An eight-step tutorial for camera-ready makeup
Whether you’re enlisting the help of an expert or planning to do it yourself, deciding on your wedding makeup look is a considerable task. Most brides want to feel like themselves in their bridal makeup. However, with endless beauty products to choose from, it can quickly become overwhelming.
That’s why we’ve created an easy-to-follow wedding makeup tutorial, using only eight key products. Soft, timeless, and long-lasting, this naturally beautiful bridal makeup will take you from your first champagne to your final dance.
Keep scrolling for our top tips on wedding day makeup for all brides-to-be…
1. Begin with your eye makeup
After priming your skin, we recommend starting with your eyebrow and eye makeup because you’re likely to get eyeshadow fallout. Make sure to choose eyeshadow shades that are fairly natural and complement your hair and eye colours – our warm-toned Trend Edit Palette is filled with shadows for every complexion.
Whether you opt for sculpted matte or sparkling shimmer eyes, we suggest applying one of the lighter shadows in a backwards and forwards motions for a gorgeous wash of colour. Then, work a darker shade into the sockets to really open the eye.
2. Then apply smudge-free mascara
Your eye makeup will be put through a lot on your wedding day – chances are there’ll be happy tears and a long night ahead – so finding the perfect wedding day mascara is a big deal.
Our bestselling Triple Shot XXL mascara promises lengthening, feathery lashes – not too false or heavy-looking – that won’t smudge all day. Apply one to two coats from root to tip before using the tapered end to define each lash along the bottom lash line.
When your wedding celebrations are over and you’re ready to remove it, use our Makeup Melter for the best results, wiping away any excess with warm water.
3. A good quality foundation is vital
When choosing a foundation for your wedding makeup look, it’s important to pick one without SPF. Why? So there’s no need to worry about camera flashback on photos, which can happen at night when your photographer will start to use flash.
Hydrating yet oil-controlling, our Extraordinary Foundation creates a healthy, non-drying appearance that allows your natural beauty to shine through. Simply select your shade – if you’re unsure, our Match My Makeup tool will help – and blend from the centre of your face outwards using our Multi Brush for beautiful bridal skin with a radiant finish.
4. Blusher is key to a fresh glow
Contouring can sometimes seem severe for a bridal makeup look; we recommend sticking to blush and highlighter. Opt for powder formulas over creams too as they last longer throughout the day – this is especially important at weddings when there’s lots of cheek-kissing and hugging.
Our Marbled Light Illuminating Blush – a highlighter and blusher in one – is the perfect wedding beauty product. It feels very light on the skin and leaves a natural finish. Apply it on the apples of the cheeks and gradually blend outwards; there’s no chance of you looking washed out.
5. Setting powder is your friend
To keep your wedding makeup looking flawless for as long as possible, make sure to set it. A beauty game-changer – especially for those with combination or oily skin – our Extraordinary Setting Powder helps keep creamy, liquid products in place while preventing excess oil production.
With a soft focus and non-cakey, airbrushed finish, it’s perfect for creating a more natural bridal look. Using a small brush or makeup puff – they’ll make it easier to control where the powder is going – apply in an upside down ‘V’ shape, focusing on the sides of the nose, mouth, chin and forehead. We recommend layering a little bit of powder at a time and building it gradually to control any shine.
6. Consider a liquid lipstick
When it comes to your wedding day lipstick, search for a product with extreme hold. After all, it’ll need to endure a full day of kissing, drinking and eating – all while looking polished in photographs.
For this reason, we can’t recommend liquid lipsticks enough. Long-wearing with lip-conditioning benefits, our Lipstick Liquid Velvet is the perfect wedding day lipstick. Available in a range of nude shades, the matte beauty favourite makes lips look fuller while feeling supple and smooth. Plus, its innovative precision tip effortlessly lines then fills in lips for flawless application.
7. You can top it with gloss
A satin finish on the lips is key to natural bridal makeup. As well as making lips look hydrated and kissable, it can also create a more youthful appearance. For a smooth sheen, we suggest using a non-sticky gloss like our Pump Plump.
Its silky cooling formula nourishes the lips whilst plumping out any fine lines, offering a sheer wash of colour that naturally enhances the volume and shape of the lips. To apply, simply remove the lid and push the applicator down – you’ll have enviably soft, full lips in seconds.
8. And finally, set with spray
Once you’ve finished your wedding makeup look, remember to fix it in place with a setting spray. Our Everyday Vacay Setting Mist, infused with nourishing coconut extract, has an ultra-fine texture and subtle glowing finish – perfect for long-lasting natural makeup.
The ultimate go-to for hydration and hold, it helps to refresh and smooth your skin, creating beautiful results that will last all day. Simply shake well and hold the bottle around 20cm away from your face, gently misting over the skin two to four times in ‘X’ and ‘T’ shaped motions. Just make sure to keep your eyes and mouth closed.
Secret tip: place your Everyday Vacay Setting Mist into the fridge for an ultra-cooling spritz – the cold liquid will help to energise the skin, leaving it looking brighter on your wedding day.
By following our bridal makeup tutorial, you can avoid classic wedding day makeup mistakes and create timeless finished look – one you’ll have many happy memories of.
One final tip: we recommend having at least two trial runs in the lead up to the big day. Wedding day schedules tend to be pretty tight so knowing how long the look takes to apply can save a lot of valuable time.
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