Wedding Makeup Tips featuring my Cousin Ella

Thursday, 9 March 2017

In case you haven't noticed, I'm kind of into makeup.

Just a bit.

I love doing makeup on other people and whenever my friends ask me they act like its a huge favour...I like it, you can ask!

In fact whenever we go out I do my flatmates makeup, she doesn't even need to ask anymore.


My cousin was getting married in December and she asked me to do her makeup. And of course I said yes!

Ella and I have very different skin, mine is quite oily in the tzone but normal everywhere else and Ella's is quite dry with some areas of acne

So I knew I needed to do my research!

The first thing to do when you agree to do makeup for someone, especially when its for something as important as their wedding day, is find out their skin type.

And also what kind of look they'd like. Ella wanted glowy fresh looking skin with makeup that just enhanced her features rather than looked like she was wearing makeup.

She definitely didn't want a smokey eye and false lashes as she doesn't wear much eyemakeup day to day.

Here is what I came up with:

The most important aspect was finding the right foundation. As Ella has some acne and redness we wanted to cover that but not make her look cakey.

I looked into the best foundations for Wedding Days and here is the list I made:

  • Make sure the SPF is 10 or less. Higher SPF foundations can flashback white in photographs and you're going to be photographed on your wedding day!
  • MAC Pro Longwear - Great coverage but make sure you buff it in so it isn't cakey
  • Makeup Forever HD - great for photography and a matte finish that you can add highlight to. I have this and will be wearing it as a bridesmaid next month.
  • Armani Luminous Silk - Kim K wears this and I have it too! Its good for dry skin and provides a dewy finish
  • MAC Face and Body Foundation - good for a lighter coverage
  • Bobbi Brown Stick - Good for dry skin as it is a creamy stick formula and you can build coverage.

We went shopping to try out the Makeup Forever HD Stick, but the staff were really quite unhelpful saying that they only had one pale shade and it was kind of like it or lump it.

So we went across to Bobbi Brown and had one of the most helpful makeup artists ever. We told her I was doing the wedding makeup and she basically did Ella's entire face and taught me all about wedding makeup. Here are some of her top tips:

  • Moisturise 20 mins before you start your makeup so it can sink in and make sure you use an eyecream.
  • Find a face mask that works for you (the Bobbi Brown ones are incredible - I've tried them) and if you have dry skin do a moisturising mask a few times a week in the run up to the wedding.
  • Prime with a moisturising primer to keep the skin plump and flake free prior to makeup!
  • Apply a thin base layer of foundation and then build up the areas where you need coverage. You don't need the same level of coverage all over and this can make you look cakey.
  • If you don't have severe dark circles don't use a thick under eye concealer. It can crease and look awful so its better to just add a lighter creamier concealer. I would add to this and say that if you do have darker circles, use a peach corrector and then apply a lighter concealer that way you're covering the circles without using a thick concealer.
  • Press powder onto the skin don't rub it over or you'll move all the makeup around.
  • A bride needs more blush than normal as she'll be wearing white which can wash out the face. So get your bride to put on her dress when you've finished her makeup and see if she needs more.
  • Highlight above the brows, the cheek bones and the bridge of the nose but don't go too hard with the highlighter... you don't want to look like an Instaglam girl on your wedding day.
  • Also don't go for a severe contour, just bronze the edges of the face.

She provided Ella with some samples of the primer and Ella bought the foundation, brush and eye concealer, plus a lipstick in a rose tone.

And we headed home to do a makeup trial. It was a bit sad to take off the Bobbi Brown artists work but we needed to do a pre wedding trial and the wedding was only a couple of weeks away!

I recreated the look and it was so nice to see Ella happy with what I'd done!

As the day of the wedding approached I packed and repacked my makeup bags, washed all my brushes and got ready for the big day!

I went over to the house super early to get sorted 
Had a cup of tea...

That's a lie I had champagne

And got started on the bride!

Here are the products I used:
  • Bobbi Brown Moisturising Primer - applied with a flat foundation brush
  • MAC strobe cream - this gives the skin a glow from within look and lots of makeup artists use it on brides

  • Bobbi Brown Cream Stick foundation - I buffed a really light layer of this into the skin and then to build up areas that needed coverage, applied the product direct to a kabuki brush and pressed it onto the areas. That way it doesn't move around.

  • Bobbi Brown Tinted Eye Brightener - this is the lighter concealer I mention above. I applied this with a damp beauty blender
  • Becca Opal Liquid Highlighter - I applied this on the cheek bones
  • NARS Orgasm Cream Blush - I applied this with my finger to the apples of the cheeks.
  • Chanel Tan De Soleil Cream Bronzer - I used a brush with this and warmed up the outer edges of the face and lightly contoured.
  • As you can tell I used all cream products because Ella has quite dry skin.
  • Then to set it all so it lasts!

  • I used the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder and pressed it into the skin avoiding the highlight, bronzer and blush area.
  • To set the blush I used Benefit Coralista
  • I used Benefit Hoola to set the bronzer (veryyyy lightly)
  • And the Carli Bybel Palette to Highlight

  • I then used the NYX Dewy Finishing Spray to set the skin.
  • And moved onto the eyes
  • Ella wanted a pink/gold tone eye that wasn't too heavy.
  • I started with my NARS Eyeshadow primer and set it with the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
  • Then I used Creme Brulee by Makeup Geek and my Benefit Hoola as a transition shade before using the gold and pink shades from my Carli Bybel Palette (see below) on the lid

  • I used a dark brown pencil liner to smudge into the outer edge of the eye so there was a little bit of darkness but nothing much

  • I then used a Rimmel Nude eyeliner in the water line to brighten up the eyes

  • And added waterproof mascara - very important for weddings and highlighted the brow bone with the Carli Bybel Palette

  • Then I used a NYX brow pencil and the L'Oreal Brow Artist Plumper to keep them in place - nothing too heavy as Ella has really good brows anyway

Andd... done

I felt so lucky to have done Ella's makeup and I'm so glad she liked it

Ella looked stunning and it was a beautiful wedding.

Plus I got to go to the wedding and touch the makeup up throughout the day which most makeup artists don't get to do

I'm Maid of Honour to my best friend Katie in the summer so if you'd like me to ask her whether she'd mind me doing a similar blog let me know.

Ella thank you so much for letting me do this and thank you to Daddy Haworth for the photos



  1. Such a beautifully written post Emma! You made me feel so comfortable and reassured me the whole day about how I looked. I was so incredibly lucky to have you there throughout the whole day. You kept me relaxed about something I felt so uneasy about as my skin has always been such a worry to me. Thank you so so much, you are so talented in make-up and gave me the look that I was desperate for. Absolutely love this post and to any brides to be, I couldn't recommend you enough! Thank you for the hours of time you put into preparing for the day, helping me with make-up brands and your time trapsing round different make-up counters - a truly wonderful cousin, so much love xxxx

    1. Oh that is so sweet :) LOVE you so much and it was an absolute pleasure! XXX


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