Top Bridal Makeup Tips from a beauty blogger anyone? YES PLEASE! Just show me how to apply…
With over 10 years’ experience in the beauty industry, London-based beauty blogger Julia Ferrari shares her insider knowledge on her beauty blog FreshBeautyFix. Here she shares some of her bridal makeup tips…
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I’m in awe of women who do their own hair and makeup for their wedding day. After years of working in the beauty industry and picking up tips from some of the most talented makeup artists, I still struggle to achieve an even yet natural coverage, so on my wedding day I was taking no risks and booked a professional. Whether you choose to say ‘I do’ in a low key civil ceremony at the town hall or a fully blown taffeta-draped extravaganza in a cathedral, feeling happy and confident about your appearance means you can focus on enjoying the day. Here are some of the tips I picked up along the way.
1. Do some research
Unless you’re planning to elope within the next few days, chances are you will have at least a few months to plan your wedding, so there is no need to sign up to the first makeup artist you find online. Shop around a bit, have a look at online reviews and talk to your married friends to hear their recommendations. That being said…
2. Choose a makeup artist you trust
Don’t feel pressured into using your friend’s recommendation. You need to feel comfortable with your makeup artist as you will be at their mercy and whatever they create on you will be forever recorded on camera – and probably every guests’ social feed.
3. Stay true to your colours
If you are never seen without kohl-rimmed eyes, your wedding day isn’t the time to stray away from your signature look. You’ll want to look back at your reflection in the mirror and recognise yourself, without feeling self-conscious. For my big day I was adamant that my signature fuchsia lip would perfectly complement the touches of hot pink featured throughout my outfit. I brought my trusty Bourjois lipstick on the day so that the makeup artist could use the exact shade I had in mind and I could touch up throughout the day with the same colour (well that was the intention but I was having so much fun I forgot).
4. Get tips from the professionals
Unless you’re a celebrity or a model it’s not every day that you have a makeup artist’s undivided attention. Make the most of your time with them by asking how to use a certain product or for their recommendation to tackle a particular beauty concern. Despite my beauty background I used to be clueless when it came to filling in my sparse brows, until my wedding makeup artist showed me how to use a lead tip eyebrow pencil. Since then I’ve been hooked on the effect that some lightly defined brows can have on your face.
5. Showcase your personality
When it comes to bridal beauty, the official line tends to be ‘keep it natural’. Whilst you may want to avoid very trend-led looks which will date quickly, don’t be afraid to bring in some of you into the mix, be it a signature red lip, winged eyeliner or a soft smokey eye. Burberry’s Plum Pink Eye Palette can enhance your eyes whilst being wedding day appropriate.
6. Think outside the wedding box
At the time I didn’t think of looking outside the world of wedding makeup artists, and although the bridal pros will be well versed in how to fix your makeup to last all day and be ready for the flash of the cameras, nothing stops you from using someone who specialises in fashion shoots or portraits instead. They may well have a different take on things and bring something unique to your look.
7. No beauty experiments the week before
Whilst it’s great fun to experiment with new beauty treatments, there is a time and place for it and 48 hours before the big day is not it. No nos include trying a new skincare product or treatment which your skin could react to, testing a tanning salon you’ve not been to before (remember Anne Hathaway in Bride Wars?) or getting a new haircut which you find out afterwards doesn’t work with your wedding day chignon.
8. Discover your wedding fragrance
This one is very much down to personal taste. Either you prefer to stick to your signature scent or you’d rather find a new fragrance that will remind you of your special day every time you spritz. I went with the latter (the perfect excuse to add to my fragrance collection) and you’ll find plenty of brands offering bridal fragrances, from Estée Lauder’s classic Beautiful to Jo Malone’s elegant Bridal Collection. Just go with your gut (or your nose) and pick a scent that makes you happy.