Brides strive to be the best version of themselves on their wedding day without being so different from their everyday look. If a bride wears her hair down and wavy day-in and day-out, a retro updo might not be best suited to her. If a bride’s signature is bold red lips, then who is to say a baby pink gloss is the way to go? Focusing on enhancing your go-to dressy routine will keep you feeling like yourself and comfortable. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is said to have used her everyday makeup on her big day. However, there are some classic products and tricks that are worth sharing to inspire bridal beauty routines.
The first thing to tackle is adjusting for photography. With recent technology, HD formulated products make for beautiful skin and staying power. Both Chantecaille and CARGO make an HD powder that reflects light, minimizes pores and conceals flaws. Skip the physical sunscreens (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) because they can cause a whitish cast. Make sure to do lots of test shots in different light when you conduct a makeup trial.
A perfect pout that stays on through the sips and kisses is crucial. Long-lasting lip products aren’t the matte drying versions of the past. Revlon Just Bitten lip stain packs in the moisture. Layer a hydrating lip gloss over a stain to keep lips supple. Try MAC Lip Glass or Covergirl Wetslicks, both of which have a yummy scent.
A classic eye will withstand the test of time. Neutral eye shadow can accentuate without being distracting. NARS Eye Shadow Duo in Kalahari or Portobello are flattering on a wide range of skin tones. Layer eyeliner for maximum staying power. Begin with pencil in brown or black along lashes, followed by a liquid liner pen like Covergirl LineExact Liquid Eyeliner on top lashes. Opt for a waterproof mascara. L’Oreal Voluminous Waterproof Million Lashes gives a false lash effect without drying out delicate hairs.
A wedding day blowout will have to last hours on end, not to mention withstanding dancing. Keep a dry shampoo on hand, like Oscar Blandi Pronto Invisible Volumizing Dry Shampoo Spray. This version sprays on clear and absorbs oil quickly. If planning to wear hair up on the wedding day, consider any styling done for the rehearsal dinner. Flat ironing hair can make it difficult to achieve hold the following day.
Essie Ballet Slippers is one of the most iconic bridal manicures. The soft pink elongates fingers. Essie’s new gel system offers a corresponding shade, Dance Class, if you want a lasting version. Other nudes like Sand Tropez, Mademoiselle and Fed Up are other options.
Body bronzer or highlighter can add an ethereal glow. bareMinerals Face & Body Luminizer has just a touch of color to warm skin and works on a variety of skin tones. Buxom Divine Goddess Luminizer is a highlighter with a refreshing scent, ideal for collarbones and the front of legs.
Lastly, consider investing in the perfume version of your everyday eau de toilette. The more potent formula will improve staying power and is a great memento.