5 major wedding makeup myths, busted

By: The Beauty Experts at L'Oréal Paris

There is quite a bit of information out there on bridal beauty, and muddling through it for tips is the last thing any bride needs to add to her already-busy wedding planning schedule. Below, we set the record straight on five often-heard misconceptions about wedding makeup.

Myth #1: Waterproof Makeup Is a Must

Whether you hire a pro or go DIY with your makeup, we definitely recommend using waterproof formulas. It's the best way to prevent your makeup from slipping off with every hug and kiss. But if your favorite product -- a foundation with just the right coverage or an eye shadow in your favorite shade -- doesn't come in a budge-proof formula, don't worry. Simply lock in your look with a long-wear setting spray instead.

Myth #2: Keep Your Makeup Natural

Of course you don't want to look like someone else on your wedding day, but that doesn't mean you have to stick to basics or wear the same makeup you put on every other day. In fact, it might look and feel a little underwhelming for such an important event. The big no-no is trying something completely new or overly trendy.

Myth #3: Steer Clear of Sparkle

Unless you're hosting a disco-themed affair, it's true that you should definitely avoid glitter. However, makeup that boasts subtle sparkle is a great way to add definition to your face. Create your base with liquid foundation. Then dust with highlighter where the sun would naturally hit your cheekbones for a soft, shimmery bridal glow. You can even dab a touch in the inner corners of your eyes to help you look more awake.

Myth #4: Bold Lip Color Is Off-Limits

Contrary to what you may have heard, brides can actually rock a red lip on the big day. The only two real rules to follow when going with bold lipstick on your wedding day: Use a stain so it's less likely to rub off, and make sure it's a blue-based red tone (so your teeth look extra white!).

Myth #5: Always Pack a Touch-Up Kit

The last thing you want to do is tote around a big bag full of makeup extras. While it's not a bad idea to have your lipstick nearby, you won't really need any other items close at hand. In fact, you should avoid applying any and all powders -- blush, eye shadow, bronzer -- after your wedding dress is on. That way you don't have to worry about marring your white gown with flecks of smoky gray shadow.

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