Being in the wedding industry for a while now I have seen it all! From last minute fake tan + white wedding dress disasters, to missing eyebrows from overzealous plucking! But a lot of the mistakes made can be easily avoided with a little pre planning, so I thought I would put a little list together of do’s and don’ts that will hopefully help you sail through your wedding morning preparations x
Do leave plenty of time on your wedding morning. Your Makeup Artist should plan this with you, but if you’re doing your own wedding make-up you can never underestimate how quickly time passes on a wedding morning. Allow 2 hours for your hair and make-up, and an hour each for mothers and bridesmaids. This way you are bound to have some contingency time. Always aim to be ready and in your dress 30 minutes before you are meant to leave for the ceremony.
Do analyse your skin a few months before your wedding day so you have time to address any issues you may have. There are plenty of solutions out there, from a brilliant moisturiser to a quick trip to the doctor – whatever it is, get it sorted and under control in advance!
Do have a good exfoliating session the night before the wedding, this will leave the skin soft and flake free and give a great even finish to the makeup. It will also leave time for the skin to cool and calm down. Also use a nose strip the night before to get rid of blocked pores and blackheads.
Don’t wait until your wedding day to pluck or over pluck your eyebrows, instead opt for these to be professionally shaped a couple of day’s before. That way the skin has a chance to calm down and the redness to disappear.
Don’t squeeze spots or blackheads, or have a facial the day before. Your Makeup Artist will be experienced enough to cover any blemishes and facials actually drag more impurities out of the skin – which is fantastic any other time, apart from your wedding day when the skin may looks temporarily worse.
Don’t only get a fake tan for your wedding day, if you are not used to tans or don’t tan naturally. You may not like the variation in colour, or the way it looks on your skin – meaning you have to go through the stressful process of removing the tan with exfoliants. As with brows and lashes – experiment a few months in advance so you know exactly how you look, with fake sun-kissed skin.
Don’t use makeup products on your wedding day that you haven’t used or practised with before, or try a crazy ‘new look’ for the big day. While it’s great to experiment with different makeup, make sure you feel comfortable with the look you have chosen. Brides should look like a more polished and shiny version of themselves, NOT like someone completely different.
Don’t worry if you feel a little over done with a few makeup products and you’re not used to it! Remember the camera needs to pick up all those extra touches to make you stand out in photographs, like a wisp of a false eyelash or some stunning contouring – all done tastefully of course x