How To Do Your Own Bridal Makeup

It’s June and wedding season is officially upon us!

For my wedding day I did my own makeup.  I am super OCD about my makeup, and while I’m sure a makeup artist would have done a great job, I like to be in control.  Not to mention, it can be a great way to cut costs!

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I am not a professional makeup artist, but I worked in the wedding industry for almost five years and I love makeup!  So whether you are just feeling creative, or are a bride on a budget, keep reading for my best tips for creating that perfect bridal look!


Be sure you do some trial runs before the big day.  Try out the colors you want to wear, and test your base products for longevity to make sure they last all day.  Apply the whole look, and wear it for at least 12 hours to make sure everything will stay put and look fresh.

If you are not happy with the longevity of your foundation, choose another.  Head to the makeup counter, tell them about your skin type and ask for samples of your top choices.  This is what I did and is how I ended up choosing Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet for my wedding day.


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Above all, be sure you feel comfortable with the look you choose.  If you always wear minimal makeup, now may not be the time to go for a super-smokey eye and red lip!  I wanted to look like myself on my wedding day… just slightly more glam.  That being said, if you love an over-the-top look… go for it!  You do you.


There are several products that can help extend the life of your makeup.  Most of these I use daily, but even if you don’t, I consider them a must for special events.

Face Primer – This will give you a smoother foundation application, as well as keep oil at bay and increase your wear time.

Eye Primer – A more tacky finish, this will help to lock shadows in place and prevent fading.

Make-up Setting Spray – This may sound unnecessary, but setting sprays really do make a difference!  They basically act as hairspray for the face and keep things fresher longer.

Powder – Even if you don’t regularly wear powder, it goes a long way to lock in your foundation and keep it from fading.  Don’t love the powder look?  Opt for a translucent powder (like Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder) or brightening powder (like Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder) to set the makeup and give a luminous look.

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Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray, Mary Kay Face Primer, Mary Kay Eye Primer


Some of the ingredients in sunscreens can react negatively with flash photography, and can cause a white or reflective cast in photos.  Since you’ll be taking lots of photos, give the sunscreen a pass unless you will be spending all day in the sun.  Look out… lots of foundations contain SPF, so pay attention to that as well.


Photography will inevitably wash you out a little, especially if you are indoors, so apply a little more blush, lipstick and eyeshadow than usual.  It may feel like you are overdoing it, but remember that it will fade some throughout the day and that a lot of people will be looking at you from a distance.  Besides, you want to look fabulous in your pictures, right?

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Marc Jacobs Lolita Palette, Tarte Glisten Blush, MAC Lovelorn


You want to know the true secret of a professional makeup application?  Blend everything well.  There shouldn’t be any harsh lines, and the colors should blend seamlessly into your skin.  Are you still using those little sponge applicators that come with some eyeshadows?  Throw them out now!!!  Get yourself some good brushes and you’ll be amazed at the ease of application.  I love Real Techniques brushes for a starter set… great quality at a perfect price!

Below are some of my favorite brushes and how I use them.

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Various brushes by Real Techniques, Mary Kay, Urban Decay, and Elf

If you are a visual learner and love step by step tutorials, check out Karima McKimmie’s Youtube channel.  She has tons of videos covering a wide range of styles and techniques.  She can help you master that blended crease or smokey eye with ease!

I hope you enjoyed my tips and tricks for a perfect makeup application that will last all day!  Whether your look is simple and fresh or vibrant and glam, these ideas will help you navigate your wedding beauty routine and achieve the look you want.

If you have any bridal beauty tips or techniques for making your style last all day, please comment! I would love to hear your ideas!

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You might also like: How To Plan A Beautiful Wedding On A Budget  &  Sometimes A Girl Just Needs Something Pretty


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