Choosing your wedding makeup is a little like imagining a painting. What colours will you use? What effect do you want to create? Will it stand the test of time? Since you’ll be immortalizing your face on film for, well, forever, it’s important to choose a look that’s timeless. “Think about what you love about your face and accentuate those features,” says makeup artist and cosmetics guru Laura Geller. “You do not want to look at your photos years from now and be disappointed or embarrassed by something that was on-trend at the time.” To help you figure out the best face to go with, here are Geller’s tried and true beauty tips.
Meet with a pro
A makeup artist can help you hone in on the look and feel you want. Schedule a consultation as soon as possible, says Geller. “You want to give yourself enough time to find the right makeup artist and have a trial run,” she says. “If you don’t feel your first makeup artist is a match, keep looking until you find the one who understands what you want.”
Collecting tear sheets from magazines can help you create a vision, but keep in mind that those photos are more fantasy then reality, says Geller. What may seem perfect in print might not translate onto your face. “For example, a dewy complexion looks avant-garde in a magazine, but can look plain old greasy, oily and messy in person or in subsequent photos. So use magazines and Pinterest pins as inspiration, but don’t let them serve as your be-all and end-all,” says Geller.
Keep it simple
You don’t need to go all-out glam with your makeup on your wedding day. You want to look like you, but better, says Geller. Little things like enhancing your natural beauty with false lashes, or wearing a gloss in your go-to cream or matte lipstick shade can add unexpected allure.
Consider your colours
Your wedding isn’t the time to try out crazy colours, but you can still use your makeup trial as a time to experiment with looks, says Geller. “Snap a few pictures after your trial and look back on them a week or two later to see if you are still pleased with the results,” she says. Some eye-catching advice: Eyeshadow shades of taupe, greige, mauve and rose with a dark navy or charcoal eyeliner make blue eyes pop, says Geller. “Women with brown or hazel eyes can truly wear any colour, but I love warm golds and deep greens to play up green tones,” she says. Violets, coppers and taupes look beautiful on green-eyed girls, especially when they’re flanked by deep eggplant eyeliner, she says. A general rule of thumb for your lips: Cooler tones (those on the bluer end of the spectrum) complement fairer skin, and warmer tones (those closer to red and orange) complement darker skin. A sheer berry, a subtle pink or a light brown are universally flattering lip shades for all skin tones. When it comes to blush, you’ll want a natural flush. Cooler skin tones look best in apricot and light pink and warmer skin tones look best in amber and rose. Ebony complexions can experiment more with bold colours like fuchsia and tangerine.