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How to Ensure Your Wedding Make Up Lasts All Day

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If you’re doing your own wedding day make up, it’s worth taking some time to not only practice what you’re going to do, but invest in some really great products and tools.

While this article could be one of the longest I’ve ever written, I decided to keep it as simple as possible. After all, you only have to Google “make your make up last all day” and you’ll be presented with quite the rabbit-hole of guides and reviews on what products to use.

For me, it’s never really been about the actual products themselves though. Sure, some are way better than others and I certainly have my favourites, but for me, finding my make up mojo has really been about getting the techniques spot on.

Get your skin in it’s best shape

First things first, you have to take care of your skin. Whether you want to invest in fancy creams and treatments or not, having some kind of routine is super important. Even if it’s as simple and taking your make up off properly at night and slapping on a hydrating moisturiser, that’s better than relying on face wipes (which are apparently terrible for your skin – sob) and sleeping with yesterday’s mascara smeared down your face.

If your skin isn’t cared for, depending on your skin type, any make up you apply with either slip right off, or look caked on. I have dry skin and when I slack on my skincare routine, my foundation oxidises on my face, sits on the surface and clogs up my pores. Delightful.

I personally am I bit of a moisturiser floozy. I’m yet to find one I am completely devoted too but right now I’m using Dior Hydra Life and it’s pretty decent. At night time I also slather my face in glycolic serum which is apparently good for improving skin texture and evening the complexion. I also use No. 7 Perfect and Protect serum during the day which I adore. Oh, and by the way, I take my make up off with Coconut Oil! It’s cheap, plentiful and works a treat!

Having a round of pre-wedding salon treatments or facials might seem like an over indulgence, but my skin always feels a million times better, and my make up goes on like a dream, after I’ve had one. If I was a millionaire I’d totally be having facials at least once a month!

Invest in the right tools

The tools you use to put your make up on can make or break the result. While there are some great, cheap brushes and sponge options out there, for me, nothing can come close to the results you get with a Beauty Blender. I use mine to apply my foundation, concealer and powder and I bloody love it.

While £15 for a sponge might seem like a lot, but there really is nothing else that compares to the finish it gives. Even the cheaper but similar knocks off’s pale in comparison. Kandee Johnson did a great video about using a Beauty Blender and if you’re not already a convert, you definitely will be after watching it!

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Summer Bridesmaid Hairspiration


You know me, I’m no wallflower, so when Claire’s asked me if I’d like to play dress up using some of their brightest of the bright brand new hair adornments, I really couldn’t say no. When that trademark lilac packaging landed on my doorstep and I tore into it, I was greeted with so many pretty florals and bright colours that it instantly lifted my hump day mood. I immediately started thinking of ways I could dress them up, bridesmaid’s style!

So, on a slightly damp Tuesday afternoon, Shell and Elbie jumped on a train bound for Reading and we brought our own kind of sunshine to the proceedings! This was such a fun project, and from Shell’s amazing photographs you’d never tell we shot these in my (definitely not very glamorous) kitchen and back garden!

Neon Pop Flower Princess

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A Dia De Los Muertos Wedding Shoot

This scary Day of the Dead/Dia de la Boda de Los Muertos themed shoot won’t be for everyone but I think it’s pretty rad…For alternative make up inspo alone I think it’s worth a feature!

“This is a concept I’ve been pulling together for about six months,” photographer Gina told me. “Originally I had planned this shoot for October, but because I had no location to shoot it, I put it the back burner. Emily (the Bride in this shoot) was planning her wedding and showed me where she was planning to have her reception. The Harmony Club of Selma is an old Jewish Gentleman’s Club, and I fell in love with its decayed and macabre elements immediately. I rebuilt my concept around this venue and found friends, vendors, and models to come be a part of my dark make-believe wedding.”

“A lot of the group shots look more like a new twist on the Adams Family than anything that may be considered bridal, but the concept as it played out my mind was that since this is the wedding day of the dead, they would perform the normal ‘ceremonies’ backwards. The dancing and revelry of the occasion is mixed with the fear and excitement of the couple.”

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Professional Make Up Tips for DIY Brides

Hi Kat,

Firstly, I wanted to say that out of all the blogs I visit over various genres, your’s is the most consistently updated and therefore interesting blog I’ve come across.

