There's just something about the sweet air and the warm breeze that inspires so many hearts to tie the knot in the summer. When the birds start singing, the wedding bells start ringing. With so many nuptial festivities on the horizon, it's important to look your best.
Wedding Makeup Tips That Help You Look the Part
It can be a little nerve-wracking planning for weddings. That includes the nitty-gritty details and how you're going to make your appearance. The worry of showing up under- or over-dressed never quite goes away, no matter how many wedding parties you go to. So, here are some easy tips to help you look the part, without trying too hard.
Prime the Skin
The best foundation for a flawless finish? Use a primer before you apply your foundation to not only give it a smooth base but also give it something to cling to. Prepping your complexion with a primer helps extend the life of your foundation for a long-lasting, all-day wear.
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Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer 30ml5 Stars 3 Reviews$33.75
Minimize shine and give your complexion a matte finish with NYX Professional Makeup Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer, or boost your skin's smoothness and hydration with Illamasqua Hydra Veil Primer infused with Vitamin C, B3 and plant extracts for optimal moisture levels.
Contour is Key
The best wedding makeup enhances your natural features. A little contouring and highlighting can go a long way. The right amount of color in the right place can be the difference between puffer-fish-face and Angelina Jolie-like angles.
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Contouring isn't just for the face! Give your eyes a subtle contour with Stila Perfect Me, Perfect Hue Eye & Cheek Palette to enhance their shape and natural beauty! Sweep a light shade over the lid, and then a medium taupe in the crease for the perfect amount of color and definition. The best makeup never looks overdone.
Natural is Nice
If you haven't picked up on it already, the idea here is to enhance your natural features. Another way to do that is to use colors that bring out the undertones in your skin that give you that healthy, radiant glow! What are undertones?
Undertones are the colors underneath the surface of your skin that affect the overall hue of your skin tone. They have nothing to do with light or dark tones of skin. From rich to fair skin tones, you will find cool, neutral and warm undertones. So how do you find yours?
Finding Your Skin's Undertone
Look at the veins on the underside of your wrist with the palm facing up. Do they look blue or green?
Blue veins - cool undertone
Green veins - warm undertone
Blueish-green - neutral undertone
Another question you could ask yourself is, does gold or silver jewelry look better on you? If you look better in silver, your tone leans more towards cool undertones, and vice versa with gold. What if you look great in both? Can't tell if your veins are more blue or green? Congratulations! Chances are, you probably fall under the category of neutral.
Cool Undertones - Pinks, Taupes, and Bronzes
The colors that work best for you and help enhance your natural undertones are going to be mild pinks, taupes and cool metallic bronzes.
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Cool undertones tend to have a lot of yellow or red prominent in their features, so anything that can complement and bring out the little bit of blue makes you look breathtakingly stunning! A cool pink blush like Illamasqua Colour Veil Blush in Frisson or a deep nude lip like NYX Professional Makeup Lip Liquid Lingerie Lipstick in Embellishment will give you a healthy flush and natural glow!
Warm Undertones - Peaches, Metallic Brass, Reds, and Warm Neutrals
The colors that work best for you are peaches, brass tones and warm neutrals.
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The tones that are already most prominent in your skin are yellow and blue. Complement those tones by adding some warmth to your features with reds like NYX Professional Makeup Soft Matte Lip Cream in Monte Carlo and warm peaches like NYX Professional Makeup High Definition Blush in Coraline.
Neutral Undertones - Almost Anything Goes!
You may or may not really like this answer, but the nice thing about being complemented with both warm and cool tones is that almost anything works for you!
NYX Professional Makeup High Definition Blush in Bronzed will bring color to your cheeks without making you look too flushed out. If you want to warm things up a bit for some variety, try INC.Redible In a Dream World Iridescent Lip Gloss in Mermaid Tantrums to give your glow some metallic personality.
Whatever you decide to wear to any wedding you attend this summer, even your own, don't stress about outdressing the bride. That never got anyone to the ceremony on time. Do you! Dress in what feels good, look your best, and of course, say congratulations to the lucky couple.
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