From avoiding mineral makeup to adding false lashes, celebrity makeup artist Christian Zamora knows what it takes to create fresh, gorgeous wedding day skin. We sat down with Christian, who has worked with Katie Holmes, Ashanti, and countless brides, to get the scoop:
How can brides make their makeup last all day?
If a bride prefers a liquid foundation, I always start with a primer, but it’s not necessary if you wear a full-coverage foundation. Regardless, you should always set the makeup with a multi-milled translucent powder. This combination will seal your makeup all day and night.
Zamora recommends Dermablend’s Setting Powder ($22) for a perfect finish.
Are there any universal colors that work best for bridal makeup?
A bride should always look fresh and feminine. I frequently create bridal looks around soft pink, peach and hazelnut tones, which gives most skin types radiance.
Zamora adores Dior eyeshadows, like this 5-Color Eyeshadow Palette ($58).
Chanel Levres Scintillantes Glossimer ($28.50) lip gloss makes the perfect colors for wedding-day makeup.
What is your secret weapon?
A definite product that no bride should be without is false eyelashes, be they strips, half strips or individuals. Lashes make the eyes pop in photographs, and we all want to see the love and joy in the bride’s eyes.
Christian recommends false eyelashes like these Sephora Flirt-It Lash Duo ($8) that you cut to create the perfect length (and just the right amount of drama).
What should brides avoid?
There are two big mistakes a bride can make on her wedding day: One would be to try out a dramatic look without first having a trial run, such as a smoky eyes, false eyelash or bronzer for the first time. The second is employing too many trends at once. Coco Chanel said “fashion fades, only style remains the same.”