Don’t feel the pressure: be the best version of yourself on your daughter’s big day.
For many ladies, make-up is important. It allows us to feel our most confident, most glamorous and, if we’re getting a little older, helps us gain the more youthful look that we sometimes crave. So, if you have a big event approaching, you’re likely to be thinking about your make-up look – and few events hold as much significance as your daughter’s wedding day.
Of course, you don’t want to upstage the Bride but, when it’s your daughter’s big day, they’ll certainly be eyes on you. Whether in the front row of the pew, at your seat on the top table, or in the family photographs, you’ll be in pride of place throughout the day. Not to mention the fact that there’ll probably be tears, so you’ll need that mascara to stay in place for the photos!
It’s natural to feel a little pressure to get your look right. Most importantly, it’s about what makes you feel comfortable and staying true to your personal style. That said, it’s not always easy to know where best to begin with your make-up for such a special day; you may been prompted to try something new and unfamiliar. Fortunately, The Beauty Bible is here to offer some suggestions of how to stay true to your style as the Mother of the Bride.
Your make-up, your way
Don’t feel the pressure to use the make-up artist your daughter’s chosen. She may have selected the artist for a distinct bridal style that just wouldn’t suit your character. There may be another you feel more comfortable with, who suits your look best. Indeed, you may decide to do your make-up yourself, confident in your approach and style. Whatever you choose, it’s important not to feel the pressure to choose the same artist as your daughter: be confident in choosing for yourself.
Don’t be afraid to shine!
There’s a common misconception that women of a less-youthful age need to wear matte make-up to minimise signs of ageing. Well, that’s simply not true! A hydrating product can give you an instant youthful lift (that also looks fabulous on the photos!). A hydrating primer underneath a liquid foundation gives a wonderful, dewy skin. Don’t be afraid of a little shimmer in your blusher too! However…
Don’t overdo it
You might love a strong bold statement make-up look, and wear it often – that’s great! If not, and that’s not your style, don’t be tempted to go overboard on the make-up. You want to look like the best version of yourself, and that may well be a more subtle look. It’s not the time to try out something completely new. Steering clear from the bold eyeliner in favour of a softer, brown kohl keeps you looking glamorous but feeling ‘like you’.
Stay faithful to what you know and love
That lipstick colour you’ve been wearing for years, which nothing else you’ve found matches up to? Wear it! There’s no reason that you can’t chose the colours already in your collection. After all, if you’ve loved a shade for 20 years, there’s probably a reason: it suits you! There’s no pressure to choose something new or a more premium brand if it’s just not as good as the product you know and love.
Go long lasting!
Those tears as your husband walks your daughter down the aisle? Your new son-in-law’s speech? You’re mascara has to withstand those tearful moments, so you need it to be waterproof! The same ‘durability’ is needed for the rest of your make-up too. Rushing around, plenty of hugs and kisses and, of course, dancing the night away…make sure your foundation is set to last. (Tips for the best wedding day foundation? Keep your eye on the upcoming The Beauty Bible posts, as we’ll have the answers!).
We’d love to hear tips, tricks and make-up recommendations from Mothers of Brides. How did you choose your make-up look for your daughter’s wedding? What products stayed put all day? Share them with us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or comment below to share your advice with other Mother of the Brides-to-Be here on WeddingHour.