Carrie Underwood. Penelope Cruz. Emily Blunt. LaLa Vasquez. Celebrity I Do’s have been happening at a rapid fire pace!
If a trip down the aisle is in your near future, here are some beauty tips for brides courtesy of celebrity makeup artist, Kimara Ahnert, who has worked with Gwyneth Paltrow, Brooke Shields and even did Catherine Zeta-Jones makeup on her wedding day!
TIPS FOR THE BRIDE
TEAR PROOF YOUR MAKEUP
Waterproof mascara is always ideal for brides as it is an emotional day. If you smudge your mascara, use a cotton swab to fix it. Wiping off the smeared mascara is a huge no no. Blending it into your makeup also will not help. Take a cotton swab and dip it into a moisturizer or makeup remover to remove residue. Touch up critical spots with a concealer or foundation.
KEEP IT NATURAL
Don’t over tan or over bronze pre-wedding. A sun kissed look is fresh, a baked look is not and doesn’t compliment in photos.
ODE TO OIL FREE
Wear an oil free matte foundation for long lasting coverage set by a powder to keep makeup looking flawless and lasting for hours.
DON’T OVER DO IT
Don’t party too much the night before at the rehearsal dinner. Makeup always looks better on skin that is not tired and puffy from alcohol after a late night.
KEEP UP WITH TOUCH UPS
Always keep blush and lip color with you in your purse for reapplying throughout the event. Many brides don’t touch up and makeup ends up looking faded by the time the reception starts.
CREATE THE ULTIMATE BRIDAL LOOK
To create full lips, while gently brushing your teeth, brush lips to exfoliate and create a fuller pout the morning of your wedding. Then line lips outside of the natural lip line, fill with your favorite lipstick and dab a pearlized lip-gloss to the center of the lip for added “VaVoom.”
To fake full lips, use a shimmer eye shadow very subtly just over the top lip before lining to create the perfect “cupid’s bow.”
To make eyes brighter and really pop, line the inside rim of the eye with a white pencil.
Carefully place a few fake eyelashes to the outer corner of the eye and coat lashes with mascara.
Finally, dab a shimmery shadow to the inner corners of the eyelid and dust the rest of the lid as well.
No matter what, always have a pop of red rouge color somewhere – blush, lip or highlighter. Powder highlighters in shades or rose work well to add some shimmer to your look. Apply to the top of cheek bones, temples, decolletage and shoulders.
FOR THE BRIDESMAIDS
As far as the age old question of whether you should match your makeup to the dress, Kimara says to choose eye shadow colors that compliment the dress, not that necessarily match the dress. As a rule, accessories should match, while beautiful makeup compliments. If your dress is purple, choose makeup that has blue based undertones. For a champagne colored dress, pair yellow based undertones together such as bronze, gold, copper and pewter.
For more info head to www.kimara.com.