How to do your own bridal makeup
If the thought of leaving the fate of your wedding day makeup in someone else’s hands fills you with anxiety, take control (and save some of your budget) by doing your own. It’s a good idea not to stray too far from your usual look, but take note of these beauty tips to ensure you’re at your very best.
1. Preparation is key. Never underestimate the importance of a good skincare routine. With a glowing complexion underneath your makeup, you’re already halfway there.
2. Keep your face in place all day using a primer. NARS Pore and Shine Control Primer is a firm favourite amongst makeup artists as it controls shine and blurs imperfections.
3. This will probably be the most photographed day of your life, so choose a foundation that looks good both in person and on camera. We recommend Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk. It blends seamlessly, boosts radiance, and doesn’t contain SPF (which can make you look washed out in photos).
4. The easiest way to look bright and well-rested - and you may not be feeling it on the big day - is to conceal your under eyes properly. Apply a heavy duty concealer over dark circles first - we love MAC Pro Longwear Concealer as it's full coverage without being cakey. Then follow with an illuminating concealer like YSL Touche Eclat.
5. Warm the highest points of the face with bronzer, then add Benefit's Dandelion Powder to the apples of your cheeks for a healthy glow. For lips, choose a colour that’s similar to your natural tone for an understated but polished look.
6. Don’t forget to practice. Run through your whole look around three weeks before the big day, including fake tan if you plan on wearing it. This will give an idea of how much time the whole process will take and ensure your hair and makeup complement each other.