With so many options to choose from, buying new makeup can be overwhelming! As a professional wedding makeup artist, Wedding Wingman Sylvia Waller of Blush Now has not only tested these products on brides, but herself as Mrs. Colorado 2022! Of the 15 essentials you need in your bridal makeup set, Sylvia shares her all time favorite products she has found to work on all skin types and textures, last all day and night, and photograph well. Purchase these products not only for your wedding makeup, but to have on hand anytime you need to look your “bridal best” such as your engagement shoot, bridal shower or rehearsal dinner.
Moisturizer with SPF 35-40
The most important step most people skip! A hydrated canvas will ensure your makeup application is flawless and your delicate skin is protected from harmful UV rays all day. Sunscreen is one of the best things you can do for your skin everyday and it only takes a few seconds. Even if your venue is inside, you most likely will be heading outside for photos!
Primer creates tackiness on the face for the foundation to bind too. More friction means your makeup is much more likely to last while you dance the night away. Sylvia says to use your finger tips for this application to help melt the product into your skin.
Just like primer, foundations should cater to your skin. Sylvia recommends a light liquid for mature women and cream for more full coverage. Knowing your skin type is key to achieving the right look. Not all foundations are created equal!
Shadow is the best way to accent the eyes. Bonus points if you find shadows with SPF formulated in. This will give the effect of a primer and a shadow in one product! If this is your first pallet, Sylvia says the more neutral the better, then move to crazy colors as wedding makeup DIY skills improve.
Cream eyeliner will stay on the waterline rather than flake throughout the day or smudge as much as pencil eyeliner. This product is best applied with a slender and pointed brush to line the lower waterline and upper tightline. Black is recommended for a more dramatic look while brown is great for subtly during the day.
Mascara is one of the most important makeup essentials for brides. It’s tried and true for opening up and enhancing your eyes. If you’re going full glam, apply before false lashes from root to tip for the best results.
False Eyelashes (and lash glue too!)
A non-negotiable for Sylvia’s clients on their big day. False lashes make your eyes pop which makes all the difference in photographs. Slyvia recommends using black lash glue for a cohesive look.
Brows frame the face without changing the shape. An eyebrow pencil is perfect for drawing thin strokes to appear as fake hairs. Fill in the sparse areas and make sure the tail is distinguished. Remember, eyebrows are sisters, not twins!!
For product number eight you can choose a corrector or a basic concealer. If you’re just starting your collection Slyvia recommends a color matched concealer. However, if you’re covered in that arena, consider a color corrector for the under eyes. Peach tones help minimize the appearance of dark circles. Just be sure to go over the top with your base concealer!
Highlighter gives the cheeks a natural moisture and glow. Sylvia uses a flat top stippling brush to distribute to the highpoints of the face without blending too much. Apply right on the cheekbone and blend up for effortless shine. You can also apply a little under the brow bone and on the tip of the nose.
Buildable blush is a game changer. A cream is perfect for a dewy look that is easy to spread and work with. For more color, go over the cream blush with a powder blush to set it.
Slyvia recommends following up each face product (highlight, blush and bronzer) with its corresponding powder product for a full glam look. If you’re building your kit, start with a translucent setting powder to set the foundation and face makeup.
Contour gives structure and frame to the face. Slyvia recommends using a light bronzer rather than a cream contour to avoid over-chiseling the face. This will make you appear like the tin man in photographs! Apply with a bronzer or powder brush to the chin line, hollows of cheeks and the hairline for a bronzed glow.
Lip Scrub, Lip Stain, Lip Pencil or Liquid Lipstick
Before glam can begin you need to make sure your canvas is prepped. Using a lip scrub overnight or as the first step of your makeup will moisturize and prep the lips so application is smooth and lasts all night. For lip color, personal preference takes the cake! Lip stains and liquid lipsticks are very concentrated and can be drying so make sure to apply a hydrating gloss on top. A nude lip pencil is perfect to define the lips before a lipstick or stain and it helps the secondary product last longer. Lip gloss makes everything more fun. Carry it along with you to keep your lips moisturized and shimmering the entire time.
Last but certainly not least, setting spray is the only way to keep humidity at bay! After a long night of dancing, the right setting spray will ensure your face is still intact.