A leading makeup artist’s top 10 tips for brides

I’m a bit of a boy-girl… and make up isn’t my thing (although I do love an eyeliner flick…!) so when it comes to beauty advice I ask the experts. Clare Ardern has shared her top 10 tips for brides, to help you prepare and know what to expect on your wedding day. Enjoy! claire gould english wedding blog signature

These days there is a huge amount of makeup tutorials and top tips for application, but you want your morning to be as perfect as possible. Time and time again I get recommendations and thank yous from brides for keeping them so calm on a wedding morning, giving them some amazing memories with their mums and hens to start the big day. So, with this experience, I’m sharing with you my tips for a perfect wedding morning.

1. Make Time to De-Stress before the big day

So we all know by now that stress is not good for the skin, but wedding planning can really get the better of us. Treat your body and mind to some de-stressing time in the run up to your big day. Go on romantic dates. Read a book. Take a trip to the movies. Climb a mountain or stroll in the forest… anything to relieve a little pre-wedding stress will do wonders for your skin!

2. No last minute preparation 

You’re on the 2 week run up to your big day and you forgot to drink a gallon of water a day, order that all important skin rejuventating moisturizer OR book in for the all important facials…

Then forget about it! Starting now will just cause a huge break out. I’ve had brides start drinking water and booking on a course of facials a week before their wedding day – completely CRAZY. Just stick to your normal routine, maybe do a bit of a gentle exfoliator a day or two before the day and keep up to date with your skincare routine, you will be fine. Eat things like avocado and oily fish they say will help to plump your skin or give it a glow – but does anyone know for certain?

3. Be YOU

Yes, you want to enhance your beauty and be the best version of you – but remember who ‘you’ is. If the natural you wears a heavy eye and a super pout red lipstick then be you. I had a bride panic this year with her bridesmaids warning her off wearing red lippy and she wears it all the time. Remember who you are. This is your day: be you.

4. Say what you see 

The all important trial; I’ve successfully made brides up for weddings without a trial but the majority of us would want to test run an artist. So my best advice, have inspiration pictures! The greatest artist can still misinterpret your description of a ‘smokey eye’ so get some pictures of what you like. If you don’t like it just say, adding a bit more colour, changing a lipstick, all save you time for your wedding day . Good artists won’t be offended and will be used to adapting looks to suit you.

Primers for problems 

There are tonnes of primers on the market now helping with problematic skins like open pores, spots, oily, dehydrated skins. Smashbox is one of the leading manufacturers and one of my favourites for their oil control primer

Not too dewy

Gorgeous, youthful, glowy skin is a must for every bride. Even if you like a matte look, you still want to look youthful and amazing. But be careful of dewy looks. Opt for a natural look and add in a glow on your cheekbones and brow bone, too much glow might make you look like you are shiny and having problems with oil control, the last thing you want to see all over your wedding pictures.

Perfect your lippy 

These days most of us ladies can apply a light gloss or sheer lippy without the need of a mirror so things like a Clinique Chubb Stick or a pretty YSL gloss are super easy to top up. BUT, if you prefer some more for a fuller pout remember to opt for things with stay power. Try MAC Pro longwear lip liners or a lip stain for added grab under your lipstick and remember to blot and re-apply for added stay power.

Waterproof ,Water Resistant, Tear Proof

Wedding makeup has to last a long time. The last thing you want is to be running back to the powder room every hour to blot your makeup and touch up lipstick. So for base – I’m a huge fan of the Airbase Airbrush makeup that is tear proof and gorgeous on wedding photographs. Then lip liners and lipsticks I opt for MAC’s pro-longwear ranges which have great stay power and the all important waterproof mascara. No wedding party should ever be made with out waterproof mascara, even the most bride of rock might just get pushed over the edge on her wedding day.

Don’t freak out

Its strange being made over, especially if its your first time and having a glam look for a wedding day or night out can feel really strange in your normal clothes. I always advise brides to wear something with a similar neckline to their dress and colour or wrap themselves in a towel to get a feel of the day. Once you are head to toe in a wedding gown that little extra oomph in your hair or pink lippy will add some extra wow to your look and I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

Wear it

You’ve had the trial run so book a night out with the girls, if you’re not too fussed about hubby-to-be seeing your makeup (or your artist doesn’t mind oomphing up your eye makeup for a night out) go have a romantic meal with him – but try to keep your makeup on for as long as possible. The reason I love the Airbrush foundation so much is it feels so light and you don’t get half way through your day with it feeling like its sliding off. Its literally like skin, showing you but hiding imperfections – but whatever base you choose wear it and see how it sits, if it moves or clogs.

Clare of Harry Jon is a leading hair and makeup artist in the North West with over 10 years experience, as a specialist in wedding hair and makeup, Clare prides herself on her diverse skill and portfolio to suit every style.

Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



  • Jennifer Sinclair
    5 years ago

    Love this blog – some great tips for brides

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