Planning a wedding is no walk in the park. In 2017, the wedding registry site Zola conducted a survey that found that 96% of couples found it to be a stressful experience, with one of the biggest contributors to the anxiety being the pressure to make everything — including yourself — look perfect.
Whether you're the bride, a bridesmaid, or the second cousin who was asked to usher (why?), there's always the question of how to prep for all the tears during the ceremony and the hours of drinking and dancing later. The answer? Find a really good foundation.
But consider the search checked off your to-do list already, because the best makeup artists in the bridal biz rounded up the foundations to buy before wedding season is in full swing, ahead.
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"I love this HD foundation for anyone with a normal skin type — not too dry, not too oily," says makeup artist Amanda Shackleton. "It goes on like silk, blends out for a more natural finish, and makes your skin look like skin in person and in photographs."
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Looking for a Meghan Markle kind of look? Shackleton recommends this skin tint, which sits on the sheer end of the coverage spectrum but has great staying power.
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As far as multi-purpose products go, this dual-ended foundation stick takes the cake. Shackleton says she loves that the primer is built right in.
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Ask any pro what their favorite foundation of all time is and they'll say this one — and for good reason. From the ceremony to the reception, brides can expect their complexion to remain radiantly dewy — never greasy.
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Between the cocktail hour, photographs, and an open bar that goes until morning, it's likely that the entire bridal party will need some spot concealing. Our suggestion: Keep this stick foundation in your clutch. Not only does it leave behind a natural, soft-matte finish, but it covers anything — so no one will know that breakout from the morning is back with a vengeance.
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"I love this formula for anyone who has combination skin," explains makeup artist Amanda Christan. "The coverage is light and gives the skin a healthy glow." Christan also adds that, thanks to the watery formula, building up coverage is easy.
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Makeup artist Amy Zdunowski-Roeder says that if you're in search of a foundation with a wide range of shades, you might want to check out the Bobbi Brown counter. "The foundation sticks are good, but opt for something with a liquid base — it's easier to stipple on with a brush or Beautyblender," she says.
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No one hopes to deal with a pimple on their wedding day, but hey, shit happens. "If you have acne, always start with a matte base and choose your SPF carefully," explains Zdunowski-Roeder. "Keep in mind that you want the makeup to become one with your skin, and SPF or primer could hinder that — especially in the summer."
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One pimple or a full forehead breakout calls for a long-wear, full-coverage formula, says makeup artist David Maderich: "I like this one from Estée Lauder, applied with a damp Beautyblender for an even and full finish. If acne needs additional coverage, I'll spot treat with a thick concealer."
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"I always prefer light coverage for wedding days," says Maderich. "Remember, the more makeup you apply, the more chances you have for that makeup to melt, move, and look cakey. I like this cult favorite because it's waterproof, shine- and- sweat-proof, and won't budge until you wash it off."
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Maderich often uses this long-wear formula from MAC for clients with dry skin who might benefit from a creamier formula. What's more, it promises to last up to 15 hours — rain or shine.