The Beauty Bible: A Guide to Doing Your Own Wedding Make-Up
Choosing to do your own make up on your wedding day can be a great idea, firstly because it’s cheaper, and who doesn’t love saving money? Secondly, because no one knows your own skin and features like yourself of course!
Doing your own make up however may seem like a daunting thought, and the fact that you will be in front of the camera and focal point all day may make you question whether it is a good idea for you to do your own make up or not. Well there is no need to worry, here at The Wedding Affair we have come up with all the best tips to make you sure that you are looking photo ready all day and night!
If, however you are still unsure of whether to book a make-up artist or not, there is nothing stopping you from going for a make-up trial to see what it’s like, and if you choose not to book an artist, at least you will come back with some valuable information on applying your own make up! We have a lovely selection of make-up artists who will be willing to help you out click here to view them on our Approved Supplier List.
One thing you can be sure of when doing your own make up is that you won’t have to buy everything brand new. You know which products work best for your skin type, your skin colour.
1. Make sure you do a make-up trial & be sure to take photos of yourself
No matter what you choose you need to make sure you do a trial on yourself of the makeup you are sure on using, this way you get a feel for what you are doing and make sure that you know what you are doing before the big day. This is to make sure you don’t end up with any last minute disasters or end up hating the way your make up has gone on the day. The last thing you want to do it damage your confidence on the day and end up feeling too self-conscious!
Ensure that when you have got your make up how you want it for your wedding that you get someone to take plenty of photos in different lighting and different angles. Why not do your make up before your trial for photographs before your wedding and see how it looks in these? This will also give you a good indication to see if it will stay put all day.
2. Look for products with ‘Long Wear’ and ‘Long Lasting Titles’
Brides usually start getting ready early in the morning and the celebrations can go right through to the early hours. Using products that you know will last will be one less stress for you on the day. Make sure that you wear waterproof make-up such as mascara and eye liner, the last thing you want to have is black make up running down your face!
3.Moisturise your skin before applying any Make-Up
If you think skipping moisturiser will prevent your face from being shiny in photos, then think again! Makeup artists can’t stress enough how important it is to have properly moisturised skin for the day of your wedding, and every day really! If your skin is dry, it will easily absorb the products and therefore makeup will settle into fine lines and your make up may appear cakey, making imperfections stand out more. Use an oil-free moisturiser all over your face and eye moisturiser for under the eye.
4. To use SPF or not to use SPF?
If you usually go for anti-ageing make up, high definition powders or products with SPF in then you may want to re consider for your wedding day. Anti-ageing make up can be fabulous for day to day wear, but even if you wear the slightest amount too much then it can lead to your face looking patchy and can leave pale circles. This is the same for HD Powder, the particles in the powder can act as mirrors and reflect the cameras light or any flash photography. This could leave you with a ghostly pale face, and not looking natural at all.
This can be the same for products with SPF. Even though it may seem like a good idea to wear a foundation with SPF in to protect your face on your summer wedding, be careful that it doesn’t leave an ashy tone behind on your skin. This again could make your skin appear too light for your body!
5. Primer’s (Essential!)
This comes after using a moisturiser and is an essential for absolutely flawless long lasting make up! Use a primer all over your face and blend into your neck. If you are unsure on how to use a primer or what is best for your skin type, then have a look here where we put a guide together just for you lovely people. Try to use an oil free primer for your wedding day so that your make up has an even better coverage for a longer period of time.
Eye Shadow Primer…
Your eye lids can to get oily just like your face can do, this may cause eye shadows to crease or set onto your skin. This can easily be resolved with an eye shadow primer. An eye shadow primer this will ensure that your eye shadow will stay put and last all day and night! One that we recommend at The Wedding Affair is Urban Decays Eye Shadow Primer Potion.
You can purchase primers for all different areas of your face, such as eye brow, eye lash and lip primers. Boots (our fabulous sponsors) have a great range in store and would be happy to help you out with any make up dilemmas you may have!
To finish of your look consider wearing a setting spray to ensure that your make-up stays on all day and night. A setting spray would also be handy to have with you on the day as a refresher and can be used to cool you down. We recommend M.A.C Fix Plus Setting Spray.
6.Use a damp sponge when applying make-up
Yes, we know this may sound absolutely crazy but it honestly works! Use a damp sponge to even out foundation when applying to your face. Foundation should be applied so it creates a sheer canvas that evens out skin tone, not so that it creates a mask, and using a damp sponge does just that. When used correctly it evens out foundation and can be easily blended into your neck so you don’t end up with any nasty lines, giving you a skin tone that matches the rest of your body (providing you use the correct colour foundation). Blending is absolutely a must!
Using this technique will work to even out skin tone and create a flawless coverage, if you have any redness, blemishes or spots which are still visible, use a concealer to tackle this once the foundation is on.
7.Use a concealer that matches your skin tone
Everyone has most likely of heard that you should use a concealer which is lighter than your skin tone, this is not true. You should stick to a concealer which matches your skin tone so you don’t end up with obvious white circles in your wedding photos. Another idea which will brighten up your eye area is to set your concealer with a yellow tinted powder. This will warm up the skin tone, rather than create a white mask.
8. The Perfect wedding day glow?
For that perfect dewy look on your wedding day consider using a shimmery cream highlighter, apply it where the sun would usually hit your face (Top of cheek bones, cupids bow, middle of the chin, top of the brow bone etc.) This would go perfectly if the rest of your make up is matte to accentuate your face in all the right places.
Remember to use body make-up if you want to continue that dewy look and so it doesn’t just stop at the face. Consider applying tinted moisturiser with a shimmer. This will brighten your skin and won’t transfer onto your dress.
9. Don’t overdo the eye shadow!
It may seem like a good idea going for eye shadows which give you a darker bolder look right? Our advice to you is not to overdo it, if you usually go for nudes and soft browns stick to this but maybe add a touch of shimmer or a slightly darker shade, but nothing too drastic as you may regret it after the day. On your wedding you want to look like the natural version of you.
10. Eye Lashes…
Why not consider using individual natural false eye lashes to accentuate your eyes? These will be a better option than strip lashes which can look both obvious in photos and in person. The good thing about individual lash clusters is that you can choose the parts of your eye you wear them, in order to look both natural but add a touch of definition.
As said in the previous point you should try keep your make up looking natural and true to yourself, your fiancée wants to see you walking down the aisle and not you trying to look like someone else.
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