I’ve put together these 20 wedding makeup and party makeup tips, with a little help from the experts, to make sure you look flawless on your big day. I’ll also include the winners from Brides and Martha Stewart Wedding Beauty Awards 2017 in the post! Enjoy!


  1. Consider Climate before applying makeup.

Especially for brides getting married in warmer climates, considering using as many oil-free products as possible -primer, moisturizer, foundation, etc. Keeping oil blotting sheets on hand! Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer (Brides beauty awards 2017)

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  1. Choose your concealer

Your concealer choice depends on what you’re covering. “if it’s a blemish, red spot or broken capillaries, use an oil-free pigmented, thicker concealer with hints of yellow. Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer (Brides beauty awards 2017)

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  1. Lashes

The best way to curl your lashes is to curl at the root of the lash, at the middle and at the tip. You don’t need to clamp down with the curler, just squeeze lightly.

Use fake lashes on any special occasion where you’ll be in pictures. They make your eyes look big and captivating. For a more subtle look, use individual lashes. Always curl your lashes and do a coat of mascara first then apply the fake lashes. After that, wait until the glue dries, use your eyelash curler again and finally apply another coat of mascara. L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Superstar Mascara (Brides beauty awards 2016)

  1. Waterproof makeup is key

If you are going to cry, use a great product to seal everything. If you’re wearing false lashes, use a glue that’s waterproof, too. And when you do cry, don’t wipe those tears — dab them instead. Wipe or dab your tears away and upwards; otherwise you’ll get a tear line, which will travel down through your blusher and foundation, which is harder to blend away. Make up for ever Aqua Seal or e.l.f. Lock & Seal.

  1. Eyes makeup

Instead of using a nude or white eyeliner in the waterline to brighten the eyes, as it can look quite artificial. Try using eye-brightening drops. There’s Rohto’s Cooling Eye Drops —relieving drops are a long-time backstage beauty favourite. The tingling may be a little off-putting at first, but once you get past the initial shock, your eyes will be sparkling. Or try Innoxa’s Blue Drops ($15) from Switzerland, which are actually blue to counteract yellowness.

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Always use a shimmer powder in the inner corners of your eyes before taking any photos. It makes a huge difference. It really will give you eyes that look bright and awake. Use a brush with a smaller head to get right into the inner corners of the eyes.

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The secret to finding the perfect blush shade is to find one that matches the tone of your natural lip colour. Apply more blusher than you think you need—it tends to get washed out in photos. Get your photographer to take pictures as you’re having your makeup done in the morning to check if you need more added. Bobbi is always checking makeup on the monitor at shoots. In fact, during your makeup trial, try to take photos in different lights (indoors and outdoors) and also with and without flash to give you an idea of how much makeup you need to apply. Dior Rosy Glow Healthy Glow Awakening Blush (Brides beauty awards 2017)

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It’s all in the details. You should neutralise any uneven colour on the eyelids. Use a colour corrector or concealer that’s a little lighter to brighten. Your eye base should double as a primer and make your eye shadow waterproof and longer-lasting. Use a white shade for pale skins, a bone hue for medium complexions and a banana or taupe for dark skin tones. It’s trial and error, but the idea is to brighten and neutralise your eyelids.

If you want to wear a red lipstick on your wedding day, you need to think about the texture.

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Shiny or creamy textures will transfer onto your other half and your champagne flute. Take a red lipstick and use your finger to tap and buff the color into your lips for a longer-wearing stain. It also looks less done than a full-on lip. To set your lipstick in place, dust a little Bobbi Brown Retouching Powder (£30) over the top of your lips. Chanel Rouge Allure Intense Long-Wear Lip Color (Brides beauty awards 2017)

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If you really want to go for a glossier lipstick, split a two-ply tissue and use one thin layer to blot. Just remember gloss won’t be kiss-proof…

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Use the shape of your brow arch as your guide when applying eye shadow, especially a smoky or bolder shade. Taupe eye shadow suits everyone and is a great everyday shade. For brides who find liner to be too much on your wedding day, use the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick (£23) in Taupe under your lower lash line instead. It will add a hint of depth without the full-on look of liner. A mahogany or brown liner pressed into your lash line will also define your eyes but won’t be as heavy as black. Chanel Crayon Sourcils Sculpting Eyebrow Pencil (Brides beauty awards 2017)

  1. Applying your makeup

When applying eye makeup, hold the mirror in front of your chin so you are looking down into it. Keep your eyes open so you can apply your eye shadow and mascara onto an open eye and see exactly how it will look as you go.

