Our guide for applying your own wedding makeup

Wedding Tips

DIY makeup can be a great option for some brides. You might be more comfortable with your style or may have a preference for a specific vendor due to Covid-19. Alice Shaw, a makeup artist, was our first stop for step-by-step instructions on how to apply your wedding makeup. Everything you need to know about your skin, including tips and tricks from makeup artists.

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It is important to know your skin type in order to create flawless makeup that looks great in photos and on the face. How do you determine your skin type? Take a look at your skin every day and, especially, after you have finished washing your face in the morning, take a look at it again. Next, get a mirror and touch your face to identify any of the characteristics listed below. If you don’t see any characteristics, you will be considered normal skin. To get that radiant bridal glow, you can follow these tips for dry skin.


  • Shiny appearance, and will feel greasy to the touch
  • The Foundation will be slipping off throughout the day
  • Blackheads and larger pores


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  • Flaky skin will appear around the nose, cheeks, forehead and mouth.
  • Foundation will hold onto the dry patches
  • Although sensitive skin is the same as dry, it can also appear reddish and sometimes feel irritated.


Combination skin is the most popular skin type because it combines both oily and dry skin types.

  • One region (usually the T Zone), is oily while the other is dry
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Ask any makeup artist, and they’ll tell you that primer and skincare are the most important steps to perfect skin. This will ensure that your makeup lasts all day and looks flawless.

Prep Power

Before applying, make sure you have clean skin.

Mac Softening Lotion is great for all skin types. It’s a fine liquid exfoliator that can remove texture from the skin.

Tip: Spray the oil onto a cotton pad and wipe all over the skin. Use circular motions to get rid of stubborn areas.

Moisturise Moisturise Moisturise!

Hydration is essential for all skin types, especially under makeup and primer. Hydrating Water Fresh Cream-Bobbi brown is our go-to.

Moisturizers will reduce the shine of oily skin. (It is more common for oily skin to be dehydrated. To rehydrate, the skin secretes excess sebum.

This will reduce dry patches and give you a glowing complexion for sensitive skin.

Tip: Use a small amount of oil and massage upwards towards your forehead to instantly lift your face.

Primer Perfect

Primer is your best friend for helping your makeup stay put throughout the day and ensuring an even application.

Silicon-based primers are great for oily skin. They blur the skin and hold the foundation. Benefit POREfessional is our favorite.

Primers that soothe your skin and are not irritating are the best for sensitive skin. For example, Mac Moisture Infusion.

If you don’t want to purchase two primers for combination skin, we suggest that you really work the moisturiser into your skin. We recommend using a primer to treat oily or combination skin.

*Tip: Apply your fingertips with your fingers, working from the centre of each eye outwards.

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Flawless Foundation

When it comes to foundation, you should not leave your comfort zone. You want to be at ease on your big day. You can only go one level higher if you need more coverage. Medium coverage is recommended if your foundation is light.

Dry skin? (You probably know it already) Use a hydrating, dewy foundation like Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Foundation

A mattifying foundation is the best choice for oily skin. This foundation is L’Oreal Infallible 24-hour Matte Foundation.

Combination skin requires a foundation that can be used for both oily and dry skin. Clinique Beyond Perfecting foundation is semi-matte. You get the best of both worlds !

Tip: Use a sponge or brush to apply your foundation to your skin. This will give you a smoother, more natural-looking base.

Concealer Queen

Apply concealer in a triangle-shaped shape under the eyes and towards the nostrils. Blend with a sponge or brush. A triangle-shaped application will brighten the center of your face. To really brighten the entire face, apply concealer to your forehead, chin, and centre of your nose if you feel confident.

Tip: Choose a lighter shade than your foundation to brighten the skin.

Set Powder

Avoid white-based powders for photographic makeup. This can cause flashback, which is a huge no-no. Apply a powder that matches the tone of your skin and use a large brush to press into the skin.

Tip: Powder foundations can be doubled up as setting powder. It’s great to have on-the-go touch ups.

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Flawless base…check! It’s time to inject some colour into your cheeks and give them definition.

Bronzed Goddess

Don’t be afraid of bronzer. The contour is not the only thing that matters. Use a medium-sized bristle to sweep bronzer around the face in the form of an ‘E’ and a “3”. Begin at the temple, and work your way down to the cheekbones and jawline. Add more product to enhance the cheekbones

*Tip* Don’t add too much product right away. Build up the colour slowly until you are happy. It’s easier to add rather than subtract! !

Blushing Bride

Blush is essential for a blushing bride. The current favorite way to blush is to lightly apply it to the apples of your cheeks.

Tip: For a more radiant glow, use a blusher with a subtle shimmer.

Hello Highlight

We love the highlight because it is beautiful both in person and on camera. For a radiant glow, apply the highlight to the top of the cheeks, just above the blush.

Tip: Use a highlighter that is shimmery rather than glitter-based. This will make the dress look natural and won’t leave any traces. !

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This is the main focus of the entire look. For any bride, a simple smokey eye is the best.

Elegant Eyeshadow

We recommend using one brown shade and one champagne shimmer shadow if you’re nervous about eyeshadow. Use a fluffy brush to apply the brown shade to the outer edge of your eyelid. Blend the color into the crease using a windscreen wiper-like motion. Finally, blend the colour with circular motions to eliminate any sharp edges. You can build the color up to your desired shade depth. The shimmer should be applied to the center of your eyelid using your finger. (Pressing the shadow on the lid will intensify the color). For a subtle smokey look, blend the brown shade under your lower lashes with the same brush.

Tip: Apply concealer to your eyelids as a base for eyeshadow. This will keep your eyeshadow in place throughout the day. Blend, blend, and blend again with the brown shadow.

You must have Mascara

You need waterproof mascara, no matter if you are expecting to shed a tear. It’s impossible to predict when that speech will cause the tears. The Lancome Hypnose Mascara is a favorite.

Tip: Apply mascara starting at the root of your lash and work your way to the end to create long, clump-free lashes.

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The bouquet of the wedding dress is the lips. Although the dress is beautiful on its own, the entire package can be enhanced by adding flowers.

Lipstick that locks lips

A natural, nude lip is a great option. We recommend visiting a makeup counter to get help in finding the perfect shade.

Tip: Make sure to use a lipstick primer before applying lipstick. This will help lock your lips in place. MAC Lip Primer is the best.

Refined Line

Lip liner is essential for a perfect pout. To enhance the shape of your lips, lightly outline the edges with lip liner.

Tip: Before applying lipstick, colour the entire lip area with the liner. This will ensure that the lipstick stays in place.