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These Brides Reveal Their DIY Wedding Day Makeup Routines

Your wedding day is arguably the most photographed day of your life, and getting your makeup wrong can be an expensive and often upsetting mistake. While many women rely on a professional makeup artist for the big day, having booked in for countless trials beforehand, more and more are opting to create their own looks. And with 26 million results for ‘wedding makeup’ on YouTube, and a further 7 million posts on Instagram, nailing it yourself is getting easier.

Ahead, seven women lift the lid on how they did their own wedding makeup, including the products they used and the top tips they swore by for getting it right.

Sadhbh, 26“I’m not a big makeup wearer and I’ve never had my makeup done by someone else. Most of the time I go barefaced, so for my wedding day I wanted to make sure I looked and felt like myself. I didn’t want my wife not to recognise me, or not to recognise myself in the mirror.I found the majority of wedding-related media to be completely alien to what we wanted or planned. Minimal makeup was positioned as boho chic (great, but not for me) or it was full-on glam (also great, but also not for me). My wife and I’s favourite look is bold lips, fluffy brows and clear skin so this was what I went for.I wanted my skin to look as natural as possible so for my base I used Laura Mercier Foundation Primer, £34, It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream With SPF 50, £32.50, Tarte Shape Tape Concealer, £28, for any hyperpigmentation or spots (I have adult acne) and Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder, £45. I then used NARS Blush in Orgasm, £26, benefit watt’s up! Soft Focus Highlighter For Face, £27, and Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, £23, for a little definition. I rarely, if ever, wear eye makeup and I’m a big crier so I decided to get my first lash lift and wear The Body Shop Brow & Lash Gel, £10. My dress was a mixture of cream and red so I wanted a classic red lip that wasn’t matte to the point of drying, but wasn’t going to get everywhere either. I went for a combination of MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo, £17.50, and Pat McGrath Labs Permagel Lip Liner in Major Red, £25.

My advice would be not to overthink your makeup look. Go with what feels natural or comfortable for you. I recommend having a small bag that can hold a compact mirror and anything you need for top-ups, too. You’re barely going to think about what you look like on the day but you don’t want to be caught off-guard!”

Pat McGrath PermaGel Ultra Lip Pencil, $, available at Selfridges & Co.

MAC Cosmetics Retro Matte Lipstick, $, available at MAC

The Body Shop Brow & Lash Gel, $, available at The Body Shop

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, $, available at Beauty Bay

Benefit Cosmetics watt’s up! Cream Concealer, $, available at Benefit

NARS Nars Orgasm Blush , $, available at Cult Beauty

Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder, $, available at Cult Beauty

Tarte Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer , $, available at QVC

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF , $, available at It Cosmetics

Laura Mercier Pure Canvas Primer, $, available at Space NK


Rachida, 33“I booked in for some trial looks but I found that they were so over the top. I didn’t want to try something different on my wedding day, so I just knew I would be more comfortable doing my own makeup. I didn’t spend too long worrying about my final look. I knew I needed to apply more makeup than usual to ensure the pictures looked good (I find that the camera can wash me out), so I focused on having strong eyes and soft lips. I’m useless at Pinterest but watched some YouTube tutorials for brand recommendations and tips on long-lasting makeup.I got married in Australia, so SPF was a must. I used La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Ultra Light Fluid SPF 50+, £17.49, as it’s not thick or sticky. I didn’t use foundation simply because I have no idea what the right colour is, even after many discussions with the helpful staff in various cosmetics departments! Instead, I used the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, £24.50, under myeyes because I have dark circles and to hide a few spots. Then I applied Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Rouge Profond, £37, as blush. On my eyes I used Dior Mascara, £29, and I finished with a Tom Ford Lipstick, £44.

I am usually a believer in taking risks but trying something new on your wedding day might not be the wisest decision. I wouldn’t suggest trying a brand-new makeup look or getting a facial you’ve never tried before. I tried not to be swayed by others’ suggestions, either. You know what works best for you.”

Tom Ford Tom Ford Lip Colour, $, available at Selfridges

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, $, available at NARS

La Roche-Posay La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Light Fluid N/C Skin , $, available at Superdrug

Dior Iconic Overcurl, $, available at Dior

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in Rouge Profund, $, available at John Lewis


