Bridal Makeup: What You Should Know Before Your Wedding Day

Makeup artist LeAnne Sims dishes on appointment scheduling, touch-up items and more for your big day!

You’ve spent months preparing for your wedding and everything seems to be falling into place. You’ve booked your dream wedding and reception sites months ago, hired a wonderful photographer, your dress is to die for and the trial appointment with your favorite hair stylist went perfectly. There is only one important and often overlooked detail to go… Your makeup! We sat down with professional makeup artist LeAnne Sims to discuss 5 things every bride should know before their big day!


Consider booking a consultation with a makeup artist before the wedding. Leave it to a skilled professional to help you look your most beautiful. It is a good idea to bring examples of makeup looks that you like. Magazine tear sheets are a good resource. You should also bring photos of your dress. This will help the makeup artist get a better sense of your style, be it princess bride or bombshell bride. Ever want to try false lashes? A bolder lip? Now is the time to experiment so there are no surprises later. Even if you decide to do-it-yourself, it is a good idea to consult with a pro for tips and tricks of the trade. He or she can give you great advice and recommend additional tools and products while incorporating your tried and true favorites.

Be sure to purchase the items you will need for touch-ups. Unless you have hired a makeup artist for the whole day, you will need to refresh your makeup at some point. Most brides need a few key items for touching up. A good concealer for under the eye and spot touch-ups, a light, oil free pressed powder, blot papers, lipstick, and lip liner or gloss. Ask your maid of honor or another trusted friend to have your products on hand for when you need them.

Schedule your makeup appointment for after your hair appointment. Scheduling your makeup after your hair can prevent you from accidentally ruining your makeup. There is nothing like getting a tendril of hair stuck in newly mascaraed lashes as your stylist takes out your hot rollers. Or worse, getting lip gloss caught in your veil while you make adjustments.

Use a moisturizer without sunscreen on your wedding day, or ask a professional for a recommendation. This may be the only time when you are advised to skip the sunscreen. Certain sunscreens contain minerals and chemicals that give off a “chalky” or “grey” cast when photographed. Ever see a photo of someone with their face looking paler than their neck? Chances are sunscreen is the culprit. Your photographer knows how to edit your more formal photos, but what about all of the candid shots taken by family and friends? You will want to look beautiful in their photos too!

Allow and extra 15 minutes between your hair and makeup appointments: Your wedding day is full of excitement and often full of interruptions. Even with the best intentions, someone somewhere is running late. Your phone might be ringing non-stop with friends and family members wishing you well. Makeup is usually the final detail before you step into your dress and put on your jewelry. Why rush it? By allowing an extra 15 minutes you are giving yourself an extra cushion of time so that you can relax and enjoy your final preparations before you take a trip down the aisle.

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110 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. beethankful
    Jun 16, 2012 @ 07:41:20

    great tips

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  2. yollyscott
    Jun 16, 2012 @ 12:48:49

    thanks for sharing.

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  3. beethankful
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 14:54:08

    I so agree with this article! you will want to look flawless on your special day

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  4. yollyscott
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 10:33:04

    indeed

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  5. beethankful
    Jun 27, 2012 @ 22:47:32

    use those spray that will keep your make up fresh

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  6. yollyscott
    Jun 30, 2012 @ 09:14:52

    wow…kool

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  7. yollyscott
    Jun 30, 2012 @ 09:42:04

    proper nutrition

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  8. beethankful
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 21:35:27

    speak to the professionals

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  9. beethankful
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 21:35:44

    ensure you have glowing skin

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  10. beethankful
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 22:09:45

    if you can get as much professional help as possible please do

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  11. beethankful
    Jul 03, 2012 @ 22:10:33

    even though it cost more it will be money well spent

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  12. beethankful
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 22:26:28

    Do book your makeup consultation for a day when you have a fitting or an event.

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  13. beethankful
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 22:26:51

    Do wear a white or ivory tank top at your run-through to help you visualize how your makeup will look with your gown.

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  14. beethankful
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 22:27:00

    Bridal makeup color needs to be fine-tuned to look right against the hue of your dress.

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  15. beethankful
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 22:27:14

    Do bring a camera to your makeup run-through, and take photos from all angles.

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  16. beethankful
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 22:27:35

    Assess and adjust from there. Write down the makeup products and shades used on your eyes, lips and cheeks.

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  17. beethankful
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 22:28:11

    Do start early on your wedding day and schedule enough time for your services to be done well.

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  18. beethankful
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 22:28:29

    Allow 45 minutes to an hour for your makeup.

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  19. beethankful
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 22:28:45

    Figure out prep time required for each member of the wedding party and how many assistants will be needed to get the job done.

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  20. beethankful
    Jul 05, 2012 @ 22:29:02

    Do think classic and timeless for your makeup.

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