My DIY Bridal Makeup

DIY wedding makeup. *Screams of horror*. I know, I know, my friends were horrified too. But I’ll let you into a secret..

Unless you want perfectly blended smokey eyes with Kardashian style contouring which needs a professional – you can do it!

And it will be fine!

I wanted a natural, glowy and summery makeup look for my wedding. I have little makeup experience and hardly wear any on a day to day basis. With a few makeup lessons with Bare Minerals and Laura Mercier, a few YouTube tutorials and some good quality makeup products; I did this:

 I am so happy with how it turned out. The best decision that I made was to invest a lot of effort (which means money) in preparing for my wedding day. I had mechanical facials every four weeks for 6 months prior to the big day. Manual facials are lovely but I feel having a mechanical or ‘electrical’ facial gives the skin an extra kick and can really help give you that ‘glow from within’. I alternated the microdermabrasion facials (removal of the dead skin cells for deep exfoliation) with the oxygen facials oxygen is pushed into the skin for a pumped up and refreshed look) and I found this to be a winning combination. The only important thing to remember is to have your last microderm no less than 4 weeks before the wedding as it can leave the skin slightly irritated and pink.

Teeth wise I didn’t bother with the expensive teeth whitening that many brides do. I used Oral B Luxe White (Glamorous) toothpaste and mouthwash for 4 weeks proceeding the wedding and it did the job! I didn’t have too much discoloration to begin with so didn’t need anything heavy duty but it certainly worked and I was surprised how white my teeth looked in the pictures!

I also invested in having an LVL Lash Lift. This was honestly the best thing I did regarding my bridal beauty and I would recommend it to any bride who doesn’t want the faff of falsies. I have long lashes but they are dead straight and the lash lift curls the lashes from the root and basically makes them curly, giving your eyes a much more open and doll eyed-look.  I’m really pleased with how they look in the pictures.  I’m not going to lie – the process is not a picnic. It takes about 40 minutes with your eyes shut and various liquids being put on your lashes but it’s well worth it.

Finally, I splashed out and got my brows threaded at Blink Brow Bar, London. They are on the pricey side as far as threading goes but they do an amaaaazing shape and, once done, my perfect brows lasted 3 weeks and didn’t need any filling in or makeup on the day.

The key to perfecting a DIY look is practice and planning. I went for makeup lessons at several counters; MAC (for eyes), Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, Bare Minerals and Lancome. I was never 100% happy with any of the completed looks (which reinforced the fact I was right to do my own – I’m fussy!!) but I liked elements and took bits from all of them to come up with completed look. I didn’t scrimp on the products and bought a few a month until I had everything I wanted and then I practiced, practiced, practiced at home.

The makeup I used to achieve this look:

FACE

  • Bare Minerals Prime Time primer; Original.
  • Bare Minerals mineral foundation; Fairly Medium.
  • Benefit bronzer; Hoola.
  • Bare Minerals Bareskin concealer; Medium.
  • Bare Minerals Mineral Veil setting powder.
  • Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage face concealer.
  • Bare Minerals compact blusher; The One.
  • Bare Minerals compact highlight; READY Luminizor Duo.

EYES

  • Laura Mercier Eye Basic; Flax.
  • MAC Eye Shadow; Dazzlelight.
  • MAC Eye Shadow; A Natural Flirt.
  • MAC Eye Shadow; Corduroy.
  • Lancôme Hypnose Mascara  (waterproof!)

I used the 3 MAC eye-shadows with a MAC blending brush and blended them all out to create a dewy, soft pink look with a subtle shimmer.  I had been toying with wearing a chocolate brown eyeliner but with the lifted lashes I felt I didn’t really need it.

LIPS

  • MAC Lipstick; Angel.