Claire, 40“Even though I wear basic makeup most days, I’m not a girly girl and the whole idea of someone doing my makeup didn’t feel quite ‘me’. We were getting married somewhere quite remote, so I also had to be realistic about what services I could expect to make the journey. Another factor was cost. I would say that doing my own makeup wasn’t cheaper as such, but it did mean that I had the products to use afterwards.I decided against a wedding makeup trial as this would have been an extra expense, and instead read bridal magazines and joined online wedding forums for tips and tricks. Bobbi Brown always came highly recommended, so I purchased products from its site using offers and deals and then searched for ‘Bobbi Brown bridal looks’ on YouTube for application advice. I then spent a lot of time practising. This was important in knowing how long I would need to set aside on the day.For my base, I used Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation, £7.99, Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick, £32, and a mixture of Bobbi Brown Corrector, £20, and Bobbi Brown Instant Full Cover Concealer, £24, under my eyes and on any blemishes. For everyday makeup using fingers is fine, but I found the use of a Beautyblender and brushes really helpful in making the end result last and gaining the coverage I wanted. I then used Bobbi Brown Bronzer in Golden Light, £33, Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Pale Pink, £23.50, and Bobbi Brown Brightening Brick in Pink, £36.50, for highlighting cheekbones. I finished my base with a dusting of Estée Lauder Perfecting Loose Powder in Translucent, £31. I used Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in Bone, £20, for all over my lids and up to my brow bone, Bobbi Brown Long Wear Brow Pencil in Espresso, £30.50, and Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Sticks in Truffle and Goldstone, £24, for a little definition on the eyes.

Lips were neutral – I used Bobbi Brown Lip Pencil in Ballet Pink, £20, and Bobbi Brown Lipstick in Sandwash Pink, £25. I set my makeup with the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, £26.

On the day, I’d advise laying out the products you’re using in the order you’re going to use them to make things easier. Time yourself before and then allow extra time too. Time seems to evaporate on the actual day.”

Urban Decay All Nighter Make-up Setting Spray , $, available at Urban Decay

Bobbi Brown Bobbi Brown Lip Colour, $, available at Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown Lip Pencil, $, available at Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick, $, available at Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick, $, available at Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil, $, available at Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow, Bone, $, available at John Lewis

Estée Lauder Perfecting Loose Powder, $, available at Estée Lauder

Bobbi Brown Brightening Brick – Pink, $, available at Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks , $, available at Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown Instant Full Cover Concealer, $, available at Bobbi Brown

Kavita, 25“I’ve always done my own makeup for weddings and events because I can never find a makeup artist that caters specifically to people with deeper skin tones. The lack of products for my skin was a huge factor. I’ve had to try lots of different things, including using bronzer as face powder, to find what works, and I feel I know my skin and what suits me best.My personal goal was to be able to look at my photos long after the big day and still appear myself – just a little more polished. I’m not one for ultra glam makeup and tend to prefer to keep it light and natural but add a bold lip or winged liner when I’m being more dressy. For base I used MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation, £27, and a mix of Bobbi Brown Creamy Corrector, £20, and NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, £24.50. When picking a foundation, it’s worth getting some samples to test at home both for longevity and in different lights. I tested a few different formulas over a week to see which held up by the end of the day. On my wedding day, I used the Garnier Moisture Bomb Sheet Mask, £2.99, to prep my skin beforehand.I set my under-eyes with Vichy Dermablend Translucent Setting Powder, £17.99, and my face with MAC Mineralise Skin Finish, £27. I then used Charlotte Tilbury Bronze and Glow Palette in Deep, £49, to contour and finished with MAC Powder Blush in Springsheen, £20, and Fenty Beauty Mean Money Highlighter, £28.

I knew I wanted to keep the eyes quite soft. I applied a wash of shadow from a neutral MAC eyeshadow palette, fashioned a wing with L’Oréal Paris Infallible Gel Crayon Eyeliner in Browny Crush, £4.99, then used Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara, £22, and a pair of Eyelure Volume False Lashes, £5.49. I set my makeup with the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, £26.

I found it really useful to watch YouTube tutorials for bridal makeup on deeper skin tones. There are now so many content creators representative of every skin tone. I found lots of useful advice about products suited to my skin type (oily/combination) and used an amalgamation of tips and tricks from a few different tutorials to create something that worked for me.”

Eylure Eylure Volume False Lashes 101, $, available at Superdrug

Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara, $, available at Cult Beauty

Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter Duo, $, available at Harvey Nichols

MAC Cosmetics Powder Blush (Pro Palette Refill Pan), $, available at MAC Cosmetics

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow , $, available at Charlotte Tilbury

MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Skinfinish Natural , $, available at MAC Cosmetics

Vichy Vichy Dermablend Make-up Setting Powder, $, available at Superdrug

Garnier Pomegranate Hydrating Face Sheet Mask, $, available at Superdrug

L’Oreal Paris Infallible Gel Crayon Waterproof Eyeliner, $, available at FeelUnique

MAC Cosmetics Eyeshadow Palette in Amber Times Nine, $, available at MAC Cosmetics


