While the wedding day is of course all about the bride and groom, some of the spotlight will inevitably fall on the mother-of-the-bride and the mother-of-the-groom. So, as the MoB or MoG, you’ll want to feel your confident best. That means highlighting your natural features, and adding a bit of glow. With the right products, you’ll be primed and polished all day long, through all the happy tears and photographs. Our Make Me Bridal pros love making mums look beautiful, so with Mother’s Day coming up, we thought it was an ideal time to share some top tips and inspiration for your big day look.
Prep with good skincare. Unfortunately as we age, cells don’t turn over as efficiently as before, which can leave your skin looking dry and dull. Make sure you step up your skincare routine at least 2 months before the wedding and include lots of hydration as well as actives like Vitamins A, C, and E. The night before, use a good exfoliating mask or treatment that you have used before and know works well for your skin. Follow up with a sleep mask or a generous application of moisturiser and hydrating facial oils. On the wedding morning, cleanse your skin gently and apply your usual skincare, including a good SPF and eye cream.
Work with a professional makeup artist. Even if you’ve been successfully doing your own makeup every day for years, it’s still worth investing in a professional pamper on the day of your child’s wedding. Not only will it ensure you look amazing, especially in all those precioius photographs that will be gracing your walls for years to come, it’s also a good way to relax on what can be a nerve-racking occasion. Sharing the experience of getting ready with the bride is especially precious for a Mother of the Bride. But just like the bride, be sure to schedule a trial ahead of the big day so you know exactly what your hair and makeup will look like. This will also calm any fears you have that you won’t like the end result.
Choose a long-lasting, luminous foundation. To make your skin look natural, smooth and dewy all day long, choose a light to medium coverage foundation that’s perfectly matched to your skin tone. You’ll want to avoid matte formulas, which can set into your wrinkles. Before application, use an illuminating primer to keep your foundation in place all day long, come rain or shine.
Keep eyes neutral. Light washes of neutral colour are ideal for a mother of the bride. A lighter shade on the lid with a darker tone in the crease or outer corner will create dimension, while still looking natural. If you want to glam things up, a hint of shimmer can work but don’t use too much, as sparkle tends to emphasise fine lines. Brown liner is also a good idea, as it’s softer than black.
Wear waterproof mascara. There are bound to be lots of happy tears on a wedding day, and you want to be prepared. So ask your makeup artist to use a good eyeshadow primer and a waterproof mascara that will work together to hold through all those big emotional moments.
Use a lip pencil. Not only will a lip pencil help to define and plump up thinner lips, the colour will last longer than a lipstick, making it ideal for a day full of champagne and kisses. Be sure to keep it with you throughout the day, along with a hydrating lip oil or balm, for touch ups, and to keep your pout pristine.
Less is more. Many mothers worry that having their makeup done for the big day will be too much – “don’t make me look like a drag queen” is something we often hear as makeup artists! So stay true to makeup that you’re comfortable with. This isn’t the time for experimentation, if it will leave you feeling unsure of your new look. It’s more about being the most polished, glamorous version of your everyday self.