Wedding Makeup Information & Skin Preparation

The main reason that professional wedding makeup is so popular is that brides will have a look that lasts all day. Creating a long-lasting look takes time to apply and blend, and you can expect to spend about an hour on the big day with your makeup artist. To test longevity, book a trial makeup session in the morning to see how well it stays during the day. It is also a chance to see how the makeup looks in both natural and artificial light.

Bridal makeup looks more matte that some women are used to. This is because weddings are long days and with lots of photographs being taken, makeup that’s avoid anything too shiny or shimmery works best. Eye makeup may also be a little darker to increase definition, which will help your eyes stand out in your wedding pictures.

Wedding Makeup Trials


A makeup trial before your wedding is your chance to see how things will really look on your big day. It gives you a chance to tweak and adjust the book so that you have a look that is perfect for you. This means that a makeup trial can take between 90 minutes and two hours on its own. Another bonus of a makeup trial is that on the actual wedding day, makeup should only take about one hour because every detail has already been agreed.

When you go to the makeup trial, if you have not yet met your makeup artist, take along images that inspire the look you want, either in total or in part, so the eyes from one picture the lips from another etc., this helps as one bride’s natural look could be perceived as too artificial for another bride. It is also a good idea to share the hairstyle you will have on the day so that the makeup compliments that. Having an idea of the dress and the shoes will also give the makeup artist the vibe for the wedding day.

The trial itself

If you are having your wedding makeup trial home, choose a place near a window and a table where everything can be laid out. It is best for a makeup artist to work with daylight only, no artificial lights. Wear a shirt in the same colour as your bridal outfit so you can see the look in the same context.

If you are not sure about something, let the makeup artist fine-tune the look until you are happy. Look at the finished look in daylight and try to wear it for a few hours to get used to it. Takes some photographs so you can see how it looks on camera.

Wedding day skin preparation tips

To have the glow that you wish for on your wedding day, preparations should begin early, up to six months before the big day.

Cleansing, Toning and Moisturizing

Focus on your cleansing, toning and moisturizing regime and find the right products that give you the best results for clear looking, flawless skin.

Water & Vitamins

Glowing skin also comes from within, so drink two litres of water each day and supplement your diet with Omega oils to moisturise your skin from within, with added zinc and vitamin B to boost healthy skin, hair and nails.

Eyebrow Shaping

About five months before your big day, concentrate on getting your eyebrows in shape and if you need a little help due to sparse lashes or brows, book four or five monthly appointments, with a professional to get good results.

Body Skin

It is not just your facial skin that you want to focus on. Consider also your neck and chest where the skin is as delicate as the face and requires similar care. Cleansing and moisturizing the body, particularly those areas of skin that will be exposed, will have the skin looking and feeling soft and smooth. An all-body dry brush before a morning shower takes just five minutes and leaves the skin glowing. Also, use a high sun protection cream.

Facials & Manicure Booking

At three months, book three or four facials before your wedding day, with the final appointment about one week before the big day. Also, book manicures, so you are comfortable about the look in time for your big day.

Hands & Feed Hydration

If you don’t already, use a daily hand cream, as your hands will be the center of attention throughout the day, and use nail oils twice a week to give them strength. Hydrate your hands and feet by using a thick layer of your favourite moisturizer and covering with cotton mittens and socks during the night.

Food, Alcohol & Rest

In the final week, reduce bloating by avoiding salty food and alcohol. Reducing your intake of caffeine and processed sugars will help keep bloating to a minimum and keep drinking lots of water. The day before, take time to relax with a manicure and pedicure.