DIY Wedding Makeup Guide: Our Expert Tips

You've already hired a planner, a DJ, a band, a bar tender, a florist, a printer for the invites...the list goes on and on. Do you really need to hire someone to do your wedding day hair and makeup as well? The answer is, you can definitely get away with doing it yourself and still look amazing! Hiring a professional is never a bad investment on the most-photographed day of your life. But that doesn't mean you can't totally look your best doing your makeup DIY. Here are some tips to make sure it goes absolutely perfectly on your big day.

Wedding Makeup Step 1: Skin Prep

DIY Makeup TipsThe first step to perfect makeup is making your skin as clear and ready as possible! Prep your face with a facial and light exfoliation before you start your makeup journey. A few facials a month will help you have the best-possible foundation to start with, and since you'll be saving so much on a bridal makeup artist, you can work the facials into your budget.

Step 2: Get Inspired

DIY Wedding Makeup GuideThe first step to DIY wedding makeup is planning. Check out Pinterest or Instagram to find inspiration from other brides! Use this planning phase to figure out the overall look, feel, and vibe of what you'll be going for. Will you be smokey-eyed? Blushed and angelic? Subtle or dramatic? While you look for inspiration, here's a DIY makeup tip: find pictures of brides with your hair and eye color, wearing the same color dress as your gown.

A certain look may look amazing on a platinum blonde, blue-eyed bride with a champagne-colored gown. But if you're a brown-eyed brunette with a gown of metallic ivory, it might be a different story! Once you know what look you want, you can dive into the next step. Just keep an open mind through this phase, as you might find that once you try the look out, you might think something else would work even better. Than brings us to step two: the testing and rehearsal phase.

Step 3: Test Your Look

DYI Bridal MakeupNow that you've been inspired and chosen your look, you want to do a dry run to see how it looks once you actually apply it.. Make sure you wear something that's the same color as your gown or close, so you get an accurate enough representation of what it will look like. Wear the actual gown at your own risk...every time you take it out, you risk it getting stained, scruffed, or snagged. Also, be sure to take lots of pictures! A mirror is great, but you'll want pictures to refer to, especially if you decide to try a second look. Use a variety of lighting types and conditions to get a realistic idea. Don't be afraid to use YouTube videos and other materials as resources, but keep the makeup ideas within your comfort zone to be sure it's a look you can really pull off!

Step 4: Incorporate Feedback

DIY Makeup HelpHave some of your besties, mom, or even or your mother-in-law see your test application of your favorite beauty look and provide feedback. Keep an open mind, and incorporate whatever resonates! This is a great activity to include your future mother-in-law on, as involving them in aspects of the wedding prep will make them feel special and start your new relationship on the right foot.

Step 5: On the Wedding Day, Give Yourself a Calm Makeup Space

Do It Yourself Wedding MakeupWith all the hustle and bustle on the wedding day, you don't want to feel rushed while you do your makeup, so make sure you have a quiet, serence space to work on it away from all the bridesmaid prep. Make sure you have a serene makeup zone to work without all the crazy distractions.

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