My Bridal Style: My Wedding Makeup

My Bridal Style: My wedding makeup

I always knew I would do my own makeup, my main worry was my skin but thank goodness it was looking good on the day – hallelujah! I enjoy doing my own makeup and it’s my profession so I felt pretty casual about it… This was until I had to actually do it on the day!!
I was fine doing my mums and maid of honors makeup and it even helped me zone out a bit, but when it came to doing mine my nerves really got to me. I felt quite panicky when I should have been calm and sadly it felt like a bit of an endurance, I just wanted it over and done with so I could focus on having fun with my bridal party. I was really happy with how my makeup looked but I could have done without the stress of having to to it ha-ha! The moral of the story folks is to book a professional, the wedding prep is such a fun time and you should be as chilled and calm as can be, the last thing you want to stress about is your makeup!

As soon as I started having my dress designed I began gathering inspiration images of different makeup looks on Pinterest, it went from natural, vintage to glam. I think on the wedding day I did play it a little bit safe with my makeup, after the bold lipstick and massive kitten flick eyeliner I am comfortable wearing when I get glammed up – ultimately I just wanted to look flawless and of course timeless!

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My makeup inspiration (and major girl crushes!)

I designed my makeup to compliment my glamorous bridal look, and not compete with the bold elements of it. As I was able to see everything together at my hair trial I made a few changes to my makeup as it was just too natural. I went bolder on the eyes and brighter pink lips (of course!) I had a change of heart with my eyelash choice. The strip lashes I chose at my trial were nice, but I knew if I was going to panic on the day it would be when I applied these bad boys! I went for a more practical choice of party lashes (individuals lashes with a much stronger glue) that I applied a couple of days before and they still looked great on the wedding day.

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My makeup trial!

Another thing that I had a hard time deciding was if I should wear my glasses?? I was debating right up until the wedding day. I am comfortable in my specs but they are bold and a little quirky so I felt that contact lenses were the way to go. Getting used to contacts is a whole other story but I’m very happy with my decision. I thought that in photos I would look strange (or not like me) without my glasses, but maybe where I am so used to wearing them I was letting them define how I should look… When all that matters is that I look happy in my photos. And I did.

I was very happy with my makeup look, and even into the evening after the first dance and serious partying my photos showed that my makeup was still flawless (if not a tad sweaty from all of the dancing). 

When it came to my mum and maid of honours makeup we didn’t get chance to do a trial but as I had put there makeup on for loads of different occasions so they were more than happy for me to do it on the day. I kept the glam theme with everyone. Mum was wearing a (silvery toned) mink and black jumpsuit so to compliment it we went smokey grey eyeshadow with individual lashes and shimmery lipgloss.

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My maid of honour Mel, was wearing a full length black dress and is very comfortable with bold eyes and a heavy strip lash, so I made sure her eyes were uber smokey with a bit of gold sparkle. Her lashes were really plush: Esqido’s Lashlorette Lashlucy jayne wedding makeup Benjamin Toms wedding photography lucy jayne wedding makeup Benjamin Toms wedding photography Lucy & Simon-138
Here is my step by step on how I created my bridal makeup.

Skin: I used Simple moisturiser and a bit of MAC Oil Control Lotion on my t-zone. To even out and smooth my skin (I have quite a few deep pores) I used Smashbox primer Photo Finish. As with all brides I needed my foundation to be long wearing so I used my personal favorite Estée Lauder Doublewear and Mac Pro Longwear concealer. I set my base with MAC Prep+Prime Translucent Finishing Powder.

To give me a little more colour I combined a soft beige bronzer by Illamasqua and added a pop if pink blush to my cheeks in MAC Dollymix and highlighted my cheekbone and brow bone with MAC Mineralise Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle.

Eyes: The best way to keep eyeshadow put is to use an eye primer. I used MAC Paint pot in Painterly. I buffed in a shimmery taupe cream shadow into my eyelid and to create this I mixed a little MAC Vintage Selection with Groundwork. To create the smokey effect I blended in N17 Peep Show Palette (discontinued) and over the top of my crease and under my lower lash line MAC Bronze eyeshadow in Antiqued. To open my eyes up I dabbed a little MAC Vanilla Pigment into the inner corners of my eye and to add to the smudgy smokey look I smudged in Maybelline’s Lasting Drama Black/Gold Cream Eyeliner and blended that out to the socked and this added to a ‘soft cat-eye’ flick.

I used L’Oreal Waterproof Mascara over the top of my Party Lashes that I applied a few days prior. I cried a lot and it didn’t budge!

Eyebrows: I like them to look quite natural so I tinted them prior to the day and used MAC Fling Eyebrow Pencil to give them more definition and set them with a Sculpting blonde Brow Gel by Maybelline.

To give me a little more colour I combined a soft beige bronzer by Illamasqua and added a pop if pink blush to my cheeks in MAC Dollymix and highlighted my cheekbone and brow bone with MAC Mineralise Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle

Lips: I am a big pink lip fan, so I went for a soft pink tone in MAC Lovelorn with a brighter MAC Pink Poodle lip gloss on top!

To finish and hold everything in place I spritzed myself and my bridal party with MAC Fix + finishing spray.

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My Awesome Wedding Suppliers:

The Dress: Wilden Bride London

The Photographer: Benjamin Toms Photography

The Hair: Vicki Lord Bridal Hair

The Grooms Suit: Jack Bunneys

The Venue: The Bell In Ticehurst

The Lingerie: Ell & Cee

The Cake: Quintessential Cakes

The Band: The Locals

The Makeup Artist: Me!

Special thanks to Anna Marie who was Ben’s partner in crime for the day and another fabulous photographer!