Ariane Poole

My 10 Top Wedding Makeup Tips


Top 10 Wedding Makeup Tips

Here are my TOP wedding make-up Tips whether you are doing your makeup yourself or having a professional Make-up Artist.

imagebrideHave a wonderful Wedding Day X

When getting ready for your big day, many brides think that they must wear more or less makeup. Well this is simply not true.

1.  Look like yourself but better – Makeup that doesn’t look like you (too much or too little)

I all ways tell my brides that they should be true to themselves. So if you are someone who wears no make-up then keep it simple. Don’t let anyone, even a make-up artist, tell that you should or need to wear more on the day if it doesn’t feel right. At the same time if you are someone who loves their make-up …the liner, the lips, the false lashes etc. Don’t be tempted to go au natural unless you have tried it before. Wear all the make-up you want if that is your signature look.

2. Plan your Makeup

If you are planning to use a professional make-up artist have a trial run about 6 to 8 weeks before the wedding so that you know what you are getting and take pictures. Even if the make-up artist is someone famous or you have known for ages. At the trial is the time to try something different to see if you like it. DON’T try anything new or different on the wedding day.

3) DIY

If you decide to do it yourself, why not take advantage of the many cosmetic companies who offer free bridal makeovers. That way you can pick and choose colours, products and ideas that are best for you. Or you could book a makeup lesson with a professional makeup artist many offer this service. Make sure to take pictures.

4) New Looks

If you are want to try out different looks then 2 or 3 months before your wedding is the time to start experimenting. You definitely don’t want to leave it to your Wedding Day and don’t do it any earlier unless you are certain your skin tone (tan) or hair colour won’t change.

5) Matchy Matchy

No longer do you need to match all the bridesmaids’ make-up so they lose their individuality. Your bridesmaids will thank you if you allow them to co-ordinate with one other while still looking right for them. Take into consideration their skin tone and age when deciding on the make-up look. Have a make-up run through with your bridesmaids. You need to be sure that everyone is looking like you want them to and are feeling happy. Again take pictures.

6) Too Trendy

Although you may want to be a modern bride beware of trends. What is on trend today or this season may make you cringe in a few years time. Remember that you’ll want to look back at photos and think ahhh not yuck! What was I thinking????

7) Panic Beauty

So many brides plan facials, false tans, manicures, botox and teeth whitening a week before the wedding hoping they will look great on the day. But what commonly happens in these situations is skin erupts, teeth become over sensitive and faux tans look fake. Solution… plan ahead… start or continue a good skincare routine, have regular manicures, see skin specialists, dentists etc at least 6 months before the wedding day. Do a test tan a few weeks before wedding then have it topped up 3 days before the wedding. And to make sure your nails look divine try a long lasting manicure 2 days before the wedding.

8) When to Shine

I know all brides want to look radiant both on the day and in the photos but be careful that you don’t look greasy. Keep the t-zone shine free, highlight the tops of the cheek bones and under the arch of the brows. Be careful some powder mineral foundations can make you look sweaty in pictures. To keep shine a bay if you are not a fan of powder then try one of the many Anti-shine primers which goes on under your foundation or tinted moisturiser. This is also great for the groom as that he won’t look sweaty.

9) False Lashes

I love false lashes especially on a bride but if you are going to have the Semi-permanent ones try them a couple of weeks before the day. I have had many brides who have gone and had them done the day before and hated them because they were just too long and spider like. Another option is the individual ones that you can remove at the end of the night. These are the ones I use on my brides because they come in different sizes and because we have seen how great they look when I have done the trial.

10) Photos

If you are having black & white photos consider your lip colour. Pale nude shades will make you look like you have no lips while red lip colours can look black. You may want to adjust the colour accordingly.


  1. Bev

    Thanks Ariane, great tips…My daughter is getting married in January (in Australia) and this is the next best thing to having you do her make up! I will make sure she reads reads these.

    • admin

      Hi Bev! Thanks for your lovely comments. If you or your daughter wish to buy any of my products, I have exciting news for you! We are soon launching an Australian website and you will be able to buy products with local shipping which will get to your door much speedier! Thanks again for your comments and I wish you and your daughter all the best for her wedding! Ariane xx


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