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The Do’s + Dont’s of Your Wedding Make Up

January 12, 2016

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Guest Blogger: Courtney Lucas of Hello Darling Beauty

Hi Darlings! My name is Courtney Lucas and I have been in the beauty industry for 5 years. My business, Hello Darling Beauty, specializes in on site hair and makeup for special occasions. My HDB Brides hold a special place in my heart, and I love making them look and feel their very best on their special day!  Today I am sharing three do’s and dont’s to remember for your wedding day make up!

Photo by Photography by Kelsey Rae

Photo by Photography by Kelsey Rae

Don’t #1

I think one of the worst mistakes a bride can make when planning her beauty look for the big day is focusing too much on that ‘perfect’ picture she found on Pinterest.  When it’s all said and done I would love to look exactly like Carrie Underwood too, however it just doesn’t work that way! Every woman has a different face shape, eye shape, lips etc.; and don’t get me started on how different everyone’s hair is! It is just a bit unrealistic to set your expectations so high into thinking that your hair or makeup is going to come out looking exactly like that updo or makeup picture you found online. 

Do #1

Now please don’t get me wrong, I love getting inspirational pictures to go off of when creating a bride’s beauty look. After all, my version of a smoky eye may be completely different than what you are envisioning in your head.  I suggest instead of having just one picture of the exact look that you want, that you have multiple of similar looks for your stylist/makeup artist to go off of. This will allow them to see what you are aiming for, but still manipulate the look a little to fit you individually. 

Don’t #2

Don’t pick a hairstyle that you are normally not comfortable wearing. This goes for your makeup look as well. If you are not used to a bold lip color, chances are you will not feel very confident wearing one on your wedding day. If you don’t feel comfortable wearing your hair up and away from your face, an updo is probably not a good option for you. I always think it is best to try and stay close to your personal style, but just glamming it up a bit for your big day!

Do #2

Practice your style. Changing it up a little can be a good thing however! It just takes a little practice to get used to it. If you want a look that is a bit bolder than you are used to on a normal basis, maybe you should try and spice up your look a little prior to the wedding. Wear that winged liner, bolder lip, low bun, etc. Where it to work or on date night, and see if it is something you think you feel confident in.

Don’t #3

Do not get too hung up on the type or method your makeup artist uses. While of course they should only be using professional products, it really shouldn’t matter as much on their personal method of applying. I get asked frequently if I do airbrush makeup and it seems as though that is all that individual is looking for. While airbrush is a faster way of applying foundation, it does not mean it’s always best for everyone.  With all the high lighting, contouring, etc., that is done over your foundation application, it really shouldn’t matter how it was applied as long as it is an even coverage. 

Do #3

Book a makeup trial before your wedding! This is important to ensure that you like your artist’s style and the look that you chose, but it is also very significant to confirm you have no bad reactions to the makeup line.  It would be absolutely awful for you to realize half way through the ceremony that your perfect shimmery shadow is making your eyes swell! Most artists make it convenient to book your trial the same day as your engagement photos, bridal portraits, shower, or any other pre-wedding event. I always try and make this available to my clients, that way they don’t feel like it was a waste to pay for their trial and they can make good use out of it.

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I hope these tips will be helpful in preparing the perfect look for your wedding day! The most important thing is to remember to just be you! After all, that is who he fell in love with in the first place!

If you have any further beauty questions please feel free to contact me at and I will do my best to answer them for you!

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