The royal wedding has come and gone, and my childhood dream of becoming a princess has met a harsh reality. As a further blow to my royal ego, I wasn’t even invited to the wedding! Sigh.
That said, I have some wedding day tips that are fit for a queen and perfect for any bride-to-be. Drum roll please …
HIRE A MAKEUP ARTIST: Although rumor has it that Kate did her own makeup for her engagement photos, she didn't do it on her wedding day and neither should you. You'll be nervous enough getting dressed, let alone putting on the face that will be captured in photos for years to come.
PUT YOUR BEST FACE FORWARD: Like Kate, you want to keep it soft and simple for a classic wedding look (in my opinion, this is the ONLY way to go on your big day). Your husband (royal or not) is marrying YOU, and unless you rise and fall with bright blue eye shadow, skip it on W-Day. While you may not have the throngs of photographers that Kate certainly had, you will be photographed on your wedding day. Therefore, my advice to all brides is to airbrush your foundation. This will ensure a streak and blemish-free face without looking too heavy. You’ll also want to make sure you use a primer beforehand, and then finish with a dusting of loose powder. Doing so will ensure your foundation stays put. While you might have the luxury of going to the loo for touch-ups, Kate’s face had to stay put for over four hours during the procession and ceremony. My royal referral: Try Temptu’s at-home airbrushing system, or if you simply must wear foundation, use a long lasting one like YSL Teint Resist.
EYE DO’s: The lights in The Abbey are very bright and high overhead, which can cast shadows under the eyes. If your ceremony location is anything like that — and many churches are — an easy fix is to use a brightening under-eye concealer. Another thing to consider is fake lashes. They look great in pictures, but if you’re a crier, I’d advise against it. Nothing is weirder than a rogue lash stuck to your cheek — or even worse, your groom. Waterproof mascara is a must, because your vows SHOULD make you emotional. My royal referral: CoverFX Lift Concealer one shade lighter than your skin, and L’Oreal Double Extend Waterproof Mascara.
NAIL IT THE DAY BEFORE: No matter how much planning you (or your royal wedding planners) put into the big day, you’re going to have a lot on your plate the morning of. When the bouquets get mixed up or the seating charts get lost, the LAST thing you’re going to want to deal with is wet nails. My suggestion is to go for a Shellac or gel manicure — they won't chip! Either way, DO IT THE NIGHT BEFORE. Period. And buy the entire bottle of polish that you used — just in case.
AVOID A HAIR-Y SITUATION: According to some British tabloids, Kate had six hair stylists on hand. I can’t even image how they all fit around her head. Luckily for her, she has amazing locks and let them flow freely. But a lot of what decides the hair comes from the accessories you plan on wearing. For Kate it was a tiara, but whatever the accoutrement, you MUST try your style ahead of time. You want to feel confident about your hair, not concerned. Be sure to book a trial consultation and style it exactly how you plan on doing it for the wedding. Then, dance around the salon, or down the street, or in your house (I’m not kidding) to make sure your style doesn't get destroyed when you decide to show off those killer moves on the dance floor.
Most importantly, have fun! There's nothing more beautiful than a happy, glowing bride — royal or not!Comment