Five Ways to Achieve Tear-proof Wedding Makeup

21 Sep 2015

Long-lasting, tear-proof wedding make-up is essential for any picture-perfect bride. Here are five tips to prep and prime your way to a look that won’t run or fade

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Tears of happiness down the aisle and emotional speeches are all part of the joy your special day brings. Ensure your bridal beauty look stays smudge-free with these five steps to waterproof your make-up from professional make-up artist Julia Jeckell. From a base that wont budge, to lip primers thatwill keep a photo-ready smile stay put all day, youll be prepped, primed and ready to go.


1. Base
Before foundation, a primer is a must as it prepares your skin for make-up, adds 
radiance, keeps oil and shine under control and helps foundation stay in place. I highly recommend Airbase Airbrush Make-up to my clients as it’s lightweight, gives a flawless natural finish and is silicone-based which gives fantastic long-lasting coverage without having to top up and retouch.

2. Concealer
Use a heavier concealer sparingly under foundation to add extra coverage, go lighter under the eyes, then set with a light translucent powder. It will look flawless and stay in place throughout the day. I always suggest a lightweight colourcorrecting creamy concealer for under the eyes in a peach, bisque or pink shade to suit the client's skin tone. Nobody wants to see thick unnatural coverage that sits in the creases.

Julia’s top tip: When it comes to camera flash, be wary of light reflecting concealers such as Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat. This product is amazing for adding highlights to the face when used in the right places, however it can cause flashback (a white glow) when used under the eyes.


3. Eyes
Eyes are the window of the soul, so anything applied to the eye area on the big day must be long-wearing. Prime the eyelids with a flesh-coloured eye primer base – this helps eyeshadow and other eye products adhere to the skin. It’ll also help eyeshadow to blend more easily. Choose a waterproof gel or pencil liner and waterproof mascara. Mac gel eyeliners stay in place all day and I love Illamasqua eyebrow gel for a precise finish. I always use Mac eyeshadows as the pigments are much stronger and blend beautifully. 

After eyeshadow, waterproof liner and mascara, clean up and set under and around the eyes with a lightweight creamy concealer and translucent powder. When it comes to eyelashes, many brides now go for semi-permanent lashes which don’t need mascara – this may be a better option if you’re worried about tears on the day.

4. Blush
I use a cream blusher on a drier skin and powder blusher on an oiler skin – it’s all in the formula. Apply it in layers and blend well to make it long-lasting. 

5. Lips
Firstly blend a natural toned lip liner to prevent any bleeding of lipstick. Long-stay lipsticks are recommended but can be quite drying. I love Mac Prep and Prime lip primer as anything applied over it has super staying power. I always apply Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream to the lips while doing the rest of the face. My clients love it and the driest of lips end up super soft, ready for primer and lipstick.

Julia’s tear proof make-up kit:
Airbase Airbrush Make-up (
Mac Fluidline Gel Eyeliner (
Illamasqua Precision Eyebrow Gel (
Mac Prep and Prime Lip Primer (
Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream (  

Picture Credit:
Photography by Sarah Ropke 


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