So how many of you are doing your own makeup for your wedding? Well, whilst some of you might remain sceptical, DIY wedding makeup is becoming increasingly popular, so we thought now would be a good time to invite professional makeup artist Mel England to share her top tips for DIY’ing your way to natural and radiant beauty on your wedding day.

“Doing your own make-up on your wedding day can feel a bit daunting but with just a few subtle changes to your normal makeup routine, you can enhance your natural beauty and look truly radiant on your wedding day. Your wedding day isn’t the time to experiment with make-up, so if you never wear a smoky eye, this wouldn’t be the day to wear one. You should look like the best version of yourself, simply enhanced with make-up, so that your groom recognizes you when you’re walking down the aisle.”

1. For Your Photos

Avoid wearing a foundation with an SPF if you are going to be having flash photography as this can create a white ghostly ‘flashback’ on the photos. Opt for a modern but still classic makeup that will look timelessly beautiful in your wedding photos to enjoy for years to come.

2. Prep & Prime 

Exfoliate your skin often in the run up to your big day as this will remove any dead skin cells and leave your skin looking brighter and fresher and your foundation will blend better. Pay particular attention to the sides of the nose, as this area can often get dry and flaky.

Apply lots of lip balm (my favourite is Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Intensive Lip Repair Balm) beforehand and on the morning of the wedding (remember to wipe your lip balm off before you apply lip colour though so that they don’t interfere with each other).

Applying a primer under your foundation will help your makeup stay put all day and can improve the texture of your skin so that it looks more flawless.  If you tend to get an oily T-Zone, choose an oil free primer such as the Award Winning Laura Mercier Foundation Primer.

3. Blend Your Foundation 

Apply your foundation with a foundation brush and blend blend blend… Avoid using too much foundation, as contrary to what you may think, it won’t give you long lasting power, it will sit on the surface of the skin and eventually slide off.  Take your foundation down onto your neck slightly and even onto your ears as the colour difference could be noticeable in photos (even if the contrast isn’t noticeable in your mirror).

4. When To Apply Concealer 

Always apply your concealer after your foundation so that you can see where you need more coverage.  Use a tiny brush to conceal any blemishes and conceal well under the eye area (after you’ve applied your eye makeup to create a clean, fresh under eye area).

p.s. Lots of brides have skin breakouts on the day of their weddings, so don’t despair, concealer is your best friend so utilise it!

5. Set with Powder

It’s a good idea to brush a light dusting of powder over the face to set your foundation, but if you have very dry skin skip this step and if you are using a cream textured blush, bronzer or highlighter, beware as the powder will interfere with these creamy products and you won’t get a flawless finish.

6. Contouring 

Add definition to your cheekbones by sweeping bronzer into and just above the hollow of your cheekbones and warm up your skin tone by applying some onto the hairline and temples.  Then apply a highlighter (Benefit High Beam is a good one) onto the top of the cheekbones, down the nose and on the cupids bow, just above the lip area. This combination of bronzer and highlighter will be really flattering and look stunning on your photos.