Behind the Brush: Top Tips for Bridal Beauty on Your Big Day

 Guest written by Amy Pike – MUA

Oh my goodness. It’s actually happening, isn’t it?

You’ve booked the venue, found the dress of dreams and you’ve scoured high and low and found the most incredible photographer to capture the whole shindig. It’s all coming together. But now there’s that task of finding the man or woman who will turn you into a vision of bridal finesse.

‘’How will I ever find them? How do I begin?! ’’ I hear you cry!

Have no fear, hundreds of brides-to-be are in the same boat.

Wedding planning can be stressful. A time when all your organisational skills come together for what is likely to be the most important day of your life. Naturally, looking and feeling good on said day is bound to be a priority. Heaven only knows, it will be a priority for my own wedding later this year!

I hope that these thoughts will be helpful to you and that you might ask yourself some of these questions as you start your own wedding makeover process, and begin to navigate the sometimes confusing but always wonderful world of bridal beauty.

Shop Around

Go on the hunt. It’s the only way that you’ll find the Makeup Artist of your dreams. Use social media as a way of reaching your potential artist – Facebook and Instagram are great places to start. Even a simple Google search of the area can be useful. Don’t be afraid to reach out for information and always look at photos of their work. And don’t ever feel obligated to book (even if you’ve asked for a quote!) until you’re 100% set on your artist.

Once you have decided though, be sure to pay your deposit and secure your date. This way, no matter what happens, you’re covered. The artist is obligated to honour the agreement so long as a contract is signed. It goes without saying that you should always read the small print on any contracts or paperwork that you sign, even that of those working in the wedding industry.

It is also usually worth asking your artist if they offer any additional services, like eyebrow shaping or nails, as you can end up saving some decent money this way.


It can seem like an unnecessary extra to pay out on having your own Makeup Artist. Why pay someone else to do your makeup when you do it yourself every single morning? Unfortunately, many brides who opt to do it themselves not only regret it from a skill perspective (you simply don’t get the same finish, that gorgeous bridal glow) but because of the extra stress and pressure of making themselves up on the most important day of their lives. It’s a big deal.

However, if you are taking the plunge and planning to do it yourself, research and research again. Try every technique and product beforehand at least twice and always make the skin your focus. You can’t be too prepared!

Your Day, Your Way

Reference photos are a great way of getting your vibe across. Bring photos and magazine clippings to the trial, send the artist your wedding Pinterest board – get them as involved in your expectations of the makeup as possible and be clear on what you want. If you’re not sure what it is that you’re after, you can, of course, ask your MUA for advice!

When you’re thinking about having your makeup done, or even if you’re doing it yourself, it’s important to be realistic with your expectations. Going into the process thinking that you’re going to end up looking like Kim K might be a bit of a stretch, by any Makeup Artist’s skillset (unless you are Kim K, then you should expect that).

Think about the kind of makeup you wear daily. How much more are you willing to wear? Are you going to be comfortable in your wedding makeup on the day? In photos? In front of close family and friends? All things to be considered.

Take It Easy

As daunting as it can seem, working out the logistics of beautification on your wedding day need not be hard labour. There’s no shame in reaching out for a hand to hold during the process.

Take your time, consider your (many) options and soak up all of the free advice and information on offer. Once you’ve booked in with your Makeup Artist, Hairstylist and/or salon, you can recline in repose, and rest assured that they’ve got your back.

It’s the most memorable day of your life.

Why not do it in style?