Wedding Beauty

Wedding Beauty

by DailyMakeover

How To Choose The Perfect Blush

There’s a huge difference between a blushing bride and a bride who’s obviously wearing blush. Bridal makeup should always look effortless and enhance your natural beauty instead of overwhelming it. Blush can be the trickiest element to get right.

blush

On your wedding day, makeup artist Bobbi Brown recommends using two different shades of blush: a soft natural color and a slightly brighter shade in the same color family. “Using two hues gives cheeks a pop of color and also helps blush last longer.” Apply the natural blush first, sweeping it all across cheeks, then swirl the brighter color just on the apples.

To select the right blush colors for your skin tone, first consider whether you have cool (blue) or warm (yellow) undertones in your skin. Then follow these rules: Don’t fight your complexion by picking a shade that’s opposite your skin tone (pale skin with cool undertones, for example, won’t look good with warm apricot blush). At the same time, don’t choose a color that has too many of the same undertones (a pinky-violet blush could make pale skin with cool undertones look ruddy or blotchy).

It’s a tricky balancing act! Check out the chart below for help, and remember when you’re shopping to pick out a light and a bright version. “To double check that you have the right bright shade, hold the blush color next to your cheeks. It should immediately brighten your face,” says Brown.

Fair skin tone with cool undertones: baby pink with hints of mocha or beige; soft rose
Fair skin tone with warm undertones: golden apricot; light peach with a touch of pink

Medium skin tone with cool undertones: cranberry or light raspberry; rosy pink
Medium skin tone with warm undertones: sunkissed apricot; soft coral with brown undertones

Dark skin tone with cool undertones: plum; grape; dark raspberry
Dark skin tone with warm undertones: brown suede; deep coral with a little bronze

See how you look in a new blush shade in the Makeover Studio. Try on blushes virtually and find the hue that’s right for you.

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Why You Need Eyeliner On Your Wedding Day

eyeliner

Even if eyeliner isn’t part of your daily makeup routine, your wedding day is the time to pull out all the stops. “Eyeliner is the first thing I recommend when it comes to bridal makeup,” says makeup artist Laura Geller. “Along with your eyelashes and eyebrows, eyeliner helps frame your eyes, making them look big and bright in photos.” No matter what kind of eyeliner you choose–powder, pencil, gel, or liquid–make sure the formula is waterproof or water resistant so it doesn’t smudge or run when you tear up. “Most important, take your time when applying eyeliner,” advises Geller. “It requires patience and precision but the end result is worth it.”

- First rule of thumb: stay close to your lash line. “You really want to press the eyeliner into the root of your eyelashes, following the natural shape of your eye as closely as possible,” says makeup pro Kimara Anhert.

- Applying eyeliner to just top lash lines is okay for everyday wear, but to make your eyes pop in photos, you should line your bottom lash lines, too. “Make the line under your lower lashes thinner than the top. If the bottom line is too thick, your eyes will look smaller,” advises Geller. Also, always connect the bottom and top lines at the outer corner of your eyes. Want to see what you’d look like with eyeliner? Try on different eyeliner styles in the Makeover Studio.

- No matter what sort of eye shape you have, eyeliner should start thin at the inside corner and then gradually become thicker as it extends to the outside.

- To make close set eyes appear farther apart, Anhert recommends going over just the outer 1/3 of the eye with a second coat of liner. “It makes for a sexy Angelina Jolie inspired look.”

- “Wide set eyes can pull off a thicker line all around,” says Geller. After applying eyeliner, use a small, slanted eyeliner brush to smudge and extend the line just a bit.

- To give Asian eyes more definition, sweep a thick line across the entire top lash line, then create a thinner, softer line along bottom lashes.

- If you want to play it safe, you can’t go wrong with rich cocoa brown or black eyeliner. But both Geller and Anhert agree that deep purple, navy and green are great wedding day options so long as they’re not too intense. “There should be plenty of black or brown mixed in so you’re just getting a hint of the hue,” says Anhert.

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Top Waterproof Makeup Picks

While it may not rain on your wedding day, there will be one big water-related obstacle you’ll have to deal with: tears, and plenty of them. Avoid a makeup meltdown by choosing products that are longwearing and water-resistant. Here, our favorite water-, sweat- and emotion-proof makeup.

Smashbox Waterproof Shadow/Liner

Smashbox Waterproof Shadow Liner Duo
For a wedding day look with a little more edge, this crease-proof eyeshadow and eyeliner duo is a must. Each compact features two harmonious cream-to-powder eyeshadows that can be worn on the lids as a shadow, drawn across the lashline as a liner or combined to create a smudgy, dimensional smoky eye.
Price: $25
Where to buy: ulta.com

Estee Lauder Double Wear Eye Pencils

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencils
Not only can this creamy eyeliner stand up to tears and sweat, it goes on super-smooth, sets in just 90 seconds and lasts for 12 hours. Available in seven classic shades, it also contains vitamin E and jojoba oil to moisturize and protect delicate skin.
Price: $19
Where to buy: macys.com

