Wedding Makeup Tips for Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom

Wedding day makeup holds such an important place in the routine of getting ready for your child’s special day. If you are the mother of the bride or mother of the groom seeking wedding day makeup tips, you’ll probably find that professional makeup artists, salon pros, and makeup salespeople may all share a different opinion as far as the kind of makeup the bride’s mother or groom’s mother should wear.

Not to worry – the most important thing you must do in choosing your makeup as mother of the bride or mother of the groom is to choose cosmetics that feel comfortable and look natural on your face. This can be a breeze with the right knowledge, experience, or the right experts available to assist you.

Read on for mother of the bride and mother of the groom makeup tips for using foundation, blush, lipstick, and more. Don’t forget to pick up a few skincare tips for bride’s mom and groom’s mom so your skin can be soft and glowing on your child’s wedding day.

Foundation, Moisturizer, and Skin Tips for Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom
Remember, as mother of the bride or mother of the groom, your face is going to show up in many photographs and possibly on video. You want to cover any blemishes, disguise any lines or wrinkles, and yet maintain a natural appearance throughout the affair. This won’t be as difficult as it may sound if you follow a few tips from the experts.

“For moms, I like to always use a liquid foundation,” says Sonia Roselli of Sonia Roselli Esthetique. “I don’t like to over powder them with minerals or heavy powder because it shows fine lines and wrinkles. I love liquid foundation for anyone over 35. I also don’t recommend minerals for wedding day photos anyway.”

In addition to choosing the right makeup, moms of the bride and groom will also want to have a few skincare products on hand to keep their faces smooth and hydrated.

“I think skin is the greatest canvas to great makeup,” Roselli shares. “If they are dry but their skin is good, using a foundation mixed with their moisturizer, they can make a sheer foundation tint. I like to apply with a foundation brush to give an airbrush appearance.”

Depending on the type of wedding, some skincare products may be more useful to you than others. For example, if your child is getting married at a tropical destination, you might consider a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen so you can look great while also protecting your skin from the UV rays.

If you’d rather try a proven product than creating your own tinted foundation tint moisturizer, one product to consider is Become’s Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 30+. This product is available in three skin tone choices – Light, Medium, and Dark. Become’s Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 30+ is water-resistant for up to three hours and acts as a three-in-one product, as it contains moisturizer, sheer makeup, and sunblock.

Makeup Tips for Lips and Eyes for Bride’s Mother and Groom’s Mother
As an important mother at your child’s wedding, don’t forget to pick out the perfect shade for your smooch. You’ll want to keep your lips glossy, soft, and smooth throughout the wedding, with a touch of color to bring a little attention to the right areas.

“For moms it is crucial to wear a cream lipstick or a gloss,” says Roselli. “Mattes are very aging as are too dark a lip color. Go for one or two shades deeper of their natural lip tone for the freshest look but to pop in photos. Also keeping the lips very glossy will instantly take 10 years off.”

As mom to the bride or groom, you might be wondering whether you should put the most emphasis on your lips or your eyes. This is a common conundrum that many women ponder over and over again. When it comes to wedding makeup for mother of the bride and mother of the groom, Makeup Artist Vanessa Elese recommends focusing on the eyes.

“Oftentimes a mouth can be overstated,” Elese says. “Unless it is a themed wedding, I would suggest keeping the mouth a soft luscious nude/pink or coral and focusing on the eyes. With such a momentous day, the eyes are truly the ‘windows to the soul.’ Make sure you magnify your best assets, capturing the celebratory day!”

About the Experts:
Sonia Roselli owns Sonia Roselli Esthetique, a makeup and skin studio in Chicago. She caters to a large wedding business. For more information, visit online at

Vanessa Elese is a makeup artist whose primary clientele includes members of the media, fashion, entertainment, and arts industries. For more information, visit online at

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