We've seen offbeat wedding makeup run the gamut from vintage-styled to barefaced to natural and glowing to masquerade masks and Halloween makeup to offbeat groom makeup. So what advice can we impart to help keep your makeup plan less stressful and more BLAMMO? Here are our favorite wedding makeup tips for Offbeat Brides.
Think YOU, only enhanced
Don't let anyone hijack your look. You want your partner to see you on the wedding day, so make sure you're repping your own style. Does this mean you can't branch out and go a little bolder? Hell no! Just make sure you're following your own needs and not letting the pressure to conform to any standards get to you. Rock your goth look, pin-up red lips, or au naturel — as long as it's you.
Pro or no?
A lot of brides get their makeup done professionally for the wedding, but it's not required. A professional can definitely give you a little insurance in terms of helping your makeup last and adjusting it for your lighting and photography situation, but you can certainly do it yourself or ask a skilled friend, if you prefer.
Friendors can be awesome with hair and makeup since they probably know and respect your style (or you can at least school them ahead of time). If you're going with a friend, have them do a dry run just like a professional would. Either way, make sure to do a trial run or two at least two weeks before the wedding day. Do it in natural light and check every angle in a large mirror.
Our directory of makeup and hairstyle vendors is a great place to start when looking for a professional to step up your beauty game.
Tip: Blend blend blend blend. And blend again.
Bring references to your makeup trial
Don't be afraid to bring photos of makeup you like to your trial. It's way easier than trying to explain your rockabilly meets carnival idea with words alone.
Wear your dress color to the trial
Wear a shirt that's similar in color to your wedding dress so you can see how it will all come together. Dress color can reflect on your face (as can hair accessories), so plan ahead for that.
Now is the time for waterproof mascara
If you're anything like me, the tears will flow, and your makeup will want to travel with it. Secure your eye makeup with waterproof products just this once.
Tip: Amp up your eyes for photos with some falsies (no, not the boob kind). Here's a tutorial for applying false lashes.
Consider blush even if you don't usually wear it
Even if you're going bare-faced, you might want to consider a little blush. Photos really can wash you out, and just like in the theater, a little blush can make all the difference. Try a cream blush with a powder on top for long-lasting wear.
Prime it, prime it real good
Primer for your foundation and eye makeup is soooo helpful. It'll fill in pores and lines and keep your makeup from melting. We'll be getting to heat-related tips shortly, not to worry.
SPF is your pal
Consider using a tinted moisturizer underneath your foundation with some SPF. Don't ruin your party time with a sunburn. You didn't work so hard on your makeup to have it become tomato-themed later in the day, right?
Don't rush your timeline
Allow at least 45 minutes to an hour for makeup application on the day so you don't have to cut it short or go without. This is a good tip for every facet of wedding planning, actually.
Prepare for the weather
The Big DON'Ts
Seriously, don't do these things. If Ross can mess up a spray tan, you can, too.
- Don't go too overboard with tanning or teeth whitening (note the looking-like-you tips above).
- Don't wax near the wedding day: you don't want red bumps ruining your jam.
- Don't try any new products near the wedding day: Allergies are a thing, dude. Try new products a few months or weeks in advance.
- Don't spray tan right before the wedding day: Heed the Ross warning!
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