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Top Tips On Choosing Your Perfect Bridal Makeup

Top Tips On Choosing Your Perfect Bridal Makeup

With so many different makeup looks to consider it can feeling like an overwhelming task choosing a bridal makeup look that is right for you. To help make things a little easier, I’ve put together some helpful tips and things to consider when choosing a makeup look for your wedding day.

What’s Your Signature Look?

close up of bride looking away from camera
Joanna Bongard Photography

An important step in creating ‘your look’ is to consider your own everyday makeup. Of course you will want to feel beautiful in your wedding makeup, but you will also want to feel confident and feeling like yourself plays a big part in that! If you have a signature look or style that makes you who you are, it is important to let your makeup artist know. For example, if you’re used to wearing winged eyeliner on a day-to-day basis, you will want to incorporate this into your wedding makeup as you won’t feel like yourself without it. Is there a particular way you fill in your eyebrows? Do you wear a lot of bronzer or a warmer toned foundation to make yourself appear more tanned? Ask yourself questions about what it is you like to do with your makeup and let your artist know as much information as possible as it will be important for them to create a look that feels like “you”.

Consider Your Wedding’s Style

When planning your wedding, you will be conscious that you want everything to reflect the kind of vibe you want for your big day. Whether that be an elegant black-tie affair or a laid back beach wedding, the tone and style of your wedding may affect the kind of makeup you choose. Your bridal makeup should compliment all aspects of your wedding, whether that be colour scheme, your theme or your dress.

Menzies Photography

Perhaps you have chosen a dress that is very simple and so could take a pop of colour on the lips or maybe you have picked a flowy boho inspired gown that would suit something soft and pretty. Maybe you’re getting married in the Summer and so you want your makeup to be fresh, bronzed and glowy. Are you having a winter wedding that would suit a darker, more dramatic look? These are all useful things to consider when choosing your wedding makeup.

Get Inspired

If you’re not sure what kind of makeup look you want for your wedding day, the best thing to do is expose yourself to as much inspiration as possible. Pinterest and Instagram are great places to start. Look through magazines, check out celebrity styles from the red carpet, scroll through wedding blogs such as “Rock My Wedding” and “The Lane”. Make a Pinterest board or a moodboard of your favourite looks and see what elements tie them all together. This is a great way to get a general idea of what it is you’re looking for in your bridal makeup look.

Pictures are also a fantastic tool to show your makeup artist what kind of makeup you like. Explaining details in words can often be misinterpreted and so visual aids are a great way of avoiding this. The word “natural” is a prime example of something that can be misinterpreted – natural to one person might mean a slick of mascara, whereas to someone else may mean a black smokey eye. Don’t be afraid to mix and match your look. Say, the shape of that smoky eye but with the colour in another image and this lip with that glowy skin etc.

Ask a Pro

White Stag Photography

Have you booked a makeup artist for your wedding day? Don’t be afraid to ask for their opinion and advice on what look will work best for you. They are the expert after all! Take advantage of your trial to discuss different options with your makeup artist and try out some things to see what works best!

I always get my brides to complete a form for me asking all about how they would like their makeup and also for pics of their inspiration. I will then take the opportunity at the beginning of their trial to discuss their ideas and offer my advice on how to make the look work for them. I will use all the information provided to create a bespoke look for my bride that will reflect the style she wants but also compliment her beautifully!

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