Weddings are downright my favorite type of event. Ever. So when wedding season rolls around, I can’t help but get overly excited and begin to prepare all my outfits and makeup looks. I always end up buying loads of makeup in preparation such as a beautiful shimmering highlight, and a set (or four) of false eyelashes. 

Desi weddings especially are always upscale and lavish. So that’s why my sister and I tend to go all out when we’re getting ready for the occasion. And by all out, I mean a full face of makeup and stunning jewelry to compliment our outfits. Here are some of my top tips and tricks I use to stay glamorous and picture perfect for weddings.

1. Try baking your face.

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If you haven’t heard of the popular “baking” method that’s been blowing up on social media, then you’re missing out! It takes trial and error to truly master the art of baking, but if done right it can leave your makeup looking extra flawless. It’s also a great step to take if you’re going to be taking a lot of pictures that night. This step is essentially done after foundation and concealer to set your face and prevent creasing.

Use a damp makeup sponge with your translucent powder, making sure to pick up a generous amount of product. Carefully dab the sponge under your eyes, making sure to press the powder into your skin instead of rubbing it. There should be a thick layer of powder underneath your eyes.

You can also use the same technique to apply the powder underneath your cheekbones after you’ve cream contoured. This will sharpen your contour and clean up any mistakes. After you’re done with the rest of your makeup, simply brush away the powder and finish up with some blush/ highlight!

2. Use a pair or two of fake eyelashes.

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I recommend fake eyelashes to literally anyone and everyone that I talk to. They’re perfect because even the most natural pair of lashes can make your eyes pop. If you’re a beginner, try out some natural looking lashes from the drugstore.

To apply, first measure the lash band against your eye shape and trim if necessary. Put a thin layer of glue on the base of the band and wait 15-30 seconds for the glue to become tacky. Use a pair of tweezers to carefully position the eyelashes on top of your natural ones. Adjust the band to your eyes and voila! Your eyes will instantly pop. Again, this step is great for pictures. 

3. Use eyelash glue to fix jewelry into place.

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Have you ever had a problem with your tikka not staying in place? Use a small amount of eyelash glue to help your jewelry adhere better to your forehead.

Make sure you use the clear-white eyelash glue opposed to the dark tone glue to avoid a mess. Apply a small amount to the jewelry and wait for the glue to get tacky before pressing it onto your skin. This should avoid the dozens of bobby pins you’d need otherwise to stick it in place. 

4. Buy an iridescent, shimmering highlighter to make those cheekbones pop.

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Okay, so I might have a small obsession with cheekbone highlighters. But let me tell you, they make the biggest difference, especially in pictures. You can even use your favorite shimmery eyeshadow as a highlighter by sweeping it across the tops of your cheekbones.

Using a fan brush will give you a lightweight application to prevent you from packing on too much product. Use this on your cupid’s bow, down the bridge of your nose, right below the arch of your eyebrow, and on your inner corners too for an extra glow. 

5. Use a liquid lipstick for color that will last all day/night. 

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The easiest and fool proof way to a long lasting lip color is using a liquid lipstick instead of a normal lipstick or gloss. All liquid lipstick formulas are lightweight but with incredible staying power. Since they dry matte, use a light lip balm beforehand to lock in moisture and then line your lips with a lipliner before filling in with your liquid lipstick. 

6. Use gel inserts for high heels. 

If you’re always sporting super tall heels at weddings, try inserting gel cushions into the soles or the heel of your foot. This will make sure your feet aren’t about to fall off at the end of the day. They’re usually unnoticeable and comfortable, making your life a lot easier. 

May your wedding season be full of flawless makeup and gorgeous outfits.

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  • Fatima Ali

    Fatima Ali is at the University of San Francisco, studying Politics and Computer Science. She's passionate about journalism and social justice, and believes that everyone's voice deserves to be heard. When she's not writing a new article for her school newspaper, she's most likely watching Empire, online shopping, or obsessing over makeup.