The 10 Biggest Makeup Mistakes Brides Make

1. Trying Something New

Your wedding day is not the time to experiment with red lipstick or smoky eyes for the first time. It is your special day, and you want to look like you — only better. I'm guessing that when you're walking down the aisle towards your fiance, they would like to be able to recognize their bride! haha Stick to neutral tones and colors that enhance your features. 

2. Getting Caught Up in Beauty Trends

We are officially living in the "Insta Glam" world where everyone seems to have the exact same eyebrows, contour, and big lips. But this trend will come and go just like many in the past. In the 90's it was all about thin brows. In the early 2000s, every girl had big chunky highlights and wore bright pink lip gloss. And I can guarantee that when most people look back on photos of themselves during that time, they say "what was I thinking?!" Always remember that your photos are going to be on display for many, many years after the wedding. You want to create a timeless look, one that is classic and perfect for your face and personality. 

3. Skipping the Makeup Trial

Your makeup trial is one of the most important parts of your wedding prep. Not only for you but for your artist. This is a time to try out different looks so you feel amazing and now exactly what you will look like in photos and while walking down the aisle. I remember when my sister got married, she knew exactly the kind of wedding dress she wanted and had her mindset on it! But when we got to the wedding dress shop and she started trying on that style, it did not look good on her. Luckily, she was honest with herself and could see that it wasn't going to work. So she tried on a couple of other styles and found the perfect one! It fit her like a glove. I think sometimes wedding makeup can be the same way. You think you know what you want, but you don't really know until you see it on. Schedule your trial at least 3 months out from your wedding.

4. Going in Unprepared for Your Trial

You probably already know that you should bring photos to your hair trial, but many brides don't think to bring photos to their makeup trial as well. Look through magazines or Pinterest for women with similar coloring to yours whose makeup you love. And if you have any photos of yourself where you particularly like (or dislike) your makeup, bring those along as well. Sometimes it's best to tell your artist what you don't want too. I had a bride tell me exactly what she wanted but didn't tell me that she wanted an all matte eye look. So when I showed her what I assumed was her ideas come to life, which included a satin finish shadow, she hated it. Please be specific. Don't walk in saying, "I don't know, I trust you!" The thing is, sometimes its the first time we are meeting you. We don't know what you typically look like and your personality. We need photos and clues to be able to create something that is special and unique for you! Also, wear white to your trial — it'll help you get an idea of what your makeup will really look like on the wedding day. 

5. Wearing too much Highlighter or Shimmer

I know that highlighter and glass skin is all the rage at the moment and can look amazing in person, but it does not photograph well. A highlighter placed on the wrong areas of your face can look sweaty and bright on camera. On your wedding day, you will be photographed from many different angles, and for many hours. If you are going to go with some shimmer highlighter, be very very light-handed! 

6. Going for Too-Dramatic Eyes

This kinda goes back to the whole "don't try something new" point. For some ladies, a smokey eye is their go-to look for the office and love a dramatic vibe. But for others, it's not really their style. A dark smokey eye can look great in person but can come off as harsh in photos. I always recommend going for neutral tones like browns, pinks, greys, taupes, navy, and greyish purples. When you start adding too much black, it can become a club look, and most brides would prefer to look fresh and classic.  And be sure that you're choosing shades that will enhance your eye color. 

7. Choosing the Wrong Kind of Lash Enhancements

A popular trend these days is to get eyelash extensions, which are individually bonded (glued) with your natural lashes (much like hair extensions). If you are getting them for the first time,  I recommend that you have these applied at least two weeks before your wedding in case you have an allergic reaction to the adhesive and to ensure that they're comfortable for you. I have seen brides get them for the first time and they dont like them or the artist that applied them didn't do a great job. Please make sure you are researching who you end up using. 

A great alternative option are false individual lashes. Individual lashes use a small dot of latex glue (there are latex-free options as well) that adhere to your real lash. They last until you wash your face.  Individual lashes will give you a more natural look than strip lashes. They are buildable and can be blended with your natural eye shape to enhance what you already have. These are also great options for moms and grandmothers.

A strip lash is great too if you are used to the feeling of them. With a strip lash, it glues straight onto the skin of your eyelid and can sometimes create a feeling of tightness or heaviness on the eye. It's really what your preference is and what kind of style you are going for! 

8. Forgetting Your Brows

I can't tell you how many brides arrive on the morning of their wedding and have forgotten to get their brows plucked, waxed or threaded. Of course, brows can always be plucked that morning, but the skin can become red, swollen or irritated and that can last for a couple of hours. Imagine going to walk down the aisle with a huge irritating red spot on your brow bone. Make sure you take care of your brows at least 2 days before the wedding so reduce any swelling. 

9. Getting a Spray Tan Too Close to the Wedding

Don't book your tanning session the day before the wedding. instead, build color gradually over several sessions in the weeks leading up to the big day. If this is not an option for you, do at least one test run before the big day so you can see what the tone and coloring will be from the artist you have selected. Also, be sure to get your wedding spray tan done at least 2 days before (If your wedding is Saturday, go in on Thursday) and be sure to have all of your waxing and nail prep done prior to the spray tan to ensure there will be no patchiness on your skin. 

10. Not Prepping Your Skin Properly on the Big Day

Before you start applying makeup, it's important to prep your skin properly.  The week leading up to your wedding can be filled with a bit of stress and long hours. This can really put a strain on your skin. And a lot of times the party begins the night before with family and friends coming to the rehearsal dinner. Wine and drinks will be consumed which means your skin can become dehydrated by the next day! Try and drink a huge glass of water at some point the night before the keep your skin looking fresh. 

On the morning of your wedding, be sure to wash your face and exfoliate with a gentle product or a soft washcloth. This will help to remove all of the dead skin from your face so makeup can be applied evenly. Once you have done that, its time to apply a lip mask or balm,  face mask or moisturizer and face oils. But be sure these are products you have tried before! We don't want you finding out you are allergic to something the morning of your wedding. Also, make sure you are drinking lots of water that morning to keep your skin refreshed! It's also a great idea to make an appointment with your dermatologist at least 6 months to a year before your wedding to make a plan on getting your skin where you want it do be. They can recommend treatments and products that will help you along the way. Skin prep is the first step to beautiful makeup!

I hope this article has helped you along your bridal beauty journey!

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