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How to Do Bridal Makeup

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life – and the makeup you wear will stay with you forever in memory… and pictures! While booking to get your makeup done professionally is an option, there are definite advantages to doing it yourself. “We know how much a bridal makeup artist can cost nowadays, so if you do your own makeup you can save the money to put towards something else for the day”, says Jutheanne Cruz Wild, Space NK Pro Makeup Artist. “You’ll also have the products to keep and use after the wedding!” Discover our favourite bridal makeup looks and how to re-create them…

Barely-There Beauty

Minimal makeup allows your natural radiance and happiness to shine through on the day, and is super easy to recreate, meaning no last minute panics. Take inspiration from the Vivetta SS18 show, where the looks were fresh, glowing and pared-back.

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Start with a base that will provide adequate coverage but that doesn’t mask your skin. Choosing a tinted moisturiser or foundation for your special day can be challenging, as it needs to tick off certain criteria. “Weddings can be as short as 2 hours or can go for 18 hours or more, which means your chosen base should be long-wearing as well as kind to the skin”, says Jutheanne.  “At weddings photos are being taken left, right and centre, so you have to be also photo ready”, she finishes. This means choosing a foundation without an SPF, as these formulas can cause flashback and shine. Laura Mercier’s Silk Crème Moisturizing Photo Edition Foundation is perfect for weddings, as it doesn’t have an SPF, is oil-free and has a long-lasting, glow-enhancing formula.

After applying your base, pick up a palette such as Becca’s Be A Light and lightly sculpt underneath cheekbones with the darker shades before highlighting on the and adding a pop of colour to the apples of the cheeks with the lighter hues. Next, brush up brows with the Hourglass Arch Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel which coats brows in colour as well as making them look thicker and fuller. Finish with a light layer of Perricone MD’s No Mascara Mascara and a touch of Eve Lom’s Kiss Mix Lip Tint in Demure for a perfect subtle pout.

A Subtle Smoky

Jutheanne’s favourite bridal look? The combination of “bronzed-up cheeks, smoky neutral coppery eyes and effortless brows”. “This classic bridal look is perfect for weddings abroad where there is a beach or it’s sunny”. Look to Temperley’s AW18 show for the perfect inspiration, where eyes were subtly smoky and lined, and cheeks and lips were pared-back to restore balance.

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Begin with another flash-friendly base with buildable coverage, such as By Terry’s Sheer Expert, which feels lightweight and provides a soft matte finish with a hint of glow. Go over any problem areas with a little concealer, before dabbing on a soft liquid blush such as Perricone MD’s No Blush Blush, which offers a gorgeous pink flush.

Now onto the main feature: the eyes. The Chantecaille 20 year Anniversary Eye Shadow Palette contains two perfect subtly smoky shades, making it perfect for this look. Begin by brushing Selenkey, a beautiful burnt gold shade, all over the lid before taking Nanu, a soft taupe, to the outer corners and crease of eyes with a blending brush. Finish with a line of glossy black liner, lashings of mascara and a layer of Nars Afterglow Lip Balm Orgasm Limited Edition.

All About The Lip

Fancy something a little bolder? This look is for brave brides who want to make maximum impact. The prominent feature should always be the lips, so it’s crucial to keep everything else on the face low-key. Kevyn Aucoin’s The Etherealist Skin Illuminating Foundation provides a perfect radiant base, while the Becca Beach Tint in Guava is great for adding a subtle hint of colour to the cheeks. Add a little RMS Living Luminizer to the tops of cheekbones and on the brow bones to catch the light, then powder the t-zone and any areas of excess shine with a loose powder.

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Keep eyes simple yet defined; a light layer of the two palest shades in the Hourglass Graphik Eyeshadow Palette in Ravine should suffice. Blend out edges with a fluffy brush before adding a lengthening mascara. Red lips is a classic choice and one that will never date. Every skin tone has a red that suits them; paler skin tones tend to suit orange-toned shades while those with olive and darker skin tones suit a classic blue-toned red. We recommend trying the RMS Wild With Desire Lipstick in either RMS Red or Firestarter, and always invest in a lip liner of the same shade to keep things in place for longer.

The Touch-Up Kit

So you’ve conquered the art of DIY Bridal Makeup, but keeping a little top up kit handy in your clutch is always a great idea. Jutheanne recommends keeping the following to hand:

Lipstick – “You will be drinking champagne and kissing lots, so top ups will be required”.

Retouching Concealer – We like the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Travel Size due to its impressive coverage and bag-friendly size.

Blotting Products – Try the Cover FX Custom Blot Drops or if you prefer powder, the Cover FX Perfect Setting Powder Travel Size.

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