Flawless makeup is the dream when it comes to your wedding day look. You spend weeks planning, looking after your complexion, gathering photos for your moodboard, and nailing that makeup trial with your makeup artist. So it goes without saying that you want that gorgeous look to last all day, and night, after all the hugs, kisses and tears of joy. This is where your makeup artist comes in. Not only will they have helped you choose the perfect shade of lipstick, but they are pros at creating long lasting makeup (we can recommend some amazing makeup artists right here!). But what about your other wedding events – your hen night, the rehearsal dinner, your day two celebrations, or maybe you’ve decided that you want to do your own makeup on your wedding day? While it’ll be hard to replicate what your makeup artist can do (they are a professional after all), we’ve gathered expert tips to help your makeup last longer. Follow these steps, and your makeup will last all day, right through to the final song of the night!
How to Create Long Lasting Makeup
Prep Is Essential
To really ace that base you need to prep your skin, so that your foundation, concealer and face colour sit perfectly. Cleanse your skin thoroughly to break down oil and dirt on the skin with a face wash or oil cleanser. Spritz the skin with a hydrating face mist and if you need a little extra hydration so go for a water-based moisturiser that adds no extra oil to the skin. If the weather is warmer than usual and there will be time spent outdoors (every bride’s wish!), add sunscreen as the final stage.
Nail Your Base
Everyone has a personal fpreference for their level of coverage when it comes to foundation, but for long-lasting makeup go for a base that gives medium or full cover. You don’t want to have to keep topping it up – especially if people are kissing you all day. Also no one wants dark circles or redness peeping through on their wedding day, so choose your concealer carefully to cover these. Most brides desire a dewy (not matte) finish with coverage that looks natural and radiant for the occasion. Popular for brides are foundations from Nars, Laura Mercier, and YSL, and if tending to your own wedding day makeup look, or doing it for another wedding celebration, book in for a colour consultation and application tips. Apply your concealer on areas only where needed. For long-wear and lightweight coverage check out the offerings at MAC, Lancôme, and Estée Lauder.
On an ordinary day, you might dull down shine with a quick touch-up with a powder compact, but for your wedding day take a different approach. When your foundation and concealer are in place, take a transparent loose powder and a larger powder brush and sweep a layer through your T-zone to help set the makeup in place. Make sure the base is dry before you apply powder to avoid caking, and for the areas you know will look oily first (around your nose, the chin, and forehead are the usual culprits) add a little extra powder there. Use either a smaller brush or beauty sponge to press into these spots where oil is likely to strike first and create shine. This creates a long-wear effect for your base, but if shine is going to happen, later on, keep a pack of oil blotting papers in your bag (or your bridesmaids) to mop it up and carry on enjoying your day.
Revive Your Look
Even if oil isn’t going to be an issue during your big day, you might need to revive your makeup at some stage. Two makeup bag essentials are a face mist and concealer, the first to spritz the skin and perk up your makeup with a little hydration, and the second to touch up where needed. There are plenty of face mists available but for your wedding day look for one that is both a refreshing and setting spray. These revive the skin and fix your makeup in one spritz, adding another layer of long-wear exactly when you need it, Urban Decay and Charlotte Tilbury have the best for all-day wear.
Long Lasting Colour
When it comes to shadow and face colour you will get better long-wear from cream eyeshadow and powder blush. Cream shadows can withstand heat, oil and perspiration better than a powder colour ever will. Stick shadows are great for this, and we reommend you look to brands like Vieve, Bobbi Brown and IT Cosmetics. For lip colour, whether you rock a bold red lip shade on your wedding day, or opt for an ever-popular nude, the last thing you want is for your lipstick to have vanished before you’ve even made it up the aisle! Use a lip liner, then choose a long wear lipstick formula to fill in the lips. Wait for it to dry and apply a second layer, then blot with a tissue to remove any excess. We have a list of the best long-wear lipsticks here.
Mascara & Lashes
Finish with waterproof mascara and false lashes if you choose to wear them. For face colour and contour use an angled brush to sculpt and lift the cheekbones with a matte contour shade. Depending on your colouring go for a peach or pink blush. Lighter skin tones stick with light shades of each, deeper skin tones can go bolder with bright shades of either. Make a pretty smiling face, and where the apple of your cheek forms, sweep a little blush upwards following the top of the contour and repeat on the other side. Complete your look with your chosen lipstick and add a touch of lip balm for extra hydration.
Long Lasting Makeup Essentials for Your Handbag
- Blotting papers to mop up any shine
- Compact powder to touch up your face base
- Lipstick or gloss to refresh the colour after eating or drinking
- Concealer for any extra coverage you might need
- Perfume sample of your wedding scent!
Still planning your bridal look? You have to read our Essential Wedding Hair & Makeup Trial Checklist here!