• Wedding Makeup tips & Things to Consider

  • There are many decisions to make for your big day - and, after your dress, your makeup is likely to be one that you’ll spend some time deliberating about. After all, makeup trends can quickly change, and while you’ll want something stylish for the day, you’ll also want a look that’s timeless for the photos that you’ll cherish.

    Whether you’re a regular makeup wearer, or someone who usually rocks a barely-there look, you’re likely to have some questions before you make any decisions. It pays to have a few ideas around what you’re after to help your makeup artist create the perfect look for you, so to help you get started, here are some of the questions I’ll ask you about choosing the direction of your bridal makeup for your big day:

    How much makeup do you usually wear?

    While you’ll want to ‘wow’ for your special day, you also still want to look like ‘you’. If you don’t normally wear a lot of makeup, I suggest keeping your look light and as natural as possible. However, your wedding-day makeup also has to last the distance - potentially through sweat, some tears, kisses, hugs, dining and dancing - to keep it photo-perfect from the moment you step down the aisle, til the moment you’re whisked off at the end of the night. It’s important to realise that you’re probably going to have to wear more makeup than you normally would, but that doesn’t mean it has to appear ‘caked on’. Good products and professional application help you achieve the right balance of looking good, all day, without feeling like it’s too heavy.

    Do you have a signature look?

    Once again, you want to feel like your best self on your big day. If you have a signature ‘look’ that makes you feel the most comfortable, let your artist know. While we’re here to provide professional advice and tips about looking your best and enhancing what you’re already got, we also don’t want to take you too far out of your comfort zone. In saying that, don’t be afraid to go for something a little brighter or bolder than normal, as you don’t want to look washed out in your white dress.

    Do you have a theme?

    If you have a theme or styling direction for your wedding day, it’s a good idea to think about aligning your makeup to fit in with the look. Do you want a classical glam look for a modern setting, a relaxed, natural look for a beach wedding, or a soft and feminine look for a boho, rustic event?

    The same goes for your dress - are you going classic white, or feminine and lacy, or floaty and ethereal? If you can, bring along a photo of your dress, and any images of your ideal hair style, so your artist can pull together the look with perfectly complementary makeup.

    Some other important things to consider:

    • Trial your look

    It’s natural to feel a few nerves on the morning of your big day - but they shouldn’t be about your makeup! Having a pre-wedding makeup trial at least 3-5 weeks before your wedding day is a good idea, so you know you’re going to feel confident and comfortable about your look. Bring along any images of makeup that you like (Pinterest, wedding mags and wedding blogs is a great place to start), and let your artist know what it is about the look that you like. A trial is also a good time to experiment with false lashes if you plan on wearing them - as well as your fake tan.

    • Prep your skin

    A flawless look depends a lot on having a great foundation to work from. Invest some time and effort into prepping your skin, well before your big day. Great skincare, quality products, healthy eating and plenty of hydration are always the secret to smooth, healthy and glowing skin. Also think about brow shaping a few months out, so that you can achieve a great natural shape by the time the big day comes around.

    • Consider your bridal party

    It is all about you… but don’t forget about your best girls! Your trial is also a good time to chat about the colouring of your bridesmaids and what look you might like for them (if you require professional bridal party makeup done too).

    Don’t be afraid to ask for some advice - that’s what your makeup artist is there for! We keep on top of the latest looks and trends for wedding makeup, so we have plenty of ideas if you’re feeling stuck or overwhelmed. Our job is to make you look and feel beautiful for your wedding day - it just takes a little communication to ensure we create the best look for you.