Your big day is coming and you’ve got a million things to obsess over. From the color of your ushers’ pocket squares to the ribbon on your flower girl’s bouquet, your plate is full of decisions. It’s time to think about priorities, though. And one of the first? Making sure you look great. If you look good, you feel good. And if you feel good, you manage to make it through the reception without screaming at Uncle Bob’s boozing disaster of a new girlfriend when she has a few too many free beers. If you look good on this day, you also look good for eternity in your pictures. So let’s make sure we get this right.
Fortunately you’ve got us to help. And we’ve got Leah Elmquist, the owner of Nashville Makeup. She’s been making people look their best—not just brides, also celebs like Kid Rock and Darius Rucker—for 15 years. Here’s what she says are the four biggest makeup disasters-waiting-to-happen, and how you can avoid them:
#1. Using your everyday makeup. Ladies, this is not ok! No matter how great your everyday look is, when the big white dress and veil are draped over you and you have huge flashing lights going off every second, you are going to be washed out and look like the dead bride in "The Nightmare before Christmas." But it’s not as simple as just caking on an extra layer of eye shadow. Finding the balance is what separates the cosmetics amateurs from the artistes.
#2. Skipping the hair and makeup professional. This is key to feeling your best....your wedding is the one day it’s ok to want to feel and look like a princess. You may as well spring for the full treatment! Fortunately, there are a lot of options for budget brides. And if you can’t afford to spring for your whole party to be pampered, it’s ok to treat yourself.
#3 Skipping the consultation before the Big Day. Miscommunication happens every day between strangers, and everyone has different styles and ideas about beauty. When it comes to your makeup, you need to be on the same page about what you want and not have surprises on the big day! Plus, if you wait till the day of, you’re going to be making a million last-minute decisions. You don’t need makeup to be one of them too!
#4 Forgetting about your skin. Good skin is essential for good makeup. If you can’t afford a facial a few weeks before the wedding, do an at-home facial once a week for 6 weeks before. Focus on exfoliating and moisturizing the skin. Supple skin leads to a healthy and vibrant glow. Dry skin makes makeup look cakey and will make you look older than you are. What bride wants that?!
This post sponsored by The Life Lens, who sees your wedding day as a reflection of you. Let us help you capture the best you. You’ve earned it.