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10 makeup tricks for weddings worth stealing for real life

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10 makeup tricks for weddings
Is worth stealing for real life

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:


  1. Beautycounter Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer

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    Dew Skin Tinted Moisturizer
    goop, $ 50

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  2. Kosas The Big Clean Mascara

    Hair
    The Big Clean Mascara
    goop, $ 26

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  3. Ere Perez Beetroot & Lip Color

    Ere Perez
    Beetroot and lip color
    goop, $ 29

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1.

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.


  1. Westman Atelier Lip Sweden

    Westman Atelier
    Lip Suede – Les Nudes
    goop, $ 85

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2.

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.

3.

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.


  1. Kristie Streicher Essential Eyebrow Grooming Kit

    Kristie Streicher
    Essential Eyebrow Grooming Kit
    goop, $ 225

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  2. Kosas Brow Pop Dual-Action defining pencil

    Hair
    Brow Pop Dual-Action defining pencil
    goop, $ 22

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  3. Hair Air Brow Tinted Volumizing Treatment Gel

    Hair
    Air Brow Tinted Volumizing Treatment Gel
    goop, $ 22

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  4. Westman Atelier Bonne Brow Pencil

    Westman Atelier
    Good Brow pencil
    goop, $ 38

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4.

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.


  1. goop Beauty Gwyneth's Morning Routine: The Set

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    Gwyneth’s Morning Routine: The Set
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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.


  1. Jillian Dempsey The Sculpt + Smooth Duo

    Jillian Dempsey
    The Sculpt + Smooth Duo
    goop, $ 245

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  2. goop Beauty GOOPGLOW 15% Glycolic Acid Overnight Glow Peel

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    GOOPGLOW 15% Glycolic Acid Overnight Glow Peel
    goop, $ 125 / $ 112 with subscription

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  3. ZIIP ZIIP OX + Crystal Gel Kit

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    ZIIP OX + Crystal Gel Kit
    goop, $ 480

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5.

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.


  1. Westman Atelier Vital Skin Foundation Stick

    Westman Atelier
    Vital Skin Foundation Stick
    goop, $ 68

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  2. Westman Atelier Spot Check brush

    Westman Atelier
    Point control brush
    goop, $ 38

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  3. Westman Atelier Foundation Brush

    Westman Atelier
    Foundation brush
    goop, $ 80

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6.

Faux lashes do not smudge, and these look incredibly natural – definitely the best bet for a wedding.

  1. For a narrower eye shape


    LoveSeen Iris Lashes

    LoveSeen
    Iris lashes
    goop, $ 22

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  2. Most natural


    LoveSeen Cate Lashes

    LoveSeen
    Cate lashes
    goop, $ 22

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  3. More drama


    LoveSeen Troi Lashes

    LoveSeen
    Troi lashes
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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.)


  1. ILIA Clean Liquid Liner

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    Clean Liquid Liner
    goop, $ 28

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  2. Jillian Dempsey Khôl Eyeliner

    Jillian Dempsey
    Khôl Eyeliner
    goop, $ 20

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7.

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.


  1. LoveSeen Lash Applicator Tool

    LoveSeen
    Tilting tool
    goop, $ 34

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  2. Ink black and glossy


    Westman Atelier Eye Love You Mascara

    Westman Atelier
    Eye Love You Mascara
    goop, $ 58

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  3. Waterproof and minimal


    Ere Perez Avocado Waterproof Mascara

    Ere Perez
    Avocado waterproof mascara
    goop, $ 28

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8.

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.


  1. Ami Cole Light Catching Highlighter

    Ami Colé
    Light Catching Highlighter
    goop, $ 22

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  2. 19/99 Precision Pencil Duo

    19/99
    Precision Pencil Duo
    goop, $ 42

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  3. ROEN 75 ° warm eye shadow palette

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    75 ° warm eye shadow palette
    goop, $ 46

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9.

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.


  1. Saie Dew Blush

    Saie
    Dew Blush
    goop, $ 24

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  2. Westman Atelier Vital Pressed Skincare Powder

    Westman Atelier
    Vital Pressed Skin Care Powder
    goop, $ 75

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10.

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.


  1. Hairless weight lip color

    Hair
    Weightless lip color
    goop, $ 28

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  2. Ami Cole Lip Treatment Oil

    Ami Colé
    Lip treatment oil
    goop, $ 20

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  3. ROEN Elixir Tinted Lip Oil Balm

    RACE
    Elixir Tinted Lip Oil Balm
    goop, $ 32

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