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Make-up Tips and Advice

You want to look your best on your special day so make sure you plan your make up carefully, and well in advance.

Q. What bridal make-up look should I be considering for my wedding day?

A. 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. Remember your fiancé is marrying you, so he should at least recognize you. You should define your features stronger than what you usually go for, so the make-up lasts the whole day and show up in your photographs. You should feel comfortable in the make-up you are wearing, so a bridal make-up trial is of great importance so your 100% happy with the overall look.

Q. What if I cry on the day and my make-up is running down my face?

A. The make-up consultant will be able to offer advice and after care advice if this was to happen, but one thing I would say is waterproof mascara is a must and always have powder and lipstick to hand on the wedding day. You want your make up to last all day and evening. There are some fabulous long lasting make up items around that our consultants all use, which will ensure that you don't need to "touch up" during the day.

Q. What shade of foundation should I go for?

A. Be careful about the colour of foundation you choose as you should always go for a match as near to your skin type, anything too pale will make you look washed out if you are wearing a white/ivory dress. Your make-up consultants will advice you on shades, so try to choose a yellow toned foundation to bring warmth into your face. Alternatively use bronzing powder to give you a bit of colour - if you are wearing a low cut dress remember to sweep it across the chest area so you don't look "two toned".

Q. What foundation type should I go for a matt or shiny finish?

A. Matte is usually best for your wedding day but there are some lovely "shine" products available to give a dewy complexion, again be very careful where you use them. In photographs it will be easy to mistake the "glow" for sweat - not a nice look for a bride. If you are wearing a low cut dress add a little on your décolletage. Beware of any make-up that is too sparkly, this can look strange in the photographs. Also pending on what season you are getting married this will also have to be taken into account when planning your make-up. Avoid anything too shiny on your skin if you are getting married in the summer. Light formulas are better as you don't want your make-up melting in the sun. Winter make up can be more dramatic although again it's best to stick to a stronger look of your usual make-up. Although foundation/concealer should be left to areas where you need it, i.e. around the nose then blended into the cheeks (you don't want to put it everywhere otherwise it will look false), you can also apply to your eyes to give your eye shadow a good base and something to cling on to.

Q. What colour of lipstick is best for a bridal look?

A. Best colour to choose from is a deep pink/neutral shades or something that will last all day. For best results first apply a lip primer to give your lips an even surface and rid of any flaky bits. It's best to apply foundation to the lips and let it dry - this gives a good base, and then lines your lips with your lip pencil (which should be the same shade as your lipstick). Then fill in all your lips with the pencil. Finally on top of that apply your lipstick. Blot with a tissue and reapply your lipstick - repeat this twice. Now your lipstick should stay on all day, if it does start to wear off you will have the lip pencil underneath so your lips won't look patchy.

Q. Should shades of blusher/eye shadow should I be wearing?

A. Best colours to choose from are pink/brown/neutral shades or smoky shades and for the bridesmaids their colours can be blended in with colours of dress/flowers. Always have your eyebrows professionally shaped before your big day and enhance them with a same colour eyebrow shade. Eyebrows frame your face and it can make a huge difference if you have them professionally shaped. For a natural flush apply a light natural pink shade onto the apples of your cheeks - don't go to harsh, especially if you are drinking which can give you a natural flush look without the blush. To make your eyes look bigger and whiter choose dark coloured mascara. If you are dark skinned or have brown eyes then black is usually best. Brown mascara can make eyes look tired. To lift your eyes apply a highlighter just below your brow bone. If you have small eyelids, apply a highlighter just in the centre of the eyelid and a dark brown shade in the eyelid crease - this will lift your eyes. However be careful if you wear contact lenses as your eyes maybe sensitive.


  • Kirby grips and a small hairspray for your hair if needed.
  • Your lippy, should you need a touch up.
  • Some translucent powder to blot away any sweaty patches
  • Breath freshener (as you will be doing lots of kissing)
  • Contact lens solution- if you wear them.
  • Small perfume to keep you smelling gorgeous - which you will be!