The Best Makeup for Your Wedding Day -- Top 5 Bridal Beauty Picks

Wedding season is my favorite time of year. I love the aura of whimsy and romance that the bridal industry manages to reinvent seasons after season. After searching for color palettes on my favorite wedding photographer's blog and browsing some of the latest gown trends on DressFirst and The Knot, however, I was inspired to share a list of classic wedding makeup must-haves.
Photo Credit: Jasmine Star, Sephora, Neiman Marcus, Stylelist


Blush does a world of wonder for the bridal party since the stress of wedding planning can drain the color from the cheeks. Not only does blush brighten up the complexion, it makes any face light up with youth and happiness. These Tom Ford and NARS cheek colors are ideal for weddings since pigmented, long lasting color is required. I love Wicked (pictured left) and Flush by Tom Ford, $56, and Orgasm (pictured right) and Taj Mahal by NARS, $29.

Brow pencils give the most natural brow appearance and are the easiest to use. They also fit into a clutch easily, and my favorite two by Cle de Peau, $25 for cartridge and $35 for holder, and Anastasia, $21, come equipped with soft spoolies for a perfectly blended look. If the bride generally does not wear brow products, there will be a remarkable difference in the photos. Make sure not to focus only on the eyeshadow, for refined and polished brows will frame the eyes better and help bring the entire makeup look together.
Check out my Clé de Peau Eyebrow Tutorial HERE!

Happy tears usually make their appearance at most bridal functions, so waterproof mascara is essential. It is worth the extra effort even as a preventative measure. The Chanel Inimitable WP, $30, and Lancôme Hypnose Star WP, $28, formulas add volume with length and hold curl beautifully without resulting in smudging. I highly recommend eyelash extensions on the day of the wedding because it is a hassle to glue back on strip or individual false eyelashes that have lifted. Instead of regretting wonky eye photos, top lash extensions with waterproof mascara for a lush and fool-proof eye look!

To achieve the longest lasting makeup, start with the base. Both of the primers pictured above help foundation photograph flawlessly. The Hourglass No. 28 Serum primer, $65, is ideal for very dry to slightly dry skin because it nourishes and rejuvenates while evening out pores. On the other hand, the Smashbox Photo Finish Blend primer in Apricot, $38, is ideal for prepping and correcting pigmentation issues like sunspots and veins. It is best on normal to combination skin, so try Photo Finish Light on oily skin.

I highly recommend touching up with blotting sheets for the most beautiful photo results. Both of the blotting papers pictured above are dusted lightly with powder to help remove excess oil and sweat and refresh the complexion without disrupting makeup. Just press gently into the skin without wiping or pulling the sheet across the face. The Tachta Evening papers in black, $15, are all-natural leaflets sized perfectly for a clutch. The Shisiedo Pureness papers, $18.50, are better for oily skin since the product contains more powerful oil-absorbing ingredients.
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