These Married Makeup Artists Share Their Secrets For Flawless Wedding Day Makeup – Brides.com

Preparing and seeking advice for your wedding day can be overwhelming and often misleading, especially when it comes to one of the most important facets of the day: your face. With so many products, regimens and tips oversaturating the beauty world, it can be difficult to pin point exactly what you need to know about bridal makeup. So, in order to highlight some of your biggest wedding day makeup concerns, we talked to three celebrity makeup artists that are not only experts in their field, but have also been brides themselves. Rachel Goodwin, Lisa Storey and Fiona Stiles are not only the women behind some of your favorite red carpet makeup looks, but have major advice to offer from the most important products to have on hand to what you should know before going into your makeup trial – all of which they found out from their own wedding days.

Keep reading to find out the most important things you need to know about wedding day makeup from three married makeup artists.

Rachel Goodwin, @rachelgoodwinmakeup

The married MUA and mom of two is the makeup mastermind behind some major editorial and red carpet moments with a roster of celebrity clients like Emma Stone, Brie Larson, Jessica Alba and Emily Ratajkowsi, just to name a few.

Did you do your own bridal makeup?

I didn’t do my own make up for my wedding day. I wanted to but my good friend David Tibolla who is an amazing makeup artist and old friend of a many years did it for me. I am so glad he did, I was too full of nerves and excitement to do have done a good job!

How would you describe your wedding day makeup look?

Our wedding had a 1930’s Busby Berkeley theme, [so] I wanted my makeup to be a softer, more modern version of the beauty from that era so we used a lot of peaches and warm brown shades on the eyes. The eyes were the focus of the look so I would say the eye shadow was the most important product.

What are the most important things that a bride should know going into her bridal makeup trial?

I would say don’t let anyone talk you into something radically different or too far out of your comfort zone. It’s important to feel like the most beautiful version of yourself, with emphasis on yourself. You want to look back and love your photos and for your grandchildren to love them. It’s about natural embellishments on your wedding day, it’s not the time to try a new trend.

Any tips you have to maintain flawless makeup?

Using a primer under foundation is key, I love NARS Radiance Primer, it’s perfect for important events where you need your makeup to last without looking heavy. I use it on my clients on big red carpet days like the Oscars and Golden Globes.

I also love lip stains, they’re so much nicer than lipsticks. You can eat, drink, kiss and most importantly reapply without a mirror – the focus [should be] on having a great time at your wedding, not your makeup.

Lisa Storey, @lisastoreymakeup

Makeup artist Lisa Storey is the woman responsible for Miranda Kerr’s recent wedding day makeup look as well as the Victoria’s Secret Angel’s 2017 Met Gala look. Storey’s client list also includes the likes of Dakota Fanning and Kate Bosworth.

How would you describe your wedding day makeup look?

I did my own make up for my wedding, the look was minimal with dewy skin and subtle berry stained lips – I used Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Cherry (a favorite at the time). I framed my eyes with a subtle wash of smoky pewter followed by black mascara – the combination of the two brought out the green in my eyes. My brows were natural, minimal concealer and a dab of NARS The Multiple in Waikiki on my cheeks.

What was the most important product that you wore?

The most important thing I wore was the Clinique black cherry lipstick as it kept my lips moisturized all day and night.

What are the most important things that a bride should know going into her bridal makeup trial?

The most important thing a bride should know is to be her self. If you usually love a bright lip, a cat eye, or soft smoky vibe, make that part of your look so you feel like your best, most beautiful self.

What are your secrets for brides to maintain flawless makeup on their big day?

In order to make sure the look lasts, it’s all about the products you use: cream eye shadow like Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour, Marc Jacobs Beauty Magic Marc’er Precision Pen Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner and definitely waterproof mascara. I recently used Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara and Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick on my sister for her wedding and using all of these techniques her makeup survived the humidity in Greece!

Skin is [also] very important, remember not to overdo it on the powder in order to prevent cakey looking and feeling makeup. Keep blot papers on hand, Tatcha’s are my favorites.

What products did you use for Miranda Kerr’s wedding day makeup look?

For Miranda Kerr’s wedding I used Suqqu Foundation for a very natural, dewy, youthful glow. On her lips I used Laura Mercier Baby Lips Lip Pencil with the Dior Addict Lip Glow, again sheer and moisturizing, so it can be reapplied over and over.

As her look was very natural I used La Prairie Cellular Radiance Cream Blush in Rose – that could also be reapplied throughout the day to night to maintain that fresh, sweet glow. Along with the makeup touch-up kit, I always use a clean, soft, fluffy brush like MAC Powder Brush 153 or 217 to smooth the makeup around the eyes.

Another favorite is to dab on Kate Somerville Goat Milk De-Puffing Eye Balm, that you can reapply over makeup. It’s a makeup kit essential – FYI!

Fiona Stiles, @fionastiles

Celeb makeup artist and founder of Fiona Stiles Beauty, Fiona Stiles’ is a busy wife and mom whose resume includes clients like Gabrielle Union, Lily Collins and Naomie Harris.

Did you do your own bridal makeup?

I did, I’m a pretty low maintenance person and I don’t like being fussed over, so the thought of having someone do my makeup is unbearable. I got married in Palm Springs and a hairdresser friend of mine had moved there and opened a salon so I went to his place and had my hair done. Had he not been available, I seriously would have just done it myself. Like I said, low maintenance.

How would you describe your wedding day makeup look? What was the most important product that you wore?

I did test runs with different foundations and lip colors. It was pre-iPhone so I took a bunch of images with my little digital camera in different lighting situations: daylight, flash, etc., to make sure the colors looked good.

I deeply believe that you should look like yourself on your wedding day, I always find I so odd when women wear a strip of false lashes, get a spray tan or wear extensions on their wedding day like they’re meant to turn into a unicorn or something. You should just look like the very best, most radiant version of yourself.

I wanted my makeup to look timeless so I just wore a little bit of neutral brown on my eyes with mascara, blush, and a pretty, soft pink lip. It wasn’t even a pink I would normally wear, but I don’t wear long white dresses usually either! A soft pink just looks flattering and pretty, you know?

I think the most important product I used was a blot powder because it’s easy to use and it doesn’t build up the way a regular, pressed powder does. I get pretty shiny so that was clutch.

What are the most important things that a bride should know when going into her bridal makeup trial?

Bring in references that look like you. If you have brown eyes, don’t bring in a picture with someone with blue eyes; makeup won’t read the same on you as your reference. Find images of women with roughly your same skin color, eye color and hair color. Manage your expectations. A bronze eye on a fair skinned, blue-eyed woman looks very different on an olive toned woman with brown eyes. That’s a great starting off point.

It also helps to bring your makeup artist a photo of you where you really look like how you look. When I do a celebrity client, I can look through dozens of images of them and see how different makeup looks work on them. Your makeup artist doesn’t know how you look in your daily life, so the more information you can give them the better.

See more: 7 Celebrity Wedding Makeup Looks & How to Create Them

What are the most important products to keep on hand?

Blotting powder or blotting papers are great because they don’t add more makeup. I kept mine in a cute little vintage clutch that I carried that night along with my lipstick. An eye shadow primer is a god send because it will really make your eye shadow last through all of that dancing, (my favorite is the one from Fiona Stiles Beauty.) A good under eye primer will help prevent makeup from settling into fine lines, I love Armani’s Fluid Master Primer.