Rule 1. Choose one beauty accent
Going for natural make-up is safe, but can feel too boring for a big occasion. Liven up your look by choosing one beauty accent, whether that’s silver glittery nails, a bright coral lip, or an aubergine smoky eye. Just don’t wear all of them at the same time!
InStyle tip: One thing’s guaranteed at a wedding; lots and lots of photos. Wear an Instagram-friendly blue-toned lipstick to make your teeth appear whiter.
InStyle recommends: Rouge Allure Luminous Satin Lip Colour in Pirate, £25, Chanel (020 7493 3836)
Rule 2. Avoid intricate hair accessories
Wearing anything delicate, silver or decorated with pearls is the beauty equivalent of wearing a white dress – a massive wedding guest no no. Instead, choose something obviously opposite to that; this oversized, colourful bow hairclip is perfect.
InStyle tip: Make sure your hair clip stays in place all day by spraying it with a strong hold hair spray before you put it in.
InStyle recommends: Elnett Satin Hairspray Diamond Hold, £7.51, L’Oreal Paris (feelunique.com)
Rule 3. Invest in a good primer
You may have found the perfect foundation, but will it stay put through the wedding ceremony, dinner and late night dancing? To avoid any mishaps (sweaty tide marks are not a good look), apply a good quality primer before you apply your foundation. Our favourite? Laura Mercier’s award-winning Foundation Primer (£28, 0845 604 9049)
InStyle tip: It’s important to let your primer ‘set’, so wait for at least two minutes before applying foundation, and finish with a dusting of translucent powder for a truly stay-all-day base.
InStyle recommends: Sheer Face Powder, £26.50, Shu Uemura (shuuemura.co.uk)
Rule 4. Wear waterproof eye make-up
We all know waterproof mascara is a wedding must, but waterproof eyeliner is just as important for avoiding the dreaded panda eyes. Barry M’s Bold Waterproof Eyeliners (£3.99, barrym.com) will stay put for eight hours straight, come in an array of stunning colours from aqua blue to shimmering silver, and are a snip at under a fiver.
InStyle tip: Always use an oil-based cleanser especially designed to remove waterproof eye make-up when it’s time to take it off. Use water, and you’ll end up over-rubbing and damaging your lashes.
InStyle recommends: Camomile Waterproof Eye & Lip Make-Up Remover, £8, The Body Shop (thebodyshop.co.uk)
Rule 5. Don’t overcomplicate your hairstyle
The perfect wedding guest hairstyle is a tricky one to get right. Go too ‘done’ and you risk looking like a member of the bridal party, go too ‘bedhead’ and it’ll look like you just don’t care. We recommend you take inspiration from the s/s catwalks; the loose but perfectly coiffed waves at Versace, Diane von Furstenberg and Calvin Klein will go down a treat. And your celebrity muse? There can only be one: Gisele, obvs.
InStyle tip: Use a wide-barreled curling tong to create the perfect wave, and wrap each section of hair around the tong in the same direction for uniform waves. Tong in one-inch sections for tight waves, and three-inch sections for looser waves.
InStyle recommends: Conical Wand, £47, Babyliss Pro (0870 513 3191)
By Jessica Tibbits