Makeup shopping can be daunting at the best of times, with endless powders and sprays promising to work miracles, but choosing your wedding makeup seems almost impossible. You need it to be long lasting, budget friendly, look good in your wedding photographs, and be suited to your skin tone and skin type. Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, my brand new team member Beth is a super fancy expert on all things beauty, so I’ve asked her to start a bridal beauty series here on the blog. Don’t say we don’t spoil you!
For the first part in her beauty series, she’s created 5 budget friendly hacks to create the perfect natural bridal makeup look.
1. Prime your face to create the perfect base
A primer is essential if you want your makeup to last through your wedding. There are loads of different types of primers, but the most common (and most effective in my opinion) are sprays, creams and gels. Your choice in primer is completely up to personal preference, but a spray or cream definitely works better for a dry skin type, whereas a gel or silicone based primer is best used to minimise the appearance of pores. Here are my favourites to keep your makeup looking beautiful all day:
Barry M Flawless Hydro Fix Primer Water - Putting the ridiculously long name aside, this primer is easy to use, it’s as simple as spritzing all over your face and letting it dry. This particular primer is extremely hydrating, so it’s great for dry skin, but for those with oily skin, this can still be used, just skip moisturizer and go straight to the priming stage.
Maybelline SuperStay Primer - This is a silicone based primer, so works great for filling in the appearance of large pores. The slightly watery gel texture makes application with a brush or sponge quick and simple. Alternatively, you could use your hands, but this might be a little more messy. It’s extremely long lasting, and doesn’t crease throughout the day, so it’s perfect for dancing the night away at your wedding. Due to the gel texture, this primer is geared towards a normal/combination skin type, but could work for all skin types.
Rimmel Match Perfection Fix & Perfect Primer - This is one of my favourite budget primers, without a doubt. It applies like a moisturiser and creates a smooth base for foundation, as well as lasting all day and keeping oily skin at bay. I find this is great in the summer too, as it helps to stop my makeup melting off my face.
2. Glow with the help of highlighter
A major part of natural makeup is having a healthy glow, especially on your wedding day. Highlighter is an extremely versatile product, and can create an extremely dramatic, or extremely subtle effect. Highlighters come in a stick, powder, cream or liquid format, and it’s completely down to personal preference, although creams and sticks tend to be the most natural. My top picks for budget friendly highlighters are:
Natural Collection Highlighter Stick - This highlighter stick is really creamy and glides on to the skin easily, as well as blending really nicely. They offer three shades, so there’s something to suit all skin tones and the coverage is definitely buildable. Application is a breeze too, just glide the stick over your cheekbones, tip of the nose, brow bone and tip of the chin, then gently tap with your fingers until you’re happy.
Revolution Strobe Highlighter - If you’re after an extremely subtle highlighter, with more of a glow than a shimmer, then this is perfect for you. They also offer an array of shades to suit your preference. You can add some setting spray onto your brush and apply this product wet too, if you’d prefer a slightly more dramatic look, so it’s definitely versatile.
MUA Strobe and Glow Highlight Kit - This kit is pretty unique, it has both a cream and a powder highlighter included, which can be used separately for a more natural appearance, or use the cream first and top it up with the powder, to create a more dramatic look. The texture is more shimmery than glowy, but looks beautiful when it catches the light. There are two shades available, but both shades would work on every skin tone.
3. Loose setting powder for a natural finish
Instead of using a pressed powder on your wedding day, opt for a loose setting powder, which gives you the matte finish of a pressed powder, but without the danger of your makeup looking cakey. It’s important to stay away from any loose powder that is white, instead of a light pink, as these powders have a tendency to flash back in photographs, which you definitely don’t want on your wedding day. Here’s a few of my favourite loose powders that don’t have flashback:
Rimmel London Match Perfection Silky Loose Powder - Due to the pink tone of this powder, and its sheer nature, it’s suitable for all skin types, as it doesn’t add pigment to the face, it just sets the product already on there. The pink shade also means there won’t be any flashback in your wedding photographs. It’s good for all skin types as it doesn’t cling to dry patches, but keeps oil at bay.
No7 Perfect Light Loose Powder - This powder, unlike the rest, is available in 4 shades, so it should suit the majority of skin tones, and will add some pigment onto the skin. The powder is also finely milled, so can be applied with a brush or a sponge, depending on what you prefer. Overall, the powder is long lasting, so you won’t need to touch-up very often either, making it the perfect choice for your wedding.
ARTDECO Fixing Powder Box - This powder, again, has a light pink colour, so it’s perfect for all skin tones, and won’t produce flashback in your wedding photographs. It’s also a dupe for Laura Mercier’s translucent setting powder, and is half the price, so this really is a great powder.
4. Set your face makeup with setting spray
Setting spray is the final step to ensure your makeup lasts all day, plus the majority of setting sprays add a gorgeous glowy appearance to the skin, so what’s not to love? If you have dry skin, you could use a setting spray instead of using lots of heavy powder to set the skin, or if you wanted a really natural finish in general. The best setting sprays to use if you’re on a tight budget are:
Technic Setting Spray - As the name suggests, this setting spray is pretty simple, it sets the face without leaving a matte or glowy appearance to the skin, so your skin will look extremely natural. The product is also 100% vegan, which is amazing! If you didn’t think this product could get any better, it does, it also has a subtle, yet lovely, scent. The spray itself comes out in a fine mist too, so your makeup won’t get ruined as the spray is applied, which is always good!
W7 Setting Spray - This spray is the happy medium between a matte setting spray, and a glowy setting spray. This means it’s perfect for all skin types! It comes out in a fine mist, so your makeup remains intact, and dries it almost instantly.
Revolution Pro Supreme Hold Finishing Spray - Once again, this spray produces a fine mist that won’t disrupt your makeup underneath. Once the spray is applied, the powder will blend into the foundation, leaving your skin looking flawless and set for the entire day. This spray is also a dupe for Mac’s Fix Plus setting spray, which is double the price.
5. White eyeliner to make the eyes look bigger
A really useful hack when creating a natural makeup look, is to use a white pencil eyeliner on the waterline, rather than using a black pencil, which can make the eyes appear smaller. This is specifically useful for bridal looks, as the white eyeliner will compliment a more neutral shimmery eyeshadow look perfectly. This hack is mainly for the waterline, but feel free to experiment with the lash line and tightline to create your preferred look. My favourite eyeliners to create this look with are:
MUA Intense Colour Eyeliner - This eyeliner has an extremely smooth application, without tugging on the waterline, and the pigment easily transfers from the pencil. The pencil is extremely pigmented, and long lasting, so very few touch ups will be needed, which is essential on your wedding day. A unique point to this pencil, is that there is a sharpener in the lid, making the occasional touch up even easier.
Rimmel Soft Khol Eye Pencil - This eyeliner pencil is really pigmented, and lasts all day without smudging or running. The application is mess free and quick, as the pencil is really creamy and smooth.
Barry M Khol Pencil - Once again, this pencil is extremely long lasting and creamy to apply, without making a mess. You also get a lot of product for the price, and the thin pencil allows for a precise application, as well as being able to be kept with you on your big day, as it can easily fit into a clutch bag, or one of your bridesmaids can look after it for you.
So good right?! I’m definitely normally a straight to foundation girl and then get annoyed when it all slips off my face, so I’ll totally be checking some of these products out for myself - thanks Beth! If you have any questions or requests for future posts in the beauty series just leave us a comment/wave at us on instagram.