Planning your wedding can be one of the most stressful yet one of the most exciting time in your life. As some of you may know, my Big Day is next Summer and with only around nine months to go, I still have so much to plan (including finding a dress). I haven’t turned into Bridezilla but I guess there is still time! One of the things I am still really unsure about is – do I do my own makeup on the day, or do I hire a makeup artist instead?
I do think there are pros and cons to both. As a self-taught beauty “pro”, I feel with the tools and products I have, and with a bit of practice beforehand, I could achieve the look I want. On the other hand, I can see myself flapping around on the big day and the last thing I want to do is to apply my own makeup.
I was recently invited to a Bridal How-To at Selfridges in Manchester, a small event that gave bridal makeup tips, free goodie-bags, champagne and cakes. What more could a bride-to-be ask for?
On the night, I found the makeup tutorial super useful. A bridal makeup demo was applied on a model and I able was to see for myself how much makeup was actually used, as I have been told that it is usually heavier for photographs to which I’m not keen on.
I loved the step-by step guide and how you are able to adapt the look to suit your style. I am a true believer in what Bobbi Brown says – “On your wedding day you should look like yourself at your most beautiful”.
So here are a few tips from the tutorial that I’d like to share with any fellow brides-to-be, leading up to and on the Big Day:
I am a big believer in looking after your skin and I always maintain a good skincare regime, especially for your wedding. It’s never too late to start either. In general, I really like to use facial oils and SPF on a daily basis to keep my skin well-hydrated and to protect it from sun damage. On the day, these are to be avoided and is best to use an oil-free moisturiser. The SPF ingredient in the products can bounce back flash photography which makes you look pale and ashy in photographs. The facial oils will also cause your makeup to “slide” – so looking oily and ashy is a big no-no.
This is always a dilemma for me – finding a good corrector and concealer to ensure you look bright-eyed and fresh. I am currently using the Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Concealer which is brilliant and does the job, but I have no doubt that my dark circles will be getting worse due to wedding jitters keeping me up at night. Investing in a good corrector and concealer is something I plan to do nearer the time so that I look bright-eyed on the day. In the meantime, I have been using eye masks and creams to help reduce puffiness and to brighten up the eye area.
I always tell my friends that it’s worth investing in a good foundation as I think it’s always good to have a good canvas for everything else you put on. I am currently using the Dior Star Foundation which gives great coverage and is super long-lasting, however, due to it’s size, I doubt I can carry that in my little bag for touch-ups. Bobbi’s Foundation stick was used in the tutorial which claims to be very easy to use, even if you want light or full coverage. I like how it’s for all skin types and that it’s compact enough to carry with you on the day. Definitely something I will invest in nearer the time.
4. Powder & Bronzer
A good Pressed Powder should do the trick and can help “set” your makeup, making it more long-lasting. If I am honest, I don’t always use this in my everyday makeup look. Just because I feel that my makeup lasts well throughout the day, but I do think on the day it is essential as you want your skin to look polished in all the pictures. I tend to wear bronzer on a daily basis and I have quite a few good ones such as Hourglass and Nars Laguna. Depending on your dress, don’t forget to warm up the neck and chest if your dress has an open neckline. Also, don’t forget your ears and neck if you are having your hair up!
5. Blush & Highlighter
Who doesn’t want to be the blushing bride? A little “pop” of colour on the apples of your cheeks will give you that beautiful blush. A good tip to find your blusher shade is to choose one that matches your cheeks after a workout as this will be your natural shade. For a beautiful glow, dust a little highlighter on the cheekbones. Right now, I think I have blushers and highlighters enough for an army of brides! I can already see myself using my Hourglass palettes and the Laura Mercier blushers on the day. I think my only dilemma is to choose which ones to use.
It was said in the tutorial that brighter shades of pink, rose and plum can help brighten the face, and that it’s best to avoid the pale and neutral colours as they can look washed out in photographs. I love wearing neutral shades on the lips and I can think of a few shades that I already have that I can wear on the day including my engraved Givenchy Nude Guipure, a gorgeous nude pink colour. Using a lip liner and filling in the lips before applying the lipstick will make it last longer.
I love good brows as they help frame your face. To enhance the brows you should use the same shade as your eyebrows and not the hair on your head. I always rave about using Collection Eyebrow Kit in Brunette as it comes with a mini brush and eyebrow gel, everything you need for perfect natural brows.
8. Eye shadow
On the big day you want to wear a colour that’s long lasting and crease-free. If you have a favourite colour that you want to wear, applying a primer is good to ensure the eyeshadow stays on all day – Urban Decay Primer Potion is amazing for this and I have been using it for years. After the tutorial I purchased the Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Vanilla which I absolutely adore right now! I will go on and talk about the things I got shortly.
