, etc – to ensure it stays in place throughout. It will withstand water – obviously! – and also heat.
A primer works as a temporary corrector helping to fill in enlarged pores as well as smoothen out fine lines and some deeper set lines. Use a primer that suits your skin, and helps to give you the look you intend; mattifying primer reduces shine while the illuminating one gives a radiant base. Don’t forget to use an eye primer too. It helps hide any discolouration and helps in a smoother application of eye shadow.
The right foundation
There are different types of foundations, and you need to know which works best for you, and which gives you the results you’re looking for. You can find that out here. Don’t overdo the foundation though.
To hide the unwanted dark circles or any other blemishes, you need a good concealer. Use a cream textured concealer for the best results as you can dab it on lightly with your fingertips wherever your skin looks dark.
White not right
Avoid using a white finishing powder over the foundation. It will make your face look unflattering. Use a finishing powder in the same shade as the foundation.
Get your eyebrows in the shape you like, and which suits your face best. Don’t go for a new shape last minute. Get the shape done a couple of months before and keep cleaning it up to the right shape every 15-20 days or as per your hair growth.
When it comes to your lips, you need to layer them up for the best results. First is the lip balm which will condition your lips and soften them. Apply one layer of lipstick – especially of a cream or satin formula – and then another layer. To make your lips look fuller, use a lip liner along your natural line or just outside and then fill the lips inside with the lipstick. You can also finish with a light layer of lip gloss to add dimension to your lips. Ensure you use a colour on your lips to not let your face look washed out. Even if you’re going for a nude shade, use a slightly pink or peach tinted lip colour.
Sparkling makeup products like blush, highlighters, eye shadows, lipsticks, etc might look interesting, but they don’t photograph well as the camera flash will reflect and your face will not look good with the lights playing havoc on it.
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