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Wedding Make-Up Do’s and Don’ts

November 20, 2014

If you’re starting the final preparations for your big day then wedding make-up will no doubt be high up on your list of priorities. If you’re still seeking guidance then here are some top tips for getting your make-up right on the day.

Do

Practise your make-up beforehand. Bear in mind that it is very important to carry out a trial run, irrespective of whether you’ve decided to DIY or book a make-up artist. It’s best to do this within 5 weeks of the Big Day – when everything’s confirmed – as you’ll be able to co-ordinate your look with everything else.

Don’t

Best to avoid heavy make-up; a more natural style is usually best for a classic bridal look. A light smoky eye can work well, but it’s best not to look as if you’re going out clubbing. If you prefer a slightly quirkier look, we recommend incorporating a pop of colour with a flick of liquid eyeliner or a bright lipstick. Alternatively, try using eyeliner in your chosen wedding colour under your eye. Your make-up can always be your ‘something blue’!

Do

Wear a white t-shirt for your trial run, to see how your make-up looks against a pale colour. You’ll most likely be wearing white, and certain colours can reflect on your face and change the way your make-up looks. Don’t forget to take photos with and without flash, to see how you look in both natural and false light. This is especially important for any glittery make-up you might want to use, as it can sometimes create glare.

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Do

Know what you want. Don’t let the make-up artist run wild without your input – after all, it’s your day! Have a look at a few different styles – we’ve got lots on our Pinterest page ready to inspire you!

Don’t

Don’t forget the décolleté! If your chest and neck are showing, then you need to ensure that they’re matching your face, and blended well. We can’t stress how important blending is for all make-up; it’s a maker-or-breaker!

Do

Wear make-up that’s made to last. Primer, waterproof mascara and waterproof eyeliner are imperative – inevitably you will cry, so the last thing you want is for The Dress to have black teardrop stains (gasp!).

Follow GoHen’s board Bridal Hair And Makeup on Pinterest.

Do

Use fake eyelashes, as they’re a great way to make your eyes look more captivating. As long as you don’t go for anything too thick and unrealistic, you’ll look glamorous and elegant. An extra tip: choose individual lashes for a more natural look.

Do

Prepare! It is critical that you look after your skin in the run up to the Big Day. While a spot may not necessarily be the ‘end of the world’, you may be a little more self-conscious about it. So, try not to stress (yes, we know that’s near-impossible), drink plenty of water, get your beauty sleep, apply moisturiser twice daily, and change your pillowcases regularly. This will make sure that you look fresh, fabulous and flawless for your wedding day (and night!).

Don’t

Avoid having a facial or plucking/waxing your eyebrows on the wedding day itself (or even the day before). The best time to do the pre-wedding facial/brow fix is about 4/5 days before, as this will allow any irritation plenty of time to settle down.

Do

Carry touch-up items with you, such as lipstick, a little powder, and mascara. A make-up sponge is always a useful addition as a safety measure if you look at your Mum halfway through the speeches and can’t contain a bit of a blub. Bring a pocket mirror with you, so you don’t have to dash off to the loos, and all you have to do is gracefully dab your face back to perfection.

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