How to Avoid Beauty Blunders on Your Big Day

wedding makeupWedding guru Kristen Klein wrote an article recently that provides the ground rules for how to get a “regret-free look” with makeup on your big day. Surprisingly, Klein veers away from the trends that most magazines and bridal blogs gush over in favor of keeping things clean, smart and simple. In “25 Beauty Mistakes Brides Are Bound to Regret” Klein gives no-nonsense pointers to help brides look their very best. Here are some highlights from the list:

#1 Trying something new

Explains Klein, “Your wedding day isn’t the time to experiment with red lipstick or smoky eyes for the first time,” of the importance of staying true to your own makeup aesthetic, and playing it relatively safe. Makeup artist Elise Brill adds, “I always tell my brides that my goal is for them to look like themselves, just defined and finished.”

#5 Wearing lipstick or lip gloss

This is an easy one: instead of going for a bright shade of lipstick, Klein suggests opting for a lip stain, which is the longest lasting option on the market. Believe it or not, if your lips are too shiny from a gloss, you will lose definition in your wedding pictures, and you might inadvertently cause a glare.

#8 Going for too dramatic eyes

Just as Klein mentions how important it is to stay within your comfort zone and to avoid hot makeup trends, it’s just as crucial to ban the dark lid color from your makeup bag for your wedding. Even if a smoky eye is your signature look, it’s one that will likely contrast too greatly with your wedding dress and décor, and Klein says that smoldering eyes tend to look better in person than they do in photos.

#23 Waxing the day before

Celebrity makeup artist Dimitri James suggests, “Wax brows or any other area of the face at least five days before the big day to avoid marks or scabs,” in order to give your skin time to lessen in redness and irritation. Another big pointer in regards to waxing is to forgo it entirely if you’ve never tried it before; you can break out in a small rash if your skin isn’t used to this kind of procedure.

Make sure to check out all of Klein’s beauty tips!

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