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Doing Your Own Wedding-Day Makeup? You Need to Read This First

Looking for wedding make-up tips ahead of your own big day? Look no further, as we’ve put together key bridal make-up dos and don’ts, with a little help from the experts, to make sure you look flawless.
DO: Take care of your skin
‘Having a consistent day and night skincare routine is so important at least 3-6 months before the wedding to ensure your skin is ready for the big day. It will help with how the make-up looks and how it stays put on the skin throughout the day,’ urges Zara Findlay, Bobbi Brown Pro Artist.


Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Complex II 

DO: Emphasise your eyes

‘Brighten any darkness under them with corrector and concealer,’ says Findlay. ‘It’s all about choosing the right tone to complement your eye colour. You want to make sure the standout feature is your eyes and not the make-up. Another technique for making your eyes pop, is to keep the intensity and depth of the colour closest to your lash line.’ Waterproof mascara is an obvious requisite, but it’s also worth considering cream eyeshadows that really set; you can be sure they’ll stay where you put them.


Benefit Boi-Ing Industrial Strength Concealer 

Smashbox Full Exposure Waterproof Mascara
Burberry Eye Colour Cream

DON’T: Wear a standalone SPF

Just this once! If you are having any flash photography, it is recommended not to wear an SPF as the flash will bounce off the skin making you look washed out,’ says make-up artist Caroline Barnes. Instead, wear a moisturiser containing SPF, choose a foundation that is SPF-free and be sure to test at your trial by taking a photo with your flash on.


Origins A Perfect World SPF40 Age-Defense Moisturiser With White Tea 


‘It’s a total myth that your make-up has to be plastered on for photographs,’ says Barnes. ‘Lots of wedding photography is done in natural light, and if you choose a heavy base the make-up will look obvious. In terms of flash, you just need to ensure that your T-zone is matte, which can be achieved with fine translucent powders and blotting powders, not layers of make-up.’


Zelens Youth Glow Foundation 
Barry M Cosmetics Ready Set Smooth Powder 
ICONIC London Sheer Blush 
Stila Heavens Hue Highlighter 

DON’T: Be scared to go a bit brighter

Choose a lipstick that’s one or two shades brighter than what you would normally wear – or layer another shade on top. For example, if you usually wear a neutral hue, wear it as a base, with a pink or rose colour on top. If you typically wear a plum shade, use that as the base, and apply a brighter pink on top. By layering a bolder colour on top of your natural hue, you’ll give the colour a lift, allowing the shade to pop on photos - without steering too far from your comfort zone.


bareMinerals Gen Nude Radiant Lipstick in XOX 
Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick Crème in My Digits 

DON’T: Just apply make-up to your face

‘Instead, extend down your neck and over your shoulders if necessary, this will ensure your face is not a different colour or texture to your body,’ says Barnes. ‘Everything should look uniform to create the most natural look possible. An easy way to blend uneven skin tones together is to use a light fake tan.’

Vita Liberata Fabulous Self Tanning Mist


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