You want to look your very best on your special day. You’ve already chosen a beautiful wedding dress from New York Bride. While you were there you found the perfect matching wedding accessories. Your hairstyle is settled and your nails are too. The only left to do is figure out your make-up.

The folks at Marie Claire have compiled some excellent make-up tips to help with that. They have a list of 10 do’s and 10 don’ts that every bride needs to consider when planning her make-up colors and application techniques.

Here are two tips from each section to get you started.


“Make sure you have your trial at least three weeks, but no more than 5 weeks, before your wedding. If you plan on using fake tan for the big day, have a test run before your make-up trial so that your artist can see what colour your skin becomes with the tan,” says M·A·C Senior Artist, Rebecca Butterworth.

“Wear a white t-shirt if you’re having your make-up test in a store so that you can see how the make-up looks against a pale colour and take a picture of yourself in daylight (with no flash) to see how it looks before you purchase anything,” says celebrity make-up maestro Caroline Barnes.


“Be scared of going a bit brighter. Neutral, brown, and pale lip colours can look washed out in photographs, so choose a lipstick that’s one or two shades brighter than what you would normally wear. If you usually wear a neutral hue, it should be worn as a base, with a pink or rose colour on top. If you typically wear dark lipstick, use that as the base, and apply a brighter pink on top to give the colour a lift. Pinks, roses and plums are all great, classic choices for brides,” says Bobbi Brown.

“Just apply make-up to your face. Instead, extend down your neck and over your shoulders if necessary, this will ensure you face is not a different colour or even texture to your body. Everything should look uniform to create the most natural look possible. An easy way to blend uneven skin tones together is to use a light fake tan. Do this the day before your wedding and beware of darkening your skin tone too much as the effect can actually deaden the look of your complexion,” says Caroline.

You can read the full list of helpful tips HERE.

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