Top tips for brides: Wedding Make-up

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This is the first in a series of  top tips for wedding brides from the professionals, our first set of tips comes from hair and make-up artists Zoe Taylor who has shared her top tips on preparing your make- up for your big day.

Wedding make-up

The Basics to Beautiful Make-up

The first thing you need to think about is whether you’ll feel comfortable or relaxed doing your
own wedding make-up on the morning or not. You’re probably going to feel a little stressed so it might take the pressure off if you hire a professional make-up artist. If you do decide to do your make-up yourself, visit a make-up counter to get some make-up ideas, tips and advice.

3391. Book a Trial

If you chose to book a make-up artist, you will need to arrange a make-up trial. So you can take along photos, discuss make-up ideas, colours and possibly a themed style. It’s especially important you get a make-up look that suits your skin type and face shape. But don’t forget to be yourself.

2. Stick to What You Know

Be wary about changing your skin care regime close to your wedding, as there’s always a risk of breaking out as your skin adapts to change. Stick to the products that you have always used or go to a good beautician if you want any intensive treatment.


3. Drink Water

Help your skin to look the best it can by drinking lots of water during the months before your big day. It sounds basic, but it really will help to keep clear skin and help your eyes to look bright.

What to do on the big day


1. Cleanse and Moisturise

On the morning of your wedding, make sure your face is well cleansed and moisturised. If you’re prone to an oily T-zone, use an oil-free moisturiser for your wedding day. I recommend Dermalogica Active Moist. With all moisturisers, it’s better to wait at least 20 minutes before applying foundation to give it time to really sink into your skin.

2. Use a Primer

It will keep make-up looking fresh and even all day long. There are a huge variety of face primers on the market for all different skin types. I like NARS Make-up Primer as it’s a lightweight oil-free gel cream formulation so it doesn’t feel heavy on top of your moisturiser and suits all skin types. If your skin has a slight redness try Estee Lauder Colour Correcting Base. Always apply after moisturising.

3. Foundation

It’s really important to find the best foundation for your wedding day. Your make-up artist will assess your skin type and use a base that suits you. But if you are doing your own make-up, remember that foundation is there to even out your complexion, not to add colour, so always go with a shade of foundation that disappears into your skin. The best place to test the shade is on your jaw line and in natural daylight. If you don’t want to wear foundation, try a tinted, If you have very sensitive skin or don’t like the feeling of liquid on your skin, try mineral make-up.

4. Concealer

Don’t forget concealer as part of your wedding make-up as this can brighten the under-eyes and hide any spots or blemishes. You’ll need to use a separate under-eye concealer to your face concealer. Clinique do a good range of concealers for all areas of the face.

5. Face Powder

You’ll also need a good face powder to set your base products. I like using Chanel Natural Finish Pressed Powder, MAC Mineralize Skin finish/Natural or MAC Blot powder.

Advanced Tips for Beautiful Make-up

001_1831. Bronzer

Don’t be scared to wear bronzer on your wedding day as this will add an instant healthy glow. Apply with a large brush where you’d naturally catch the sun, such as on the outer corners of your face. You can also use it for contouring your face to bring out your cheekbones. Choose a bronzer that is slightly darker than your natural skin tone and don’t go for anything that looks too orange! Go for a matte bronzer rather than a shimmery one for your wedding day.

2. Blusher

Blusher can give you a lovely colour on your cheeks which looks really pretty for wedding make-up, even if you’re not used to wearing it every day. If you’re wearing a pale dress or white, cream or ivory, you’ll be able to wear more colours on your cheeks and lips. There are lots of blushers on the market, creams, powders, gels and stains again go for a shade not too far from your natural pigment. A good tip is to buy a blusher that is a similar tone to your natural lip colour.

3. Make-Up Brushes

Good make-up brushes are really important when applying any make-up, especially on your wedding day because they’ll help your make-up stay on longer and make application easier. There is so many types of brushes it can be confusing the best and main ones to have are a foundation brush, a concealer brush, a powder/ bronzer brush, a tapered eye shadow blending brush, a flat eye shadow brush and a slanted eyebrow or eyeliner brush.

Specific Make-up Tips

001_172.jpg1. Eye Make-Up

A good eye make-up tip is to stick to a neutral palette of eye shadows and use an eye shadow primer. Urban Decay Primer Potion is good. After the eye primer, apply a light-coloured shadow all over the eyelid right up to the brow bone. Next, apply a mid-toned eye shadow like MAC Wedge all over the eyelid and into the socket. If you want more definition, apply a slightly darker shadow into the eye crease and blend well (always blend, the key is to blend) so there are no visible lines. Line the eyes using eyeliner, I highly recommend MAC gel liner. You could add some darker eye shadow over the eyeliner if you want a smokier, softer look.

Eye shadow

Don’t forget to use a highlighting shade just below the brow bone and in the inner corners of your eyes – this really opens them out, you can use Benefit High Beam if you prefer a liquid highlighter.


Finish off your look with black mascara – or use brown if you are very fair. Go for waterproof mascara on your wedding day, just in case! Maybelline Colossal Mascara is brilliant. If you want to add some extra drama, try using individual false eyelashes just on the outer corners.


Make sure your eyebrows are well-groomed as they frame your face, prior to your big day have a tidy up or a re-shape.

hair and make up2. Lips

When thinking about lipstick colours, you can either go for a shade that enhances your natural lip colour or a shade that is a little lighter, or a dramatic colour. Line the lips all over with a lip pencil that is close to your natural lip colour as this will make your lipstick stay on for longer.

3. Powder

To keep your make-up looking good all day, use a translucent powder or blotting sheets to take away any shine (especially important before the photos). Take cotton buds for any eye make-up that needs tidying up, and if a make-up artist has done your make-up, be sure to have purchased the shade of lipstick they have used beforehand so you can keep yourself touched up all day.

4. Fake Tan

If you’re thinking about a fake tan for your wedding day, have a trial well in advance so you know how deep the colour is going to be, even if this means having 5 different spray tans, it’s always better to be tanned not tangoed. Then go back a few days before the big day, never have the tan the day before as I may take 24 to 48 hours for the true colour to come out.

You can find out more about Zoe Taylor hair and make-up for wedding on her website  and on her facebook page