Your Wedding Makeup Survival Guide

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This article is for all you soon-to-be-brides out there. You have enough on your proverbial webbing plates without having to worry about your makeup on the big day. I’m by no means a professional makeup artist, but as a beauty editor and as someone who prides herself in being able to draw matching eyeliner on BOTH eyes first time around (not that I'm boasting or anything...) I have been cornered on more than one occasion and done the brides makeup on her big day (and the bridesmaids, the mother of the bride and myself). Not only am I a dab hand at creating the perfect palette of bridal nudes, know the best wedding makeup tips, I’ve also whittled down my kit to the products that I know will last the distance, and will outlast even the most energetic bride on the dancefloor and will be one less thing for the bride to worry about.

These products are in my go-to wedding kit and haven’t let me down so far. They enhance natural beauty, give a gorgeous glow (even if sleep has been somewhat lacking in the run up) and are sweat, crease, smudge and let’s not forget waterproof. Because who doesn’t love a good cry at a wedding? Read on for my tried and tested wedding makeup tips:

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  1. Always do a trial run. Never try something new on the day and always take photos of the look you want, preferably in a few different lighting settings to check you aren’t going too dark around the eyes or that it doesn't suit your skintone.

  2. Always use a moisturiser. This is an essential wedding makeup tip. Don’t want a shiny face in photos so think skipping the moisturiser will help? Wrong. If you have dry skin, the products will settle in the fine lines and wrinkles, making you look older. If you are going to be indoors most of the day we recommend using a moisturizer without SPF as too much can leave you with a ghostly sheen. La roche Posay Hydreane Light 40 £13.50 is a light, non oily but incredibly nourishing moisturiser that will leave your skin comfortable and shine free all day long.

  3. Use a Silicone free primer. Such as Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance £28.50which will give your more base staying power that slippy silicone based ones thatw ill just slide right off your face. Primers go for your eyes too. Don’t let eyeshadow creases ruin your big day and pat on Clinique All About Shadow Primer For Eyes £16.00 before your eyeshadow.

  4. Use long - lasting formulations. You need to be camera ready all day, so make your products work hard so you don’t have too. Look for crease proof, sweat resistant, long lasting and waterproof for products with serious staying power. Armani Lasting Silk Uv Foundation 6.5 £36.50is a high resistance, fresh foundation that will give a luminous semi-matte finish that lasts.

  5. It’s all about the blending. One of the biggest wedding faux pas is having a different colour face to your neck and chest. Use a damp sponge to blend your foundation all the way from your face to your decolletage for a soft, airbrush-worthy finish.

  6. Use a concealer that matches your foundation. Don’t go one shade lighter in an attempt to brighten the under eye area. You will just end up looking like a panda. Shiseido Perfecting Stick Concealer £24.00camouflages blemishes and dark circles without creasing or drying (or rubbing off if there’s any crying).

  7. Don’t contour, Nontour! Your wedding is not the time to go for a heavy contour. You want to look ethereal not overly made up. Use a highlighter to the areas that would naturally catch the light for a beautiful glow. This is one of my favourite wedding makeup tips and I’m currently obsessed with this one shade suits all (literally EVERYONE) Perricone Md No Highlighter Highlighter £29.00. Apply to the top of your cheekbones, down the middle of your nose, cupids bow, between the brow bones and the middel of your chin and blend with a fan brush to diffuse it beautifully into your skin. For those wearing a strapless dress blend a little on your collarbones and shoulders to catch the light as you move.

  8. Be a shine free (T) zone. Prevent a greasy T-zone ruining your fun by dusting a little translucent powder. Daniel Sandler Invisible Blotting Pressed Powder £18.50 has a permanent place in my make up kit. It doesn’t cake, dry out the skin or change the shade of your foundation, or natural skintone. It’s so super lightweight, that the only thing you will notice whilst wearing it is the shine free results.

  9. Ready, Set, Go! Finish your look with a makeup setting spray and it won’t budge an inch until you want it too. NYX Cosmetics Make Up Setting Spray Matte Finish/long Lasting £8.00 is a professional product at high street prices and all my makeup artist friends swear by it on shoots as even under hot lights, makeup won’t melt.

I hope you enjoyed these wedding makeup tips? Start collecting your wedding makeup essentials now and find the perfect foundation to match your skin tone here.

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