Beauty And The Bride: Wedding make-up

Eva Mendes - one of my wedding make-up inspiration photos

Eva Mendes – one of my wedding make-up inspiration photos

Whether you plan to do your own make-up or choose to have a make-up artist on the day, the most helpful thing you can do is collect lots of images of make-up looks you like. Look at them all together and pick out the themes. Have you chosen all natural styles? Maybe you’ve selected images where the skin is golden and glowing, or perhaps 60s inspired eyeliner flicks and a classic red lip? Whatever it is that you love, this will provide great inspiration for your bridal make-up.

Remember that your wedding day isn’t the time to try out a bold new look. When you walk down the aisle you want your groom to go weak at the knees at the sight of the girl he fell in love with – surprise should not be an emotion he is feeling at this point! This is the time to use your make-up to look like the best version on you.

With this in mind, along with your inspiration images, you should be thinking along the lines of enhancing what nature gave you. So, natural-looking skin (regardless of the coverage you prefer from your foundation it should always look natural), prettily defined eyes with fluttery lashes, a fresh blush of colour over cheeks, a touch of highlighter over cheekbones (and maybe also swept over forehead, down the centre of your nose and on your cupids bow – but be careful not to over-do it otherwise you risk looking more sweaty than glowy), and a lip colour that is one or two shades away from your natural colour (this will be the most flattering and won’t make your groom afraid to kiss you for fear of a) messing it up or b) donning it himself).

If you are doing your own make-up book yourself in for a consultation with brands who excel at natural make-up looks, like Bobbi Brown or Laura Mercier. Chat to the make-up artist and gather as many tips as you can. Important things are how to give your make-up staying power (primer and really taking time to work products into the skin) and flattering colours for your skin tone.

These are the products I used and loved on my wedding day:

Fluid master primer – Giorgio Armani

Luminous silk foundation – Giorgio Armani

Creamy concealer kit – Bobbi Brown (LOVE this)

Sheer Bronzer  – Giorgio Armani

Pot Rouge in Blushed Rose – Bobbi Brown (as a base for powder blusher – makes it last 10 times longer)

Blush in Nectar – Bobbi Brown

Sheer Finish Loose Powder in Soft Sand – Bobbi Brown

Eyeshadow in Brule – Mac

Pigment pot in Gold Mode – Mac (to highlight inner corners of eyes) (argh – discontinued! Try Melon instead)

Eyeshadow in Stone – Bobbi Brown

Eyeshadow in Mink – Bobbi Brown (for eyebrows) (Also discontinued, try Expresso or Mahogany)

Glam Eyes Liquid Liner in Black Glamour – Rimmel (the best I’ve tried and a bargain)

Lip Pencil in No. 22 – Make Up Forever (Try Mac Lip Liner in Spice too)

Rouge Coco in Mademoiselle – Chanel

All my brushes from Make Up Forever, Mac and Bobbi Brown.

If you are getting married, or just want some personalised make-up and beauty advice, leave a comment and I will get in touch!