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5 wedding make up products that will do you proud

Your dream wedding venue is booked, your mouth-watering menu has been finalised, and your bridal gown is hanging in its top-secret location away from prying eyes…

You know that all eyes will be on you on your wedding day, so you’re ready to put your best foot forward (hence the exquisite shoes carefully wrapped in their tissue paper nest). So that’s your feet sorted; but what about your face? This is your day (by which I mean you and your partner, of course); you’re the centre of attention, captured by the photographer’s lens several hundred times, not to mention every guest’s mobile phone. So, your wedding day make up needs to be beautiful, long-lasting – and waterproof!


Southdowns Manor Jessica and Louie mother dabbing eye

When it comes to make up, there are so many factors to consider; your skin tone and type, hair and eye colour, your personal style preferences, even your wedding colour theme… but one thing’s for sure: it’s what you put under and over your make up that is going to make the biggest difference. So read on for our five favourite wedding day make up products guaranteed to look as flawless at the end of the day as the beginning:


Sheene Mill Serena Adam dancing

After four hours shaking your stuff on the dance floor, you’ll be grateful you bothered to apply primer under your foundation this morning. (Was it only this morning? You weren’t even married then, and now look at you!) This much dancing will have your skin glowing (remember: only horses sweat; men perspire and women glow), but your make up will still be pristine.

Nars Space NK primer

This mattifying, oil-free Nars Pore and Shine Control Primer from Space NK is suitable for all skin types and will keep your face looking fresh as a daisy even on the hottest of summer wedding days.


Denbies Wine Estate Vineyard Melissa and Matthew

Although the primer will do a great job, a good quality foundation is still key to making it through the day with a photo-ready complexion. Your marriage (and your wedding photo album) can be expected to last a lifetime; this Tom Ford Waterproof Foundation and Concealer won’t last that long (thankfully!) but it certainly won’t let you down when you need it most.

Tom Ford waterproof foundation and concealer

This full-coverage foundation will instantly cover up any blemishes, giving you a flawless finish for your wedding day. Maybe you’ve had a few too many sleepless nights in the run up to your big day and the effects are starting to show in the darkness under your eyes? Carefully applied, this foundation and concealer, available in 12 shades, will magically transform you into a fresh-faced bridal beauty. Its waterproof yet breathable formula won’t slide off your face no matter how hot the day, vigorous your dancing, or teary your ceremony.


Polhawn Fort Cornwall groom carrying bride into the sea

As you try to blink back your tears, the last thing you want to be worrying about it ending up with spidery black lines trailing down your face. For you (and probably for your entire bridal party – your mum and maid of honour will probably cry at some point too, after all) waterproof mascara is a must.

Guerlain Maxi Lash waterproof mascara

Waterproof, volumising, and guaranteed to last all day; what’s not to love about Guerlain Maxi Lash Waterprood Mascara? This little package contains the magic wand that will transform your eyes, and nothing – not even a complete sea soaking – is going to spoil your look!


Southdowns Manor Laura and David Speeches

While we love the look of eyeliner, the way it defines our eyes and looks all round fabulous, you have to admit, it’s all too easy to smudge. On a normal day there might not be many reasons to touch your eyes, but at a wedding – not just any wedding; your wedding! – the hankies keep coming out for a quick dab. Even if you manage to get through the overwhelming emotion as your beloved says I do, you might end up laughing so hard at the Best Man’s speech that the tears roll unbidden down your cheeks. Either way, smudged eyeliner is probably not the look you want recorded in your wedding album for all eternity.

Bobbi Brown long wear eyeliner

This Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Waterproof Liner is pigment-rich and transfer-proof. It claims to be resilient enough to withstand a tough workout; you’re unlikely to be working up quite that much of a sweat (sorry, glow) on your wedding day, but it’s worth going for this ultra-reliable option, just in case!

Setting spray

Southdowns Manor Jessica and Louie bride and father embracing

So, your make up looks amazing, your dad has cried with pride on seeing his ‘little girl’ (no matter how old you are!), and you’re all set to make your grand entrance walking up the aisle. But in these final few minutes of singledom, there’s one more make up essential you mustn’t forget. Applying this Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray will only take seconds, but the effects will last up to 16 hours, taking you from your ceremony to your late-night knees up. It’s hard to believe that this micro-fine mist can have such a long-lasting effect, but it really does work; your make up will stay in place – with no melting or fading, no shiny t-zone patches, and no tightening skin sensation either.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray

Braxted Park Georgia and Daniel

These wedding day make up products will see you right beyond your big day and are sure to make it into your honeymoon suitcase. Whether you’re a bathing beauty dipping into the infinity pool to cool off from the tropical heat or attracting local attention as the lovers cycling across continents on a tandem, come heat, humidity, sweat and tears, you’ll always be looking fabulous. (And the light of love shining from your eyes makes everyone’s face utterly gorgeous anyway!)




Hannah Devlin
Hannah Devlin

Hannah loves finding out that little bit more about wedding and reception venues. She's also a dab hand at guiding you through those tricky planning decisions in the lead up to your big day.