A wedding is an all-day affair, which means you need your makeup shouldn't only look good—it should be able to last you all day and night, too. Whether you're having your glam professionally done or doing it by yourself, it's more than helpful to find out what kind of products work for you, especially for such a major event. Ahead, we created a guide to some of the best bride-friendly makeup picks—from primer down to setting spray!
Primer acts as a barrier between your skin and your makeup to prolong its wear time. It's applied after moisturizer and before foundation, and the best primer for you depends on your skin type. If you're oily, use a mattifying primer to control shine. If you have dry skin, a hydrating and illumating primer will reduce dullness and give you a gorgeous glow. If you have any sort of texture you want to blur out, opt for a smoothing primer!
Illuminating: GUERLAIN L'Or 24K Gold Radiance Primer, P3900, Greenbelt 5
Oil control: BECCA Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector, P2500, Sephora.ph
Smoothing: BENEFIT Porefessional, P2120, Zalora
Given that you have to wear your makeup all day and night, a wedding day-appropriate foundation should be longwearing and require minimal touchups. One way to prove this is to choose your foundation in advance, and then wear it for at least 12 hours to see how it lasts on your skin type.
Since you'll be taking a lot of photos on the big day as well, opt for a formula that doesn't have flashback (or make your skin look pale and ghostly in flash photography). This means that foundations with SPF are automatically out of your options as physical sunscreens can leave a white film over the skin—unless, of course, your favorite foundation has already proven that it doesn't.
Dry Skin: LA MER Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation, P6650, Rustan's
Combination/Oily Skin: ESTÉE LAUDER Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup, P2700, SM Megamall
Normal Skin: LAURA MERCIER Flawless Lumiere Foundation, P2450, Rustan's
For your undereye concealer, go half a shade lighter than your skin tone to brighten your eye area and focus attention to the center of your face. If you have more discoloration than normal, use a color-corrector in a peachy shade to cancel out the blue and purple tones before applying your regular undereye concealer.
To conceal scars, blemishes, and everything else you want to hide, it's crucial to choose a product that matches you skin tone perfectly. This makes sure that no one can tell where exactly you placed extra product. Ones with a matte finish are preferred as well because a dewy concealer will have light reflecting on your blemishes—and no one wants that!
Undereye: MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Light Capturing Self-Setting Concealer, P1700, Zalora
Blemishes: NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer, P1750, Glorietta 3
4. Setting Powder
Whether you're oily or dry, you have to set your makeup before a wedding to make sure nothing fades or slides around without your knowledge. Translucent powders are typically preferred by makeup artists because they will do the job without altering the color of your foundation. That said, do watch our for powders that could leave your skin with a white cast in photos taken with flash. Always do a photo test before heading to the venue!
MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Pressed Powder, P2250, Zalora; COVER FX Perfect Setting Powder, P1870, Sephora.ph
You can't be a blushing bride and skip blush, especially if you're going for an extra flawless look. The usual colors used on brides are muted pink and coral hues since these could pass as a realistic flush. Pro makeup artists recommend applying two layers of these colors to make them budgeproof—they apply a cream blush first, and then put a powder formula on top to set it.
NARS The Multiple in Riviera, P2250, Central Square; CLINIQUE Cheek Pop, P1650, SM Megamall
Contouring for brides are typically soft and almost untraceable, so you have to make sure to pick right color that'll blend in with your skin tone. To mimic the natural shadows of the face, go for neutral browns with a slight grayish undertone. Like blush, you can start contouring with a cream and then set it with a powder contour or bronzer right after for a long-lasting sculpt.
EB ADVANCE Shade & Light Contour Palette, P395, Robinsons Department Stores; TOM FORD Shade and Illuminate, P4450, Adora Greenbelt 5
Everyone wants to have glowing skin on their wedding day, and thanks to highlighter, you definitely can. If you want a more skin-like sheen, go for a cream or liquid highlighter that's either applied alone or mixed in with your foundation for extra glow. Powder highlighters, on the other hand, will give you an intense glow that you can easily touch up even after you're done with your makeup.
MARC JACOBS Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter, P2619, Sephora.ph; LAURA MERCIER Face Illuminator in Indescretion, P1850, Rustan's
8. Eye Makeup
Eyeshadow base/Eye primer
Like foundation, eyeshadow glides on easier and stays on longer with a primer or a base under it. Tinted primers are even better because these even out the tone of your eyelids, covering any veins and discoloration to make eyeshadows appear more vibrant.
MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly, P1550, Lazada
Deciding on the eyeshadow color combos can be quite a challenge. That's why instead of a 10-color eyeshadow palette, we recommend using an eyeshadow quad that has all the colors you need for a neutral bridal eye. Just look for the following: a light-colored base, a deep shade for adding definition, a pop of color like peach, and a subtle shimmer for highlighting your inner corners.
TOM FORD Eye Quad in Honeymoon, P4500, Adora Greenbelt 5
Eyeliner and Mascara
K-PALETTE 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyeliner, P795, Beauty Bar; MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash, P1150, Lazada
Many brides get lash extensions before their big day, but if that's not your thing, falsies are always there to save the day. A full band of wispy lashes is the best choice for a quick application, while individual lashes are amazing for creating a more natural look.
9. Lipstick & Lip Gloss
A semi-matte lipstick is the most comfortable option for brides, especially if your pout is prone to chapping. This kind of formula will allow pigment to stay on your lips for an extended amount of time without overdrying them like liquid lipstick would. Best of all, these have a natural finish and are a breeze to reapply. For some extra shine and protective coat over your lipstick, finish your look with a thin layer of gloss. Don't apply too much though, or your hair might get stuck to it!
DIOR Rouge Dior Ultra Rouge in Ultra Lust, P2100, SM Makati; CHANEL Rouge Coco Gloss in Subtil, price unavailable, Rustan's
10. Setting Spray
Finally, to lock in all your hard work before walking down the aisle, mist your face with a bit of setting spray. Basically, it'll do what hairspray does to your hair—it holds your makeup in place like glue. It also tones down a bit of the chalky finish powder has, giving you a more skin-like finish.