She puckered and pouted her way down the aisle (on television, no less), and now she’s giving us her best beauty secrets. Katie Maloney of Bravo’s Vanderpump Rules married Tom Schwartz over a year ago, but her bridal makeup, skin care and hair tips are just as relevant as ever. The blogger and beauty aficionado, who’s now in the sixth season of the Bravo franchise, catches up with The Knot to share her must-know wedding day beauty tips.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
In terms of skin care tips leading up to the wedding, Maloney recommends one thing above all else: water. “If I’m not hydrated, the first place it shows up is on my skin,” she says. It’s an easy way to get a glowy complexion in time for your wedding, in addition to light cleansing, nightly makeup removal (duh) and exfoliating.
And if you opt to get a facial prior to walking down the aisle, give yourself a week’s lead time in case it causes breakouts, she advises.
Stick to What You Know
This should probably go without saying, but you won’t want to do anything crazy or out of the norm with your hair right before your wedding. Instead, stick to a style that you know works for you. At the most, get a trim to keep things fresh, but weeks before your wedding isn’t the time to experiment with bangs, she says.
Consider Your Dress, Location and Style
The Pucker and Pout founder emphasizes why wedding day hairstyles should not be a separate afterthought. You should consider it in relativity to the neckline of your dress, the location of your wedding, and the time of day—for instance, will you really want heavy curls during a 95 degree outdoor ceremony?
And while your wedding look should always be a reflection of your style, you’re of course allowed to take into account what you know your partner might want to see. “Tom loves my hair up and back, so that was kind of the deciding factor for me,” says the reality star.
Keep It Natural
In terms of wedding day makeup, keeping it light and fresh is the name of the game. “You want to just look like an enhanced version of yourself,” she says. “You want to keep it natural, pretty and fuss free.” In other words, think twice about sporting a heavy-handed smoky eye and mauve lipstick if that’s not part of your typical beauty regimen.
Long-Wear Makeup Is Key
Whether you opt for a makeup artist or not, long-wear makeup is so important. “You’re wearing it throughout the entire day and dancing all night. It’s a long time!” Maloney says. “Not everyone needs a makeup artist—it’s an extra expense—but do invest in long-wear makeup if you decide to do it yourself.”
Although she recommends fuller coverage, lasting makeup for dance-filled weddings, Maloney says she keeps it simple (and knows what works from watching herself for years on television) for romantic nights with hubby Tom Schwartz today: “Just winged eyeliner and a red lip.” Sounds like a perfect date night look to us.