Destination I Do
Thursday, December 22, 2011

Destination Wedding Beauty Tips: What's a Must and What to Avoid!

Words by Courtney Kellar
Words by Courtney Cox
Photos courtesy of Erika Katz

It’s beyond doubt that every woman wants to look her absolute best come W-day. We at Destination I Do constantly strive to bring our brides information on how to pull of your dream destination wedding, but also look and feel your best while doing so. Thus when we were approached with some wedding day beauty tips, we couldn’t pass them up!

Our expert is Erika Katz, a former child model and actress who has been a “beauty junkie” her whole life and recently released a book on the subject: Bonding Over Beauty, A Mother-Daughter Guide to Self-Esteem, Confidence and Trust. Hopefully one, or all, of these tips will help you walk down the aisle just a little bit easier!

1. Hair should be done before makeup
If your makeup is done and then you get your hair washed, the water can make your makeup run.

2. Fake Eyelashes and Powder eyeliner
I love fake eyelashes because you do not have to worry about mascara running down your face if you tear up. Apply a powder eyeliner over your regular liner to seal it in well.

3. Blush, blush, and more blush
A bride is going to be photographed all day under bright lights which can wash her out. Be sure to use a little extra blush and reapply right before pictures. What looks like too much in person will look healthy in photos and video.

4. Two Pairs of shoes
While every bride wants to be in stilettos down the aisle, by the time she throws the bouquet her feet are killing her. Buy a second pair of lower heels to change into for the party.

5. Extra lipstick
Choose your lipstick ahead of time so you can have a spare to reapply throughout the party. If your makeup is being done professionally, decide ahead of time what your makeup artist will use so you can buy the same one.

6. Try to cover your tattoos
As much as a bride may love her tattoo, it is just not pretty to see a dragon coming out of white satin and lace. Choose a dress that keeps tattoos to a minimum.

7. Lip liner should not be darker than your lipstick
Dark lip liner outlining a pale mouth went out in the 80's. Lip liner should match your lipstick.

8. Avoid trendy hair styles
A bride should look classic, not like a representative of the latest hair trend. Avoid asymmetrical haircuts and trendy hair-do's so your photos will be timeless.

9. Tell your bridesmaids how you would like them to wear their hair
There is nothing worse than the bridesmaid who thinks the wet look or pink extensions are appropriate for your wedding. Bridesmaids should not use your wedding to express themselves unless you want them to.

10. Seal makeup with spray.
I like to spray my face with Urban Decay All Nighter spray. The makeup will last as long as the bride.

For more information on Erika Katz and her new book, visit

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