Brides tend to have their make up professionally done on their big day. This is probably because it is one of the most photographed days of their lives, and besides, who doesn’t want to look amazing on their special day?

A lot of thought goes into make up for the bride, for the simple reason that it must look immaculate all day long, must look radiant both indoors and outdoors, and also impeccable in photographs and face to face. The camera and flash tend to whiten your face and diffuse the colour of the make up, so it is important to ensure that there is enough make up for both.

First things first – the make up all depends on the time of year you’re getting married, whether it’s spring, summer, autumn or winter. The time of day is also very important, because if it’s going to be a morning wedding in summer, you need to make sure that the products that you use do not sweat off. If it’s an evening wedding, you can experiment a bit more with darker colours.


What is also imperative is skin care. Once you decide to get married, which is normally 1 to 2 years in advance, it is best to start a good skin care regime to make sure that your skin is plump and ready for your big day.  It normally takes skin care products about 6 weeks to start working, so even a couple of months in advance isn’t enough.  The better the skin, the better the longevity of your make up.

The next thing is colour scheme. What a make up artist will normally ask is what colour scheme the wedding is going to be, or what the bridesmaids will be wearing. If, for example, your bridesmaids will be wearing a purple dress, then make up must complement that colour by adding a little bit of purple to the bridesmaids’ make up, and then some browns on the bride. Some purple will also go well on the bride as well. This is not a hard and set rule, however, the colours must complement each other.

Brows are a major detail for your wedding day. As soon as you find out that you’re getting married, it’s best to see a brow specialist to get your brows properly shaped.  A natural shape is always best for any brow, so if you’ve been over-plucking them, it’s never a good look on a bride… especially twenty years after you’ve taken your pictures and all you can see are those awful brows. These take a while to grow, so make sure you dedicate a good 6 months to 1 year prior to your wedding day.

So as you can see, bridal make up is not as straight forward as anyone might think. However, with a good make up artist in tow, you are sure to look your finest on your special day.