Chances are if you're a bridesmaid, it's someone pretty close to you whose special day you're going to be photo-bombing (in a good way). Chances are also quite high that the dress you'll be wearing might not have been your first choice. Thank goodness you can claw it back with your makeup so you feel less like a carbon copy of the three girls standing next to you and more like yourself. All you need to do is get your signature smoky eye past the bride because there's nothing worse than being told to tone down your wedding makeup minutes before you hit the aisle.
It's all totally doable, though; it's just about finding that balance, according to makeup artistВ Carly Hobbs. вЂњWhen bridesmaiding, you have to style it out between creating a makeup look that stays true to the bride's 'vision' while making sure you still feel pretty,вЂќ she says. вЂњLet her lead the way; if she's having a trial, you could request one as well but offer to pay, or you could show her what you were thinking on the hen 'do. That will give her time to decide if she's happy with it or wants to tweak it.вЂќ
Read on to discover what else you need to bear in mind when it comes to bridesmaid makeup.
1. Prep it rightSmashbox Primerizer $30Shop
Weddings are long days, and the bride will need you on full alert from the get-go, so you need to make sure your products won't have dissipated into thin air by the time you get to the reception drinks. Look for long-wear products, and always use a primer to smooth things out first (like pores and fine lines) and help your foundation adhere to your skin better. Smashbox's Photo Finish Primerizer (ВЈ30) is a lightweight formula packed full of moisturising ingredients, which will help your skin stay fresh from a.m. to p.m.
If you don't want to switch up what you usually use, that's fine, but just apply a bit more than usual, and do it in stages. вЂњBecause of all the photographs, it's a good idea to use more than you would on a daily basis, but don't go too heavy with the highlighter, as it always looks more dramatic once photographed,вЂќ advises Francesca Neill, ambassador forВ Collection.
Glowy, radiant products might sound lovely, but they can cause those flashlights to flare, which will leave your skin looking pale and uneven. The same goes for products with SPF. It's not something we'd often advise, but if you can ditch it for the day, do so. вЂњWhilst it creates a shield against damaging UVA/UVB raysВ when photographed, SPF will add a white film over the skin, which isn't ideal,вЂќ says Ariane Jaksch, acting education manager for Smashbox Cosmetics.
2. Smoky eyes can be wedding-appropriateBarry M Dazzle Dust $5Shop
From the off, it's advisable to avoid harsh liners and heavy brows, but that doesn't mean you have to stick to peaches and camel-coloured shadows (unless that's your thing, in which case, as you were).
вЂњBrides tend to prefer softer looks over sultry, which is where I tend to turn to a rose gold and bronze smokiness instead,вЂќ explains Hobbs. вЂњThese shades are always really flattering, so go with them; my favourite is Barry M Dazzle Dust in Tan. And if you still don't feel right without a slick of black liner, trace some kohl into your waterline as a compromise; she won't even notice.вЂќ
Another alternative? Try a feline flick of liner at the outer edges, and ditch the eye shadow altogether.
3. It's all about the lashesMake Up Forever Aqua Smoky Lash $19Shop
If you've had to tone down the dark colours on your eyes, compromise with some spectacular lashes instead. The bride will no doubt be doing the same. вЂњFalse lashes don't have to be super dramatic,вЂќ says Jaksch. вЂњMore natural-looking strip lashes or single lashes at the outer edges can give definition and intensity without overpowering the rest of your look.вЂќ
Again, be sure to broach the falsies subject before the big day, and bring your own if needВ be. Often wedding makeup artists will charge extra to add lashes, so if you don't want any awkward silences, get it signed off on beforehand.
Tinting or getting a lash-lift is another trick you can keep up your flouncy bridesmaid sleeve. Effective enough to make a difference but subtle enough to go unnoticed when you're in a rush, Eyelash Design Company's Lash Perfect LiftВ (ВЈ25) gives a bespoke push-up effect that's chosen by the length, natural thickness and shape of your natural lashes. And it lasts up to six weeks, so your flutter will still look spot-on when the bride comes home from the honeymoon.
As for mascara, you could go for a waterproof option, continues Hobbs, although she rates all of theВ Makeup Forever mascaras for their ability to cope with tears.
4. Lip service
Unless your bride is a going for the 1940s theme, bold red lips are probably not going to be on her radar.В Nudes tend to be the way to go, as they're universally flattering, which is crucial if there's more than one bridesmaid to consider. However natural hues aren't always a one-size-fits-all option.
вЂњMake sure the bride knows to provide a range of tones if she wants you all to have the same makeup looks. What may look lovely on one person might make another look washed out or conceal their lips completely,вЂќ says Neill.
If it's still looking a bit vapid, choose a nude that's one shade darker, or revisit those brighter colours, but with a sheer finish or gloss instead. вЂњA different finish may be all it needs to stop the look being too overpowering for the bride,вЂќ says Jaksch.ASOS
5. Set it rightCollection Primed and Ready Fixing Spray $4Shop
Once you've finished your final look, use a fixing spray or finely milled powder to set everything in place and create a veil of protection over the skin. Sweat, tears, rain, sloshes of champers-nothing will disrupt your game face.
Next up, bridesmaid hairВ ideas to feel inspired by.