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Bridal Makeup Tips

by Lucy Hope

Eeeek it’s so exciting planning a wedding!

It’s time for you to be an actual princess for a day, with the stunning dress, hair and not forgetting the makeup to match.

With it being your big day though, you don’t want to over do it on the makeup. No one wants to look back at photos and think: “Why did I think it was acceptable to look like that?”

We’ve put together a little checklist full of dos and don’ts for you to all follow…


  • Wear a white t-shirt if you’re having your make-up trial in a store – so that you can see how the makeup looks against a pale colour
  • Make sure you have your makeup trial at least three weeks before your wedding
  • If you plan on using fake tan for the big day, have a test run before your make-up trial – so that your makeup artist can see what colour your skin becomes with the tan
  • Bring references to your make-up trial – start looking for images of make-up that you really like and bring them with you on the day
  • Use individual eyelashes – we think that they’re a brilliant way to make your eyes stand out and they look far more subtle than a full strip 
  • Emphasise your eyes by brightening any darkness under them with corrector and concealer
  • Finish your make-up off with a highlighter shade on the brow bone to make the eyes really pop


  • Let a make-up artist hijack your look – this is your day, no one else’s! 
  • Go for anything too trend-led – you’re going to have these photos for the rest of your life so it’s always best to go with a classic look
  • Apply loads of makeup – if you choose to apply a heavy base, the make-up will look obvious in photos
  • Be scared of going a bit brighter – you should choose a lipstick that’s one or two shades brighter than what you would normally wear, this is because neutral colours often look washed out in photographs
  • Just apply make-up to your face – instead, extend down your neck and over your shoulders if necessary, this is just to make sure that your face is not a different colour to your body
  • Go too glossy or too matte – too glossy will last five minutes and too matte may leave your lips dry and cakey by the end of the day
  • Rush – take as much time as you need!

Image Credit: weddingsmarthasvineyard.com

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