I would encourage any bride thinking about DIY to go for it. You really don’t necessarily need a makeup artist, with the right products, practice and the ability to remain calm on the day (!!!) you can certainly do it yourself 🙂

Any other DIY brides out there?

xox

30 Comments

  1. ThePrintedParade August 12, 2016 / 8:41 pm

    You look absolutely gorgeous on your big day!! And amazing for DIY!! I think more brides should do this, I have a long time before I’ll be getting married but if I look anything as gorgeous as you do on my big day I’ll be happy! I am absolutely in love with your flower crown too! You look stunning! Ox

    • Jessica Emily August 12, 2016 / 8:44 pm

      Wow thank you for your lovely comments! I think DIY is definitely something more brides should consider 🙂 yes the flower crown literally made my day! thanks for reading! X

    • Jessica Emily August 19, 2016 / 8:23 pm

      Wow thank you! Just got our professional wedding pics back a few days ago 🙂

  2. Steph . Hannam August 31, 2016 / 8:30 pm

    I’m getting married next year and I am planning on doing m own make-up so this blog post was really interesting to read and get some ideas. Thank you x

    • Jessica Emily August 31, 2016 / 8:32 pm

      YES TO THE DIY MAKEUP! Haha your doing the right thing! We all know our own faces better than anyone ☺️ it’s so fun deciding too 🌸

      • Steph . Hannam August 31, 2016 / 8:34 pm

        I dont really wear much make-up at the moment so I am starting to learn now. I have just been to a Bobbie Brown Bridal Consultation , which was so much fun. I just need to practice now x

        • Jessica Emily August 31, 2016 / 8:35 pm

          Yeah I don’t wear much so I felt like DIY would be the best choice. I had lessons at Bobbi, Bare Minerals, Laura Mercier and MAC which was all so helpful and I took bits from each x

          • Steph . Hannam August 31, 2016 / 8:38 pm

            A make-up artist is so expensive too. Thank you for all the help and advise x

          • Jessica Emily August 31, 2016 / 8:40 pm

            Very true. Your welcome I wish you a wonderful wedding x

  3. lovejennyxo November 28, 2016 / 9:15 pm

    I think its so awesome that you took it into your own hands to do your make up. I always felt like I know my face and skin the best so when I think about it, I wouldn’t mind doing my own either. I would for sure go your same route though with the facials, eyelashes and such but for some reason I love the idea of doing my own. I love your all natural look its not heavy or overly done, its just perfect… I think it’s totally brave of you to do it and you got great results!!

    • Jessica Emily November 29, 2016 / 4:49 pm

      Thanks so much and yeah- I’d totally recommend it! I’m not an expert but the idea of someone coming in and doing my makeup for me gave me more anxiety than doing it myself! Thanks for reading Hun xxx

  4. McKenzMorgan November 28, 2016 / 10:36 pm

    Aw you looked so pretty girly, loved this look on you!

  5. Melanie and Todd November 30, 2016 / 4:12 pm

    So pretty!! I loved looking through your blog! Glad I came across it! 😊

  6. Chloe December 8, 2016 / 5:48 pm

    You looked absolutely BEAUTIFUL in your wedding photos! Love the products you featured too!

    – Chloe
    chloetommo.co.uk
    xoxo

  7. Erika February 10, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    Beautifully done, well applied and you definitely have a radiant glow! Thanks for the make up suggestions! <3

    • Jessica Emily February 10, 2017 / 9:03 pm

      Thanks so much! And thanks for reading xx

  8. Kayleigh Zara February 10, 2017 / 8:58 pm

    You look absolutely gorgoues and I love the lip colour so much! It’s such a beautiful shade and suits you so much. I really need to check out the toothpaste as well because your teeth look so white and perfect! X

    • Jessica Emily February 10, 2017 / 9:04 pm

      Thank you! Yeah that toothpaste is amazing. It’s the one Holly Willoughby advertising and I was like – if that’s what she uses I want it! Her teeth are amazing ! Xx

  9. Zoe Jackson February 10, 2017 / 9:01 pm

    OMG you are a stunningly beautiful bride, since becoming engaged I have to been leaning toward the DIY bridal make-up and your post has given me confidence to acheive it now.

    • Jessica Emily February 10, 2017 / 9:05 pm

      DO IT! I’m so pleased I did. Took so much stress out of the morning as well! Thanks for your lovely comments ☺️ xx

  10. lupe February 10, 2017 / 9:02 pm

    Congrats on your big day! You look beautiful and I LOVE your dress! Your makeup looks amazing, and the products look like they are great quality.

    • Jessica Emily February 10, 2017 / 9:05 pm

      Thanks so much lovely 💞

  11. Samantha February 10, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    You look stunning on your wedding day, love the look too💖😊

    • Jessica Emily February 11, 2017 / 10:14 am

      Thanks so much lovely xx

    • Jessica Emily February 11, 2017 / 10:13 am

      Thank you so much! Yeah they are fantastic foundations ❤️

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