Prosecco & Petals
The straightforward guide to planning your wedding
Every bride deserves a makeup look to wow on their wedding day. The article below gives tips on how to choose the right makeup look for you, popular bridal makeup looks and links to the top tutorials so you can perfect your look.
When considering how much of a made-up look you want on the day, it is worth considering what makeup you usually wear and how much you will be able to tolerate for the whole day.
For brides who usually wear less makeup or for who makeup is not needed it is wiser to look at lighter weight makeup options, where skin can breathe. Heavy made up looks will often have heavier base makeup, which can leave more delicate skin feeling caked, clogged and irritant.
wedding makeup aims to make you look like the best version of yourself to wow others, but not to look like someone dramatically different; unless you want to shock your husband to be.
To stop your bridal look blending into the background, it is best to pick one or two features that you like and build more definition around these:
Love your eyes: consider false eyelashes, a Smokey eye look
Love your lips: consider a luscious lip or striking colour
Love your complexion: go for sheer makeup with luminous highlight or bronzer
It is wise to pick colours that will enhance your complexion and colour choices. A useful tip here is to learn if you have a cool or warm complexion.
To determine if you are cool or warm look at the veins on your arm if they are blue then you are cool-skinned, if they look a greenish-blue then you are more likely to have a warm complexion.
Best make up colours to suit cool complexions: pinks, greys, brown
Best make up shades to suit warm complexions: reds, oranges, blacks
The colours you choose for your wedding day will give a good indication of the type of eye makeup, lip colour and blusher to go for.
It is essential to pick eye makeup and lipsticks particularly that will flatter the tones of flowers, bridesmaid dresses and of course the shade of your dress.
When considering your make up style, your wedding day is probably the rare occasion to listen to the man in your life's preferences too.
Consider looks that you've noted he compliments you on more, are there particular features he loves. Also, does he prefer a very made up look or a subtle polished look?
It is vital that makeup look is in keeping with hair and dress style, so your look is flawless and elegant.
Below is a guide to different looks to help to search and pick a style in keeping with your dress and hair.
The Bohemian make up look is a long-standing favourite amongst many brides as it focuses on accentuating your features in a healthy-looking way.
Boho makeup is characterised by Natural sun-kissed, dewy skin, soft highlighting and subtle earthy eye.
The romantic bridal look follows the principles of the natural makeup look but adds more girlish tones.
This look is characterised by soft blush, and dusky tones to emphasis lips and healthy glowing cheeks, eyes are often softly lined with light and brighter eyeshadows.
Chic Bridal makeup looks are often a favourite for Brides who frequently wear makeup who want some added glamour on their big day.
Chic bridal makeup is often characterised by the Hollywood glamour: flawless, matt base with accentuated lips and eyes.
After considering your makeup preferences and finding a style you like, it is worth searching online to see these looks on brides with similar complexion, eye colours and face-shapes.
The most straightforward and most comprehensive range of pictures can be either gathered through a google image search by using key terms or via Pinterest.
Whether you are considering hiring a makeup artist, asking a friend to help or doing your makeup, it is worth keeping a collection of the visuals you like and lists of products used.
This is easiest done by creating a private Pinterest board or putting pictures into a word document.
If you are new to Pinterest: you will need to create an email account then there is an option to create a board. Do make this private so it is not searchable by others.
Then feel free to enter keywords and have fun looking through a glass of wine. Pictures can be saved to your board by the little red button.
Next step: choose a professional makeup artist