Brides are always super busy in the months leading up to their day. With all the pre-wedding events to attend (engagement dinners, showers, bachelorette parties, rehearsals, oh my!), it’s important that a strong, savvy gal knows how to do her own hair and make-up. There will be tons of pictures taken at each of these occasions and we totally get that having your make-up professionally applied for each gathering often just isn’t in your budget (I mean we can’t all be Kardashians, with a glam squad at our beck and call to make us look fab). With that in mind, we thought it might be helpful to get some advice from a pro. So, to help you look your best on all those days when you can’t afford to hire a professional, we asked makeup artist Berkley Warlick for a few helpful, easy tips on looking flawless for a glowing, timeless look!
Using eyebrow pomade (gel) will make your brows last longer and remain tamed throughout the day. After outlining your brow with gel, fill them in with the right colored powder. To make your brows look extra clean and fresh, use your under eye concealer to outline the brows and blend in with your finger.
When applying mascara and eyeliner make sure to go waterproof (you know, just in case you get a little misty). For this look, first apply a dark shade (such as a a purple or dark brown) eyeshadow to the crease, then apply the metallic or highlighting hue on the lid (such as “Trick” from Urban Decay Naked 3). When applying eye shadow, apply setting spray on your eyeshadow brush, this will help the metallic shadow stick and pop (example, Mac Fix+ Plus Spray or Urban Decay Setting Spray). If you are wearing fake lashes, a winged eyeliner will help blend in your lashes to create a more natural look. To make a precise line for the eyeliner and eyeshadow at the end, use a strip of scotch tape to connect the outer corner of your eye to the end of your eyebrow on each side. This can be further demonstrated in this photo set by Elle Magazine.
When you are eating or attending food and wine tastings, using a liquid lipstick will actually last for the entire event and won’t come off on your glassware. For example, the one we used is Tarte Matte Lip Paint, Tbt. For a fuller look, use a liner to frame the lip.
Cheeks – Foundation & Highlight
Primers are a must before you put on concealer and foundation to get long lasting wear. Contouring has become a popular trend in the past couple of years and people do it in many different ways. This great article by Cosmopolitan helps you find the right place to contour with for your face shape. For those of you who like a little rouge, apply fave shade of blush on the apples of your cheeks. Always make sure to highlight where the light naturally hits your face. According to Berkley, “there’s never too much highlight.” The last thing to do after applying your foundation, highlight, contour routine is to set your make up. We just love Laura Mercier Translucent Mattifying Setting Powder. This should be applied with a beauty blender for best results.
All that to say, as you’re getting dolled up for your next pre-wedding event, don’t forget these tips for a flawless look. Stand out and look fab next to your gals and have a stress free event where you are not worrying about how your make-up looks, especially in photos. Oh, and don’t forget to smile and pose when the flash goes off!