9. Eyeliner & Lashes
For me, liquid eyeliner is a staple. I don’t think I can ever live without it! On the Big Day, chances are it will be quite emotional (happy tears of course!) and this means your eyeliner will have to be budge-proof to withstand the waterworks. I already use a waterproof eyeliner pen from Eyeko which does a good job. The award winning Bobbi’s Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner was used in the tutorial and it looked amazing on the model. It claims to be waterproof and long lasting. When applied, the gel becomes transfer resistant once dry – this is currently on my wishlist!
For lashes I tend to wear falsies – Ardell Demi Wispies which are perfect for any occasion. If false lashes aren’t your thing then a good waterproof mascara like L’Oreal False Lash Architect really elongates your lashes and is budge-proof.
Below I got the following in my free gift-bag:
Silver Bobbi Brown Cosmetic bag – This year I have gone from having no cosmetic bags to having a slight obsession! I love the silver colour and the size is good enough to carry your essentials around.
Soothing Cleansing Oil – I was looking to purchase this recently but I’m so glad I didn’t since I got a free 30ml – perfect trial size! This Award Winning oil has a special blend of Jasmine Flower Extract and botanical oils to melt away your makeup and impurities.You simply massage a small amount onto your face and rinse clean with warm water. I haven’t started using this yet but I am really looking forward to it as I think it’ll be really nourishing for my skin which is what I need right now in this weather.
Lip Gloss in Nude – This tiny lip gloss is so cute and will fit in the tiniest of handbags. I love the colour as I am obsessed with neutral shades right now. This makes a nice change from the liquid lipsticks I am using, I haven’t worn lip gloss in months! This gives a nice sheen without it being too sticky. It also keeps lips soft as it contains jojoba and avocado oils.
Skin Smoothing Pore Perfector – I have used this sample over the last couple of days and noticed a difference where my makeup seems to last longer and I look “fresher” for longer. I don’t think the results are that dramatic, it claims to reduce pore size over time which isn’t something I have an issue for myself. I only apply it on my T-zone and it’s probably the best skin primer I have used as my skin is smoother before I put on my foundation on, giving a more flawless finish. I love the smell of this and how lightweight it is – a big thumbs up from me and something I’ll look to buy in full size soon.
Skin Nourish Mask – Call me sad but I am saving this teeny tiny tube (a 3ml!) for when I my skin really needs it. This claims to be packed with super moisturising components to help hydrate the skin and to reduce fine lines. It’s ideal for normal to very dry skin types which is great for me, I can’t wait to give this a try.
Eye Opening Mascara – This was used in the tutorial so I was pleased to have got this trial size in my gift bag. I have only used it once so far as I tend to wear false lashes, however, it does what it says – no smudges. I like that you can use this on top of another mascara to make it waterproof without any clumps and flakes.
Bobbi Brown Pen – I can never have enough pens to write my ideas for blog posts and YouTube videos!
I purchased the below and managed to stop myself from splurging any more:
Hydrating Face Tonic – This was mentioned in the tutorial and what sold it for me was that it’s alcohol free and that it had cucumber extracts. I had ran out of my previous toner and was on a lookout for a better one, and this ticks all the boxes! I have been using it religiously for the past few weeks and my skin has improved ever since. It’s so soothing and doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight and my skin feels well hydrated afterwards – definitely recommend this.
Eye Sweep Brush – I wanted this brush as soon as I saw it in the tutorial. I had never seen an eyeshadow brush like this before and fell in love with it in the tutorial. It’s made of soft bristles and has a full rounded-shape, very different to the usual standard eye shadow brushes I get when I get palettes (I’m struggling to go back to using these). It picks up just the right amount of powder which goes onto my eyelids so easily and evenly. I already have the Bobbi Brown Bronzer brush which has lasted me years and I’m confident this one will too. In fact, I’m looking to buy a couple more so I can use them for different eye shadows!
Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Vanilla – I have been using this non-stop for the past few weeks and I can’t believe I have only just come across this now! It’s super easy to use – you literally swipe and go. I love the colour which is a light beige, I apply it across the eyelids and blend with my fingertips. You can wear it alone but I have been using it as a primer base which helps my eyes shadow stay on for longer and crease-free. It lasts ALL day and it’s also waterproof so I’ll be stocking up on these next Summer. Can’t wait to get a couple more in different colours, definitely worth investing in.
So that is all from my Bobbi Brown evening, I hope you found it useful and I’d love to hear what your thoughts are on whether to do your on makeup on the day or hire a makeup artist. Also, do you have any bridal makeup tips? And what are your best Bobbi Brown products? Love Heather x