I had always planned to do my own bridal makeup on my wedding day. I wanted to make sure I felt and looked like myself, just a more polished version. If I’d had someone else do my makeup I feared I’d look back at the photo’s and not recognize myself so I knew I wanted to give it a go.
My main priority when it came to doing my own makeup was making sure my temperamental skin was looking it’s best, so with that in mind, 2 months prior to the wedding, I began drinking hot lemon once a day, 5 days a week. I’d read so many benefits of doing this and I have to say I noticed a big difference. My skin looked much more radiant and a lot less dull.
I’d been trying out a few new foundations in the run up to the big day, none of which suited my skin or gave me the coverage I wanted. After trying out various new products and none of them working, I figured I’d just keep it simple and keep to my normal everyday makeup but a little bit more.
I was unsure whether to stick to traditional pink tones or more bronze shades but as I had a tan (We were lucky enough to get a mini heatwave a few weeks before so I tried to catch as many rays as possible) I decided to stick to my summer makeup look.
I was impressed with how well the makeup lasted throughout the day, especially in 25 degree heat in the middle of what was supposed to be Autumn in New York.
The only product I needed to top up was my lipstick, (I blame it on too many newly wed kisses) which my husband kindly kept in his suit pocket for me to touch up throughout photo’s.
I kept my eyes very subtle with a light wash of neutral shimmery shades over the lids (shades Bootycall and Verve from the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette) and brown tones from the same palette to line my eyes. I’ve always found lining my eyes with eye shadow looks a lot softer on me.
In the evening I added some of the Kevyn Aucoin Diamond Eye Gloss which added some extra sparkle to my lids. I also topped up my under eye concealer ‘cus lets face it who wants dark circles on their wedding day!
For hair, I kind of winged it on the day. I knew I was going to curl it so I used my trusty Mark Hill Wicked Waver Wand (which was the best Christmas present ever, I don’t know what I’d do without it! My curls last for days with this.) I decided to go with a simple half up half down style which stayed in place all day and night. I used a clear elastic to secure the hair and a touch of hairspray.
For the final touches I kept my jewellery simple and wore a special pair of earrings my mum had given me, along with my engagement ring and soon to be wedding band. I spritzed my favourite YSL Fragrance, popped on my wedding shoes and was ready to go get hitched!
The Final Makeup Look
A little worse for wear, we returned back to our hotel room, married and makeup still in tact! I was so glad I didn’t put too much pressure on myself and felt like me on our special day.
A list of products used on my big day are listed below:
Ted Baker Lip and Cheek Tint (This is no longer for sale, I received it in a gift set for Christmas a few years back)