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Bridal Makeup Styles

Choosing your wedding makeup can be tricky. Things to consider are the season, location, venue, theme, dress, skin colouring and undertones, and your regular makeup look. If you’re having a spring/summer wedding most brides tend to go for something light, whereas if you’re having an autumn/winter wedding, it’s the perfect opportunity to rock something more dramatic. Of course, you also don’t want to look unrecognizable as you walk down the aisle, so if you don’t typically wear makeup, go for something more natural.

Bridal makeup is designed to last all day, photograph well, and look beautiful. Just like regular makeup, there are lots of styles you can choose from. These include natural, classic, dramatic, red-lipped, boho — the options are almost endless. You’ll want to choose a look that reflects you and your personality but also brings out your best features.

Natural Wedding Makeup

Natural makeup is ideal for ensuring all-day longevity, focusing on dewy skin and neutral tones. A nude lip means no colourful smudging after a ceremonial smooch, and if you can’t touch up regularly, it won’t be noticeable. A natural bridal makeup look is also perfect as it highlights your features, ensuring you are the best version of yourself on your special day.


Classic Wedding Makeup

A classic makeup look is a lovely option for your big day and is possibly one of the more popular looks. Its elegant, timeless, and won’t go out of style. Keep the eyes soft with velvety browns, and depending on your eye shape, a clean-cut eyeliner. To soften the look further, try a dark brown eyeliner rather than black or even use an eyeshadow along the lash line. Teamed with soft pink lipstick it really is beautiful. Keep your natural features enhanced and not masked for a classic, all-day glamour.

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 Dramatic Wedding Makeup

It is absolutely possible to achieve flawless, romantic wedding makeup and make a statement at the same time. The key is to keep it relatively soft, feminine and flirty. A dramatic bridal look will take your wedding makeup to the next level, playing up your features in the most flattering way
Go for thick full lashes and eyeliner, teamed with smokey brown hues. For bigger eyes, run a pencil eyeliner in your waterline to make your eyes pop. In keeping with the dramatic theme and to make the eyes stand out even more, opt for a nude lip.

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 Red Lips Makeup

Timeless and classic, a red lip has long been a favourite of the beauty world and if you’re someone who has a bold, modern style, then this is a perfect option. In choosing the right shade, take into account your skin tone and whether you have cool or warm undertones – this will ensure you get the right colour and hence, the right makeup. If your skin tone is naturally cool opt for a blue toned red, if your on the warmer side, red with an orange undertone will work perfectly. Additionally, go for a long-lasting formula, so your pout is perfect all day.


Station House Hotel, November 2019, Elaine Barker Photography

Boho Bridal Makeup

Boho bridal makeup is the ultimate romantic style for your wedding day and it is so easy to achieve. Keep skin natural and dewy, priming with an illuminator for bright and glowing base. Highlight the high points of your face to accentuate your features while adding some sparkle, and pastel rose lipstick to keep the makeup soft.

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Winter Wedding Makeup

Winter is notorious for drying out your skin, so make sure your skin is moisturized and prepped with a good hydrating primer. Additionally, a bold lip for your wedding look will add even more glam – go for plum, berry, and red wine tones for the ultimate winter shade. Keep lids simple and not too dramatic, allowing the lipstick to be the star of the show.

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The last thing you need on your special day is worrying about your makeup and whether it is staying on, still fresh, and as beautiful as when it was first applied. To avoid these issues choose an experienced bridal makeup artist. We are trained in how to accentuate your best features and will use only top quality products giving you the perfect finish that will last all day. We know everything that needs to be done to ensure that you will be the glowing bride that you deserve to be.

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