Wedding makeup - it's kind of a big deal but it can also cost you big bucks. Save money on a makeup artist (and have more to spend on that dress) by doing it yourself. Not sure how? Here's how to DIY your wedding makeup and still look totally amazing in those big day pics.
Do Your Own Home Facials
To avoid wedding-day spots, start doing home facials three months beforehand. Sanctuary's Skin Brightening Facial In A Box, £16.50 has everything you need for a salon-worthy treatment in the comfort of your own home. The deep cleanser, exfoliator, treatment mask, eye cream and SPF moisturiser will give your skin the boost it needs for a flawless complexion on the big day.
Keep Skin Clear
If your dress calls for skin on show, you'll want to keep the dreaded 'bacne' at bay. Wendy Brooks, Origins' global product development director suggests using a charcoal-based scrub. We love Origins Clear Improvement Detoxifying Charcoal Body Scrub, £26. 'It works like a magnet to dry out oil and dirt,' she says.
Test Your Tan
To avoid a TOWIE tan, do a test run in advance. If you're happy with the result, stick with it. For super pale ladies, sticking to an at-home routine so you can gradually build up colour is the one for you. Try Aerin's Gradual Tan For Face & Body, £42, it's great for a soft, streak-free glow.
Get A Good Night's Sleep
Copping eight hours of beauty sleep isn't easy the night before any big event, so try two to three spritzes of The White Company's Lavender Pillow Mist, £15. 'The scent of lavender improves your quality of sleep,' says Dr Guy Meadows from The Sleep School. Then roll Neom's Scent to Sleep Intensive Deep Sleep Treatment, £8 on to pulse points for extra zzzs.
For a dewy (not greasy) look, make-up pro Florrie White says, 'Always use a mattifying primer to start. It prevents foundation from pooling in lines or sliding down your face.' Then use a long-lasting, hydrating foundation. We love Rimmel London's Lasting Finish 25hr Foundation, £7.99. Benefit's Porefessional License To Blot is also a must-have. It's an instant blotting stick with a triangular tip to target oil-prone areas like the sides of your nose. Genius.
Waterproof Your Eyes
We love a good cry at a wedding. Try Max Factor False Lash Effect Waterproof Mascara, £10.99 or Guerlain's Cils D'Enfer Waterproof, £24. 'Use eyelash curlers-like a push-up bra for eyes,' says make-up guru Charlotte Tilbury.
Master Your Make-Up
Kate Middleton famously did her own make up on her wedding day, having had a few lessons. If you want to DIY, visit Chanel's Covent Garden or Burlington Arcade boutiques to trial the bespoke wedding make-up service. You'll chat through everything from dress to venue to texture of lippie and foundation shade, all jotted down - in true Chanel style - in a beautifully bound notebook.
TIP: Wear a white top to your appointment to get an idea of the colour you'll be wearing on the day.
When it comes to wedding scents, Jo Malone London has got it on lock. Pick from ten fragrances and three lace designs to create a bespoke bottle. The Wild Bluebell, £85 handily doubles up as 'something blue'.
Nail Perfect Hair
For beauty waves or a Grace Kelly undo that'll last right past the best man's speech, you need to prep. 'Use a thickening spray to plump every strand,' says Be a Watson, Aveda's global styling educator. 'It'll give you a fuller chignon.' Spritz Aveda's Thickening Tonic Styling Spray, £19 into mid-lengths and ends before blow-drying.
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