There are lots of great things about being engaged. Sleep isn’t one of them. In fact, we’re willing to bet that you’ve lost more than a few hours of it worrying about seating charts and caterers (or, worse, plagued with nightmares about wedding mishaps). And, since you want to be a glowing bride, not a dark-circle eyed zombie bringing 90s heroin chic back, we’ve got some ideas on how you can use your makeup to fake eight hours on your wedding day.
First, try and stick to moisturizing cream formulas, and skip a heavy coating of powder after you’ve applied your foundation, using it instead to lightly set your concealer.
Focus most of your energy—whatever small amount of it you have—on your eyes. Start by dabbing a caffeine-containing eye cream under the eye and on the eye lid, letting it dry for a few minutes before continuing on to makeup (skincare experts rave about GinZing Eye Cream from Origins/$29.50 US). Next, line the inner lower rim and inside corner with a light skin-toned eye pencil to make the whites of your eyes look brighter (we like Tarte EmphasEYES Inner Rim Brightener/$23 CAD). Give yourself a little low-effort brow lift by stroking a shimmery pink pencil under the arch of your eyebrow (try the Benefit High Brow Pencil/$26 CAD) and, if you want, add a little to the inner edge of your eye.
Your biggest priority on your face should be blush, preferably something peachy, which will bring color back to your face and fake the healthy flush you haven’t had time to cultivate for real lately. Stick to a similar shade for your lips, foregoing deep colors like red and wine, which can age you when your skin isn’t at its best . We suggest you make it easy on yourself, and opt for Ilia Beauty’s Multi-Stick in “I Put A Spell On You” for both cheeks and lips.
Finally, once you’ve finished your makeup, spray on a simple toner (a classic option is Evian Mineral Water Spray/$11 CAD), to re-hydrate and soften the look, giving you a little more of that glow that everyone goes crazy for at weddings. Stash your spray bottle in a bridesmaid’s purse and reapply throughout the night when things are starting to look less supple.