Here comes the bride....

With wedding season just around the corner we hooked up with the lovely Katie at Orla James to give our blushing brides to be some wedding makeup tips.

She has written this fabulous guest blog for us about applying wedding makeup to help you prepare for your special day.


How to do your own Wedding Makeup

You’ve got everything ready – your wedding gown is selected and fitted to measure, your bridesmaids are ready with their dresses, the florist finally knows what you want, your caterer is on board, and the venue and décor are confirmed. The only thing left to tackle is your wedding makeup. If you’re an independent woman who wants to do her own wedding makeup, then we’ve got you covered.

Countless women today are opting to do their own makeup and not depend upon beauticians and makeup artists. Katie from Orla James says that you don’t need fancy or expensive makeup to look your best. A few selective makeup products can help you look gorgeous on your big day. What you will need to do, is practice your makeup look a few times before your wedding so there aren’t any nasty surprises on the day of.

Let’s look at some fantastic tips for you to do your own wedding makeup:

Blend. Blend. Blend.

The best way to ensure your makeup lasts the entire day is to blend your foundation well. Choose foundation shades that are closest to your skin tone and have full coverage. When applying foundation for the entire day, don’t apply it to your under eyes. If you do, your under eyes might get lines and wrinkles. Blend your foundation only after you use a lightweight moisturizer that will keep your skin hydrated. Use a damp (not wet!) sponge or beauty blender and blend your foundation to give you the best coverage. Remember not to use too much foundation otherwise, your skin will look cakey after a few hours.

Conceal all blemishes

Use concealers that are a shade lighter than your skin tone. Concealers are wonderful when blended perfectly. They illuminate and add to the depth of your face. Like the foundation, use a damp beauty blender to blend your concealer to make it last longer and stay even. Conceal your under eyes (in an inverted V-shape) and eyelids, the bridge of your nose, forehead, cupids bow and chin. Also, cover any beauty spots, scars, or acne marks that you might have. Remember, you will be photographed the entire day so you need your face to look perfectly even and balanced.

Light up your eyes

Blend neutral shades onto your eyelids first so that peaches, pinks, and even darker shades are more noticeable. Blend your eyeshadows to look soft for the wedding ceremony. For the reception, you can redo your makeup with darker shades. Use a highlighter on your brow bone, inner eye, nose, cupids bow, and cheekbones to illuminate and make your eyes more striking. Add your eyeliner and kohl and once you’re done, use waterproof mascara and faux eyelashes to complete your look.

Contour your face

Contouring adds depth to your face with a balance of darker shades with lighter ones. If you have oily skin, opt for powder contours. For dry skin, liquid contours work best. When contouring your face, apply the darker shade on the edges of your forehead, temples, sides of your nose, and jawline. Draw dots or a light straight line from the top of your ears towards the center of your dimples, if you wish to contour your cheeks too. The light contouring can be done on your under eyes, forehead, nose bridge, and just above your jawline to add depth. Blend this carefully to create a striking contrast on your face. Set your contour with a luminescent powder to pack it all in.

Lips and rouge is the key

For the wedding ceremony, opt for lighter or neutral shades of lip colors that go with your overall makeup. Use a lip liner to add definition, and fill in your lip color gently starting from the center moving towards the outer corners of your lips. For your rouge, select a shade that will highlight the rosiness of your cheeks to give you the best look in all your photographs. Don’t opt for identical shades to your lipstick. If you’re wearing red, you don’t want red cheeks!

Once you’ve practiced your look a few times and are sure of getting the same results on your wedding day, you’re set! Ideally, use waterproof makeup that is also smudge-proof. Give yourself ample time to perfect the look. Once you’re confident, the entire look shouldn’t take more than 20 – 25 minutes to complete on your wedding day. Quick tip for you – carry oil blotting tissues throughout the day. All the best!