Ask M: Advice for DIY Bridal Makeup / by Melanie Grizzel

Ask M: Advice for DIY Bridal Makeup

Randi B. from Facebook had a great question a couple of weeks back, "What's your advice for brides doing their own makeup, so they don't look like a disaster in photos- especially as the reception goes on."

This is such a great question because A. The way your makeup looks in the mirror is not necessarily the way it will look in photos, B. Not everyone has the budget for a professional makeup artist and C. Everyone wants to look great on their wedding day!

Below are five solid DIY Bridal Makeup tips for looking great in-person and on-camera.

1. HD isn't your friend when it comes to makeup in photos! Any sort of HD, anti-aging or SPF will give your face a white glow on camera. You don't want to look like a ghost on one of the most important days of your life!

2. Use a brighter lipstick than normal. If you usually go with more neutral tones, don't be afraid of color. Use your everyday neutral as a base and then add a pop of coral on top. It makes a huge difference on camera and gives you a bright, fresh look!

3. Extend your face makeup down your neck and even to your shoulders. You want to be sure your face blends with the rest of your body and there isn't a noticeable makeup line. You can also achieve this by blending your foundation into your neck really well with a blender ball.

4. Practice makes perfect! Do a couple of makeup trials before the big day. This will allow you to practice different techniques and get an game plan together for your wedding day. Also, take photos! This will help you to see how your makeup will be reflected on camera. Pro tip: Makeup artist Joanna Schlip suggests taking photos under different kinds of lighting (fluorescent, natural, candlelit, etc.).

5. Once your makeup is finished and you're ready to go, be sure you spritz your face with makeup setting spray a.k.a. hairspray for your face. This helps to set your makeup and holds everything in place for hours, which definitely comes in handy when you're cutting a rug at the reception!

Two great DIY Makeup resources:

Glamour Guide to DIY Wedding Makeup & Our Makeup Expert, Erica Gray

Have any other Makeup tips for the ladies? Share them in the comments below!


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