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Bridal Beauty Checklist

Posted by Georgia Mackenzie on October 20 2017.

To ensure you’re the belle of the bridal party, we’ve put together these essential makeup tips. There are many looks you can do for a wedding, but we’re keeping it simple and elegant so you look timelessly and classically beautiful.

Prime the canvas!

It’s imperative to start with a primer to ensure your foundation lasts all day…and most importantly, all night. It prepares the skin for makeup application and creates a protective base that foundation can ‘grab onto’. This is essential as it works not only to banish the appearance of pores and fine lines, but often contains a dose of skin nourishing ingredients.

We recommend Laura Mercier’s radiance primer, as it injects a lovely radiance into the skin without appearing shiny. It is a good idea to avoid SPF in your base as it will mean flash back in your photographs and no bride wants an all-white face. Makeup Forever HD primer has been created specifically to be invisible on HD cameras so it’s perfect for your wedding day, where you will be photographed to within an inch of your life. It also comes in six colour correcting shades to correct any skin imperfections you may have.

The perfect foundation.

Arguably the most important factor to consider for your wedding makeup is your foundation. As many weddings are likely to be outside and spent in natural light, it is key that your foundation matches your skin tone exactly, so test the colour in natural daylight. Your face always tends to be lighter than your body, especially if you have a good skin care routine, so match your foundation to your body and don’t forget to blend down your neck! Any makeup artist will tell you the only way to apply foundation flawlessly is with a foundation brush, so invest in one for the big day.

We love Louise Young’s luxurious Super Foundation brush, however a more affordable option is the Real Techniques buffing brush for an airbrushed finish.


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Set your base.

It may seem like makeup overload, but for photographs and all-day longevity, powder is essential to set your base and keep it looking flawless throughout the day. Use a translucent powder or one in the identical shade to your foundation and either lightly dust onto the face with a large powder brush, or use a small brush to pinpoint exactly where you want it. Make sure you apply your makeup in thin layers; you want your base to be in synergy with your skin, not caked on top of it.


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Blusher, contour and highlighter.

Inject life back into your skin with a blusher and highlighter. Place a light peachy pink shade on the apples of your cheeks, where you would naturally flush, and follow with a subtle (and we mean subtle!) highlight on the tops of your cheekbones.

Well Dressed blusher from MAC is the perfect bridal shade, whilst Becca’s Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl, whilst pricey, will ensure you avoid the “glitterbomb” effect on your big day. Bring down onto your collarbones and tops of your shoulders to give your skin a polished feel.


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All about the eyes.

For your eye makeup it’s important to create a classic eye look that won’t date, as these photographs are going to stay with you forever. So try to restrain from rocking a matte blue 60’s eye makeup for the big day.

Start by applying a light wash of colour all over the lid, as it will open up your eyes and create a brightening effect. Then apply a medium brown shade in the socket line to add definition, and a dark brown or black eyeshadow along the lash line. Blending is key, so if in doubt keep blending! For the more daring bride, a dark violet or navy gel liner will lend interest to your makeup, without being garish and make your eye colour pop. Curl your lashes and follow with two generous coats of waterproof black mascara.

Mac’s eyeshadow in Naked Lunch is the perfect all over lid colour, whilst an eye palette from makeup veteran Bobbi Brown takes the guesswork out of the process, as each shade will complement the other. Ardell’s individual lashes will subtly open up your eyes for the fluttery, pretty look every bride wants, however make sure to practice before hand as false lashes can be tricky.


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A lip liner is a wise choice, as it will increase the staying power of your chosen lip products and, if you do choose to wear lipstick, prevent it from bleeding into the fine lines around your lips. Our bridal pick is Estee Lauder’s pure colour lipstick in the shade Crystal Baby, for the perfect “your lips but better” shade. A natural lip shade proves less high maintenance, however the perfect red for your skin tone is gorgeous too.


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Look like yourself.

The most important thing is to look like yourself. If you’ve worn black eyeliner everyday for as long as you can remember, you can’t suddenly ditch it on your wedding day because your groom isn’t going to recognise you. The aim is look like a more polished and beautiful version of yourself, so do consider what you normally wear and factor it into your wedding makeup.

If however, you still remain a beauty novice, having a professional makeup artist do your makeup is a great option but make sure to have a test run before your wedding day. At Polestars our makeup and photography sessions are the perfect pre-wedding event, or a fun way to try out a new look in preparation for your big day!


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