">#Makeup Foundation Tips for your #Wedding Day

December 8, 2011

in Wedding Makeup

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Wedding Day Prep

If you are looking to save money (and time) on your wedding day then applying your own wedding makeup can help. Keep in mind that good makeup will cost you money and may come out about the same as allowing a makeup artist do it. However, you will have the makeup to use later, you will learn some great techniques for “everyday life”, and you will rest easy knowing that you are going to look like… well, you! If you do use a makeup artist then try to see them at least one other time before the wedding so you will find out if their style is your style (blue eyeshadow anyone?!)

Brides magazine recently posted some great foundation steps. Combine that with a few tips and your skin will look great on your wedding day!

  • WEDDING FOUNDATION STEP ONE: Apply eye cream and a moisturizer, wait 5 minutes, then apply a primer.
    • TIP: if your skin is oily then use a moisturizer for oily skin or none at all. You do not want your foundation to slide off your face during the ceremony.
  • WEDDING FOUNDATION STEP TWO: Using a firm brush, apply concealer around your eyes and inside the creases by your nose. Use it sparingly and blend well.
    • TIP: You can make your nose appear smaller by putting a light concealer line along the top ridge of the nose. Again, use it sparingly and blend it well!
  • WEDDING FOUNDATION STEP THREE: Apply liquid foundation with a soft foundation brush. Use a circular motion, go over your eyelids, and blend along the jaw.
    • TIP: Mineral foundation is all the rage now, but it does not look as good in pictures. The light from the camera will hit the mineral makeup differently than liquid, making your face appear shiny.
    • TIP 2: Brides magazine sent an undercover shopper to buy 3 shades of makeup at a drugstore and try to return 2 of them. She had no problem at CVS or Walgreens, but did not have the same luck at Target. Use these CVS shopping tips or Walgreens shopping tips to get your wedding foundation for free.
    • TIP 3: A good makeup brush set is another thing you can pick up at Amazon for cheap (right now you can find a set of 13 brushes for as low as $10 shipped)
  • WEDDING FOUNDATION STEP FOUR: Put some foundation on the back of your hand, pat it with a sponge, and tap it onto areas that need more coverage.
  • WEDDING FOUNDATION STEP FIVE: To combat shine, use a fluffy brush to sweep a tiny bit of translucent powder all over your face.
    • TIP: Keep this in your bridal bag so you can continue to combat shine through the wedding reception.

Practice makes perfect! Give these steps a shot and your skin will look great for your wedding pictures.

This post is inspired by Brides magazine and the foundation steps come from the November issue. If you are looking for a great budget wedding magazine, Brides is it!

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wedding iphoneWhen I was 22-years-old I met my husband and it was love at first sight. We spent every moment together that we could and we dated for almost three years before finally deciding to tie the knot. Because of that – and a year of living together beforehand – we knew each other pretty well. Which is why it was a shock when we both turned into other people completely during the wedding.

My husband, usually attentive and logical and decisive, became impossible to work any details out with. He would flip flop on the simplest matters and preferred to leave everything to me out of fear of making a mistake. This was a fear that I can totally understand in retrospect. I am usually calm and clearheaded, but I went mental when it came to the wedding. Trying to make sure things went off without a hitch was one of the most stressful things I have ever done.

This is a common story for just about any bride in the world. Some of us can keep it low key and plan a full wedding without losing our minds, but they don’t call them Bridezillas for nothing. Which is why any little bit to help keep things organized is a plus. Whether you are planning a tiny affair or you have a guest list three miles long, these five iPhone apps can help make the process just a little bit simpler.


Probably the best app I have ever found for wedding planning, this is a must have for any bride, groom or wedding helper that wants to keep on top of things. It allows you to do anything with the preparations, from starting a guest list to organizing events. You can even create a seating plan and make categories for who is invited for the reception or just the ceremony. My favorite part is the gift tracker, which makes it simple when it comes to organizing thank you cards.

Wedding Bridal Binder

This one is perfect for planning a wedding on a specific budget. All you have to do is put in your wedding date and the amount you have, and you can do everything from set the guest number and list to select vendors. It helps you keep on top of what you are spending, as well as keep simple to-do lists and notes. While it is my second favorite of the bunch, it is a fantastic little app that boasts being a complete wedding planner for the iPhone.

My Wedding

This is a simple list app that is easy to use but might not be as comprehensive as some people want. But if you want something basic it will do just fine for you. It basically lists everything into categories down the front page list, such as flowers, location, guests, gifts, dresses and other things. You can go down the list and fill in the details for each one. It is like a large and elaborate checklist, and it is fully customizable so you can add in your own categories.

Wedding Dress Look Book

Selecting the right wedding dress is one of the more stressful parts of being a bride. Every woman wants to look perfect on her big day, after all. This app is a free and useful one that lets you browse wedding dressed by style, body shape and price. You can then go through and find what it is you have been looking for, or just get ideas. There is a vendor list for specific designs, as well. It can really help you find what you are looking for, but I would recommend it more for basic inspiration.

iBridal Gown

This is another great gown app. It basically lets you search through existing dresses or browse based on style, designer or other factors. You can then track down the boutique or salon that is holding the dress, as well as any relevant contact details. It is easy to use and comes highly recommended from various wedding magazines. It isn’t much different than other bridal clothing apps, but it is pretty good.

Have any others in mind? If you have been using an app to plan your special day let us know. We are always looking for new apps to put on your ‘best of’ lists.

Annie Wallace is a geeky wife, frugal mom and viral marketing blogger. She blogs all-things-social media and writes for Home Loan Finder, the home loan comparison tool. Check out more money saving resources from Home Loan Finder to get the most of the tool.