When it comes to wedding makeup, standard beauty norms fly out the window. For example, that whole bare-faced, “I woke up like this” look that’s trending right now? Probably not how you want to remember yourself when you’re old and wizened and flipping through your wedding album with your doting grandchildren. No, wedding makeup lies in a realm all its own, straddling the line between soft and natural, and “I shed blood, sweat, and tears to make this ceremony happen, so, yes, my makeup is meticulous and flawless, dammit!”
To help you avoid any possible makeup-induced meltdowns, we asked Blushington’s head makeup artist, Jessica Scantlin, to share the seven makeup rules every bride should know and follow. Consider this your ultimate cheat sheet for wedding makeup.
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Yes, this may sound like a quote from a stock-image-illustrated motivational poster, but when it comes to your wedding makeup, hold this mantra true to your heart. “The biggest mistake brides make is going out of their comfort zone,” Scantlin tells us. “Your makeup artist can do the most beautiful job—however, if you’re not comfortable, it comes across in the photos, and you will end up hating it.” If you’re unsure about what look to try—perhaps your makeup artist is swaying you with photos of a retro-inspired cat-eye—always go with what you want and what makes you feel your best. As Scantlin says, it’s your day and you deserve to call the shots on what makes you feel your best self.
Though a hint of glitter on the eyelid might be trendy right now, Scantlin says to avoid it if you don’t want to look back on your photos with regret. Instead, try a soft shimmer shadow, instead. “I think it can add light to your eyes, and it picks up beautifully in photos,” she says. “The light will catch the shimmer, whether in gold or champagne, and highlight the colors in your eyes and make them sparkle.”