All About That Base: Best Concealers, Foundations, and More for Your Wedding
Gorgeous wedding makeup starts with a great foundation.
The best advice comes from someone who has walked a mile in your (wedding) shoes. We canvassed those very experts—more than 500 recent brides—plus top beauty pros to discover their tried-and-true favorites. Here, the finest color correctors, beauty balms, foundations—and more!—around …
Super Setting Spray: Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
"I'm on the dance floor at any party," says bride Lauren Brown of Poughkeepsie, New York, "but my makeup couldn't withstand my moves." Until she found three-peat champ Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. Now she never leaves home without it ($30, urbandecay.com).
Sensational Shiner: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector
New York-based makeup artist Stacie Ford calls Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector "red-carpet magic in a bottle." Whether dabbed on cheekbones or mixed with foundation to fake a dewy complexion, the creamy creation is worthy of a white carpet, too ($41, beccacosmetics.com).
King of Cover-Up: Too Faced Born This Way Foundation
It's tough enough to hide acne scars and hyperpigmentation. But instead of being heavy, the oil-free cream "is the perfect balance between matte and dewy," says Omaha, Nebraska, reader Laura Bolamperti. "It feels weightless and looks flawless" ($39, toofaced.com).
Best Pre-Makeup Prep: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
A three-time winner, Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer makes base "look great in real life and in photos," says New York City makeup artist Brian Duprey ($36, smashbox.com).
Marvelous Multitasker: Diorskin Nude BB Crème
As if hydrating, correcting, smoothing, and SPF protection weren't enough, Diorskin Nude BB Crème also garners wide acclaim for its subtle pink undertones, which cast skin in the most positive light, giving complexions a lit-from-within radiance. In five shades ($45, dior.com).
Best Barely-There Beautifier: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
When brides gush about Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, which comes in 15 shades, words like weightless, flawless, and perfection get bandied about. Oh, and it has SPF 20—#winning ($44, lauramercier.com).
Top Lightweight Foundation: Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup
Available in 15 shades, Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup "doesn't look like makeup but like your skin at its best—natural but perfect," says Los Angeles newlywed Stacey Storey ($64, armanibeauty.com).
Longest-Wearing Base: Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup
Heat and nerves are no match for Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup, which lasts for 15 hours and comes in 26 shades. It's transfer proof but gentle. "I have sensitive skin," says South African bride Lindi de Lange. "I use it every day, and it's fabulous" ($38, esteelauder.com).
Supreme Self-Tanner: Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body
Call on Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body to create the illusion of toned, tanned skin without the fear of streaks, stains, or color transfer. Tilbury advises applying to visible skin after the dress is already on ($65, charlottetilbury.com).
Prettiest Powder: BareMinerals Original Foundation
A four-time winner, the 20-shade BareMinerals Original Foundation is a setting powder, base, and concealer in one. Or, as June bride-to-be Karine Becker of Bismarck, North Dakota, calls it, "the only foundation I'll ever use" ($29, bareminerals.com).