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20 Essential Wedding Makeup Tips

Your wedding day is fast approaching and you’ve organised just about everything: the dress, the venue and the wedding decorations. All that’s left to do is decide on what wedding makeup you will use and how to go about applying it perfectly on the day so it looks fantastic in photographs.

This isn’t as simple as it sounds! There are a lot of considerations to take on board when it comes to wedding makeup application including which products to use, what colours to select, not to mention what application methods will achieve the best results.

Here are some pro wedding day makeup tips and tricks from the Perfectly Beautiful team to help make wedding makeup application a breeze.

1. Use waterproof products

Using the right makeup products can mean the difference between looking gorgeous and having makeup that lasts the whole wedding and regrettably wiping away runny mascara after you’ve shed a couple of tears during the ceremony. If you don’t want to look like you’ve had a beauty meltdown, it’s best to opt for products that are waterproof and long wearing.

Waterproof mascara being applied by a bride

2. Have a makeup trial 3 – 5 weeks before your wedding

This is so important! Doing a makeup trial run will give you the opportunity to experiment with different looks and application techniques so you can feel more confident that you’ve selected the right makeup products and will be happy with the end result.

Wearing a t-shirt in a similar colour to your wedding dress during the trial will help give you a good impression of what you will look like on the day.

A bride-to-be having her makeup applied during a makeup trial

3. Make sure your foundation is a perfect match

There’s a big difference between every day clothing and a stark white wedding dress – your makeup and foundation should therefore take this into consideration.

Different shades of foundation

4. Research application methods

Be aware that how you apply wedding makeup might differ slightly from your everyday routine. You may need to highlight different areas of your face or use different products altogether from your normal everyday makeup routine so do your research.

A bride to be who has researched the best methods with which to apply her makeup

5. Take Your Wedding Season Into Consideration

Consider using oil-free moisturisers, foundations and primers to prevent your skin from looking shiny especially when getting married in locations with warmer climates. As an added precaution, you can also carry oil blotting sheets to remove excess oil without disturbing your makeup.

A bride holding a bouquet during as summertime wedding

6. Don’t wear an SPF

Wearing sunscreen on your wedding day will result in the camera flash bouncing off your skin making you looked washed out.

Squeezing sunscreen out of a tube

7. Always apply your foundation with a sponge or brush

Never use your fingers to apply foundation! This can leave fingerprints behind and create an uneven look which is less than ideal. The less you touch your face the better – this will prevent a build-up of bacteria and dirt on your skin’s surface.

A bride applying her foundation makeup with a brush

8. Which concealer to use

For flawless skin, you will need to consider what you are covering up as this will largely determine what kind of concealer to use. An emollient and creamy product with more peach in it will help contrast the blues, purples and dark circles under the eyes. For blemishes, red spots or broken capillaries, use a pigmented, thicker concealer with hints of yellow.

Concealer makeup palette

9. Highlight above the brow bone

Use a highlighter shade on the brow bone as a finishing touch to make your eyes pop. Go for a light matte shade and pat it onto the outer corner of the brow bone to draw subtle attention to this area of your face.

Highlighting areas above the brow bone with a highlighter shade

10. Subtle is better

You want your makeup to look more natural in photos so don’t go for a heavy makeup base. Use translucent powders and blotting powders to ensure your T-zone is matte as this will photograph best.

A beautiful bride with subtle, natural looking makeup

11. Frame your eye

Use a brow pencil to fill in your eye brow – for best results, choose a pencil that is a shade or two lighter than your own natural colour.

Closeup of a woman's eye with eye makeup

12. Add makeup to other areas

Extend your wedding makeup application past just your face and include your neck and shoulders if required. Exposed areas should look as uniform and natural as possible.

A bride who has added makeup to her face shoulders and neck

13. Eye shadow primer

Using an eye shadow primer is a sure way to disaster-proof your makeup and prevent any smudges against your white wedding dress.

A selection of eye shadow primers in different shades

14. Cake eyeliner

Using a dry cake eyeliner will last all day as opposed to a regular pencil which can potentially disappear and soak directly into your skin as it has an oily, waxy texture.

Crushed cake eyeliner

15. Aim to look like yourself

No matter if you normally wear minimal makeup or prefer to wear a lot on a daily basis, experimenting with a bold, trendy new look on your wedding day is not ideal. Play it safe-you want your photos to be timeless. For guaranteed results, aim for a look that incorporates radiant skin, rosy cheeks and flushed lips.

A beautiful bride with a minimal makeup look

16. Skin prep early

Be diligent with your skin-care routine and get regular facials if possible. This will make a big difference to your skin’s texture and create the best base for makeup. Aim for at least 3 monthly treatments prior to your wedding to illuminate and firm your complexion.

A bride-to-be preparing for her wedding by receiving a facial

17. Use professional makeup

The best wedding makeup should provide superior coverage and maximum wear to see you through your wedding day and night. Choose quality products that you know your skin won’t react negatively to for the best results.

Professional makeup products and tools

18. Use fake lashes

Ideal for special occasions or situations where you’re likely to be photographed, using fake lashes can make your eyes look big and captivating. For a more glamorous look and for those who have thin or spotty natural lashes, use full strip lashes. To enhance your lashes in a subtler way use individual eyelashes.

Full strip fake eye lash application for complete wedding day look.

19. Layer your lips

Choose a lipstick that is not too glossy or too matte. A moisturising lipstick with a satin-like finish is best for a wedding. Apply using several thin layers and blot in between for long-lasting wear.

Moisturised natural looking lips

20. Leave enough time

Failing to allocate an appropriate amount of time to do your makeup on the day can be disastrous. Allow for at least an hour for makeup application on your wedding day to ensure proper application. A good rule of thumb is to add an extra 30 minutes to however long you think it will take to apply your makeup.

A woman who has allocated an appropriate amount of time for her makeup application

If the above tips and tricks seem like they might be too overwhelming and time-consuming for you on the day, you can always consult with a professional wedding makeup artist. Perfectly Beautiful specialises in wedding hair and makeup application so you don’t have to worry about a thing except looking radiant on the day.

Speak to our team today about how we can help with your wedding day hair and makeup needs.

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