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If you thought finding the perfect dress was the end of your wedding style journey, think again. Now it’s time to start considering wedding makeup looks and pulling together some potential beauty styles to help you glow on your big day. But with so many different wedding makeup looks to choose from, that's easier said than done, right? 

It’s easy to get overwhelmed by the myriad of wedding makeup look, but you can get on the fast track to selecting the ideal look if you follow these simple steps.

Do your research

If you’re at a loss for how to choose a wedding makeup style, the best thing to do is expose yourself to as much inspiration as possible. Pore over Pinterest, page through wedding magazines, look at celebrity makeup styles from the red carpet, etc. This way you’ll get a general idea of what you’re looking for. Think of the words you would use to describe your desired wedding makeup look. Is it vintage glam, low-key beachy, boho-romantic, or something else?

Schedule a makeup trial

Many brides think they have an idea of what they want their wedding makeup look to be, but change their minds completely after a trial with their makeup artist. That’s why scheduling one is so important! There’s just something about seeing a color in person that can totally transform your opinion. This is the time to experiment, find out what you love and hate, and make a solid decision with the help of a pro. 

Think about your wedding’s dress code

A black-tie wedding and laid-back beach nuptials each have a unique vibe that sets them apart, so your wedding makeup look should match the tone of your wedding’s dress code, season, and venue. Naturally, you have some wiggle room and freedom to call the shots but matching your makeup to the wedding’s aesthetic will make for an insanely polished and cohesive look. 

Try looks on with your phone

There are many beauty apps which let you virtually “try on” different makeup styles to see how they look with your skin tone, eye color, and face shape. This can help give you an idea of the shades and styles of makeup that might look best on you. 

Consider your daily look

Most brides want to look like a more polished version of themselves on their wedding day, so if you don’t typically wear a lot of makeup, it’s probably not the best idea to start experimenting with bold styles now. On the other hand, if you usually wear a lot of makeup, your wedding day might be the perfect opportunity to try a more subdued look and show off your natural glow. 

Remember the weather

Makeup can work wonders, and waterproof formulas and setting sprays are two of our favorite inventions ever, but thinking about the weather is always a good idea when planning your makeup style. Are you getting hitched on the beach in the middle of summer? Perhaps a smoky eye with layers of bronzer and blush isn’t such a great idea. Tying the knot close to Christmas? Consider a luminous wedding makeup look to boost a lackluster winter complexion. 

Put confidence first

Above all, you want to feel confident on your wedding day, so the only thing that really matters is making sure you figure out how to choose wedding makeup that will make you shine inside and out. Forget about trends and what kind of a look everyone else thinks you should be wearing, because this is your day and it’s your time to show off your uniquely beautiful features. Confidence is the most beautiful trend, after all!