Wedding season is in full swing and you might be attending one soon or maybe you're even a bride to be (congratulations to you then!) and I'm sure you're wondering what makeup to wear on that day.
Whether you're wedding guest or bride you want your makeup to enhance your beautiful features, be long lasting and look good in photos. There's no rules in makeup, you wear what you like and what makes you feel comfortable. But one thing I can advice is to go for more classic, timeless look as it will always look beautiful.
I know that nowadays people usually have their wedding makeup done professionally by a makeup artist but if you prefer to do your own makeup or you're attending a wedding and want to get some tips and inspiration for a look then keep on reading :)
Makeup look I created for this post is very similar to the one I was wearing on my wedding day, although I have to say that my makeup skills have improved significantly in the last 8 years so my actual wedding makeup didn't look as good as the one I'm sharing today, haha!
I was doing my own makeup simply because I didn't trust anyone to do it the way I wanted but also because we had a small destination wedding and I didn't want to be bothered to look for a makeup artist in another country.
Whether you're bride to be or wedding guest and decided to do your own makeup for the big day my biggest advice would be to look after your skin really well in the weeks leading to the big day. And, please don't experiment with new products or eat lots of junk food in the last week as I'm sure you don't want to deal with any breakouts or irritation just before the event. Just stick to products you know work well for your skin, deeply hydrate it from outside and inside (drinking lots of water is essential) and gently exfoliate couple of days before wedding for a soft, plump skin that will make perfect canvas for a makeup.
I personally think that classic, romantic smokey eyes and pink lips look beautiful for a wedding but, of course, you can choose whatever shades you want to. My advice is to keep any current big trends to minimum so your makeup would look always timeless and you won't cringe when you look at that photo in 10-15 years. But, again, makeup is fun so you do YOU :)
Primer - on the big day be sure you cleanse and hydrate your skin not earlier then 30 minutes before doing your makeup so it's still clean and fresh. Do not skip moisturiser, just be sure you use one suitable for your skin type. Wedding day is the one day you really want to use a primer underneath your foundation so your makeup will look flawless all day. Choose one that suits your needs, if your skin is oily the Soap & Glory One Heck of a Blot is great, available in Boots, if your skin is dry use one that is hydrating, I've heard great things about the Too Faced Hangover primer. If you have large pores and some irregular texture on your skin you want to blur and smooth everything out and the Hylamide HA Blur primer, available on Look Fantastic, is a great option and perfect for any skin type as it's not drying and doesn't feel greasy like some other smoothing primers. If you have oily skin chances are your pores are larger and you may want to use two primers, one great at mattifying and another, applied only in some areas, to blur any textured skin.
Foundation - this is a very important step in your makeup so be sure you use foundation you can trust, you want something that will suit your skin type, cover any imperfections and last all day. My general advice would be to go for something with more coverage as you want your skin to look flawless (unless you're lucky to have a flawless skin then you can even skip the foundation) and matte, semi-matte if your skin is oily or normal and satin finish if it's dry. I'd say leave the super luminous foundations for another time as they're usually not as long lasting and also they might make you look sweaty (especially on the photos) after a few hours. I used here Inglot HD Perfect Cover Up foundation as it has medium to full coverage, lasts well and it looks good in pictures. Also, avoid foundations with high SPF in them as they might create a flash back in photos took with flash.
Concealer - hide dark under eye circles and any spots or imperfections and lightly highlight the centre of the skin, don't pile up lots of concealer or corrector under your eyes as it might crease, just use where needed. I used Pixi Under Eye Corrector to cancel out the darkness and Seventeen Skin Wow! Concealer to highlight under my eyes and in the centre of my face.
Powder - this is important step for any skin type to ensure that your base will look the best and last all day. Set your foundation and concealer with finely milled powder so it won't look cakey, use mattifying one for oily skin. Hourglass Ambient Lighting powders and Bourjois Healthy Balance powder are great for dry skin as they're not drying and add natural luminosity to the skin.
I used Vichy Dermablend Setting Powder which is excellent at locking foundation in place and mattifying skin. I pressed it to my skin with the puff it comes with and after couple of minutes I dusted away any excess with fluffy brush a bit of Hourglass Ambient Lighting powder in Diffused Light to add natural looking radiance to my skin. I set my under eye concealer with Inglot HD Brightening powder because it's great for that area.
