On what will possibly be the most photographed day of your life, among a myriad of other things, you’ll want your bridal makeup to look flawless. Whether you’re a makeup fanatic who loves nothing more than lashings of liner, or a bride who prefers the natural beauty look, all it takes to achieve stunning bridal eye makeup is a little planning, practice, and inspiration. But before you go applying copious amounts of eye shadow and mascara, make sure you follow our do’s and don’ts for picture perfect bridal eye makeup.
1. Emphasize your eyes by brightening any dark eye circles with corrector and concealer, and try get at least eight hours of sleep the night before. Good luck with that.
2. Prevent makeup meltdowns by using a smudge-proof or waterproof mascara, eyeshadow, and eyeliner. The M.A.C Prolongwear range includes eye products that are completely budge proof and will see you through your wedding day regardless of any tears.
3. Use individual eyelashes. They’re a great way to make your eyes stand out and are more subtle than a full strip. Go for differing lengths to create a fluttering look, and nestle them in between your natural lashes rather than fixing them on top.
4. Use eye drops if your eyes look red or tired on the big day, but be sure to stick with a trusted brand to avoid any unexpected reactions.
5. Research application methods as they might differ slightly from your everyday makeup routine. For example, if you prefer to line with a shadow, make it last longer by applying it with a slightly damp eyeliner brush.
6. Use a matte eyeshadow as it won’t reflect the light from camera flashes, and it won’t look too shiny in pictures.
7. Remember to prime. Try the Benefit Cosmetics Stay Don’t Stray 360 Degree Stay Put Eyeshadow Primer US $26; AED/SAR 95. This dual-action primer works 360 degrees around the eyes to ensure concealers and eye shadows stay put.
8. Complete your eye makeup with an off-white, matte shadow along your brow bone if you have light skin, or, opt for a peach shade if you have dark skin. This will illuminate your eyes even further.
9. Define your brows with a pencil or a powder that matches your hair color.
10. Use an eyelash curler to add game-changing lift to your eyelashes. The Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler US $20; AED/SAR 73 is a makeup artist staple. The multi-award winning, curved, rubber-padded curlers grasp even the shortest of lashes.
1. Go for anything too trend-led. You’ll have to live with photos from your wedding for the rest of your life, so it’s best to avoid current, statement looks and opt for something classic. That glitter eyeliner you saw on the catwalk might look like a fashionable option now, but it may look outdated in twenty years’ time.
2. Go too dark on the eyes. Define them by applying color in the crease, but avoid using a shade that’s too dark as it can detract from the eyes themselves.
3. Use an undereye concealer that’s too light for your skin tone, as you can end up looking like a deer caught in headlights. The Clinique Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer US $27; AED/SAR 99 is available in over 20 different shades.
4. Experiment with eye products you haven’t tried before. Your wedding day is not the time for an allergic reaction.
5. Wear frosted, shiny, or sparkly eye shadow as it creases easily and will reflect camera flashes.
6. Tweeze your brows on the morning of your wedding, as this might cause redness and irritation.
7. Forget to blend, especially at the corners of your eyes; cameras pick up visible makeup lines.
8. Try to look like someone else on your big day. If you’ve never worn a smokey eye, now is not the time to try one. You should look like the best version of yourself, accentuated with makeup. In other words, your groom should recognize you when you walk down the aisle.
9. Use burgundy or purple shades on the lower lash line because this can mimic undereye circles.
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