How to do your own wedding make-up – our ultimate guide

Can't afford a make-up artist? Here are our top tips for doing your own bridal make-up

How to do your own wedding make-up – our ultimate guide
Bridal make-up is easier than you think. Image: Getty

Are you doing your own wedding make-up? Here are three fool-proof ways, plus top beauty tips and tricks from make-up artists to get professional-looking make-up that lasts all day.

1. Watch online wedding make-up tutorials
If you want to practise your make-up look at home with all your own products and tools, video tutorials are a great way to pick up a whole range of new techniques. The best bit is, they’re completely free! We love Lisa Eldridge’s Classic Bridal video, and Sarah Jagger’s ‘Budgeproof Neutral Eyes’ (both below). 

Both include details of the products they’re using and show you how to really use brushes, which can totally transform how your make-up looks. “With eyes, it’s all about slowly layering up colour to contour and highlight,” says Sarah. Why not watch with your maid-of-honour and ask her to act as your make-up artist on the day? Just allow plenty of time!


2. Book a one-to-one make-up lesson
If you have the budget, (make-up artists usually charge from around £40 per session, depending on the level of their experience) a private lesson offers an in-depth, tailored approach. “The artist should be able to try out a few different looks and provide you with a list of all the products used,” advises Bobbi Brown PRO Artist Hannah Martin.

“Take pictures at each point to see how each product was applied and what the result should look like after each step.” Following the lesson, practise as much as you can. “I advise brides to practise in the evening so you can take your time and then just take it all off before bed,” says Hannah.


3. Visit a beauty counter
Professional beauty brands like Clarins, Chanel, Lancôme and Mac offer individual appointments in-store, where a technician will demonstrate application techniques and give you tips for enhancing your features. “Make-up lessons at a beauty counter are a great way of trialling products,” says Marie Schmid, Head of Training for Clarins.

“It’s worth taking along photos and magazine clippings so they can create a look that is nearest to how you see yourself on your day.” Don’t be afraid to ask for samples to take home to practise with – especially if you’re purchasing other products. Want some more advice? See our round up of the best bridal beauty counters.

Want to know what to put in your make-up bag? Here are our pick of the best bridal beauty products for 2017 and how to look like Miranda Kerr on her wedding day

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