All brides want to look their best on their wedding day. Bridal makeup should be as individual as the bride herself, so a one-type-fits-all approach to cosmetics won't work. Your personal style, your skin tone and the features you want to emphasize are all important guidelines. Here are some makeup do's and don'ts to help you look pretty and polished all day long.
ClassicAppropriate, understated and glamorous
Pay attention to balance and detail. Eye, cheek and lip color should complement one another, not stand out.
Wear false eyelashes. They are an absolute essential for an elegant look.
Use lip gloss; it's subtle and -- even better low-maintenance.
Don't wear too much powder, which can dull the complexion and appear cakey in photos.
ContemporaryBold, modern and very clean
Wear a smoky eye on your wedding day. It's a bold, modern statement perfect for a contemporary bride.
Choose a metallic gray or brown eye shadow. Shimmer is very effective and gives your eye extra oomph.
Try a foundation with light-reflective pigments; it helps wipe out imperfections and creates a slightly dewy finish.
Don't overemphasize your lips; your eyes should be the focus. Bright lip color creates an imbalance and actually detracts from your overall look.
TraditionalBeautiful but never trendy
Wear a red lipstick that is complementary to your skin tone. Red lips have always been a classic and glamorous choice.
Wear enough blush. It's highly underestimated but gives your face a healthy glow.
Create a well-defined brow with brow color and brow gel.
Don't overemphasize eye makeup when lips are the focus.