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Wedding Makeup Mistakes to AVOID!


No bride wants to look like the picture above on purpose. Even if you decide to do a full glam look, you should still want to look like the best version of yourself. Full glam(like the picture above) doesn't mean cake face. Looking at this picture there were so many mistakes that the makeup artist made from the brows to her foundation. It just didn't work.

So how do you avoid looking like a hot mess on the most important day of your life?

Here are my top 5 tips to avoid to make sure you don't have bad makeup on your wedding day.

Tip #1 Not Using Waterproof Mascara

Chances are you're going to cry before, during and after your wedding reception. So you want to make sure those tears don't ruin your makeup. Waterproof mascara is designed to withstand tears, it also has a special formula that coats the lashes so it can hold a curl longer. Which prevents your lashes from going downward and getting in your eyes. The best way to get the full effect of your mascara of choice is to curl your lashes and then put on your favorite pair of false lashes. Lastly, apply a thin coat on top and bottom(depending on the lash style) If you are not wearing false lashes, that's ok! Just use an eye lash curler and use 2-3 coats of the mascara.

Tip #2 Wearing SPF

SPF is a great way to make sure you don't get sun damage to your skin, but it can be horrible for your wedding day and I mean HORRIBLE! That is why I ask everyone in the wedding party if they have on sunscreen or any moisturizer with SPF. If they tell me yes, I immediately wipe it off and we start off with fresh, clean skin, Wearing sunscreen on your wedding day will cause flashback and depending how severe it is the photographer may not be able to edit it. If you have a moisturizer that you are unsure of and you want to wear it on your wedding day, I would recommend that you bring it to your makeup trial or you try it on with a full face of makeup on. Once your done doing your face take a couple of test shots. If you dont look 1-3 shades lighter than it's ok to use.

Tip #3 Getting a Tan 1-5 days before the wedding

I once had a bride that had a spray tan that went wrong. She was pale at her trial, but on her wedding day she was orange, Cheeto puff orange. She was so mortified by the way she looked she stayed in her bathroom the entire time I was doing her bridesmaids makeup. When it came time to do hers, she was ready to call off the entire wedding.

When you tan, you want to build your color gradually over time. You want to choose the lightest shade and go from there. Another helpful tip is to get a spray tan 2 months before the wedding and a touchup 1-2 weeks before the wedding,

Tip #4 Choosing the wrong MUA

One issue I see with a lot of brides is that they will reach out to a Beauty professional that specializes in Full glam and expect to get Natural Makeup. Some brides will bypass looking at the artist portfolio and go straight to sending an inquiry. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with sending an inquiry to your favorite mua, but the main question that you should ask yourself is... If they are able to execute the look and feel of your wedding. Do you have women of color in your wedding? If the answer is yes, than you want to make sure the artist has a variety of skin tones and ethnic backgrounds in their portfolio. Sure they can do your makeup, but what about your wedding party. and that leads me to tip #5.

Tip #5 Neglecting your bridesmaids

One of my favorite questions to ask my brides is if they have thought of their wedding party makeup. Some will say they can choose what they want and others will want them to have what they have just less. At a previous wedding, all the bridesmaid elected to have their makeup done except for one. The one who decided to do her own makeup looked bad to say the least. She was a very beautiful woman, but she decided to do smokey eyes with blue eyebrows; because her hair was a ocean blue color. She completed her look with a bold red lipstick. All of the bridesmaids makeup I did had nude lipstick and brown eyeshadow, but because of the one maid who decided to do her own look. The bride didn't want me to share any pictures of her wedding party. Which made me sad, because the other ladies were killing it.

To sum this up, if you are going to have your maids do their own makeup for your wedding, make sure you tell them what not to do. The same can be said if you're hiring a makeup artist for your day. Your maids are there to make everything stress free for you...not complicate it.

I can go on and on about things to avoid on your wedding day, but this post will be too long and it might get lost in the sauce. I guess the main thing I'm trying to say is that it's your day and dont compromise for anything and I mean anything... unless it's your spouse to be.


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