Wedding Day Makeup Tips

Your wedding day will see you be the center of attention for the entire day. Everyone will be looking at you so you want to look your best. From putting on the veil, kissing your husband and dancing, your wedding makeup will be disturbed. As your make-up plays an important role in complimenting your features, gown and accessories, it is important to try look your best.

Whether you are doing your make up yourself or hiring someone else to do it, try to remember the following: –

  • Your make up should be an enhancement of what you normally wear. For example, if you usually go for the natural look, stick to natural colours but slightly stronger.

  • You don’t want to try out blue mascara and red lipstick! Remember your fiance is marrying you, so he should at least recognize you! Saying that you should define your features stronger than what you usually do, so they show up in photographs. You should feel comfortable in the make up you are wearing, this is not the time to try out anything drastic.

  • On your day you don’t want to be worrying about your shade of lippy whilst saying your vows.
    If you are having your make up done professionally, make sure you have a practice run before your big day. A good idea is to have a dress rehearsal and take photos, so you can then check that it will look good.

  • Like a very dear friend of mine who recently got married, she cried the whole way through. Waterproof mascara is a must!

  • You want your make up to last all day. There are some fabulous long lasting make up items around, which will ensure that you don’t need to “touch up” during the day. Believe me you won’t have time to re-apply your make up.

Every bride should use foundation to some degree. Foundation and concealed are the most important aspect to looking good in photographs. Even the tiniest blemishes can show up in your photographs. Also, since many of us don’t have perfect skin, these products allow for a flawless look.

If you never wear makeup at least consider using a little foundation – it really helps even out your skin tone. Using a stick or cake foundation is a good choice. There are also many great light liquid formulas out on the market today. You can’t go wrong. Applied with a sponge, coverage can be as heavy or light as you wish. Better yet, choose a mineral foundation for optimal results. Before application, make sure you moisturize with an oil-free moisturizer before applying foundation, especially for those with oily skin.


Finally remember on your big day to have the following to hand.

  • Cotton buds, to wipe away any smudges under the eyes

  • Your lippy, should you need a touch up.

  • Some translucent powder to blot away any sweaty patches

  • Breath freshener (you will be doing lots of kissing – alcohol breath is not very attractive!)

  • Contact lens solution – if you wear them.

  • Small phial of your perfume to keep you smelling gorgeous – which you will be!

  • And your man of course!!!

  • For more natural look avoid applying any makeup to your brows. Apply the eye colour and a neutral shadow after putting on shadow primer.
  • For brightening the eyelids, use an eye shadow base.
  • Apply two layers of waterproof mascara, having few seconds pause between, to avoid smudging Make sure you use smudge proof eye makeup. Wedding ceremonies take a longer time and you might rub the eyes accidentally.
  •  Eye shadow should compliment your skin tone and the outfit your wear. Use eyelashes for a dramatic look.
  • Avoid bright and neon colours as they make your skin look ashy. The best bet for your makeup in the big day is to choose a neutral or true color
  • After a complete make up, dust a little face powder as it will help the make up stay longer.


If you only used a moisturizer, pat with a little powder too. This way, you can avoid any potential shine in the eye area. Make sure you allowed your moisturizer to absorb in your skin too before powdering.