Bridal Makeup Tips

“I’m a bride!” It’s that sudden realization that hits you…. Yes, it’s your special day…

It’s a true celebration of love and joy. It’s the start of a new journey… new discoveries and experiences.

You’re excited! And rightfully so! :)


As you look forward to this special day, marking the end of one chapter, and a start of a new one,

there are so many important elements to plan for. So here’s a post dedicated to you.... just to help you

get started on one of these elements, and that’s your bridal makeup look!

The Canvas

The secret of a flawless work of art is starting with the perfect canvas to paint on. This means it all starts with your skin. It’s extremely important for you to pay extra attention to your skin, if you have not been doing so already.

This not only helps with a smoother finish, but also makes the application more long-lasting. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  1. Cleanse –Tone-Moisturize (CTM). Ideally this should be incorporated into your daily routine: every morning and before you sleep.. especially before you sleep. Make sure you use a moisturizer that is suitable for your skin type. Most moisturizers work in a similar way, so you don’t need to spend a budget on the most expensive moisturizer – just find one that works for you. If you have extra oily or dry skin, you may also need to use a gentle scrub on a regular basis. Don't forget to include your lips.

  2. Use a night eye cream. As you prepare for your wedding day, you might encounter a few sleepless nights. This can accentuate your eye’s puffiness and dark circles. I can’t stress this enough, but using a night eye cream can really lift up and brighten your eye area. Again this is a useful tip generally for long term anti-aging affects.

  3. Avoid harmful sun exposure. I've seen people beach-tanning a day or two before their special day. This is really not a good idea as you risk drying out and ruining your skin! If you want, opt for self-tanning or other indoor tanning salon solutions. An effective sunblock or foundation with SPF is never a bad idea.

  4. Eat healthy and exercise. As basic as this may sound, but your lifestyle and diet reflects on your skin. Eat fresh, vitamin-rich meals and it shows up on your skin.

  5. Drink water. This is the simplest thing you can do, but can have the most dramatic affect on your skin. Drink plenty of water to keep your skin supple and fresh. The worst thing you can do is to go for your bridal makeup, and then have your skin suck the moisture out of it, simply because you don't drink enough water. I've seen this happen - and it's really frustrating!

If you have any special skin condition in your face, it is recommended that you visit a dermatologist at least 8 months prior to your wedding, so that any treatments are administered well before your wedding date. To be safe, any facials should be done at the very minimum 3-4 weeks before your wedding date.

The Makeup Style

Now the makeup style you decide to go with should be the most flattering representation of “you”.

Generally, with the makeup style, consider the following:

  1. Color of your dress. For the classical bride with a white wedding gown, I usually recommend going for neutral colors. The white background accentuates the contrast with bright colors, and so neutral colors will provide a more coherent look. If on the other hand, you come from a colorful culture, and will be wearing a bright colored dress, then adding a pop of color enhances the overall look.

  2. Time and Venue. If you’re having an outdoor wedding with plenty of sun, it’s best to go with a softer makeup look, to avoid it appearing too harsh. Otherwise with indoor weddings, you can get a lot more dramatic. Your venue can also help in determining whether you want to go for a classic, elegant, royal, dramatic or natural look. For example, with a beachy setting you will better off with natural earthy makeup.

  3. Identity. I believe it’s important to incorporate a timeless representation of who you are. So for example, if you are a classical white-gowned bride, but you love color and fun, then just the slightest dab of color (example, a turqoise in your waterline, or innery eye corners) can bring out your character. At the sametime, I say timeless, because there is such a thing as timeless beauty. So don’t get swayed in by a fad or a style that will come in and go. Imagine yourself 20 years down the line, what would you think when you look back at your photos - that will give you an indication of whether you're on the right track with your makeup style. Also, it is important to choose a style that suits your face and shows off your best features. Stay true to yourself… and thats what I call having a touch of authentic beauty.


It is recommended to have a 1:1 makeup consultation with your artist at least a month before, to design your own perfect unique style. You may find it helpful in doing your own research looking at different makeup looks, before you do your consultation. Share photos with your makeup artist. However, its important to realize that each face is very unique. So, while you can get ideas from other photos, remember that t it will never look exactly the same on you. On the contrary, take pride in that it will be tailored to highlight your uniqueness.

The Wedding Day

This is that special moment you've been preparing and planning for. Here are are a few tips that can help you with regards to your makeup:

  1. Have your face ready and clean in the morning. You may choose to go with your skin care products which are part of your CTM process, as long as you've discussed it with your makeup artist before hand.

  2. If you are going to wear lenses, get them on at least an hour before the makeup application so that you are comfortable with them.

  3. Wear something that is well open around the neck and preferably off shoulders so that the makeup can be well blended into the rest of your body. It will also help if it is buttoned down so that you can easily take if off without touching your hair and makeup. You can inform your artist on the style of your dress, so that makeup is not applied around the areas where it might rub off on your dress.

  4. Try to minimize chewing after your makeup. The reason is chewing uses many facial muscles, and increase the chances of the makeup moving around and settling in facial lines. Ofcourse, this wont really ruin your makeup, and usually its hardly noticeable. However, if you can keep it at a minimum, it would be better for the longevity of the makeup. So, I recommend:

  5. Eat well and drink water before your makeup appointment.

  6. Avoid chewing gum, and opt instead for a pack of spearmints.

  7. Have juice with a straw with you for the remaining of day until your ceremony, to boost your energy.


Check with your makeup artist if they provide a touch-up kit. If not, then here are a few things that you can prepare to keep in handy with someone who will be easily accessible to you: lip-gloss, pressed powder,q-tips, oil-blotting sheets.

On your wedding day, the most important thing is to relax and simply enjoy your day! Invest your energy in what really matters - the beautiful relationships that you forming and strengthening on this day. This might seem off-topic, but here's a link to a TED talk of a 75 years study of happiness - that might help put things in perspective!


Well, I hope you found these tips useful! Do not hesitate to schedule a consultation appointment and get one item off your wedding checklist! Have a beautiful day! xoxo


Original Content: 18 Feb 2016 Last Updated: 25 May 2017

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