9 Beauty Secrets From a Wedding Makeup Artist

Ask any wedding makeup artist the definition of the perfect bridal beauty, and you’ll get the same answer: to look like you at your most radiant. Create a glowing makeup look worthy of any blushing bride with our makeup artist-approved tips, featuring hacks to make bridal beauty go the distance and showing you how to look flawless in every wedding photo…

1. Do the Prep Work

A perfectly prepped canvas is the secret to beautiful, long-lasting bridal makeup. Try these wedding makeup artist-approved tips for a look that says ‘glowing bride’ from ‘I dos’ to dancing...

• About 30 minutes before starting makeup, apply a nourishing cream under and around the eye area. Pat with fingertips to boost circulation, then allow to absorb fully, smoothing and plumping fine lines so makeup won’t settle in them.

• For silky-smooth, kissable lips, buff Miracle Prep Lip Scrub in circular motions onto clean, dry lips. Finish by layering on a moisturising balm, allowing it to sink in before applying makeup.

• Massage your favourite day cream onto clean, dry skin. Use fingertips to massage over the cheekbones, sweeping up to the forehead, around the nose and under the jawline to sculpt and plump the skin.

2. Create a Bespoke Primer

Suffering from shiny skin, bridal breakouts and dullness all at once? Tackle every skin concern before applying wedding makeup by switching your primer formula to suit different areas of the face. Use Miracle Prep Pore Minimising & Mattifying Primer on oily t-zones to combat shine and leave a fresh-faced finish in photos and real life. Glide the glow-boosting Miracle Prep Illuminating & Hydrating Primer under eyes and over cheeks for instant radiance. Target redness with Miracle Prep Colour Correcting & Cooling Primer, using a concealer brush to smooth it exactly where needed. The result? A flawless, even base.

3. Stay Hydrated

Nothing gets skin glowing like H20. For a fresh, hydrated skin finish, drink plenty of water the morning of the big day. Then, up the dew factor by misting Lasting Performance Setting Spray in a circular motion all over the face, neck and décolletage. The radiance-boosting formula contains super-hydrating glycerine and cucumber, making it feel like a drink for your skin.

4. Build Your Blusher

Our big tip for the big day? Apply more blusher than you may usually wear. To avoid looking washed out in the wedding photos and against a white dress, build a little extra colour on your cheeks to ensure a healthy, radiant complexion – every inch the blushing bride. Try swirling a fresh, pink shade of Crème Puff Blush directly onto the apples of cheeks, building and blending lightly upwards and outwards for instant glowing bridal beauty.

5. Stay Perfect with Powder

Cream formulas are great for a glowing, dewy look. But to ensure wedding makeup lasts from day to night, a fresh powder formula is a big day must-have. Our top tip for keeping wedding makeup fresh: dust Miracle Veil Loose Powder over the t-zone to instantly mattify and set makeup in place. It’s so finely milled, it’s almost undetectable on the skin. Then, for on-the-go touch ups, ask one of your bridesmaids to keep Crème Puff Powder Compact in their clutch, so you can freshen up between the ceremony and speeches.

6. Go Waterproof

Need we say more? Weddings are an emotional day for everyone - most of all the beautiful bride. Wear waterproof mascara as your wedding makeup insurance policy. Happy tears flowing? No problem. Masterpiece Waterproof Mascara has got you covered.

7. Make Bronzer Go Further

Are you styling hair in a dreamy bridal braid or wearing an off-the-shoulder dress? If hair is in a romantic updo, make sure to blend foundation and a touch of Crème Bronzer over and behind the ears to ensure an even finish. Then, if skin is on show, blend foundation lightly onto the neck, décolletage and shoulders to add a dose of warmth where needed.

8. Highlight Eyes

Make eyes appear bigger and brighter in the all-important wedding photos and real life with a touch of highlighter on the inner corner of the eye. Take Masterpiece Nude Eyeshadow Palette in Rose Nudes and use your fingertip to tap the lightest shade right on tear ducts – the glowiest finishing touch to your romantic wedding makeup look.

9. Get Kiss-Proof Lips

The most photographed moment of the big day is that ‘I do’ kiss. Make sure your bridal pout is picture-perfect from every angle with Lipfinity Rising Stars in the shade Starstruck. Its silky formula applies like a dream and sets to a long-lasting, kiss-proof finish. Simply glide onto lips for an instant hint of colour to complement glowing wedding makeup. We promise it will look flawless all day – no matter how many newlywed kisses are captured on film.

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