Wedding Day Beauty Tips for Manly Men

Wedding Day Beauty Tips for Manly Men

Grooms, best men, and groomsmen of the world, don’t let the ladies steal your spotlight. Even though the majority of pre-wedding beauty tips and tricks are aimed at brides, bridesmaids, and even flower girls, there are still plenty of steps you can take to make sure you look your best. After all, wedding pictures aren’t like old vacation photos that get stashed in a closet after a year. Your wedding album will stick around for decades to come, so it’s important to make sure you put your best face forward. 

Wedding Day Makeup DIY For Men

Yes, men wear makeup too! Even the most rugged film and television actors go under the makeup brush before facing the camera. Do you really think Robert Downey Jr. needs more help than you do? Put aside thoughts of mascara and ruby red lipstick (unless that’s the look you’re going for, of course). Makeup for men involves a different set of tools. If you’re preparing your face for a photo session, use heavier makeup. If you’re preparing for the actual wedding, use a lighter touch. 

Start with a fresh palette by washing your face with a gentle facial cleanser or soap. If your skin tone looks blotchy or uneven, you can cover it with a thin, liquid base foundation (test it on the back of your hand to ensure you pick the right shade). Dab it on lightly with a brush or your fingers, smoothing it so it colors the skin without coating it in a clumpy layer. Blend it smoothly into areas where you aren’t applying foundation, such as your neck and any areas where facial hair grows. The idea is to blend the skin tone color without showing hard boundaries where you have and have not applied makeup. If you like the way your skin looks without foundation, skip this step.

Next, look for acne, shaving nicks, under-eye circles, and other specific blemishes you wish you didn’t have. This is your big chance to get rid of them! Buy a concealer that matches your skin tone as perfectly as possible (the employees at the drug store or makeup counter you visit can help you do this). Apply the concealer directly to the blemishes, using small amounts and blending the color out at the edges to match the rest of your skin. You may have to apply more than one coat. When you like how it looks, set the concealer with loose, translucent powder (or any powder that matches your skin tone) so it doesn’t rub away.

On important days like weddings, facial powder is your friend. It counteracts sweat so you don’t look shiny in photographs. If you think you might be running around a lot, or if the wedding is a spring or summer celebration, go ahead and lightly dust your whole face (bald men should dust their whole head) to ensure you look like you’re keeping your cool. Pay special attention to your “T-zone,” which is the T-shaped area formed by your chin, nose, and brow.

Makeup Artists

If the idea of doing your own makeup sounds too intimidating, leave it to the specialists. In fact, couples can score big deals by booking a his-and-hers makeup session at the same time. Because male makeup is just now growing in popularity, make sure to view your makeup artist’s portfolio to make sure you’re both on the same page in terms of style. The men in the portfolio shouldn’t look like they’re wearing makeup–they should just look their best. 

Looking Your Best on Your Wedding Day

There’s no reason a guy shouldn’t want to look his best for an important day like a wedding. Just because you grew a pimple the night before the celebration, you’re not obligated to immortalize it in all of the photo albums to come. Use cosmetics to enhance your natural good looks. Remember, when makeup is applied well, the goal is to look like you’re not wearing any at all.


Lisa is a special needs teacher and a hugger. She always makes time for everyone and lightens up everybody’s lives with her presence. When she is not chasing her students around the yard, she finds time to write about what she truly loves, and you guessed it, its people and relationships.