There’s probably no other time that a woman thinks more about her hair and makeup than for her wedding. Needless to say, we all want to look our very best for the big day! And considering how much stress and work is involved with putting together a wedding, the way you look should be the most relaxed, stress-free part of the whole journey. 

I always say a woman should look like herself on her wedding day. Makeup is great and of course it enhances our beauty, but I’ve got some do’s and don’t’s to guide you on one of the most important days of your life.

Do: Prepare your skin to look its most flawless.

Beautiful, glowing skin is paramount when it comes to your wedding day; it’s the first thing your guests will notice about you. (After your gorgeous dress, that is!) You don’t want to be too rough with your skin on the day of, so a great way to lightly exfoliate before your makeup goes on is to cleanse with something like the EcoTools Pure Complexion Sponge. I exfoliate with it daily and it keeps my skin free of any dullness or dryness without being too harsh. 

Don’t: Just say no to black eye shadow!

It’s your wedding day… Keep the makeup soft and natural. I realize some cultures have a specific look for wedding makeup that involves taking a more dramatic path, but if you don’t fit into that category, consider using browns and blush tones (which are universally flattering) instead of black eye shadow and heavy black eyeliner. Remember, you’re going to be wearing some variation of white, so a dark smoky eye just doesn’t seem like the ideal style. 


Do: Take the time to choose the right products for flash photography.

Whether you’re the bride or a guest, you’re going to be photographed quite a bit. And especially as the bride, these are going to be some of your most cherished photos. For the big day, skip the sunblock that comes in a white cream form. (There are sunblock sprays if you think it’s absolutely necessary depending on where you’re getting married.) The titanium dioxide and the zinc oxide in sunscreen tend to give you a pale cast when you’re photographed with flash. Also, skip the HD powder as well. Instead, to set your makeup use a colorless setting powder.

Don’t: Stay away from a completely matte face.

No one wants to look oily or sweaty on their makeup day, but a completely matte face will make you look one-dimensional. You want to give your face a little depth, so go ahead and use a matte foundation, but build on it with a little bit of highlight and subtle glow. I like to take my EcoTools Deluxe Fan brush and dip into a highlighting powder and work it into the highest points of my cheekbones.

Do: Pay attention to the color palette you’ll be using.

For all eye colors, start with a neutral color palette with pearls and brown tones. If you have brown or hazel eyes, add a bit of purple and/or pearly pink, and if you have blue or green eyes, champagne and rose gold complement your coloring beautifully. 



Teni Panosian

I'm Teni Panosian, a lifestyle and beauty blogger based in Los Angeles.

There are 23 comments

  • Hey Chris says:

    Nice post! you look beautiful as always! the looks are pretty and the advices are super good too! If have to be a bride Imma check this blogpost lol (excuse my english I’m french lol)
    It would be a pleasure to see you on my blog!

  • Angi says:

    Love how soft and natural these looks are. Particularly love the first one! Would be fun to try as an everyday make up for myself x


  • Leanna says:

    Hey Teni, since you did a wedding post, I’m very curious to know what the harsi par dance is in the aremanian culture. Thank you!!

    • haha, ‘harsi par’ translated just means “bride’s dance,” and I’m not totally familiar with it to be honest! I know there are different traditional activities like a dance where people shower the bride with money (I think the groom, too??), I think maybe that might be it. I’ve never been married so I’m not entirely educated on the wedding process! 🙂

  • Haf says:

    Teni!!! Yiu are a superstar! Im getting married in august and your posts are so super helpful. I decided i wanted to do my own makeup (i love doing makeup and it means i can spend the money on some nice makeup to keep) and so your posts are just fantastic!!

    Keep up all the good work!
    Thanks again
    Haf xxx

  • Wow. loved this so much… it is going to help me a lot as makeup artist.

  • Noatia says:

    Thank you for this lovely post!!! I was excited to read it because I am getting married next month 🙂 this was very helpful! Thank you again!!!

  • halai says:

    Hi Teni –

    Which cultures have a specific look/dramatic path?

    • In the middle eastern and Indian cultures, for example, traditionally the wedding makeup is more dramatic. It’s part of the cultures, whereas in most American brides you’ll see a more minimal makeup look for weddings.

  • Sajja Athab says:

    this article was so helpful thank you so much,
    but i was wondering if you can help me choose the right foundation and concealer for my skin ?
    could you please do a video/article on that ?
    thank you so much again.

  • angie says:

    Teni, you’re beautiful! xo

  • odelia says:

    is there a tutorial for the last picture look? with the pinks..

    LOVE your channel btw!!!!!


  • Gie says:

    Teni could you please share with us your favorite bronzers? I know you have a pretty angular face, so maybe diff options, something for more structure, or if you want soft definition, more glowy or something

  • Alba says:

    Oh no… Why should I stay away from HD powders? You advise to use colorless setting powders instead… I have been using HD pressed powder (Make Up Forever) to set my foundation, when doing the trials for my Bridal Look. Why is this not a good idea? Should I really change this product?
    PLEASE HELP!! Thanks xoxo

  • Irissa says:

    Wow ! Tutorial for pic n°2 please !! You look amazing <3

  • Nichole says:

    Anyway you could post a full list of the products you use in your bridal tutorial video on your youtube channel? I’m horrible with make up, but I have to do my own for my wedding day. I love this look, and would like to get the products you use! Thanks!

  • ina says:

    Hi. Teni. Ur makeuo is flawless and id like to know what camera u use for ur photos. ? Ive been looking for a camera that i can use for selfies and self portrait.

  • Dona says:

    Hi miss maven
    I do realize that I can not request a booking but I needed some way to connect and I guess was the only contact I came across ! I am getting married in November 2014 in Los Cabos, Mexico ! It’s a destination wedding I currently love in Los Angeles ….anyhow I was wondering if you are willing to do my makeup for my wedding day and what oure charge would be? If this is at all possible I can discuss more in details as to what I am offering which would clearly be you’re airfare. Please feel free to contact me directly in my cell
    Dona Delshad

  • Thanks for sharing some valuable advice. Your guidance will definitely help to make the bride so gorgeous. I am so pleased to go through your valuable guidance…. ……

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