DIY bridesmaid make-up

Look your best on the big day


Going to be a bridesmaid and have to do your own make-up? Important things to bear in mind:

1. You want to look your best…

2. …But you don’t want to upstage the bride (if you do, perhaps you shouldn’t be her bridesmaid)

3. Your make-up needs to complement your dress

4. It needs to stay in place all day – surviving tears during the ceremony, and tearing up the dance floor at the reception.

I had a consultation with Hourglass make-up artist Kelly, who told me that a primer is essential to keep your make-up fresh all day – in addition to a few choice products in your clutch, of course. Also: a neutral smoky eye and a ‘my lips, but better’ lip shade will work well with most dress colours.





Make-up by Hourglass at Liberty

Photography: Victoria Adamson



On the day, after a glass of champagne at 9am, and having cleansed and moisturised, I started by applying an eyeshadow primer. Then, using Hourglass Brush No 4, £22, I blended the Hourglass Vol 6 Eye Palette in Neo-Classic, £42 – mixing the pink and brown shades gives a great neutral base, before building up the brown shade into the crease for a smoky eye. Blending is key: I’m usually too impatient to blend for long enough. Kelly’s other expert tip was to line under the eye with the brown eyeshadow – it gives a softer, more-flattering finish than pencil. I applied a thin line of Eyeko Visual Eyes Liquid Eyeliner in Mocha, £15, on my top lids to intensify my lashes, and a slick of Benefit They’re Real! Mascara, £19.50 (despite not being waterproof, I'd used it before, so knew it would stay put).

After brushing away the excess eyeshadow that had dropped under my eyes, I applied Dior Skinflash Primer, £29.50, in outward sweeping strokes, then followed with concealer and Bobbi Brown Extra SPF25 Tinted Moisturizing Balm, £35, and set my base with loose translucent powder. A soft flush of Nars Blush in Gilda, £22.50, and Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Canvas, £23, finished the look.



On-the-day make-up

Photography: Claire Baumgardt



The result? My make-up stayed in place all day. And, by the time I got to a stage where it might have needed a touch-up (around 12 hours later), I may have had too much wine to care…

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