Wedding makeup tips and tricks…


Tis the season to get married!  I figured I should do a wedding makeup post since so many people are getting married in the summer and fall.  I think makeup is really important for a bride on her wedding day.  It’s photographed by a professional and you will see the images forever.  If there’s any day in your life that you want to look you’re very best and most beautiful, it’s your wedding day. 

I get emails everyday from brides-to-be from all over (some as far as Moracco!) asking me to do their weddings.  I feel terrible because unfortunitely my schedule now doesn’t really allow me to book weddings anymore, but I have done many many weddings in the past and I always loved making a woman feel beautiful on her special day.  Below are some products and tricks to help you out. 

The pics here are of my beautiful sister Vicky.  She got married last summer and of course I did her makeup, lol.  I love you Vicky 😉  Vicky usually does her makeup pretty natural so we kept with that theme of warm, natural and nude colors.  Theres also a couple of pics of Dara Godfrey, wife of the amazing designer Jay Godfrey, on their wedding day.  I flew out to Miami for their wedding.. it was really beautiful and so was she!  The last pic is a bridal cover I did a while back, “For The Bride” magazine.

Tips and tricks –

Photo Finish Foundation Primer by Smashbox.  This is a really good primer to use all over before you apply your foundation.  It helps keep the makeup last longer and keeps it smooth.

Secret Camouflage by Laura Mercier.  This concealer had 2 shades that u can mix to get the perfect match for your skin.  Go alittle lighter under the eye and for blemishes, match the exact skin color.

Loose Setting Powder by Laura Mercier.  This is good to set your foundation and concealer.  It’s very silky and sheer and has a bit of light reflecting which helps to smooth fine lines and imperfections.  Try putting a bit of it on a velour puff and applying it that way.  Great to touch up with also through out the day and night.

Oragasm Blush by NARS.  It’s a peachy pink with shimmer and just looks beautiful and so many skin tones.  Brush it on the apples of your cheeks (try not to go too low on the cheek with it).

Dior Bronze – Amber Tan by Dior.  A matte golden bronze shade of bronzer.  Brush it all around the frame of the face to warm your skin up.  Dont forget to apply some to the neck too!

High Beam by Benefit.  This is a  luminescent complexion enhancer.  Apply it on your cheek bones for a dewy glow.  I like to use it on the center of the lip too for a hightlight and on the bridge of the nose.

Silk Eye Shadow Wash by Stila.  It’s a water-based liquid-to-powder eyesshadow in a shade called kitten (pinkish gold tone)  It looks great on alot of skin colors.  Use it on your eyelid or to highlight.

Powerpoint Eyepencil by MAC.  This pencil is great for a wedding because its waterproof but you can still blend it nicely for a smokey eye.  Also great for the inner rim of the eye.  After applying on top lids, brush alittle translucent powder over it and apply again.  This will give the line alot of pigment and really pop.

B-Dazzle by GIELLA.  The perfect shade eye shadow for the inner corner of the eyes.  Makes you look more awake and gives that “angelic” look.  GIELLA can also custom blend it into a pencil. 

All products except for the MAC and GIELLA can be found at .  Remember to keep your makeup classic looking on your wedding and don’t overdo it!  Xo


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13 Responses to Wedding makeup tips and tricks…

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  • gnaz says:

    Hi Mario,

    What did you use in her crease? It looks like a shimmery brown.

  • yazmin0925 says:

    Hi Mario!
    My name is Yazmin and I am getting married in January 2010 in Miami, Fl. I am not sure what the best way to contact you is. So I have become a member of your site in hopes to find out your availability for January 22, 2010 and how much to you charge for your services. You are the best out there! I hope to hear from you.

  • ashley118 says:

    MARIO your sister is beautiful!!

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  • KittyKat78 says:

    Mario–I’m getting married in October and I have already improved my makeup application so much just from watching your tutorials with Kim. I was so excited when you started out your own blog and I visit every day now. 🙂 Your Wedding makeup tips and makeup just made my day. I’m excited to play with these colors and tips. You may not have time to do wedding makeup, but you are still making brides very happy! Thanks Mario! Kathryn

  • laila says:

    please i like to ask u will u come to dubai to teach a course for makeup please send me in this emaill goodday– or

  • MakeupFANATIC says:

    great post Mario! keep em comin! your sister is beautiful! by the way, how is that dior bronzer?? i wanted to buy it the other day at sephora but the worker told me to try the guerlain one instead….however im still curious about the dior one…

  • charlenestar says:

    this was such a great post! the pics of your sis are gorgeous too!

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  • DanielWallace says:


    Would you say that all these products listed for weddings are products you should always have for when you do basic eveing day makeup?

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