Wedding makeup advice can differ from artist to artist. Phrases like "I want to look like myself, but glowing", "I want it to look like I’m wearing makeup, but not like I’m wearing makeup", may crop up. What does that even mean? Well, we caught up with pro makeup artist and entrepreneur, Aimee Connolly to get the 411 on wedding makeup.

wedding makeup advice Aimee Connolly

Go With a Pro

Firstly, you do need a makeup artist. I have been doing wedding makeup for the past six years and it's definitely one of the most enjoyable parts of the job. My first piece of advice is that if you have a certain someone in mind, fire them an email and get them booked. Or at least put the feelers out, as soon as you can because people really do book up fast, especially when they're in demand.

Sound it Out

Secondly, choose someone who you know has a reliable reputation and who is sound. This might sound crazy because all we really need is someone who is great at makeup, right? Not necessarily. Of course, you want someone’s otherworldly skills but you also want someone you click with. The morning of your wedding is nearly a third of your entire day, so you want to be surrounded by people that make you feel relaxed and special.

Trial and Error

Make sure to organise a trial ahead of the wedding, about three to six months beforehand is roughly the average and, based on this, get yourself some top-up products. Your trial is your time to test the longevity and finish of your look. If you get shiny or you don’t adore your liner at the end of the day, don’t panic! Your look isn't set in stone and your artist should be more than happy to accommodate. Topping up your makeup isn't the be all and end all, but there are certain products you will need with you, which I will highlight in my top ten to follow...

Aimee Says Relax

For the morning of the wedding, make sure you allow yourself enough time. I always aim to have everyone ready about an hour before they want to leave to go to the ceremony. This means that it allows for delays should there happen to be any, and you can get into the dress without any sweaty panic and maybe even have time for a glass of bubbles. Your team should know their timings so take their advice, get some sleep, drink lots of water and enjoy the day.

Aimee's Top 10 Beauty Picks

wedding makeup advice

  • Charlotte Tilbury Eye Cheat, €25, arnotts.ie. "This is a nude eyeliner with almost the consistency of a concealer, that sits on the waterline and brightens the eye without looking harsh."
  • Laura Mercier's Translucent Powder, €42, brownthomas.com. "The key to choosing the right powder is to go for one that is finely milled and light on the skin so it doesn't affect the finish that is already there."
  • MAC Strobe Cream, €34,brownthomas.com. "Every good makeup should start with a good base. This product creates luminosity at the base of the skin and filters through the makeup to keep you radiant all day."
  • NARS Sheer Glow Foundation, €43, brownthomas.com. "This fabulous medium-to-full coverage foundation that has no SPF in it so it won’t cause any flashback. It’s lightweight but long-wearing.
  • Benefit Porefessional, €34, debenhams.ie. "For any of us oily, pore-filled humans this a godsend. A little bit goes a long way, so keep it minimal and to the areas that need it only."
  • Charlotte Tilbury Lipstick in Bitch Perfect, €32, arnotts.ie. "This is a shade that I use a lot, Charlotte Tilbury's lipstick in Bitch Perfect. This is a gorgeous pink/peach. Be careful not to wash the lips out by going too nude."
  • Benefit Ka-Brow, €26, debenhams.ie. "You might not even need that much definition on brows, but something is necessary. I find gels tend to wear the best, and then I would use pencils or shadows on those that might be slightly more terrified of the whole process."
  • Inglot Gel Liner in no.77, €15, inglot.ie. "I find most brides want a black gel liner to define the eyes and make them pop. If you're someone who’s thinking that might not work for you, fake it with a dark shadow or kohl pencil."
  • Sculpted by Aimee Connolly; Rose Gold Edition, €29.99, aimeeconnolly.com. "Naturally, I am slightly biased, but I use my Sculpted palette on every single bridal party because it works. Sculpt with the bronzer and then add some texture to the skin with the cream highlighter or a higher shine finish with the powder."
  • MAC Springsheen Blusher, €24, brownthomas.com. "I think that a soft pink/peach tone into the apples of your cheeks makes all the difference. You have to remember when you're photographed, everything pares back a little so don’t forget to strike that balance between being in front of family and being on camera." 

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