My predicament is that me and my future husband are planning our wedding from London to take place in our home New Zealand. We are flying back there in February to get married on the beach with our closest friends and family.

My hope is to do my hair and make up myself. This will require deciding on a look (I know I want bright red lips!) and buying the products that won’t sweat off in the summer sun (it will be the middle of summer when we get married.) My makeup skills are amateur at best, and I’d like to know how to strategically paint myself pretty!

I’d really appreciate if you could give any tips of good long wearing products, what to avoid and options for learning to apply.

I’d really appreciate your advice,

Ruth xxx

Well there’s one lady I knew I could call on to help Ruth with her dilemma – my bestie, make up artiste extraordinaire, Elbie Van Eeden!

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When Kat emailed me about doing a post on DIY hair/make-up brides, I knew that it will be a tricky subject. I strongly believe in the difference it makes to have a professional take care of your hair and make-up on your wedding day, in both technique and products.  Photographers are now even more keen on using hair and make-up artists in engagement shoots, just to make their work easier when it comes to retouching.

But I know some brides get married abroad, or won’t be able to afford a hair and make-up artist. A lot of brides would consider going to a department store for make-up trials.  Whilst it is a good idea, and you often get the money you spent on the lesson off any product you buy, unless you know that the brand works on you, it could be a frightening experience.If you’re scared about being bullied into buying products from one make-up range at a store, book a consultation/trial with a independent make-up artist. That way you know you’ll have an unbiased opinion about products, and you could buy the products at your own time, once you’ve seen the results. They will be able to teach you about different techniques, what NOT to do, which brushes to use, and how you could use the make-up after your wedding day.

It’s also a good idea to wear the make-up all day, to see it in different light, and to see how long it stays put before committing to buy anything. If you book a trial, feel free to bring someone with you (preferably someone with a good eye for make-up and hair) so she could help you remember and assist you on the day.

The best make-up products are often expensive, but things like foundation and concealer are worth investing in. You’ll be having your photo taken all day so you don’t want any ‘cakeyness’, or even worse, a ghostly appearance on your photos! There are too many women out there with the wrong colour foundation – make sure you don’t make that mistake on your wedding!  Once the wedding’s over, you could still use it, even if it’s just for a night out, if you’re not a ‘make-uppy’ person.

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How to…Master Perfect Make Up for a Destination Wedding

After the popularity of the last post I ran in conjunction with Sandals and Martha Stewart Weddings, I am pleased to report that I have part two of their video series to share with you.

Susannah, who was married at the Sandals Royal Plantation Resort in Jamaica, is a make up artist and wanted to share with us some of her top tips for perfecting your wedding day make up when getting married in a hot climate. I’m thrilled to share this today and I hope you find it useful if you’re thinking about going the DIY route with your wedding make up.

For more information about having a destination wedding with Sandals and Martha Stewart Weddingscheck out their website right here.

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How to…Look & Feel Natural in Front of the Camera

I hope you’ve been enjoying our much more frequent visits to the ‘How to…’ series. After reading your survey responses (full report to come soon) it was one of the things that was most requested. This week I asked Carina Romano of the fabulous Love Me Do Photography (based in Philadelphia) to address the subject that a lot of brides feel nervous about – how they’re going to look in their wedding pictures.

Don’t forget, I love hearing from you all so if you have any burning questions about anything wedding, business or blogging related be sure to shoot me an email and either myself or one of my carefully selected army of amazing guest posters will try and help out.

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Make Up

If you’re afraid of your makeup looking fake, book a make up artist who specializes in natural looking make up.  A good make up artist should know how the camera is going to translate the look of your skin.  If you have oily skin, you’re going to want to put something on that so that the flash of the camera doesn’t reflect off your forehead. 


Make sure you’re in the right state of mind before having your picture taken.  Any negative emotion will be apparent through your face in your pictures.  Make sure you’re allowing yourself to be relaxed.  Go to a spa the day before, make sure you get a good night’s rest, give jobs to your bridesmaids and groomsmen so that you’re not having to do everything yourself (that’s what they’re there for!), have a drink!  A wedding day is stressful, you don’t want to have to look back on your pictures and see that you have a furrowed brow in all your shots. 

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