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The Wedding Makeup Dos and Don'ts the Mothers of the Bride and Groom Need to Know

If you want to look fabulous on your child's big day, we're here to help.

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Photography by: Collin Hughes

Time spent in the bridal suite on the morning of the wedding is one of the most memorable parts of the day for the bride and her attendants. If she's invited her mom and future mother-in-law to join in on the fun, it's even more special. More and more mothers of the bride and groom are choosing to have their makeup done with the rest of the bridal party, but there are certain things the moms need to consider before sitting down in front of the artist. 

 

You'll want to be as prepared as possible on the morning of the wedding, which is why we're sharing the wedding makeup dos and don'ts the mothers of the bride and groom should know. 

 

Related: The Essential Guide to Mother-of-the-Bride Hairstyles

 

Do: Plan a pre-wedding trial.

Makeup trials aren't just for the bride; in fact, some makeup artists will ask the moms to have one, too. Having a plan in advance of the wedding day will help calm everyone's nerves, and you'll have time to perfect the look you're going for. Especially if you're considering makeup you're not used to—like airbrushed foundation or fake eyelashes—a trial will give you the opportunity to make decisions without any pressure.

 

Do: Enhance your eyelashes. 

Speaking of lashes, you certainly consider having your makeup artist apply them on the wedding day. Even if your natural eyelashes are full and luscious (lucky you!), a few individual sets will make all the difference. Your eyes will pop in photos, which is especially important if you wear glasses. 

 

Do: Trust your artist.

It's important to trust that your daughter or future daughter-in-law selected a wonderful makeup artist that she thinks is the best person to do the job. While you should definitely make it known if there is something you don't want—say, a smoky eye or heavy contouring—you should remain positive, calm, and trusting. Go with the flow and trust that they won't steer you wrong.

 

Don't: Get forced outside of your comfort zone.

It's one thing to trust a makeup artist—he or she is a professional, after all—but it's another thing entirely to allow yourself to be talked into something you don't feel comfortable with. If you want to look great in photos, confidence is key, and wearing a bold lip color unlike anything you've ever worn before won't help you feel like the best version of yourself. 

 

Don't: Be afraid to speak up.

Moms are often quiet in the makeup chair, which tells the artist to do whatever she thinks will look best. If you have a specific look in mind, relay this information to the makeup artist (and bring photos, if you can!), so that she's better able to give you a look you'll love. And if you don't love something? Let her know. Changing something small along the way is easier than starting from scratch.