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10 makeup tricks for weddings
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If ever there was a day when you would like to look like your most beautiful self, this is the day you get married. That said, most people would love to look like this – their most beautiful ever, their most natural, glowing – every day (and night) of the week. Wedding makeup should also look good on photographs, which in our TikTok / selfie / always-on-society makes sense for almost every day. And wedding makeup is (ideally) pretty dirtproof – another way of saying it can be emotionally secure – useful in many real life situations, whether you tear up at the slightest provocation, love hot yoga classes, suffer from allergies, etc. …
Daily (and appropriate) essentials:
Do your makeup by a window, or take a hand mirror and go out where there is natural light to see what you look like. Westman Atelier’s smart lip compact comes with a mirror, plus it offers endless nuance options that can be easily blended.
Look at pictures of makeup you love – pictures of yourself, people on Instagram, models – to find out exactly what you’re after. It is incredibly helpful to become aware of the look you want, whether you are doing your makeup yourself, working with a makeup artist or getting a friend to help you.
Get yours eyebrows finished. If you’ve never had them made before, do it a month or two in advance for the first time to make sure you like the work of the brow artist. So get them made again a day or two before the wedding. On the day before, fill in your eyebrows with your favorite (and previously experimented with) pencil / shadow / eyebrow gel for a subtle, face framing definition.
Because genuine skin is so beautiful, pamper your skin with a regular routine of exfoliation and moisturizing. Gwyneth’s morning routine is gentle enough for just about any skin type, yet powerful enough to deliver incredible results.
Before the wedding or before any special event, kick that routine up a notch with extra exfoliation, regular nanocurrent treatments (ZIIP makes a special pre-wedding program that you can access on its best selling device), and on the day of a brilliant eye mask and vibrating gold-bar combination treatment.
With your skin in good shape, go easy on foundation. We love using the Westman Atelier’s pin foundation with a brush because it can be used as a concealer – that’s how we like to think about it.
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If you do not choose false lashes, to define your eyes best, line them with liquid liner (only the top outer two thirds of your lash line), and then wipe excess off with a Q-tip. The idea is not a lined look at all – it’s definition and drama that you usually only get from layers of mascara, which can be a heavier look. (Tip: If you do not usually use eyeliner, line your eyes heavily with pencil the night before – and then wipe it off. Using an excessive amount of liner really gets it into the bottom of the lashes, leaving you with a subtle definition next day for the ultimate eye makeup without makeup.)
Even if you do not normally curl your lashes, do so – the remaining liner plus the curly lashes are almost tear-resistant and can not be traced as makeup, but make a huge difference in how you look. Apply mascara; you may find that you need less after lining and / or curling your lashes. This eyelash applicator from LoveSeen also works as an ingenious eyelash curler.
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Keep eye shadow light and natural. Apply less as you get closer to your nose and more towards the fold. For more intensity, go darker in the outer corners of the eyes. A dot shining highlighter or even sparkles in the inner corners of the eyes can also be beautiful.
Cream blush – mixed on the apples on your cheeks – keeps the skin fresh, and a cream is much easier to apply again if you need it.
Minimal powder, dusty right next to the T-zone, prevents you from looking too shiny. Powder all over, in turn, kills the skin, so be sensible. Carry the compact with you and reapply as needed.
The most beautiful lip look depends entirely on your taste. Do not get caught up in how long a particular formula lasts, especially for a wedding – given the typical amount of toasting and kissing, you are going to recycle no matter what, so go with what you love and what flatters your skin for the most part.