All brides have different styles and tastes when it comes to how they want to look on their wedding day. While some choose a heavier dramatic look, others prefer a lightweight, natural glow. Either way, you want to make sure your make up accentuates and enhances your features, capturing the bridal look you’ve always imagined. If you’re wondering what to do makeup-wise, consider a few of these tips to make sure your wedding glam turns out picture-perfect.

Prep and Prime

It’s safe to say that your wedding day is likely the most photographed day of your life. You want your make up to last, and you want it to highlight your elegant bridal beauty, so your base is really important. Keep in mind, you don’t need to cake it on for it to show up well in photographs, but you may want to be a little more generous when applying than you usually are. Prep the night before with your favorite exfoliator to even out the texture of your skin. On the big day, try Alayne Curtiss Bridal Beauty’s lightweight Perfectly Pink Poreless Primer, and set your base with a sheer luminous foundation and a light dewy setting spray. 

Use That Contour Palette (Wisely)

Contouring is a controversial topic in the bridal makeup universe. When done correctly, it can really define and accentuate different areas of your face and bone structure, especially when you add a little highlight or blush to the right places. The key to a good contour is blending. While you still want to define specific features, you want to make sure you’re avoiding seeing any harsh contour lines in your photos. The same holds true for your highlight. Using highlighter with flash photography can be a little tricky, so it’s best to remember that a little goes a long way. Whether you want to use a cream, liquid, or powder is a personal preference. But, when it’s done correctly, it should give you a defined, yet still natural look (with a little extra glow.)

Lighting Is Everything 

The lighting when your makeup is done is just as important as the lighting when your photos are taken. Natural light is ideal when applying your wedding day makeup and makes both your look and your photos come out flattering and radiant. Whether you’re hiring a makeup artist or going at it on your own, try positioning yourself near a bright window to let in that needed natural lighting. 

Consider Your Lashes 

Photographers tend to direct a lot of their focus on your face and eyes. Though longer lashes aren’t a crucial component to having your photos come out perfect, they can accentuate a bride’s eyes, and make for a stunning full-face look. Using false lashes adds an extra pop to your eye makeup, even if it’s on the subtle, more natural side. I find that most photographers prefer a more subtle false lash for wedding day photos.

Preview some potential looks and try some on or bring to your makeup artist to try on you. Take lots of pictures to see how it photographs in different lighting.  We’ve created a few for you right here. 

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