Michelle, 36“I’d tried a few makeup trials and was always disappointed with the final look. It never looked like me and on my wedding day I didn’t want to look or feel like someone else. I knew I wanted a ‘natural’ look so I created a board on Pinterest of looks and searched bridal magazines for ideas. I booked a trial at Charlotte Tilbury and ended up buying most of the shop. I then practised using the products during the six months running up to my wedding to get the look I wanted.I prepped my skin with a Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Facial Mask, £18, and then the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, £49, and the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue Cream, £42. I used Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow Face Primer, £39, Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation, £34, Charlotte Tilbury Retoucher Concealer, £25, and Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Pressed Powder, £35, for my base. I then added definition using the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow, £49, and Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Blusher, £30.For eyes, I used Bobbi Brown The Essential Multicolour Eyeshadow Palette, £32, with a slick of Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘n’ Kohl Eyeliner, £19, Bobbi Brown Ink Eyeliner in Blackest Black, £24, and Estée Lauder Double Wear Waterproof Mascara, £24. I set my makeup with the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, £26.

Give yourself plenty of time to practise and buy the products a few months before so you can do your makeup without thinking by your wedding. I’m so happy I did my own makeup. I looked like me and it was the best excuse to get a complete new set of products that I still use a year later.”

Estée Lauder Zero-Smudge Lengthening Mascara, $, available at Estée Lauder

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Liquid Liner, $, available at Bobbi Brown

Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl , $, available at Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic , $, available at Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow, $, available at Cult Beauty

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish , $, available at Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury The Retoucher, $, available at Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder, $, available at Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue , $, available at Charlotte Tilbury

Bobbi Brown Ink Liner in Blackest Black, $, available at Bobbi Brown

Bobbi Brown Essential Multicolor Eye Shadow Palette, $, available at Harrods


Gwen, 37“At first, I didn’t feel confident doing my own makeup, but decided it was the best option after a couple of makeup consultations. I didn’t want anything too heavy or overpowering and I wanted the freedom to refresh my look for the evening reception with a little colour.Our day was inspired by my grandparents’ wedding so I looked at their photo album for the styles and trends from that time. In the ’50s natural eyes and strong lipstick was huge, and that’s a look I really like. I used Pinterest to create a mood board and watched numerous YouTube tutorials in preparation for the big day.For daytime I used mainly benefit makeup: Hoola Matte Bronzer, £27.50, Big Beautiful Eyes Eyeshadow Palette, £29.50, They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara, £22, and Precisely, My Brow Eyebrow Pencil, £22.50. At night, I switched up my look using Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner, £17, and Moondust Eyeshadow, £16.

My advice for anyone looking to do their own wedding makeup would be to go for it! I really enjoyed the process of sipping prosecco and applying makeup with my bridesmaids. There are loads of helpful tutorials on YouTube and I’ve used the skills I learned so much since the wedding.”

Urban Decay Sparkly Eyeshadow , $, available at Urban Decay

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Liquid Glitter Eyeliner , $, available at Urban Decay

Benefit Cosmetics precisely, My Brow Eyebrow Pencil, $, available at Benefit Cosmetics

Benefit Cosmetics they’re real! Lengthening Mascara, $, available at Benefit Cosmetics

Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Matte Bronzer, $, available at Benefit Cosmetics

Benefit Big Beautiful Eyes Eyeshadow Palette, $, available at Benefit


Lisa, 27 (left)“We were doing our wedding on a tight budget (£2,500 for 100 guests) so I needed to keep costs down and doing my own makeup was a huge way to save money. I wanted a natural look but something more elevated than I normally wear. One aspect that was very important to me was wearing a vibrant red lipstick. It’s not a traditional bridal look but as it suits me and I had red shoes, nails and a red ribbon on my bouquet, I knew it would work well.I used Pinterest to get an idea of the look I wanted and created a mood board to help inspire me. I also watched lots of YouTube videos on natural wedding makeup to help build my confidence and then practised over the course of a year.I used Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup SPF 10, £34.50, and benefit Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer, £20, as my base with benefit Hello Flawless! Custom Powder Cover Up, £29, to set everything in place for the whole day. I then applied Chanel Le Volume de Chanel Waterproof Mascara, £30, in black. I swear by Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick, £9.99, for a long-lasting red lip. It stayed on all day and was still on the next morning! Plus, it didn’t transfer when I was kissing my wife.

My ultimate tip would be to invest in some blotting paper. My brilliant bridesmaid brought some for me to reduce shine and she used them on makeup duty throughout the day. I also found that I could save money by collecting samples from makeup counters or taking advantage of duty free when at the airport.”

Maybelline Ink Liquid Lipstick 15 Lover , $, available at Superdrug

Chanel Chanel Le Volume De Chanel Mascara, $, available at Chanel

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup , $, available at Estée Lauder

Benefit Hello Flawless Powder Foundation, $, available at Next

Benefit Boi-ing Industrial Strength Concealer, $, available at Benefit


Credit: Original article published here.

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