Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Budget Wedding: Bridal Beauty

Without a doubt every bride wants to look her best on her wedding day, but looking beautiful may come as a steep cost. So today's post will be dedicated to hair and makeup. Now I'm not a makeup guru, but I do know what reads well on camera. Here are my top tips to make sure you look picture perfect

QUESTION: Does anyone know how to edit screenshots? I'm not lovin' the captured expressions. Thanks in advance :)

Make-up: DIY

1. Shape your eyebrows: Money may be tight, but this is a small expense that I think makes a huge difference. No matter what look you're trying to achieve (retro, glam, natural etc) your eyebrows are going to shape your face. TIP: Shape them yourself or get them threaded a week beforehand. If you pluck the day of, you will risk having redness and swelling.
2. Use a matte foundation without SPF: Products with SPF will reflect light (which makes sense when you're at the beach), but on your wedding day the flash photography will make you look ghostly white. Defintiely not the look you'd want to sport unless you're rocking a Tim Burton inspired wedding affair.

3. Use a Primer: A primer is absolutely necessary for all day wear and you definitely want your makeup to last on your wedding day. The primer acts as a base for your foundation to hold onto thus preventing it from slipping all over your face. An eye primer acts in the same manner for your eyeshadow and will not only allow your eye-makeup to withstand long hours, but the colors will be more vibrant as well. It's kind of like a glue for all the small makeup pigments to hang on to as opposed to your dry/oily skin base.

Photo Credit: Eileen Liu Photography

4. Use False Lashes: This simple tip will really help bring out your eyes and give you that x-factor on your wedding day.

5. Practice, Practice, Practice: You want to form a routine in how you plan to apply the make-up beforehand at least 3 or 4 times. Not only will you train you hands on makeup application, but you'll also have a better idea of how long it takes for you to apply.

Make-up: Hiring a Professional

1. Schedule your Makeup Trial the same day as your engagement shoot: Now of course if you just want to get pampered and have a professional work on you be sure to have them work on you the same day as your engagment shoot.  Typically photographers like to shoot at sunset as the lighting is best during that time, which is perfect since you can get your makeup done in the afternoon and be all glamed up for your beautiful photoshoot!

What beauty tips do you have for a blushing bride?

Yours Truly,



  1. Rockin'! Consider posting videos of you putting on primer, or comparing different foundation brands/false eyelashes. I'd be interested in seeing which brands are excellent and easily accessible, but aren't break-the-bank expensive :)

  2. Thanks MGL for the request! I will look into it!