Pucker up, Buttercup! For great value beautiful bridal make-up on your Wedding day, check out this advice from Wedding saving expert, The Chief Bridesmaid
Don't fret if a make-up artist is beyond your wedding budget - many of the top beauty brands offer bridal makeovers and wedding make-up lessons. Generally, you do have to pay a booking fee (about £20, but up to £50), but this is normally redeemable against the cost of any make-up you decide to buy at the end of the session (so it sort of works out for free!). Either organise the session for the day of your wedding (although I would absolutely recommend a trial in advance) or organise it a few weeks beforehand and then practise emulating the same look for your actual day.
Many of the top make-up brands like Clarins, Clinique, Lancome or Dior also run "bonus time" offers whereby you buy a couple of products and they throw in a whole lot of sample sizes for free (great for taking on hen nights and honeymoons!). Why not book your "free" makeover during bonus time to get maximum return on your investment?
Investigate these make-up counter bridal makeovers -
Benefit offer bridal make-up consultations at all their make-up counters. While Benefit does not promote home make-up artists, customers can arrange home visits for weddings with individual counter staff - prices depend on the individual make-up artist. Also check out the “Buh-buys” section on the Benefit website for discontinued products at bargain prices. May be it known that my favourite ever makeover was in the Las Vegas Benefit branch - it didn’t look like I was wearing any makeup - I just looked a whole lot nicer than I normally do - amazing!
Bobbi Brown offer 30 minute long bridal make-up lessons at every Bobbi Brown counter. Their makeup artists are there to teach you everything from how to look good in photographs, to making your make-up last all wedding day long. It's common for brides to visit with their veil and have more than one make-up lesson. The service is free of charge and customers are given a face chart to take away with them which can be used for reference on the day. Call 01730 232 566 for your nearest counter.
Selected Estée Lauder counters across the UK offer a tailor-made step-by-step Bridal Beauty Programme. Beginning way in advance of your wedding day, this free service consists of three consultations, encompassing everything from skincare regimes and picture-perfect bridal looks, to suncare advice and beauty tips for the honeymoon. For more information and to book call 01730 232566.
Origins offers free counter colour consultations to all customers. While all Origins consultants are trained in professional make-up application, some are specifically trained in bridal make-up, so it's advisable to contact your nearest store to book a session with a specialist. You can expect to receive hints and tips on how to apply make-up to best effect and an introduction to the colour range. Call 0800 7931 4039 for stockist information.
M.A.C’s usual policy is to offer a makeup consultation with an M.A.C make-up artist which costs £25.00. The £25 is then redeemable against any M.A.C purchase.
Max Factor offers complimentary wedding day make-up consultations and makeovers at their counters in major Boots stores (subject to availability). Simply take pictures and swatches of your wedding dress and bridesmaids' dresses, the venue, and your hair and flower ideas along to your consultation and the Max Factor make-up artist will develop the perfect wedding day look to suit you.
Molton Brown offers brides-to-be a choice of two packages - the At Home Wedding Day Experience, £310 (make-up artist's travel expenses not included), which involves a meeting with your personal make-up artist before the day to look at skincare regimes and cosmetic colours, plus make-up application at the wedding venue on the day. The other option is the Wedding Day Experience, £125, which consists of a 30-minute pre-wedding session, and professional make-up application on the day at one of Molton Brown's Emporia Studios in Cambridge, Glasgow, London (South Molton Street, Covent Garden, City, Notting Hill, Chelsea), Manchester and Leeds.
Space NK offer free makeovers and skin consultations using products from its premium beauty brands. Bare Minerals is offering free mineral makeovers. Trained make-up artists will help you embrace your natural side using the brands 100% mineral make up. Call 0870 850 6655 to find your nearest counter.
Alternatively, do you have a friend whose make-up always looks fabulous? Can you ask them to do your make-up on your Wedding day? I splashed out on a make-up artist, but asked a friend to come around to our nails.
I’m the last person who should be giving make-up advice - it’s tidemarktastic when I put it on myself - and so I’ve ruthlessly plagiarised these top tips of doing your own bridal make-up from top make-up guru - Bobbi Brown -
Bobbi says, “On your wedding day you should look like yourself at your most beautiful” - a sentiment The Chief Bridesmaid wholeheartedly agrees with!
Your make-up should be an enhancement of what you normally wear. For example, if you usually go for the natural look, stick to natural colours but slightly stronger. Remember your fiancé is marrying you, so he should at least be able to recognize you on your Wedding day! Saying that, you should define your features more strongly than you usually do so they show up in the wedding photographs. You should also feel comfortable in the make-up you are wearing on your wedding day, this is not the time to try out anything drastic.
The bridal look you choose will also depend on your dress and the time of year. If your wedding falls in the summer months, you'll require a lighter texture foundation with a powder to ensure you stay shine-free. An autumn/winter wedding will leave you needing more colour and slightly more coverage due to the lighting.
Flash photography emphasises pink tones, so be sure to even out skin with a yellow-based foundation. Start around the nose and mouth where there's redness, then blend out to the rest of the face.
Set concealer and foundation with a sheer finish loose powder to make them longer-lasting and to ensure that skin looks matte in pictures.
Use a water-resistant liner that can withstand tears. If you prefer to line with shadow, make it longer lasting by applying it with a slightly damp eyeliner brush. Finish with water-resistant mascara.
Schedule any face, lip or eyebrow waxing at least 2 days before the wedding day to ensure enough time for irritation or redness to disappear.
Have your teeth professionally cleaned or whitened.
Finally, remember on your Wedding day to keep the following in your hand bag -
Rimmel concealer - Brides, blemishes and spots aren‘t a great combo, and so it’s a good idea to invest in a good concealer. The Rimmel one might be cheap but it works really well - providing both great coverage and is easy to blend. I rate this way higher than a lot of the more expensive concealers on the market.
Paper poudre - Check out the little books of powdered sheets that can soak up oil and grease. These are much lighter and portable on your wedding day than loose powder, and a bargain at around £2 a pop. Perfect for ensuring you don't have any shiny bits in the wedding photos.
Eye makeup remover pads to wipe away any smudges under the eyes
Smints - for all that kissing
So now, I hope even the most credit crunched bride has no excuse but to look absolutely beautiful on her wedding day. Good luck choosing your beauty treats and have fun!