DIY Bridal Makeup

Have you decided to DIY makeup for your wedding day? You may not be comfortable getting your makeup done with all that is going on in the world. Or maybe you are having a ceremony and postponing the wedding for another date and don’t want to pay for services twice. I get it, I really do, now more than ever. Although I think professional makeup is the best choice when possible, if you are doing it yourself here are some tips to help you along the way!

Take Care Of Your Skin

Great makeup starts with a healthy base! Spend some time getting your skin and complexion the best it can be for the months leading up to your big day. Some things you can consider doing:

  • Monthly facials are great if you are able to.  They keep your skin looking its best by getting rid of dead skin cells and cleaning out your pores of any breakouts.  It also helps give your skin that wedding day glow.
  • Dermaplaning if you have a lot of peach fuzz. It will make your makeup go on smoother and flawless! You should do it several times prior to your wedding and not the week before.
  • Have a good skincare routine. Make sure to start 3 months prior to your wedding and don’t try anything new to avoid last minute irritations and outbreaks. Check out my Instagram to see what my nighttime skincare routine is! 

Do Your Own Makeup Trial

Practice, practice, practice! This may be the most important tip! To make sure you get just the right look, you need to see it on yourself and make sure you know exactly how to replicate it on your wedding day. It will be a busy day with a lot going on, you don’t want to be practicing or still deciding on your look that morning!

So how exactly do you do a makeup trial on yourself? Here how I do it with my clients:

  • Start with your eyes to prevent fall down, especially if you are considering a smokey eye. You don’t want to mess up your foundation.  
  • False lashes can make your eyes pop in photos. Definitely practice with them if you are wearing them on your wedding day.
  • Try every product on that you will be using on your wedding day. Make sure it does not cause any reactions. 
  • Do your makeup trial earlier in the day so you can see if it lasts all day.
  • Time yourself to see how long it takes you to do your wedding day makeup. Then you will know how much time to allow the day of.  Make sure to leave yourself enough time in your getting ready plan. 
  • Add another 10-15 minutes to your plan once you are dressed for simple touch ups like lips, mascara, and setting spray!
  • Last, do your hair like you will on the big day and try on your veil and other accessories. If you love the final look, you are all set. Just remember to practice, practice practice!

A Few More Things To Consider When DIY Makeup

When creating your look, try to look like yourself. What do you want to see 10 years from now when you look back at these photos? Chances are the latest trends won’t be in style and you might even think they look tacky. Unless it totally goes against your own style (then just ignore me), plan your makeup to give you an enhanced version of you, a “natural” glam. 

Another major thing to consider is the weather. Are you getting married outside? Will it be a long ceremony? Could it be very hot? Less is more if you may be in a situation where your makeup could “melt” off. You can get away with more makeup if it is likely to be cool and dry. 

Test Your Final Look In Pictures

Now that you have your final look, it needs to not only look great in the mirror but in different types of light and in photos. You want to make sure when you look back at those photos you still love the look! Here are a few tips:

  • Have someone take pictures of you in different lightings to see how your makeup photographs. Make sure to try both outside and inside lighting.  
  • It also helps to take some photos in monochrome to see how your features truly look.  It takes out any distractions (like color) and allows you to see your highlights, shadows, and dimensions. It’s helpful so you can make any tweaks necessary.

Buy Good Makeup That Will Last

It will be a long day and you don’t want to be worrying if your makeup still looks good. Spending money for quality makeup is worth the investment! Some key products to make sure are top-notch are waterproof mascara and a great lip stain. Those two need to last so quality is essential! 

While the aim is to have makeup that lasts the day, you will always need to touch up here and there. Make sure to pack a touchup kit to take with you throughout your day. It should include: 

  • Blotting papers to blot any sweat, tears, etc
  • Powder
  • Lipstick/lipstain
  • Tissues
  • Mini setting spray
  • Mascara

Did You Find Your Perfect Bridal Makeup Look?

Follow these tips and you should have a great shot of nailing your DIY wedding day makeup! And if you have trouble finding your perfect look, I am always happy to do a virtual consultation to help you get exactly the look you want with the right makeup products. For more info, contact me!

If you already have products that you love and you know work great on your skin, stick with them! If you need some advice, here are some of my favorite bridal DIY makeup products:

PRIMER – YSL Blur Primer

EYE SHADOW – Naked 3 Eyeshadow Palette

EYELINER – Bobbi Brown Longwear Gel Eyeliner

LASHES – Ardell Lashes Demi Wispies

MASCARA – Loreal Voluminous Mascara

FOUNDATION – Armani Luminous Silk Foundation

POWDER – Laura Mercier Translucent Powder

BRONZER – Charlotte Tilbury FilmStar Bronze and Glow

BLUSH – Bobbi Brown Blush


LIPSTICK – Sephora Lip Stain

Disclosure: I only recommend products I use myself and all opinions expressed here are my own. This post may contain affiliate links that are no additional cost to you, but I may earn a small commission.

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