If you want to do your own makeup on the big day, then it’s essential that you get the right tools for the job! Here are our must-have picks for a DIY wedding makeup kit…
A good primer
Primer is a godsend when it comes to event makeup, as it can help control oil, gives you a smooth, poreless base for foundation, and helps makeup stay put for longer. There are so many primers on the market now that it can be confusing trying to pick one that works for you, so keep an eye out for one that suits your skin type. Drier skins should keep an eye out for hydrating primers, while oilier skins should opt for oil-free mattifying formulas to use through the T-zone. Anything with a high silicone content will smooth out the skin texture, which makes them great for wedding makeup. Just make sure to practice with your foundation beforehand, as sometimes formulas can clash!
We recommend: Benefit The POREfessional Face Primer, £26
Low SPF foundation
A great foundation is key to keeping your complexion looking flawless on the day, but there are certain things you have to keep in mind while selecting your wedding day base. One key thing to take into consideration is the SPF of your foundation and powder, as anything over an SPF 15 can cause ‘flashback’, which is when flash photography causes your makeup to show up as a white cast on your skin, making you look ghostly or highlighting areas you’ve powdered. If your favourite ever foundation has an SPF, do a flash test when you practise your wedding makeup to see if it causes any problems.
Our recommendation: MAC Pro Longwear Foundation, £27
Even if you don’t usually wear much powder, it’s always worth investing in some for your wedding day, as it’ll help keep your makeup in place and make for easy touch-ups throughout the day. Again, like the foundation, it’s important to bear flashback in mind – avoid any powders that have high amounts of silica or mica in the ingredients, as these will show up in photographs.
Our recommendation: Laura Translucent Loose Setting Powder, £29
A longwearing cream blush is a great pick for bridal makeup, as it looks great in photographs, and gives your cheeks a healthy, rosy glow without the use of heavy powders or highlighters. Pink shades are ideal for a classic English rose bridal look, but you could also go for a more neutral nude shade if you’re wearing a strong lip colour, or a sheer berry or burgundy for that ‘just come in from the cold’ look.
Our recommendation: Max Factor Miracle Touch Creamy Blusher, £6.99
It may not be a part of your everyday beauty routine, but a lip liner is a staple for your wedding day makeup kit. Not only will it help you to even out and define your lips, but applied all over the lip, it makes a great long-wearing base for any lipstick on the day. This is especially important if you’re wearing a statement lip colour, as it means fewer touch-ups between food and drink.
We recommend: Revlon ColorStay Lipliner, £6.29
Just like your foundation, a base for your eyeshadow can make all the difference when it comes to extending the wear time of your makeup and keeping it looking flawless for longer. This step is especially important if you tend to get oily eyelids, as it’ll stop your eyeshadow creasing and moving throughout the day.
We recommend: Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion Travel Size, £9
Swapping your regular mascara formula for something waterproof is a no-brainer when it comes to wedding makeup! Even if you’re not a crier, waterproof formulas will stay put for longer and are less likely to transfer onto your lids. Plenty of cult mascaras now come in waterproof versions, or you can purchase a waterproof topper that will transform your regular mascara.
We recommend: Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof, £19
Any makeup artist will tell you that bridal makeup should be a heavier version of your everyday look – that’s because makeup can easily be lost in wedding photography, making you look like you’re wearing less than you actually are. That’s why we recommend false lashes on the day, even if you don’t often wear them. They’ll instantly give your lashline a boost and pull the whole makeup look together. Just shop around to get the exact length and volume that suits you and your eyeshape, and practise application before the wedding.
We recommend: Ardell Demi Wispies, £5.49
After all your hard work, you want to make sure that your makeup stays in place all day! Depending on which formula you choose, a makeup spray can help take down the powdery look of heavy makeup (which is ideal if you’re not used to wearing a lot of foundation), and keep everything in place for longer – sort of like hairspray for your face! You can even get cooling formulas to help refresh you when you apply.
We recommend: Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray Travel Size
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