Wedding makeup and the 10 tips every bride needs to know

On your special day you want to look 10/10 and with these hot tips we promise your wedding makeup will be flawless.

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It’s safe to say your wedding day is a pretty big deal. So I think it’s completely reasonable to want to look like an absolute princess. Whatever style of makeup you want to go for whether it be full glam or simple yet elegant, these are the ten things you will definitely need to know before you organise anything to do with your wedding makeup.


1. Beware of flashback

Dreaded flashback. It really is a wedding’s worst nightmare. With all the photos you will be taking this is definitely something you’ll want to avoid. In case you’re unaware, flashback is the horrible effect when flash photography causes your makeup to show up significantly lighter than it is. The flash light reflects off the makeup and will leave your face looking 20 shades lighter than your entire body. Not cute. How to avoid this? Never fear, is here. The biggest flashback culprits are foundations and setting powders, which are obviously necessary for wedding makeup. Be sure whatever foundation you’re using contains absolutely no SPF and that your setting powder is translucent, not too white and even states no flashback on the label. The Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Setting Powder is a fan favourite that lasts forever and is definitely invisible in photos.

2. Prevent oxidising

Oxidising is literally the worst. A foundation can go on your skin looking as though it is the perfect colour for your skin tone. Fast-forward an hour or even 15 minutes and you can look like an oompa loompa from Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. Again… not cute. There is no specific ingredient in a foundation that causes this but there are ways to avoid it. One main reason your foundation may change colour is due to your skin's natural oils mingling with the foundation, throwing your skin's pH balance off-kilter and causing your shade to shift. To prevent this from happening to you on your special day you can blot your skin, use a primer and most importantly, make sure you set your foundation. This will ensure the contact to oxygen will not change the foundation. If you really can’t find a product that doesn’t go orange on your skin, try a lighter shade that will oxidise to your natural colour.


3. Use long-lasting products

Obviously, your wedding day isn’t going to be a quick in and out. When you really think about it, your makeup will be going on well before the ceremony and coming off later after the reception, so you’re going to want that stuff to hold. Essentially, you should find a heavy-duty, long-lasting makeup that just isn’t going to budge. Not only will it need to pass the hours intact, but it’ll need to stand up against sweat, tears and any other obstacles that stand in front of your perfect makeup day. All your products have to step up to the plate on this all-important day, but particularly so for your foundation. Look for a foundation that is full-coverage and lasts approximately five years. Not really, but you get what I’m saying.

4. Avoid looking washed out

Now this one is a bit tricky because it differs from person to person. The main thing about wedding makeup is that you’re obviously going to be matching it with your stunning white wedding dress. The snag here is you’ll need your makeup to stand out so you won’t look completely washed out. This idea may turn you off because you didn’t want to go heavy duty on your makeup and that’s OK – it’s totally unnecessary. Simply avoid the pale makeup looks and opt for something more smokey. When you match that to your wedding dress then the look will even itself out and voilà, you’re a beautiful bride. A useful way to prevent a washed-out look is to wear white when testing your wedding makeup, so you can get a helpful comparison for how it will look like on the day.

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5. Waterproof mascara (and glue!)

Seriously, even if you think you’re made of steel and you’re not going to shed a tear, it’s better safe than sorry right? Your wedding day is going to be exactly what it’s supposed to be: a whirlwind of emotions. However, we aren’t going to let a couple tears ruin our makeup, now are we? This is where waterproof mascara comes in. There are multiple waterproof mascaras on the market but the Dior Waterproof Backstage Mascara made it into our most popular mascaras for 2018 for a very good reason. If that’s beyond your price range then reach for the Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara. This baby is a little on the cheaper side and is and award winning mascara, so it’s win-win. Or you might want to go extravagant on your wedding day and add some false eyelashes to the look. It’s important to be sure your lash glue is waterproof too! The Duo Eyelash Adhesive from Sephora is not only waterproof but super-affordable.

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6. Glossy vs. matte lips?

When it comes to wearing a glossy or a matte lip on your special day, my steadfast and strong recommendation is – neither. A glossy lip will last about two seconds on your big day and you’d really prefer to do other things than spend your entire day reapplying your lippy. Whilst matte lips are long-lasting, they're just too drying. Especially reapplying you get that crumbling which does not feel good and definitely doesn’t look good either. The solution? A simple satin lip. It’s not as long-lasting as a matte, but it won’t dry out your lips. It also has staying power so it won’t disappear quickly or transfer easily throughout the day like a gloss. One of our favourites would have to be the Tarte Rainforest of the Sea color splash lipstick from Sephora that’s hydrating, incredibly pigmented and durable.


7. Carry your touch up tools

Probably one of the most important things when planning your wedding makeup is knowing which touch-up tools you’re going to need. Whilst you should choose your makeup to be hard-wearing it’s still entirely reasonable to expect occasional touch-ups throughout the day. I mean lipstick doesn’t last forever (sadly), and your makeup can fade quickly especially if your skin tends to be on the oily side. One cheeky tool you can definitely consider to pack is a powder to periodically set your makeup throughout the day. I strongly recommend the Fenty Beauty Invisimatte Blotting Powder from Sephora. It won’t clog your pores or settle into fine lines but will increase your makeup’s longevity throughout the day.


8. Avoid a completely new look

I know your wedding day is super-exciting and you really want to look your best, but it’s your safest bet to just stick to what you know. It can be tempting to go a little out of the ordinary and that’s totally fine. However, if there is a makeup look or colours you know compliment your features, then stick with it. If you change things up a lot there is a strong likelihood you’ll end up giving yourself a shock and hating the look. For example, you wouldn’t go from being a dark brunette to a platinum blonde the day before your wedding. The same rule applies with your makeup.

9. You really don’t need a mountain of makeup

One of the biggest misconceptions surrounding wedding makeup is that you’ll need a lot of it. This isn’t necessarily true. Whilst you probably would want to wear a tad more than normal so it shows up in photos, when using quality products that are highly pigmented and offer full coverage it’s unnecessary to add layer upon layers. An effective way to avoid looking like your wearing an abundance of makeup is using predominantly cream-based products and add a small amount of powder to set them. If you’re someone who never ever wears makeup then it will probably seem like a lot. However on a day like your wedding you’re allowed to go that extra mile!

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10. Pre-trial the makeup

Please, please, please don’t make yourself up on your wedding day without putting in a few trial runs first. Doing so can go two ways: you’ll end up in tears or you’ll be the luckiest person in the world. It’s safer not to take the chance. Whether you’re doing it yourself or getting it professionally done, you will 100% need to pre-trial. You will likely not know what you like or dislike until it’s actually on your face and if it’s far from what you were expecting, it’s better to know before your wedding day. So take the time to play around with the makeup look you have envisioned and see what works. You’ll be surprised, you might end up with a completely different result than you first envisioned.

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