7 Pro Wedding Makeup Tips

My favorite kind of makeup to do is bridal. I love being a part of one of the most important days in a couple's life. Not only is bridal makeup one of my favorites, but it's one of the most popular services that I offer. Here are some helpful bits of advice that I can offer to you if you or someone you know may be getting married soon.

Think timeless.

This is not the time to be trendy. Consider being more trendy with your makeup for a boudoir shoot or your engagement photos. Your wedding photos are forever and will be enjoyed by generations to come.

Stay true to the theme of your wedding.

If it is a beach destination wedding or something more rustic, consider a more natural look. If it is a black tie affair, think more dramatic.

You need more makeup than you think for it to translate well in the photos.

Always take a photo after your wedding trial to see what I mean. In photos, your makeup will appear to be much subtler than in real life. Take your trial run photos in natural light, as it is the most honest lighting. If you are lucky enough to live in a beautiful Colorado, many of your actual wedding photos will be outside, so it just makes sense.

You must do a trial run with your makeup artist before the wedding.

It will make for a much smoother process on your wedding day. You should be able to just sit back and relax on your wedding day, knowing exactly what your makeup will look like. Sometimes, you may not be a good fit with a particular makeup artist and you will want to determine that ahead of time.

Wear white during your trial run.

This will help you to envision how your makeup will look with your wedding dress. Even better, you could time your makeup trial to be on the same day as your hair trial or your dress fitting. The more pieces of the puzzle you have in place, the more confident you will feel. Show off your makeup trial by scheduling it on the same day as a special occasion such as a bridal shower or bachelorette party. If you are unsure of how you feel about your makeup, you can get the opinions of your family or friends. Plus, you should never let good makeup go to waste. Don't go home and sit in front of the TV. How often do you get your makeup done by a professional makeup artist?


Never try any new procedure or service right before the wedding.

It seems like the perfect time to pamper yourself by getting that new microdermabrasion or chemical peel, but if you don't know how your skin is going to react, try it a few weeks ahead of time. If you are considering a spray tan for the first time, try it out for another occasion like a weekend getaway, not your wedding. Plan ahead of time with your appointments so that you can get in with your usual hair colorist or brow waxing specialist. This is not the best time to try someone or something new.

Look for models who look like you for inspiration.

For example, this will help you imagine how you'd look with a bold red lip, if you're a redhead. Pinterest is amazing for inspiration. I was not lucky enough to have this resource back in the day when I got married. It's always a good idea to come prepared with as many visuals as possible on your trial day so that you can communicate clearly with your makeup artist. A "smokey eye" can mean very different things to different people, so inspiration pictures are always helpful.


Today's tips are brought to you by Nicole Toledo Makeup Artistry. She provides on location makeup services to the Colorado area. With over 15 years of makeup experience, you can be guaranteed beautiful makeup that will be long wearing and photograph gorgeously. Nicole prides herself in providing a positive, stress-free experience for all her brides.

 If you or someone you know is in need of a wedding makeup artist, please reach out to her at nicoletoledomakeupartistry.com