15 Ways to Ensure Wedding Day Hair and Make-up Stays Put

22 Jan 2016

Perfectly--preened brides can achieve a hair and make-up look that will last from the service to reception with these tips from online hair and beauty retailer Hairtrade.com

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Not washing your hair on the day, avoiding glittery products and curling your eyelashes are just some of the ways to ensure a bridal look lasts from dawn until dusk.

Online hair and beauty retailer Hairtrade.com has come up with 15 pointers to make sure wedding day hair and make-up stays put.

Some of the tips include which products to invest in and which should be avoided, such as leaving sparkly products out and ensuring a good primer is at hand.

Other suggestions are more unexpected: styling with unwashed hair, not using too much hairspray and avoiding heat when styling.

Some product swaps are also included, such as switching powder blush for a liquid cheek stain and using a light moisturiser as opposed to a heavy day cream.

Joanne Dodds from Hairtrade.com says: Your wedding day is one of the best days of your life, and it is also the most photographed as well. You want to ensure your make-up and hair-do stand to test of time so you look and feel gorgeous all day and it shows in the photos.

It can be tempting to pile on the make-up and hair styling products to make sure the look lasts but this isn’t the case. It’s all about knowing how to apply the products correctly, knowing which ones work for you and making the most out of them.”


Here are 15 top tips to make your look last from day to night on the day.  

1. Take a make-up class
If you are doing your own make-up or your bridesmaids are, make sure you know what you are doing. Taking a class is a great way to ensure your make-up will look and feel professional without the added cost of hiring a make-up artist. It can make a great hen-do activity too.

2. Think about your moisturiser
If your normal daily moisturiser is quite heavy, change it as it will encourage your make-up to slide off. Opt for a light, oil-free moisturiser but test it out a few days beforehand in case you have any reactions to it.

3. Don’t wash your hair
When you wash your hair on the day it’s much too soft to hold any style. Sleep with dry shampoo in hair the night before to keep it clean and volumised. 

4. Prep with a primer
Primers aren’t just puff products, they are the real deal. Not only do they act as a magnet to make-up but they can also smooth over fine lines and imperfections, like Photoshop in a bottle. Apply after moisturising but before foundation.

5. Apply foundation correctly
Once you’ve found a foundation that suits your skin type, learn how apply it properly. To ensure your base is still covered by the evening, apply in thin layers using a foundation brush, starting from the middle of the face outwards.

6. Avoid sparkly products
Products containing glitter are not suitable for wedding make-up as they create a glare in wedding photos and will collect in unattractive clumps. If you want a little sparkle try products with a slight shimmer and which blend well.

7. Try a cream blusher
Powder blushes can fall a little flat on skin after a few hours. Cream blushers or cheek stains give a flattering flush perfect for any blushing bride.

8. Curl your eyelashes
Wedding day make-up needs to withstand tears as well as time. Wear a waterproof mascara and curl your eyelashes to prevent panda eyes.

9. Make your up-do last
If you’re sporting a fiddly up--do on your big day try applying mousse after your blow dry then drying your hair again. Tease at the roots before sweeping your hair up. The texture and tack of the mousse will help it maintain its shape throughout the day.

10. Curl the old-fashioned way
If you are going for a curly style make sure to use leave in rollers as opposed to tongs. The curls will set better and last for longer than heated styles. If you have shorter hair, pin curls work just as well.

Shiseido Ever Bloom Eau De Parfum, £55, House of Fraser 

11. Make your perfume last
Spritz eau du parfum as opposed to eau de toilette as it is more concentrated and has a stronger scent. Apply to parts of your skin that aren’t exposed to air as well, such as the nape of your neck and décolletage.

12. Don’t use too much hairspray
It can be tempting to douse your do in hairspray but this can actually make hair heavy, meaning styles fall out quicker.

13. Use an eyeshadow primer
Your eyelids can get oily just like your skin, and without primer, the product will slip off and settle into eyelids creases. If you don’t have an eyeshadow primer, a light concealer will do the trick.

14. Use translucent powder
It’s going to be a long day so once you’ve finished your make-up use a translucent powder on your T-zone to avoid a shiny forehead. Stash it with one of your bridesmaids so you can touch up your face if you start to get sweaty throughout the day.

15. Choose fresh flowers carefully
If you are adorning hair with fresh flowers, try to stick to dryer varieties like baby’s breath, heather or lavender. These are more resistant to wilting and will still keep fresh at the reception.


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