Bridal Makeup: How To Look Like Yourself On Your Wedding Day


Rhode Island Wedding Makeup
Makeup by Emily Fraser, Hair by Emily Reale

Have you ever seen those before-and-after makeup pictures on social media that don’t even look like the same person? While that takes A LOT of skill on the artist’s part, maybe you’ve decided you don’t want a dramatic transformation. Maybe your go-to makeup look is mascara and chapstick. Maybe you have freckles that you actually love and don’t want them covered up. Whatever the case, you have decided that on your wedding day, you want to look like yourself, but just a little more glamorous.  I’m here to give you a few tips on making your wedding day vision come true!

Bridal Hair and Makeup
Wedding Makeup by Emily Fraser, Hair by Emily Reale

You want to find a makeup artist who knows how to execute the look you’re going for. The best way to do this is to look at their online portfolio. Do they have pictures of glowy skin? Soft but defined eyebrows? When you start saying “I love that!” over and over, reach out to the makeup artist and see if they have your wedding date available.

As a makeup artist, I’m going to let you in on a few techniques I use to create natural but glamorous bridal looks. Prepping the skin with the right products is the number one way I make sure that your makeup will last and look flawless in person and in photos. When the skin is hydrated and smooth, your makeup will glow. Have you ever put on makeup, only to find that it emphasized every fine line or tiny blemish? With the right prep and products for your skin, your makeup will look natural, hydrated and healthy.

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On your wedding day, you are going to want to wear a little more makeup than usual so that it shows up on camera. This does not mean your makeup has to look heavy. I focus on applying the right amount to look vibrant in photos, while still looking natural in person. A skilled makeup artist will make sure you are wearing the right color and finish for your skin type. I want your foundation to look like your second skin, not like a mask!

  • Blush is your key to not looking washed out in your photos! Soft pinks and corals will give you a youthful and healthy glow.
  • Are you considering false lashes? When expertly applied, lashes will make your eyes look defined and you’ll forget you’re even wearing them!
  • Finding your perfect lip color is important! You will want a color that compliments your skin tone and makes your teeth look white. Long-lasting lipsticks tend to feel really dry so I advise brides to wear traditional lipstick or gloss. This will be the only thing you will need to touch up throughout the night.

One last thing to keep in mind is lighting! The right lighting is key to beautiful wedding day makeup! Have you ever gotten ready in your bathroom, only to look completely different in the mirror in your car? As a professional makeup artist, this even happens to me when I don’t have the proper lighting in my bathroom at home. When I work, I travel with a professional makeup light that mimics natural daylight. This ensures that you’ll look great in photos and in person.

I hope this post answered some of your questions and made you feel confident that you CAN love your wedding makeup, even if you’re just a mascara and chapstick kind of girl! If you have any other questions or concerns about your wedding day makeup, feel free to reach out!

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