You may not want all the attention and focus to be on you, but there are a few things you can do to ensure you have wedding photos you’ll be proud to show off in the years to come.
Read on for the 11 worst beauty mistakes you can make on your wedding day.
1. Not looking like you.
Whether it’s overdone foundation or trying to lose too much weight; you want to look like the best version of yourself on your wedding day not an extreme makeover contestant.
2. Caking on foundation because it will look better in photos.
Step away from the cake foundation step very far away. Packing on the makeup looks fine on TV hosts, due to the harsh studio lighting, but in a natural setting like a beach or garden wedding it doesn’t look natural.
3. Getting your ‘friend who’s great with makeup’ to do your makeup.
One of the most important people you can hire for your wedding is a makeup artist. A professional knows the right way to contour your face, the correct shades, and has the right products (primer, fixing spray, lip stains) in their kit to ensure your makeup lasts all day.
If you don’t have any recently married friends to ask for recommendations a good place to start is wedding forums and make-up artist agencies. If you are lucky enough to count a makeup artist as a friend, don’t be afraid to speak up if they haven’t nailed the look you want. They may think a bold red lip looks great, but if it’s not you then ask them to other shades.
4. Not doing trial runs.
You wedding prep mantra should be: try, try and try again. If you’re not entirely confident with the hairdresser, try another one. If you think there’s a possibility your make-up artist might turn up late or be extremely hungover, try another one. It’s Murphy’s Wedding Law (yep, I made that up) that anything that can go wrong will go wrong – for me, it was my Maid of Honour’s frozen zipper – but having trusted professionals on hand will ensure the day is as smooth and effortless as humanly possible.
5. Not wearing false lashes.
I know this may sound OTT to some of you, but eyelash extensions or individual false lashes (applied with clear glue!) are better than any waterproof mascara. Even if you’re not a crier, you don’t want to be surprised with panda eyes.