6 things to keep in mind when deciding on your bridal make-up

23 May 2022

Bear these handy make-up tips in mind for your wedding day 

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After deciding on your wedding dress, shoes and accessories, your bridal look is finally coming together. Every bride wants to look and feel beautiful on her wedding day and your style of make-up can ultimately make your bridal look. From make-up trials to finding inspiration from the seasons, here are six things you should keep in mind when deciding on your wedding make-up look.  

Consider the season you are marrying in 


Your skin tends to become drier in cooler climates and excess shine from sweat is more likely in the warmer spring and summer months. Keep this in mind when creating your bridal make-up look. Ask your make-up artist to use a finishing powder or setting spray to ensure your make-up stays in place throughout the day.  

You should also look to the season to influence your make-up's colour palette. If you plan on tying the knot in autumn, look to burnt orange and peach tones for your eyes and deep red or plum shades for your lips. Alternatively, a spring bride should use bright pastel colours to influence her make-up look.  

Keep in mind the location 


Similarly, your make-up style should coincide with your wedding location. For instance, a dramatic look with heavy eye make-up and a bold lip might not tie in with a relaxed, beach-side celebration. Create a mood board with make-up styles you like and discuss this with your make-up artist to see if it would suit your wedding venue. For brides doing their own make-up, use your mood board as a guide and experiment with styles to find one that suits you and where you are tying the knot.  

Make-up trials  


When scheduling a make-up trial or trials, book an appointment at least two months before your wedding date. This will allow time for your skin to calm down if any unexpected reactions occur from using new products. 

It also gives you the chance to make sure you are 100% happy with your bridal make-up look. Your make-up artist has a wealth of knowledge so utilise this opportunity to try different styles you wouldn’t normally consider to see which look will suit you.  

Prime your skin 


Whether you use a make-up artist or decide to do your make-up yourself, make sure to use a primer before applying your make-up. This will increase the longevity of your make-up look and will prevent it from creasing or rubbing off.  

You should also invest in a good moisturiser, which will help create a soft, smooth base for your bridal make-up. If you are introducing any new products into your beauty regime, make sure to do this at least four weeks before your wedding day.  

Keeping a survival kit 


Emotions can run high during your wedding day and smudging of mascara and eye shadow can be inevitable. There’s also plenty of eating and drinking, which can rub off your lipstick. Ask your bridesmaid or maid of honour to keep an emergency survival kit on hand throughout the day, with make-up wipes for running mascara or lipstick to give your lips a touch up.  

You can also include other handy items such as blotting paper, lip balm or safety pins for any accidental dress tears that occur during the festivities.  

Less is more 


When it comes to your wedding make-up look, opt for a less-is-more approach. No matter if you want a bold eye or bright lip, keep your make-up base natural looking with a lightweight foundation. Wearing a thicker type of foundation tends to be more prominent in wedding photos. Let your inner beauty shine by keeping your foundation light and minimal.  

You can also cover up any dark circles or pesky pimples with concealer, if need be. 

For more bridal skincare inspiration, see our guide to sustainable wedding make-up and the skinimalism beauty trend

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