Natural Wedding Make-up for Brides: Nine Tips to Master the Look from Strictly Come Dancing Make-up artist Gina Kneifel

19 Jan 2016

Hair and make-up experts from Your Wedding Your Look share their tips on how to create beautifully natural bridal make-up 

“Brides don’t have to wear heavier make-up just because it's a wedding and they’re being photographed,” says hair and make-up artist Gina Kneifel, one of the founders of Your Wedding Your Look, a business that provides hair and make-up expertise for brides and celebrity clientele including star of Strictly Come Dancing Darcey Bussell.

“It's a myth that you have to wear more make-up for the cameras. If you want a natural make-up then do it,” Gina says. Here she shares her top tips for natural bridal make-up.

1. Skin
Start with the skin. It's very important to have clean and hydrated skin before applying make-up. Use your normal cleanser but add a few more minutes of massaging with your fingertips all around the face. This gets the blood flowing and plumps the face like a mini facial. Follow with moisturiser.

2. Primer
Add a good primer before make-up to keep it lasting all day. Your make-up for the wedding day should have labels like ‘waterproof’ ‘long-lasting’ or long wear’ as brides usually start getting ready for their big day early in the morning and it needs to last until the evening.

3. Eye primer
Always use an eye primer before starting eye make-up as this will keep the eye shadow from sliding into the creases.

4. Foundation
Use your regular colour foundation but remember to blend. Use a damp sponge like a BeautyBlender as this gives a more sheer finish. Take the make-up down the neck and jawline. To avoid getting shiny, use make-up that has a matte formula.

 5. Eyes
As for eyeshadow, keep to neutral tones and add a touch of dark brown or black liner to the upper lash line for definition. Use a few layers of mascara or some individual lashes with a good lash glue such as Duo to keep them in place all night.

If you haven't used false individual lashes before, a tip is to buy some a few days prior the wedding and have a practice session to get used to applying and the feel of them. Never do anything completely new on your big day. Have a trial before to avoid any stress.

6. Blush
Keep blush soft and natural using pink or peach tones and apply lightly to the apples of the cheeks. Just smile and the apples will appear. I don't recommend too much contouring, if any, as this can look unnatural in daylight. However, highlighting a little on top of the cheekbones and down the middle of your nose gives a great glow. I always use highlighting on Darcey Bussell for the Strictly Come Dancing show, and love MAC's Strobe cream.

7. Lips
Keep lips to a colour close to the natural lip tone. Don't use a super glossy product, use a lip liner or lip stain to fill in the lips and then apply a matte or satin lipstick in a nude colour on top to finish. This will keep the colour longer lasting and won't kiss off on other people like the groom.

8. Setting make-up
Set your make up with a matte powder. I recommend using a fixing spray such as Urban Decay’s All Nighter Long-Lasting Make-up Setting Spray to keep your make up looking fresh all day and night. Another great product I couldn't live without on Strictly Come Dancing.

9. Body make-up
As with Darcey and with any brides, I always make sure to add a little body make-up or shimmer to the shoulders and arms to complete the look.


Buy the look:
Foundation: Beauty Blender, £16,
Eyes: Eylure Pro-Lash Individuals, £4,; Duo Individual Lash Adhesive, £6,
Cheeks: MAC Strobe Cream, £24.50,
Make-up setting: Urban Decay’s All Nighter Long-Lasting Make-up Setting Spray, £21,

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