Wednesday, 5 June 2019

My Tips For Bridal Makeup

If you have been following my blog for some time, then you will probably know that in just a few short months I am getting married. For the big day, I am going to be doing my own makeup because I am a trained makeup artist and as I am sure that you guys can already tell, I am obsessed with makeup. I did consider working with a makeup artist on my wedding day just to make sure that everything would go perfectly and so that I didn’t have to worry about doing my own makeup on the day, but in the end, I realised that I was far too much of a control freak to hand over something so important to somebody else. Plus, if the past is anything to go by, I would just end up removing it and doing it myself anyway!

So, I thought that I would do a post all about some of my top tips and advice that I would give to other women who are wanting to do their own makeup on their wedding day. There are certain things that you can do just to ensure that you are going to get the most that you can out of your makeup and the products that you are wearing. Like I said, I was once upon a time makeup artist and I would go out hustling on a weekend doing bridal makeup, so I do know what I am talking about and what works…

Work in Thin Layers
It is true what people say, it is so much easier to add more product than it is to try and remove it. No matter what you are working with, whether it be moisturiser, foundation, concealer, powder or anything else in-between, make sure that you are working in nice and thin layers. The last thing that you want on your big day is thick and heavy looking skin, you want to look glowing and radiant!

Less Is More with Everything
This kind of follows on from my working in thin layers comment, but when it comes to your wedding day, less really is more. You don’t want a full blown smokey eye on your wedding day because you will look back in 50 years when you are sat with your grandchildren and it will not be a timeless look. Just go for a very paired back and simple look that you are comfortable wearing. But then again, if you normally opt for a bold lip, black eyes and a harsh contour, you do you!

Avoid SPF At All Costs
SPF is a bloody nightmare for your wedding because it is this that causes a white cast in photographs. Make sure that the moisturiser, primer and foundation that you are all wearing are SPF free. It may not matter so much in the day time images that you take, but by the time the evening rolls by and people are taking pictures on their phone with a harsh flash, you will end up looking as white as a ghost!

Trial New Items for A While
Quite a while before your big day, you need to decide on the products that you are going to use and then make sure that you trial them for a long time. You don’t want to be going for something brand new on your wedding day and it is doing all kind of voodoo to your skin on the most important day of your life. Make sure that your products really work for you and then you will be good to go!

Go for Light Coverage and Conceal
Back when I was working freelance and doing bridal makeup every single weekend, one of the best things that you can do for your skin is go in with a lovely and light foundation just to help balance your complexion and then go in and conceal the areas where you need more coverage. Concealer is not just for the under eyes and that is what really makes skin look perfect. I go in with a concealer shade that perfectly and just buff that into the areas where it is needed.

Prime and Set the Skin
The more effort that you focus on the skin, the more chance that it is going to stay looking good for longer. Such as, spend time priming the skin and allowing the product to sink in before going in with your other base products like a foundation. Then, once the skin is complete with all powder products, use a good setting spray like the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray to really cement the layers of your makeup together and give it incredible staying power1

I hope that if you are planning on doing your makeup on your big day that this post helps you out a little. There is a lot to think about and there is a lot of pressure to getting it right. Just stick to your normal style and use good quality products that you know are going to work well all day long. Make sure to leave me a comment down below and let me know if you would do your own bridal makeup or if you would give that task to somebody else!


  1. Did you do your sister's wedding makeup? You'll have worked timings etc out from that. Will you do the whole bridal party? I hired a makeup artist for mine because I wanted to know it would last all day & night (applied around 8:30 and was still perfect at 3am when we were going to bed!) and I didn't want to risk anything going wrong. But I'm not a trained MUA so you know exactly what you're doing. Enjoy the months leading up to the wedding xx


  2. These are some amazing tips! I'm sure you'll look amazing on the day as you always do. I bet you're so excited now :)

    Katie | XX

  3. Definitely working in light layers and building things up is the way to go. Cakeyness won't look cute in wedding photos haha. x


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