The Secret to long-lasting Wedding Makeup!

The concern your wedding makeup will not stay put, smudge, melt off or completely disappear, is pretty common. This is the biggest and probably most photographed day of your life! I don’t blame you for being concerned about the makeup staying all day & night!

In this blog we’re sharing a few secrets our Bridal Beauty Experts use to ensure your makeup will be flawless through all the happy tears & even dance sweat!

What causes makeup to wear off?

There is a number of reasons why you may have experienced this, here’s a few!

  • The makeup selected was not the right choice for your skin type
  • The quality of the makeup
  • Not using proper techniques & tools to apply the makeup
  • Not prepping the skin properly
  • Not using Face and Eye primers
  • Not setting the makeup properly

Secret #1 Select the right products for your skin type

As humans, we were all made unique! When it comes to makeup, it is very important that you select products that are designed for your specific skin type whether its dry, oily, normal or a combination of those!

You may also have dry skin in some areas and oily in other areas. You might also have extremely dry skin or extremely oily skin, you’ll want to use certain products for each circumstance.

An experienced Makeup Artist will ask all of these questions during the consultation and will have a kit full of products for every skin type!

BTS Wedding Makeup in Monterey, California Photo by Randall Gee

Secret #2 Use high-end brands!

Now is NOT the time to use drugstore brands! High-end brands such as MAC, Bobbi Brown, Nars, Makeup Forever, Estee Lauder etc. use high-quality ingredients and tend to carry higher pigmentation. This is a huge factor in the longevity of your makeup!

Wedding in Monterey, California Photo by Randall Gee

Secret #3 Use makeup brushes, not fingers!

One common mistake I hear is applying foundation, concealer, blush etc. with your fingers!
Using proper tools and techniques will not only give you a flawless look but also allows for an even application.

There are also tons of techniques that can enhance the lifespan of your makeup, such as pressing into the foundation with a makeup sponge and then applying the foundation powder. The right techniques used in combo with the right tools will definitely add hours to your makeup!

Secret #4 Prepping the skin

As stated before in secret #1, it’s important to select moisturizers, primers, oils, fillers, for your specific skin type! Prepping the skin properly is the foundation to a great makeup application, if this step isn’t done right, everything else might not stay put.

Fernwood Cellars Wedding in Gilroy, California Photo by Archer Inspired

Secret #5 Prime the canvas!

Applying primer acts as a base and has a multiple benefits. Using an eye primer, you’ll notice the eyeshadow colors are vibrant & true to color. A primer will also smooth out the skin and also gives something for the makeup to “stick” to, which is why you’re makeup will last much longer using both face & eye primers!

Secret #6 Setting your makeup

There are numerous ways to set the makeup during the application and afterwards. How you would set the makeup also greatly depends on your skin type & your desired look (matte, dewy, medium, light, or full coverage)

A few common methods are powders and setting sprays. A good setting spray is the final step to sealing your Wedding Day look!

So Basically…

If you want your Makeup to last on the most special day of your life, hire our Team of Wedding Beauty Experts! That’s an investment you won’t regret!

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Fancy Monte Carlo Wedding in Las Vegas, Nevada!

Planning your wedding in Las Vegas? Here’s why we loved Monte Carlo Hotel!

One factor when selecting your wedding venue should be beautiful scenery that reflects your style! Monte Carlo’s elegant vibes were inspired by the gorgeous French Riviera… yea that pretty much says it all!

I loved how Ivette’s Updo & Makeup complimented the elegance of the Monte Carlo Hotel! As well as the hair accessory, jewelry, and dress, everything came together perfectly. She made a stunning Bride!

One more thing I must mention about Monte Carlo is how friendly the staff were. They were all very kind and accommodating.

So, all in all we are a fan of elegant Weddings at Monte Carlo!

Las Vegas Wedding Florals by Rosie Posie Flowers