Since the time of Cleopatra, women have been applying makeup in honour of celebrations and rites of passage (such as marriage). Often, this preparation time is also quality relaxation time to reflect on your upcoming special day. The artistry of makeup is that it is individual. Each person has features that she likes to highlight or show off.
On your wedding day, as you finalize the makeup style best suited to your features, remember that you want “to be your best you” – not a carbon copy of something you saw in a magazine (or on the latest celebrity). If you do not normally wear makeup then glamourous Hollywood style complete with false eyelashes probably is not for you.
The main focus should be your skin – the canvas. You want to have a healthy glowing complexion that you can keep fresh for the day.
If you are planning a facial or other skin treatments (eyebrow waxing, etc.) you will want to plan these well in advance of your big day. This will prepare your skin but will also help to avoid breakouts on your wedding day.
You will most likely have professional photos taken, but this does not mean that tons of makeup is required. Less is always more. Keep blotting papers with you and use them to reduce shine rather than reapplying powder. This technique will keep your makeup looking fresh for those close-ups.
If you decide to hire a professional makeup artist you will want to have a consultation. It will give you the time to get comfortable and confident with your stylist and let you decide if the two of you are a fit.
Bring in sample fabric colours from your bridal party dresses so the artist can get an idea of your style. Your makeup artist may also recommend particular products that he/she knows will not let you down. You may want to add this into your budget.
Finally, ask if the price includes touch-ups just before the photos and/or if the artist can show you a few quick touch-up tricks.
Most of all smile and enjoy this day with the people you love.