Lancome Effacernes Waterproof Undereye Concealer

Lancôme Effacernes Waterproof Protective Undereye Concealer
Don’t let those sleepness nights of planning show. Hide your under eye circles with this waterproof concealer that evens skin tone and minimizes fine lines for a soft, matte, fatigue-free finish.
Price: $27.50
Where to buy: lancome-usa.com

Make Up For Ever Eye Seal

Make Up For Ever Eye Seal
Having trouble finding waterproof eye makeup in shades you actually like? Then try this alcohol-free sealer that turns any powder makeup into a longwearing, waterproof product. Bonus: it also ups the intensity of the shade and enhances any pearl or shimmer effects.
Price: $20
Where to buy: sephora.com

Clinique Superfit Makeup

Clinique Superfit Makeup
Sure an outdoor wedding in June sounded like a good idea at the time, but now you’re buried under 10 lbs. of tulle and the temperature is pushing 80. Keep your makeup from melting off with this revamped foundation that uses featherlight fibers to wick away sweat and excess oil. It can hold up against sweltering temperatures, high humidity and still maintain its coverage for up to eight hours, all while feeling light and breezy on your skin.
Price: $20.50
Where to buy: clinique.com

Stila Convertible Mascara

Stila Convertible Mascara
Nothing ruins your wedding photos quite like mascara streaks. That’s why this double-ended mascara is your beauty maid of honor: It coats lashes in a “tube” of pigment that is water-, sweat- and smudge-proof. Use the large lengthening brush to volumize, then try the defining brush to reach inner and lower lashes.
Price: $22
Where to buy: sephora.com

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A Lip Look That Outlasts The “I Do!” Kiss

Lipstick

Most mornings you probably rush out the door with a slick of gloss across your lips. But that won’t fly on your wedding day when your lip color has to last look fabulous all day. To create a long-wearing lip look, NYC makeup artist Kimara Anhert
always starts a bride off with a light layer of concealer or foundation over lips so the lipstick has something to cling to. Next, she lines and fills in the entire lip area with lip liner–either the same color as lips or the same shade as the lipstick. “After liner, use a lip brush to apply your lipstick, then pat on a thin coat of translucent powder, and go over it with another layer of lipstick.” Finish with a light slick of lip gloss. Anhert favors gloss that’s a touch lighter than the lipstick to create beautiful highlights and suggests keeping that gloss on hand for quick touch ups.

Confused about which lip color you should go for? “You don’t have to stray too far from your usual lip look just because it’s your wedding day,” Anhert says. “If red lips are your signature look, go for red lips on your big day.” However, if you’re a minimalist who shuns lip color, you’ll have to step up your game so you don’t look washed out in photos. “The safest bet is a hue that mimics your natural lip color, but a shade or two darker. This will give you enough definition in pictures but you’ll still look like you.”

For more color guidance, see the chart below:

Fair skin tone with cool undertones: pinky beige; bronze with pink undertones; berry with mauve undertones
Fair skin tone with warm undertones: sandy peach; apricot sorbet; shimmery mocha

Medium skin tone with cool undertones: brown mauve; cranberry mauve; pinky red; garnet
Medium skin tone with warm undertones: golden apricot; coral; cinnamon; nutmeg

Dark  skin tone with cool undertones: sheer cranberry; clear red; bright rose; raisin; plum
Dark  skin tone with warm undertones: honey; cappuccino; dark burgundy; brick; golden red

See how you look with a new lipstick shade in the Makeover Studio. Try on lipsticks virtually now.

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A Manicure Worthy Of Your Ring

Manicure

As you flit about the reception, hand extended to admirers who’ll ogle your ring, you’ll also be showing off your nails, which means a flawless manicure is an essential element of your bridal beauty look. “Most brides avoid trendy colors for their wedding,” says Los Angeles-based nail care specialist Jessica Vartoughian, founder of Jessica Cosmetics.
“They want a color that’s feminine and elegant, that shows off their ring and doesn’t compete with their bouquet.” Whether you go traditional with a pale shade of pink or choose a polish with a little more oomph, Vartoughian has some hints about making color last.

- First, make sure your nail is completely clean before applying a base coat. “If you have any oils or creams on your nail plate, the polish won’t properly adhere and it will peel off the next day.” Rub a cotton ball soaked with nail polish remover over your nails right before you’re about to start painting.

- Swipe on a layer of base coat, let it dry, then apply two coats of color. Let each coat dry completely before applying another one. “Also, polish under the nail tip to make a solid seal.”

- Don’t forget a clear top coat. “On the morning of your wedding, apply another clear top coat to keep nails chip-free through your honeymoon.”

Looking for the right shade? Check out Vartoughian’s latest nail collection “Wedding Whites” or consider these hues that’ll enhance your skin tone:

Fair skin tone with cool undertones: light strawberry
Fair skin tone with warm undertones: pale purple

Medium skin tone with cool undertones: sheer pink
Medium skin tone with warm undertones: shimmery peach

Dark skin tone with cool undertones: rose
Dark skin tone with warm undertones: rich bronze

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