Always apply a smoky eye first. Then use a big brush to buff away any shadow that could have dropped before applying your corrector and concealer under your eyes. Urban Decay Naked palettes (Martha Stewart Big-day beauty awards 2012 – 2017).

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Blend your bronzer really well, and make sure your face matches your neck and shoulders. If you’re going to wear a spray tan on the day, be sure to have tried the spray tan before, and use a foundation that matches the color of your tanned skin. Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (Brides beauty awards 2017)

In your wedding-day makeup bag: Take a foundation stick in your clutch bag; it is perfect for touch-ups around the nose or if there are tears on the day. Pack blotting papers into your clutch bag as well, to take down any excess shine. Then pop your lipstick and blusher in there too. Estee Lauder Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Radiant Makeup, Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation (Martha Stewart Big-day beauty awards 2016 and 2017). how to do your wedding makeup: Jimmy Choo Cloud Crystal-Embellished Metal Clutch Jimmy Choo Cloud Crystal-Embellished Metal Clutch (£3295)

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1. Trying Something New – Your wedding day isn’t the time to experiment with red lipstick or smoky eyes for the first time. “Choose tones that you feel comfortable with and most like yourself,” said Jo Levy, makeup artist for Rouge Bunny Rouge.

“I think brides get too caught up in that it’s their special day and end up doing more than they would normally do, and it ends up being too much,” said beauty expert Sonia Kashuk. “It is your special day, and you want to look like you — only better. When you’re walking down the aisle, the person on the other end wants to see you!”

2. Getting Caught Up in Beauty Trends
Thanks to Kim Kardashian, contouring (using bronzer and highlighter to bring out your cheekbones) is a huge trend right now. But this kind of heavy manipulation can look too harsh during the daytime, according to makeup artist Sam Russell. “Natural lighting accentuates your natural beauty, so keep it light and fresh.” Always remember that your photos are going to be on display for many, many years after the wedding; you don’t want someone to be able pinpoint which decade your wedding took place in based on your face alone. “Think about the timelessness of your look; can it transcend the test of time?” said Kashuk. “When you look back on this day ten years from now, you want to still look modern and relevant.” Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette (Martha Stewart Big-day beauty awards 2017)

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3. Skipping the Makeup Trial
It’s an extra cost but a worthy one. Schedule your trial at least three months before the wedding. “If you aren’t happy with the first trial, this will buy you time to try out another option,” said makeup specialist Amanda Gabbard of the Guerlain Spa.

One way to save money while experimenting: Seek out free makeover events. Nordstrom is hosting beauty events across the country year round, where you can meet one-on-one with an artist for a free makeover. Sephora is offering up no expiration gift card that you can Redeem Gift Cards of $50 or more for a complimentary 45-minute Custom Makeover with a Beauty Advisor.

4. Wearing Lipstick or Lip Gloss
Makeup artist Donna Kelly “when your lips are too shiny, you will lose definition in your pictures, and it can leave a glare.” Another reason to forego the gloss: “If you’re going to have a veil that covers your face, the veil will stick to your lips,” said Liz Fuller of Makeup Artistry, Inc. “The same goes for long hair — if a bride wants to wear her hair down on her wedding day, hair can get stuck to the lips.”

