Part of the wedding prep is ramping up your beauty routine. During this quest for bridal gorgeousness you’ll probably come across a lot of conventional beauty wisdom.
Myth #1: Waterproof Makeup Is a Must
Whether you hire a pro or go DIY with your makeup, we definitely recommend using waterproof formulas. It’s the best way to prevent your makeup from slipping off with every hug and kiss. But if your favorite product — a foundation with just the right coverage or an eye shadow in your favorite shade — doesn’t come in a budge-proof formula, don’t worry. Simply lock in your look with a long-wear setting spray instead.
Myth #2: Keep Your Makeup Natural
Of course you don’t want to look like someone else on your wedding day, but that doesn’t mean you have to stick to basics or wear the same makeup you put on every other day. In fact, it might look and feel a little underwhelming for such an important event. The big no-no is trying something completely new or overly trendy.
Myth #3: Steer Clear of Sparkle
Unless you’re hosting a disco-themed affair, it’s true that you should definitely avoid glitter. However, makeup that boasts subtle sparkle is a great way to add definition to your face. Create your base with liquid foundation. Then dust with highlighter where the sun would naturally hit your cheekbones for a soft, shimmery bridal glow. You can even dab a touch in the inner corners of your eyes to help you look more awake.
Myth #4: Bold Lip Color Is Off-Limits
Contrary to what you may have heard, brides can actually rock a red lip on the big day. The only two real rules to follow when going with bold lipstick on your wedding day: Use a stain so it’s less likely to rub off, and make sure it’s a blue-based red tone (so your teeth look extra white!).
Myth #5: Always Pack a Touch-Up Kit
The last thing you want to do is tote around a big bag full of makeup extras. While it’s not a bad idea to have your lipstick nearby, you won’t really need any other items close at hand. In fact, you should avoid applying any and all powders — blush, eye shadow, bronzer — after your wedding dress is on. That way you don’t have to worry about marring your white gown with flecks of smoky gray shadow.