Bridal Makeup That Won't Make You Wanna Barf

Wedding Tips and Tricks Courtesy of Foxy Makeup Artist Romy Soleimani. 


Most bridal makeup looks like an exuberant seventh grader going to her first dance meets way too much foundation (think caked on layers of powder plus so much pink glitter-y weirdness). To learn how to get that soft, glowing, photo-ready and romantic look that brides actually want, we asked makeup artist Romy Soleimani for help. She’s renowned for producing gorgeous, glowing skin and has done makeup for Vogue and Vanity Fair, so she knows how to do makeup that’ll translate well to photographs. Here she shares her advice for brides-to-be and favorite wedding looks. 


How do you make sure your make-up feel true to who you are at your wedding?

“The bottom line is that you should look like yourself. If you always wear a red lip, then by all means, do a red lip, but use a lip-stain instead of a lipstick. With all the drinking, eating, and dancing, you don’t want to have to worry about reapplying all the time. If you always wear black eyeliner, do a liquid eyeliner, and make sure it’s waterproof, you’ll probably tear up at least a few times.”


  1. If you're known for your signature lipstick, don't be afraid to sport it at your wedding. Just pare down the look with a light eye. That means no heavy eyeliner or smudgy mascara. 


When it comes to bridal make-up, what’s your tactic?
“The most important thing is to be radiant and have beautiful skin. I prefer a softness, a bride that looks natural and romantic. I want the face to look like a watercolor. No hard lines, nothing super strong.”


What’s a common mistake you see brides making? 
“I don’t like to use a heavy powder foundation, and I think people gravitate towards that because they think it’ll help their skin look good in photos, but it’s actually the opposite. Your skin will look caked. Instead, use a tinted moisturizer and dab a heavy concealer on specific spots.”


  1. You can never go wrong with a fresh face.


What about blush? Is it okay to use a powder blush? 
“I much prefer a cream brush to powder and I always use Kevyn Aucoin. It’s less greasy and looks fresher than a powder. On a bride with darker skin, a deep berry or an orange looks incredible. You want to adjust the tonality of the colors based on skin tone, while keeping it as natural looking as possible.”


Is there ever a time when you’d want to do something a bit more wild than neutral colors and cream blushes?
“One of my friends got married in upstate New York, and I did simple lashes, cream blush, but added a bit of sparkle to her eye. The whole wedding had a sixties vibe, so the sparkle looked really pretty, not cheesy or weird. You can draw from the feel of the wedding, but you definitely don’t want the bride to look theme-y...avoid that at all costs.” 


      1. You don't need a crazy bouffant-like updo to show off your make up. Caroline's wearing Stone Fox Bride and a braided crown. 
      2. Use cream blush for that blushing bride look that doesn't feel weighted down. 

What should a bride do to prepare before the wedding? 

“You definitely want to do a makeup test before the wedding. That way, you’re on the same page and you can just relax and let the makeup artist do her thing on the day of the wedding. Bring inspiration images of what you’d like to look like. It can be from a fashion shoot, an old photograph, basically anything.  I always tell women to look at fragrance ads, because you’ll often see a really nice, soft look.”


What about skin care in the days and weeks leading up to the wedding?

“Don’t experiment with something new. Do not get a peel. Girls are very enticed by products that’ll peel your face off, but not before your wedding. Instead, keep everything balanced and calm. I wouldn’t go on a crazy juice cleanse. Nothing crash diet-y. Take fish oil capsules, eat healthy (think avocados, salmon, grains). Everyone should be doing this stuff anyways, but it’s even more important before your wedding.”

    1. Good skincare is the best ticket to a glowing complexion. Start loading up on leafy greens, cutting back on caffeine, and whatever you do, don't pick at your face. 


Photography courtesy of Skye Parrot, Cass Bird and Kava Gorna