5. Applying Blush Incorrectly
Concentrate on the apples of your cheeks, where you blush naturally. “Many people wrongly think that blush should be applied in a diagonal line under the cheekbones and up towards the temples, like we did in the ’70s,” said Cohen. Further emphasize your cheekbones by applying a little bronzer right underneath and blending it into the blush. NARS blush in orgasm (Martha Stewart Big-day beauty awards 2014 – 2017), Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess Powder Bronzer (Brides beauty awards 2017)


6. Wearing a Foundation With SPF and Adding Shimmer in the Wrong Places

Many formulas now include sun protection, which is wonderful for your everyday look. But on your wedding day, stick to a traditional foundation. The reason: “Some ingredients in the SPF formulas can cause the face to look white in flash photography,” said Fuller. If you’re going to be outdoors all day long, you can wear a sunscreen underneath your foundation, since that’ll sink into your skin rather than sitting on top of it with the foundation, said Fuller. But do a couple of test shots before the big day to make sure that you’re not left with a chalky complexion or a washed-out look, recommended Erica Bishop, makeup artist for Prescriptives.

“A little shimmer or iridescence on the cheeks looks fresh and dewy, but worn on the nose or forehead, it can look like your skin is greasy,” said Gina Ludwig, CEO of Hair Comes the Bride, Inc. Makeup artist Jane Cohen likes to apply a sheer gold shimmer along the tops of the cheekbones, on the cupid’s bow of the lips, and just under the brows “It makes the bride look as if she is lit from within. It’s an easy trick but one that really works.”

Whatever you do, steer clear of anything with glitter. “Glitter and sparkles have the unfortunate effect of reflecting back light towards the camera. This often results in white spots across your skin in the images,” said photographer Johanna Jacobson, owner of Ambientimage. These spots can then turn green, orange, or fuchsia in post-production, depending on the color balancing and effects your photographer uses. “The only way to get rid of these spots is by costly retouching and individually cloning out each spot or reflection.”

“Shimmery is different from sparkle because a shimmer doesn’t have particles — or flecks — that cause a flashback at the camera,” said Fuller.


7. Not Giving Your Makeup Time to Set
Between each step of your makeup, give your makeup some time to dry. “Use a hair dryer set on the cool setting if time becomes an issue,” said Giannoni. “Your makeup will last longer if you let each step dry before the next one.” Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray (Brides beauty awards 2017) and Artis Brushes (Brides beauty awards 2017)

8. Not Packing a Sufficient Emergency Kit 
Even with the most budge-proof makeup, you’re going to need to keep a few things on hand for touch-ups – the wedding day is long! “No bride wants to look oily on her wedding day,” said Zerafa. “Oil absorbing sheets are the best way to avoid this; they don’t remove existing makeup.” Some other key products: your lip color, cotton swaps and tissues to fix any smudges, translucent powder, and lash glue if you’re wearing falsies. Pinch Provisions Minimergency® Kit For Brides $16 or build your DIY brides emergency kits from these minis!

9. Forgetting About the Bridal Party’s Makeup
Your bridesmaids are going to be in dozens of pictures with you; give them some guidelines regarding their makeup so that everyone looks cohesive. “You don’t want each of your bridesmaids with different hair and makeup because it looks ill planned and will ultimately distract from the bride, who should stand out from everyone else,” said Karuna Chani, international makeup artist and skin care consultant.

10. Not Prepping Your Skin Properly on the Big Day
Before you start applying makeup, it’s important to prep your skin properly. Hernandez recommends washing your face with a gentle cleanser, then using Bobbi Brown Extra Bright Advanced Moisture Lotion, which moisturizes while toning down any redness in your skin. Follow it up with a CC cream to even out your skin tone. And be sure to use a hydrating cream around your eyes — this helps your under eye concealer go on smoothly. AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ (Brides best beauty awards 2017).


“I can’t tell you how many brides, bridesmaids, and moms show up with skin that is not exfoliated or moisturized,” said Fuller. “It is extremely difficult to apply makeup on to skin that is dry or flaky.” And if you have a breakout before the big day, leave those pimples alone. “Pimples that have been picked and are scabbed over on the wedding day — yikes! It’s easier to cover a pimple than it is to cover a scab.”

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(thanks bridalguide, byrdie, cosmopolitan, brides and Martha Stewart)