Wedding make-up (when you’re a guest)

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This post is coming a little later than I planned but I’m sure so many people still have weddings to go to this year – I know I am four down with two more to go!

Similarly to bridal make-up, when you’re a guest at a wedding you want to choose products with longevity. You might not be suffering from nervous sweats like the bride but you’re still potentially spending the day in the sun, and you’ll definitely be eating and drinking.

Most likely, this also isn’t a time to go for something that is a big departure from what you usually wear. You want to enjoy the day feeling confident and relaxed and not worry that your Nicki Minaj eyelashes have come unstuck or that you have just left a two-tone lipstick mark on the mother of the bride’s cheek.

That said, there’s nothing stopping you from upping the ante a little – it’s a special occasion after all!

If you usually go for muted tones on your eyes, you could try a pop of copper which flatters all eye colours. Mac’s Woodwinked is perfect. Blend it in all over the eyelid and into the socket – the sheeny texture magically stays bright over the lid while defining the socket so there’s no need to add something darker.

For base, try adding a little moisturiser to your foundation of choice to avoid looking too cakey in the sun. Use concealer to cover any imperfections. If you’re in the market for a new base I love YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat and Garnier BB Miracle Skin Perfector Oil Free.

For lips you want to choose something that isn’t going to need touching up every five minutes. You could either go for a natural nude-y gloss (I wear Barry M Lip Gloss in 11 Coral almost every day) or there are lots of lipstick/balm/gloss/stain formulations around at the moment that are very easy to wear. Try YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain Lip in number 15 or Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Rendevous – both shades look fantastic with Woodwinked.

Here are a few make-up tutorials that I think work really well for a wedding guest look:

Tanya Burr’s Victoria’s Secret model make-up tutorial: Miranda Kerr (I appreciate a Victoria’s Secret model look might be a surprising choice but the make-up is so pretty and actually totally appropriate!)

Nic of Pixiwoo’s own wedding day make-up tutorial (Although a bridal look, works perfectly for a guest too).

Wedding/special occasion look by Lisa Eldridge (I’ve said before how totally, incredibly wonderful I think Lisa is – this is another beautiful look from her).

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!

Beauty And The Bride

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We all want to look like the absolute best version of ourselves on our wedding day; I feel I can be so bold as to assume that this is a given for pretty much every lady out there.

Over the next six weeks I’m going to write a series of posts that will help you on the road to sheeny, shiny bridal perfection. Whether you just want to tone up or need tips for beautiful, glowing make-up, I’m going to cover it all here.

Before my own wedding I did something like this and genuinely felt lovely on the day. And I think that’s the main thing – feeling happy and confident so that when you put your dress on and leave to go and marry the man of your dreams you can forget about all the primping and just have an amazing day. Worrying about bingo wings just shouldn’t feature in your day.

You can pick this up whether you have six months or six days until you walk down the aisle – some of the benefits will be instant. My plan is that it’s easy to fit in around your job and all the planning you have to do too.

The fitness side of it is not intense – I don’t pretend to have an in-depth knowledge of any sports – my (fairly basic) take on it is to eat less, move more. But if you do take up the (easy) exercise you will definitely notice the difference.

Something I do know about is hair, skin and nails, and this will form a big part of the series. From the vitamins that will help you shine, to clever tricks with a make-up brush, you will feel lovely by the time I’m finished with you!

It’s worth saying here that of course all you don’t need to be getting married for this series to be relevant. If you have any big occasion where you want to feel your most beautiful self, you’ve come to the right place.

Yaz Trollope’s wedding hair and make up

This always happens, once I started reading Yaz’s blog on I was on there for ages! Here’s another favourite from the archives – the hair and make up Yaz did for her wedding day. The day sounds absolutely beautiful, as was she.

(I want all the products).

The wedding wrap up: Hair and make up tips for upcoming brides