Many brides are perfectly happy to wear whichever products their makeup artist brings along on their wedding day. I wasn't really one of those brides. And I don't think I'm alone in that. In the months leading up to my wedding last March, when I was busy figuring out seating charts and coordinating with the vendors (among a million other things), I was also painstakingly researching wedding day beauty products. As you know, the hair, makeup, and skin products that are used on your wedding day have to withstand hours of tears, hugs, possibly sweat, and possibly a wardrobe change or two. So needless to say, there's a lot to consider, and there are a lot of products out there to choose from.
Speaking of having a lot to choose from, I had a particularly difficult time settling on lip and cheek colors (thank you for your generous return policy, Sephora), but in the end, I decided to go with a handful of tried-and-true products I wear often, along with a few new ones to kick things up a notch. Everyone says you should look like you (as in the prettiest version of you) on your wedding day, so I decided on a natural look and a topknot hairstyle inspired by Alicia Vikander at the 2016 Oscars. I may have chosen a lot of my own products, but I had a professional hair and makeup artist, and I'm proud to say she approved of (and used) my selections. Keep scrolling to get the scoop on (and shop) my wedding day beauty products.
As I mentioned before, I have dry skin, and my wedding was in late winter, so I had to slather this on pre-makeup. It provides a great non-greasy canvas.
I'm not a big lip liner person, but I wanted my lipstick to last, so I made an exception. I'd heard that Charlotte Tilbury's are particularly natural looking, and I'd have to agree (although I wish I'd chosen the Pillow Talk shade, in retrospect).
I tried countless lip products before deciding on this one. I don't think I look great with a lot of color on my lips, but I didn't want to look washed-out. This was the perfect shade of pink for the occasion. I'd say it's still in the nude color family but a little on the rosier side. I reapplied a couple of times throughout the day/night, but Tom Ford lipsticks definitely have staying power.
I'm a Nars blush devotee, and I've worn this one for years. It actually doesn't look like much in the pan in person, but it's surprisingly pigmented on skin. It provides a perfect matte, natural-looking glow. I actually applied more of it after my makeup artist left because I like a lot of blush.
This rose-gold eye shadow has sadly been discontinued (but you can still find it on sale). It's much less shimmery on than it looks in the pan, but it provides the perfect eye-brightening accent. (Sidenote: I had lash extensions, so no mascara needed!)