How to Do Your Own Bridal Makeup

So, you’ve decided to do your own bridal makeup. More and more brides are choosing to do the same, swapping bustling glam squads for a calmer start to the big day that puts you in control of your look. Nobody knows your face like you do, so you know what kind of wedding makeup will suit you best. Just make sure you have these bridal tips to hand for a you-but-dewier glow that lasts all day…

1. Prep with Skincare

Use a hydrating skincare regimen to create a smooth, plump finish to the skin, ensuring your bridal makeup lasts all day. In the morning before the ceremony, start by massaging a cream cleanser onto dry skin, removing with a warm flannel to lightly exfoliate and refresh without stripping the skin. Follow with a hydrating moisturiser, tapping and pressing it into your skin to boost your bridal glow.

Close-up of model applying Max Factor Miracle Prep Colour Correcting & Cooling Primer
Max Factor Miracle Prep Illuminating & Hydrating Primer

2. Take Time to Prime

Prep your complexion to give foundation extra staying power. If your skin needs a glow-up, smooth on Miracle Prep Illuminating & Hydrating Primer. Or, if you tend to suffer with redness and uneven skin tone, apply Miracle Prep Colour Correcting & Cooling Primer onto affected areas. Don’t forget to dot and blend Miracle Prep Eyeshadow Primer onto lids for a long-lasting, crease-free finish to eyeshadow, too.

3. Match Concealer and Foundation Shades

It’s a makeup myth that you should go one shade lighter with your concealer. Not only will that highlight the imperfections you’re trying to cover, but it will also show up too bright against flash photography. We recommend matching your shade of Radiant Lift Concealer as close to your foundation as possible to ensure a seamless finish – and the most flattering wedding photos.

Close-up of model applying Max Factor Radiant Lift Concealer
Max Factor Miracle Touch Foundation

4. Find Your Foundation Formula

For the most natural-looking finish – and a base that lasts from ‘I do’ to dancefloor – choose a foundation that’s compatible with your individual skin type. Oily skin types suit lightweight powders, like Facefinity Compact Foundation, which weightlessly veils your skin in medium coverage while keeping shine at bay.

Meanwhile, normal, dry and combination complexions will love Miracle Touch Foundation, which harnesses hydrating hyaluronic acid for a super-smooth finish that’s dewy and oh-so-dreamy. Bonus: both foundations come in clutch-friendly compacts, so you can tuck in your bag (or your bridesmaid’s purse) for on-the-day touch-ups.

5. Your Makeup, But Better

The best bridal makeup look for your wedding day? Your go-to look, but better. Think a little more defined and a little bit glowier than your everyday makeup. You want to look and feel like yourself when you’re reminiscing over those beautiful wedding photos, so if a bold red lipstick is a key part of your signature style, you should definitely glide on Velvet Mattes Lipstick in Desire before walking down the aisle. Just make sure one of your bridesmaids has your lipstick to hand for touch-ups. Similarly, if you love a chic smokey eye, sweep your favourite neutral, mink and brown shades of Masterpiece Nude Eyeshadow Palette onto lids, before adding a little more eyeliner than usual to get photo-ready definition.

Close-up of model applying red lipstick. Look created by Max Factor
Max Factor Bronzer

6. Pay Attention to Your Décolletage

For the most seamless finish to your bridal makeup, foundation shouldn’t just stop at the face. Using a sponge or fluffy powder brush, blend foundation down to neck, décolletage, and even add a touch onto shoulders for flawless, even coverage. Don’t forget to sweep the brush over your ears too – you’ll want them to look the same shade as your skin in the photos. To warm up your chest and shoulders a little more, swirl a powder brush into Bronzer, tapping off the excess before sweeping onto tops of shoulders and the décolletage area.

7. Make it Waterproof

It may seem like an obvious one, but between emotions running high, unpredictable weather and a long day ahead, waterproof mascara is every bride’s BFF. To achieve full, fanned-out lashes, apply False Lash Epic Waterproof Mascara from root to tip, building volume with every coat. For more defined, natural-looking lashes, zig-zag Masterpiece Waterproof Mascara wand through to separate and lengthen. Even happy tears are no match for these long-lasting formulas.

Close-up of model applying mascara. Look created by Max Factor