Bridal Make Up Tips

Hey Lovelies,
Hope you are all well and that you've had a great weekend! I worked on Saturday but luckily I have today off so I thought why not write up a little blog post for you all to read! Rather than doing another haul or review though, I decided to try something different today. I thought it might be nice to share with you my experience of doing my friend Claire's wedding make up back in October last year. Instead of doing a traditional make up post telling you which products I used and my thoughts on them, I've decided to share with you what it was like for me doing a bridal make up for the first time. I hope you find this interesting, whether you are a bride to be, planning to do your friends wedding make up or even if you just love weddings haha!
My friend Claire and I met at College in Birmingham all the way back in 2000, and I felt incredibly honoured when she asked me if I would do her wedding make up for her. Of course I said yes! I've been working on make up counters since 2013 after completing a make up course at the London College of Fashion, so I have a fair bit of make up experience. However, I had never done bridal make up before so this was not only an exciting opportunity for me, but it was also all the more special because I've been friends with Claire for over 10 years! Claire needed her own make up doing as well as her mothers and her 2 bridesmaids. Rather than doing the make up for all 4 lovely ladies by myself, I took my friend Lorna who also works in make up along with me, and we ended up sharing the workload. I did the make up for the bride Claire and her sister. Lorna did the make up for the mother of the bride as well as her other bridesmaid.
One thing Lorna and I noticed is that we worked facing the window whereas it would have been perhaps better if we had worked with our backs towards the light. Something to bear in mind for next time maybe. Luckily it didn't turn out to be a problem and lots of people were commenting on how lovely every ones make up looked, which of course made me very happy! Another thing I would say is that if you are doing a wedding make up for the bride and her bridal party, do not underestimate how tiring it can be! As this was the first time I had done a wedding make up, I was really glad that I didn't do it by myself and that Lorna came along with me.

All in all it was a lovely day, and here's the advice I would give if you are planning a wedding make up for the first time:
  • Skincare is just as important as your wedding make up. If you do not already have a good skincare routine in place, please make sure you invest in some good products that are tailored towards your skin type and that work for you. I am talking months, not weeks in advance here. The better condition your skin is in on your wedding day, the nicer your make up will look!
  • Have an idea of what you want and be realistic. Tell your make up artist what look you would like to go for. Saying "do whatever you think will look good" is not very helpful because what one person thinks looks good may not exactly be your cup of tea (unless you really really trust your make up artist haha!). Showing your make up artist a few pictures of looks you like is very useful in making sure that you are both on the same page with regards to your wedding day make up.
  • Make sure you have at least one wedding trial. This will not only ensure that you are happy with the abilities of your make up artist, but it will also give you an idea of how much time you need to allow for getting your make up done on your big day.
  • When choosing your foundation, make sure it photographs well! There will be a lot of flash photography on your wedding day. While a little flashback can sometimes be quite flattering, too much flashback can mean you end up looking like Caspar the ghost. I am pretty sure that's not a look many brides go for haha! Also bear in mind that because of flash photography, you may well end up wearing a little bit more make up than you are used to on an everyday basis, especially if you're just mascara and lipgloss kind of lady!
  • Last but by no means least I would say HAVE FUN! A brides wedding day will most probably be one of the most special days of her life, so I think getting her make up done should definitely be a fun and relaxing experience for her.
There is obviously a lot more to think about when it comes to doing bridal make up, but these are just a few ideas which will hopefully help point you in the right direction!
Once again, thank you for reading and I hope you've enjoyed this post!
Till next time,

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  1. Ohh great post! I've never done bridal makeup before either but it's something that I would definitely want to get into (although I much prefer fashion makeup).

    I'm so glad you were able to have this experience and I hope you do more! :)


  2. love this post! agreed skincare is just as important

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  3. Really enjoyed reading this Nuala - I'm getting married in less than a month and have my trial on Sunday :) xx

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