Top 10 Wedding Makeup Mistakes to Avoid

1.  Not Adding Foundation. When taking wedding photos, the light bounces off your face in a funny way. When the skin tone is evened out with the foundation, there is a much better light impact. Foundation is your key to a picture-perfect look. Even if you have flawless skin, it won’t show in photographs unless you apply the foundation. Make sure not to make this wedding makeup mistake.

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2. Avoiding Waterproof Mascara. This one is easy. Don’t let emotions ruin your makeup! Go waterproof! You might not be the “crying” type, but why be surprised? A wedding is precisely the event when some little thing can trigger the “waterfall”. Be prepared with waterproof mascara.

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3. Foundation on bare skin. Don’t put foundation on your bare skin. You must add a moisturizer before you apply foundation. Applying it on bare skin won’t hold, and it will “suffocate” your skin. You don’t want your face to break out the next morning! 

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4.  Eyebrow Maintenance Too Close to the Wedding Day. Don’t wait till the last minute to trip your eyebrows. Have them done at least 4 days before the wedding to give them a chance to heal. This one doesn’t seem obvious, but when we’re nervous, your skin becomes 10 times more sensitive. If you’ve never had breakouts or red bumps after having your eyebrows waxed, you might very well get them now when you are sensitive!

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5.  Not Adding Makeup Powder. Be sure to apply a good quality translucent powder over your foundation to set your makeup. If you don’t your makeup will look good the first couple of hours, but then will fade away along with the rest of your face! Not something you want on the most important day of your life.

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6.  Forgotten Eye Shadow Base. You know very well what happens from your experience with everyday makeup: your eye shadows will look good for about 2 hours. Afterwards, they collect into the creases or simply fade away! Don’t let it happen to you on your wedding day. Use eye shadow base before applying shadow.

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7.  Pencil Eye Liner. Wax-based pencil liners melt! Use cake or gel eyeliner that will stay put until you take it off.

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8.  Penciled On Brows. For a contemporary look, use eyebrow powder to ensure that your eyebrows look well-defined, yet natural, and will not melt or fade away.

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9.  Using “Long-Lasting” Lipsticks. The lasting lipsticks on the market today cause drying and cracking. Not exactly kissing-ready lips. YUK! Outline your lips first with a lip pencil, apply lipstick and blot with a folded tissue. Re-apply color. This will leave a lot of pigment on your lips and the lipstick will stay on longer. Add lip gloss for a set of lips your groom can’t resist!

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10.  Not Using Makeup Setting Spray. Model in a Bottle is a makeup artist’s best kept secret! Spray, set and go. Sets any makeup in any weather. Especially good for beach weddings, destination weddings or summertime weddings where you’ll be faced with a hot, humid climate. No melting makeup for the perfect bride!

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  1. Rori Raye

    This is so cool! I’m going to use this in my everyday life – especially the advisory against long-lasting lipsticks…the moisturizer – I came here to see if you had (or needed) anything around relationships, marriage – the emotional stuff…but I was drawn to this article right away…Rori Raye…

  2. Taylor Makeup Design

    I agree with being careful about grooming our brows too close to the ceremony. Another reason to plan your waxing appointment at least a few days away is due to the fact that makeup can not stick to recently-waxed skin. It is too smooth for your makeup to hold onto. So go ahead, make your appointment a week out just to make sure. 🙂

  3. Katie Beyer Photography

    It is a good to have a make up trial to ensure that you will have natural looking make up. Try to have a test a week before so you’ll wear the makeup and know how would it look like after a few hours.

  4. Florida hair and makeup artist

    Remember brides, going with a “natural” look doesn’t mean going “au naturelle!” A lot of brides wake up on their wedding day with stress-related blemishes, so the makeup foundation you choose needs to cover those unexpected flaws! Have a trial run (ours include hair and makeup) and take pictures with flash or outdoors because those are the conditions your pictures will be taken in. You want it to LOOK natural, in person as well as in pictures, but flawless.

  5. Jenny

    The best way to ensure that you avoid these wedding makeup mistakes is to practice, practice, practice. After a few times of wearing your wedding makeup, you will discover what holds up over the course of a long day, and what photographs well or does not. By the time the day of your wedding rolls around, you will know exactly how to wear your makeup to look your absolute best.

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