Bronzer - after all the layers of base products you want to bring some dimension and colour to your face so lightly bronzing the skin is essential. I used my absolute favourite Hourglass Ambient Lighting Luminous Bronze because it adds that sun-kissed look and adds glow to my skin. I also lightly contoured my cheeks with the Inglot HD Sculpting powder. If you need lots of contouring I'd say go for it as 'well structured' face will look great in photographs but don't do it just for the sake of doing it, focus on softly enhancing your features then on harsh contours.
Blush - absolutely essential to add that romantic flush to your cheeks, keep it soft and well blended. I used Becca Mineral Blush in Flowerchild (from the Becca Champagne Split),it's a beautiful peachy pink with subtle golden sheen and goes well with the whole romantic makeup look.
Highlighter - as much as you want to bathe yourself in that beautiful champagne gold highlighter I'd say keep it a bit modest, apply it on the top of your cheek bones, under and above your brows, a bit on the top of your nose and cupid's bow for that beautiful luminosity when the skin catches the light. You don't want to look at your picture in 10 years time and think 'why the hell I look so sweaty, lol! Remember that trends come and go so take the best of everything but don't go overboard.
For my highlight I used Becca Jaclyn Hill Champagne Pop.
Setting spray - I rarely use setting sprays but for a special occasion like wedding I think it's important to add the extra step to ensure that the makeup will last all day. Also setting sprays help the layers of different products mesh together for a more natural look. I used L'Oreal Infallible Fixing Mist which I find effective at locking my makeup in place.
Primer - be sure to use an eyeshadow primer before applying your eye makeup so everything will look and last better. I used just a concealer set with powder because it works well for me.
Eyeshadows - I used Makeup Geek eyeshadows because they're great quality with fantastic formula which blends effortlessly, creating this eye look I reached for White Lies, Peach Smoothie, Latte, Mocha, Americano, Corrupt, Starry Eyed, Tuscan Sun and Bitten.
The eye look is quite simple but it requires lots of blending and layering so it doesn't look flat and adds beautiful dimensions to the eye.
Eye pencils, eye liners - NYX Wonder Eye Pencil for waterline and Kat Von D Tattoo Liner to line the lashes.
Mascara - if you're not wearing false lashes it's important to use mascara that will add volume and length to your lashes without making them clumpy. My current favourite is the Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious mascara. Use waterproof mascara as you might shed a tear or two :)
And remember to curl your lashes, it makes a big difference!
False lashes - unless you're a lucky owner of thick, long natural lashes I highly recommend using falsies as they just take the eye look to the next level and make your eyes look even more beautiful in photographs. If you're struggling with false lashes application I shared my tips on how to apply false lashes last week so they might be helpful. I wore in this look Ardell Demi Wispies and I think they're perfect for this kind of occasion as they're subtle but still add a bit of drama to the eyes. They're also universally flattering and will suit many eye shapes.
I didn't wear false lashes on my wedding day and totally regret that so keep practising and make your eyes stand out on that wedding photos :)
Brows - please, do not forget your brows! They're the frame of your eyes and keep the face looking well balanced and structured. You don't need to go for the 'Instagram brows' trend many love nowadays, just fill in any sparse areas and define them, you can go for a bit more stronger brows then you normally would as they like to 'disappear' on the photos. Use waterproof, smudge-proof products, I highly recommend brow pomades. I'm currently loving the NYX Tame & Frame Brow Pomade in Brunette.
The eye look tutorial
Go with whatever you fancy, being nude, red or pink as long as it goes with the whole theme of your makeup look. My advice would be to stay away from very pale nudes as they will wash you out and won't look as good in photos as something with more colour to it. I, personally love muted pinks for wedding, I think they look pretty with the romantic smokey eye look and add feminine, girly touch.
Use something long lasting as you don't want to be re-applying your lipstick every half an hour. If you're not choosing matte lipstick (which usually lasts longer) line your lips with matching lip liner, then apply your lipstick, blot your lips with a tissue and re-apply the lipstick, this trick will ensure that any lipstick will last longer.
I chose Kat Von D Liquid lipstick in Mother which is a gorgeous mauve pink, shade I always gravitate to.
And this is the finished look :) I did have lots of fun posing with the rose, LOL!
Let me know what do you think of this bridal/wedding guest makeup look. I hope the tutorial was a bit helpful if you're planning to do your own makeup for a wedding day.
Did you do or are you planning to do your own wedding makeup?