How to ensure your bridal makeup stays flawless all day: Beauty tips every bride needs to know
Ahead of the game
We don't have to detail all the things that could go wrong at a wedding. That's what movies like Bridesmaids, Wedding Crashers, and 27 Dresses are for — though we'd say it's pretty unlikely you'll end up with a tiger in your bathroom, à la The Hangover. A more likely scenario: your makeup melting off in the relentless heat in a vivid re-enactment of Lauren Conrad's infamous mascara tears.
Not cute. Waterproof mascara aside, there's a lot more you can do to maintain that painstakingly painted-on visage. We break down the tips, tricks, and techniques you need to know to emerge with a beat face intact, below.
Prime, prime, prime
We're well aware that no makeup maven worth her salt would dare brave Singapore's sweltering heat without her trusty primer, so don't forget to practise that on your big day, too. Or make sure that your MUA does, that is. Instruct them not to cake it on, as this can cause makeup to appear chalky or uneven. Instead, apply primer on in thin, even layers, and let it sit for several minutes before reaching for makeup.
If you cry, wipe tears away and upwards
You'll inevitably shed a few happy tears on the day. And while waterproof formulations or falsies should prevent a bad case of panda eyes, it's probably best you dab at tears in careful, upward motions. This prevents the appearance of tear tracks that are almost impossible to blend away once they've travelled through your foundation and blusher.
Bring a makeup touch-up kit
Even the smallest of clutches should be able to hold blotting paper (to banish grease), cotton tips (to eradicate all remnants of smudges and creasing), lipstick (because no lippie lasts eight hours), a foundation stick (perfect for on-the-go touch-ups), and a small buffing brush (because how else are you going to apply your foundation?) Failing that, stow it into a bridesmaid's bag and get her to check in on your face every few hours.
Use a setting spray under foundation and over it
Yes, that's under your foundation base, too. Established Singaporean makeup artist, Sha Shamsi, swears by this trick, recommending users to apply their base or foundation immediately after spritzing to prevent caking. This boosts the staying power of makeup while also granting a healthy, radiant sheen that is impossible to achieve with complexion products alone.
Refresh skin with facial mists
Don't be fooled into thinking that applying facial mists over your made-up visage causes smudging, flaking, and the like. You see, most mists comprise water-based formulations, which are incompatible against oil-based cosmetics — meaning it will refresh and moisturise skin rather than obliterate your hard-won makeup. Douse your face in it whenever your skin looks like it requires a serious pick-me-up.