26.10.2020

How to do you own wedding makeup with tips from a pro bridal makeup artist

Looking to do your own makeup for your wedding day?

Whether you’re quite talented with an eyeshadow palette, prefer a non-traditional bridal look, are looking to scale back your budget, or would just feel better keeping the fate of your face in your own hands, DIY is definitely an option.

Take note of these tips from Bobbi Brown PRO Artist, Zara Findlay, to help calm your nerves and completely nail your bridal beauty look…

How to do you own wedding makeup with tips from a pro bridal makeup artist

And if you’re looking to do your own hair on the big day too, make sure to check out bridal hair accessories and wedding hairstyle inspiration.

1. Start with skincare

If you really want flawless, long-lasting makeup on your wedding day, you’ll need to start preparing well before.

“Make sure you are religious with your day and night skincare routine long before your wedding day,” says Zara.

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It can also be a good idea to book in for a facial or two in the lead-up, to ensure your skin is balanced and clear.

On the day, prep your skin with a good moisturiser-primer hybrid to create a flawless canvas. Zara recommends Vitamin Enriched Face Base, £43.

“Making sure you have the right base to suit your skin type is very important to ensure longevity throughout the day.”

2. Practice, practice, practice

Avoid any stressful stuff-ups by practising your look plenty of times beforehand.

“The best time to practice techniques is just before you take your makeup off in the evening as you have no pressure to make it look perfect”, says Zara.

To give you extra confidence, why not head into a counter or book yourself an appointment with your favourite brand to help you?

“Let the makeup artist teach you on one side of your face, and have a go yourself on the other so that the makeup artist can advise you on any techniques you’re unsure of”, says Zara.

There’s also plenty of inspiration to be found on Youtube, including how vlogger Chloe Morello did her own bridal makeup:

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3. Avoid SPF (the ONLY exception!)

You should definitely, no doubt about it, wear SPF every single day.

But if there was to be only one exception in the entire world, it would be your wedding day.

“Wearing a foundation without an SPF or no more than SPF 15 is so important to prevent flashback”, says Zara.

“Make sure your moisturiser [or anything else you put on your skin] doesn’t have one too.”

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4. Timeless, fool-proof shades

Want to cover your face in glitter before heading down the aisle? We’ll allow it.

Feeling a bright purple lip? We’re here for it.

There’s nothing we like more than fierce bridal looks, but if you are looking to keep it a bit more classic and timeless, Zara recommends ‘bronze, champagne, rose gold and soft grey tones’ saying all are “perfect timeless shades that complement many skin tones”.

Even if you don’t think you’re going to cry, it’s best to play it safe with waterproof.

If you have a favourite non-waterproof mascara you can bare to part with, Zara shares this trick:

“What we love doing at Bobbi Brown is using our best-selling mascara, Smokey Eye Mascara, to create perfect lashes and then apply a generous coating of our No Smudge Mascara as a ‘rain coat’ to stop mascara smudging.”

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6. Take care with your eyeliner

Eyeliner can be the Achilles heel of wedding day makeup, especially if you’re dealing with a nervous, shaky hand.

Zara says to keep it classy and safe by smudging.

“I love doing a classic thin wedge liner on my brides and softly smudging the liner out with a similarly toned eyeshadow to create a soft, smokey liner.”

“This really softens the look, even on the boldest liners.”

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7. Nail the bridal ‘glow’

If you’re really after that ‘lit from within’ glow, start your look with an illuminating primer.

“This will give you a subtle glow that makes the skin look healthy, awake and hydrated”, says Zara, who recommends Illuminating Moisture Balm, £44.50.

When applying blusher, “smile your biggest smile and sweep the blusher on the apples of the cheek, blending the excess towards the ears.”

And if you’re a real glow-getter bride, “add a pop of highlighter on all the high points of your face; cheekbone, tip and bridge of the nose and cupid’s bow.”
Not sure which highlighter to go for? Here are our favourites:

Check out our bridal beauty timeline and our cult wedding beauty products for more inspiration.

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