While grooms have certainly upped their beauty game, they are still way behind brides when it comes to the amount of preparation required for a wedding day. Guests expect brides to be flawless, and that’s a big ask for someone who may not have slept properly for the last week!
To help you look and feel sensational I’ve compiled our most effective make up tips to help you achieve a professional result with your wedding makeup
1. Start early
The better the canvas you have to work with, the better the result. Start your wedding skin care regime as early as possible, taking care of yourself both inside and out to get a healthy glow to your skin that can’t be faked.
2. Base Layer
Speaking of a good canvas, don’t underestimate the effectiveness of a good quality primer. A primer smooths the appearance of wrinkles, evens blotchy skin tones, and leaves a velvety soft base for your makeup to cling to. Exfoliate first, then apply with your fingers for the best effect.
3. Go for Quality
Use high quality products. Look for brands professionals use, such as Chanel, NARS, and Giorgio Armani. The pigment in these products is richer, so the colour will stay in place longer.
4. Brush Up
You won’t get a professional result without the right tools. Invest in good brushes and a makeup blender, to make sure you look sensational rather than stripy!
5. Have a Lesson
YouTube is fantastic for makeup tutorials, but if you are really unsure about what you are doing book a session with a makeup artist who can teach you the best tricks and techniques.
Spend time getting your technique right. You don’t have to do a full face every time, but have practice sessions for your eyebrows, eyeliner, and contouring, as these are the trickiest and most time consuming on the day.
7. Spot Solution
Don’t panic if you wake up with a pimple on your wedding day. Use a product with salicylic acid, like Origins Super Spot Remover, and dab it on with a cotton bud as soon as you feel a pimple may be developing. Leave as long as possible before applying makeup.
Normal advice is never to squeeze spots but that’s not always feasible if you’re getting ready for the most photographed few hours of your life. If you have to squeeze a pimple make sure it has a head and is ready to pop, that your hands are clean, and that you are as gentle as possible to avoid causing further inflammation.
8. Take a Selfie
Photograph your efforts under a variety of lights to get an idea of what you will look like in your wedding photos. Looking at photos is a great way to see where you need to make adjustments either with your choice of colours, or your application.
9. Keep it Simple
Classically elegant makeup done well is a lot more effective than a complex look executed poorly. Stick with dark eyeliner instead of smoky or metallic eyes, and a nude lip rather than a deep red or plum, which shows mistakes clearly.
10. Keep it in the Family
Choose a lipstick and blush in shades which complement each other for a cohesive look. Soft pinks or apricots work well with most skin tones and give a subtle look which works well with less experienced application.
As well as your lipstick, keep a pad of powder-free blotting paper and some eye drops in your bag for a quick touch up when you need it.