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

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


Prepping the skin with the right products is the number one way to make sure that your makeup lasts and that your photos look beautiful! You might think that a primer is all you need to keep your wedding day makeup in tact, but that’s not true. In fact, I don’t even use primers. Instead, I focus on the proper skin prep for each bride.

When the skin is hydrated and smooth, your makeup will glow. Have you ever put on makeup, only to find that it made your skin look dry and like you aged 10 years? With the right skin prep, your bridal makeup will look beautiful and last all night! On your wedding day, you are going to want to wear a little more makeup than usual. This does not mean your makeup has to look heavy. I focus on applying of the right amount to look good on film while still having beautiful skin. A skilled makeup artist will make sure you are wearing the right color and finish for your skin type. If you are oily, I am not going to use a super dewy foundation on you. 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 pop 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 super white! Long-lasting lipsticks tend to be really dry feeling so I advise brides to wear traditional lipstick or gloss. This will be the only thing you might need to touch up throughout the night.

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. I use a makeup light that is crisp and white and mimics natural daylight when working with clients. This ensures that you’ll look great in any light!

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