How to wear your makeup to a wedding

How to wear your makeup to a wedding

How to achieve the ultimate wedding make up look

How to wear your makeup to a wedding

How on earth do you wear your makeup to a wedding? I mean, if like me you’re single, weddings are the ideal time to meet fellow singletons in the perfect environment. Nothing makes you feel depressed about being single like a wedding! I mean, I’m content being single 99% of the time, and that 1% of unhappiness comes at a wedding! And I’m certain that men feel the same.

That means, you need to look great, but not so great that you look like your going to a nightclub, or worse still: trying to show up the bride. The ultimate wedding no-no. I mean, obviously this post still applies if you’re in a relationship and looking for wedding makeup! Haha!

I have received quite a lot of private messages from you recently asking me makeup related questions, and at the moment specifically how on earth you should do your makeup to a wedding, so I’ve teamed up with professional makeup artists Charli Avery to bring you makeup looks for different occasions every fortnight, therefore if you have any occasions coming up you want some help then put your requests in!

Wedding Makeup

Ok, so this makeup is a summer wedding inspired look, so it’s very natural and pretty for that day time glow. Natural enough to not show up the bride, and dewy enough to look radiant.

Charli used really warm colours on me, and I learnt a few tricks about how to create dewy makeup without looking oily. Of course I am about to share all of those secrets and products used with you!

Preparing your skin:

So before applying any makeup, it’s important to prepare your skin. Charli sprayed the Nars Skin Multi-Action hydrating toner all over my face, which brightens and hydrates it, then she applied a rather fabulous Charlotte Tilbury moisturiser that has SPF 15. Obviously SPF is so important if you’re hanging around a lot outside, so if you need to put a higher factor suncream on your face then of course do this before applying makeup. The Tilbury moisturiser is a really rich balm, so it gives you really glowy skin. Next, Charli applied an eye cream so keep lids hydrated (although I’m sure tears will do a good job of that at the actual wedding) so that makeup doesn’t go cakey under the eyes. Finally, she applied a Nars illuminator on all the high points of my face; these are the places that catch the sun, so cheek bones, nose, and forehead. I’ve used this illuminator before but always on top of my makeup, but Charli explained that putting it underneath the base means it doesn’t look so metallic and therefore it’s more of a natural glow. 

Toner: Nars Skin Multi-Action Hydrating toner

Moisturiser: Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream 

Eye CreamBobbi Brown

Illuminator: Nars in Copocabana 

The Base:

First, Charli started with a colour corrector under the eyes. It’s really important to use a colour corrector before applying concealer, as it takes out the pinky tones. Otherwise, no matter how much concealer you put under your eyes, your bags still look grey. She used Bobbi Brown’s creamy corrector before applying their under eye concealer. The Charlotte Tilbury foundation is really light for really natural looking skin, so she added Estée Lauder’s Double Wear concealer to cover up any problem or red areas, such as my cheeks and nose. Finally, weddings are usually whole day affairs, so Charli applied Charlotte Tilbury setting powder so set the makeup. Just be careful not to put it over your whole face as it gives a really matte finish and you don’t want to ruin the dewy glow, so under eyes and then in any areas you would sweat like above your lips and on your T-zone.

Next Charli applied a Tom Ford bronzer and illuminator, it’s a cream dewy bronzer for the perfect sun-kissed glow. She used the illuminator on my cheek bones and bronzer in all the sunken parts of my face (just under the cheekbones and along the side of my forehead) before applying a creamy Mac blusher.

Colour Corrector: Bobbi Brown Creamy Corrector  (I’m wearing Bisque)

Under-Eye Concealer: Bobbi brown (I’m wearing Cool Sand) 

Foundation: Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder (I’m wearing Fair 3)

Concealer: Estée Lauder Double Wear 

Setting Powder: Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Finish (I’m wearing Medium 2)

Bronzer: Tom Ford  Shade and Illuminate

Blusher: Mac in Posey

Charlie also recommended two makeup brushes in particular, one for foundation, and one for using under the eyes so I’ve added the links for these too!

Under eyes brush: Bobbi Brown (Full coverage brush)

Foundation: Nanshy Conceal Perfector

The eyes and brows:

For the eyeshadow the biggest tip is to apply lightly and blend well. Charli used the peach colour from the Morphe Eyeshadow Palette on the crease of my eye and the lash line of my bottom lashes, before using one of my favourite palettes, the iconic Naked 3 by Urban Decay for the rest of my eye.

Next, Charli applied a thin line of black Bobbi Brown Gel eyeliner to the top of my lid, and some waterproof Maybelline mascara to my top and bottom lashes. Waterproof is obviously crucial to prefer you for the tears, you don’t want to look like a panda by the end of the night (especially if you’re single!).

Finally, Charli perfected my eyebrows with an Illamasqua precision brow gel using a mascara brush. She put the gel on the back of her hand and rolled the brush over it, this keeps the gel really thin and natural.

Crease of the eye: Morphe 35OS 35 Color Shimmer Nature Glow Eyeshadow Palette (Peach)

Lower lids: Naked 3 (Burnout)

Under eyebrow: Naked 3 (Strange)

Inner corners: Naked 3 (Dust)

Mascara: Maybelline Go Extreme Waterproof

Top line eye-liner: Bobbi Brown (Black)

BrowsIllamasqua Precision Brow Gel (I’m wearing Strike)


Finally, we added a lipstick from the Jean-Michel Basquiat x Urban Decay collaboration. How amazing is this colour?

If I’m totally honest, I’m used to over-lining my lips a little, so to me this looks like I have really thin lips, but Charli wanted to keep the look natural. I love the shade though, and do agree you don’t want to look overdone at the day ceremony. What do you think?

Lipstick: Urban Decay x Jean-Michel Basquiat in Epigram

To be honest, I am pretty obsessed with the whole collaboration, you can check it out here if you want to, but how great is the packaging?

And that’s my finished look for a day (and night) at a wedding, I hope you found this post useful? Would you wear this look to a wedding?

If you’re wondering about the my outfit, you can shop my full look below:

I spend so much time creating these posts for you guys, so if there’s a way you think I can improve the content then please feel free to message me.

And finally, if you have an occasion you’d like us to work on, then please leave a comment below so we can help out.

Speak to you soon,

Ashley x

Ashley James

Ashley James

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