Weddings are a recipe for make-up disaster. Each aunty who hugs you, each drop of sweat from running around, each drink, each kiss is a ticking time bomb for the longevity of your make-up. This is why make-up artists charge a lot more for a bridal look, keeping in mind the quality of the products, as well as their staying power, from a sweat-proof base, to waterproof mascara. So, if you (like me, one day) plan to do your own make-up on your wedding day, or are attending a wedding for a close friend or sister, which will involve your make-up wearing down, this list of wedding-proof products is essential.
Get a flawless base that lasts long.
To start bridal make-up, the first thing we need is a good primer. The Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer is famous (and expensive) because it does what it promises to, giving an even base for skin make-up.
Then, there’s also a double-duty product like M.A.C Prep + Prime Fix + spray. This needs to be applied twice, once as a primer, and then as a finishing spray after your make-up is done. It makes the base look more natural, and locks products in, preventing things from smudging.
You need a foundation that will stay on even if you sweat or cry. The M.A.C Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation is one of the most frequently-used products for this purpose by make-up artists.
If you want a product that isn’t heavy on the pocket, or are having a day wedding, try the Revlon Photo Ready Air Brush Effect Make Up which has SPF 20. It will give you protection during the day, blur out imperfections, and not get weirdly oxidised in the evening, making it ideal for flash-photography as well.
A good foundation isn’t enough. You need a premium concealer that stays put. Try the Lancome Teint Idole Ultra Wear Camouflage Concealer which lasts long, and comes in a wide range of shades.
Not setting your make-up with a reliable fixing spray is a huge faux pas. We recommend the Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray for this purpose. It might be pricey, but it will make sure your make-up doesn’t move a bit.
Your lippie needs to stay put.
All the eating, drinking, kissing and even talking makes lipstick fade away pretty quickly. Make sure your application is layered well to avoid this.
Prime your lips and then begin with a long-lasting lip liner to line and fill in your lips, for example, the Colorbar Definer Lip Liner, which stays on for quite a while.
Then, follow it with a nourishing, hydrating, non-matte lipstick. Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lipcolor, for instance, is easier on the lips, and doesn’t dry them out.
After that, top that with a matte liquid lipstick like the Chambor Extreme Wear Transferproof Liquid Lipstick.
For more drugstore options, try the Colorbar Kiss Proof Lip Stain.
However, the holy grail of longwear lipstick is always going to be M.A.C’s Retro Matte Lipstick range. While these aren’t liquid lipsticks, they are as matte, as pigmented, and as likely to stay put.
Smudged eyeliner and creased eyeshadow are one of the biggest nightmares when it comes to dramatic eye make-up for weddings. Most Indian wedding looks are incomplete without a bit of cut-crease eye shadow, or shimmery gold glitter make-up. You need a good eye primer, like the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Eye Base for this.
For eyeshadow to stay in place, the formula of the product itself also needs to be good quality. The Bobbi Brown Metallic Long-Wear Cream Shadow is a product that doesn’t crease or flake off.
Make sure your painstakingly drawn winged eyeliner stays through the day and night by opting for a waterproof long-wear formula. The Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner is a make-up artist favourite for this.
Don’t neglect your lashes.
Weddings are an emotional affair, leading to a considerable amount of tearing up. Don’t get caught with raccoon eyes in case you do decide to cry a bit. Try a trusty mascara like the Dior Diorshow Mascara.
Remember: a waterproof formula is not enough. Make sure each lash is curled and defined. A unique wand tip like the Givenchy Phenomen’Eyes Mascara is perfect for this.
For something less expensive, try the L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara.
If all else fails, the Lancome Hypnose Mascara is sure to curl, lengthen and thicken your lashes, and keep them that way.
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