By Amy Lawrenson
Two of my friends have done a 'Kate Middleton' and played make-up artist, doing their own make-up on their wedding days. Both looked beautiful. They didnt find it stressful or difficult but thats because its all in the preparation.
Most recently I took my friend to Selfridges for four make-up trials at Chanel, MAC, Giorgio Armani and Bobbi Brown.
Here are the top tips we gained from the day
Have trials at different types of make-up counters in one store, like Selfridges (make a day of it). Youll get different takes on wedding make-up from an artist at Chanel as you will from MAC, for example.
A good make-up artist will ask, but tell them regardless, the following
Type of wedding
Colour and style of your dress
Colour theme of the day bridesmaid dresses, flowers etc.
Talk about skincare and whether you will need a primer. Bobbi Browns foundations contain a primer so you dont need to invest in one. See ELLE's top 10 primers here...
Go for a look that you feel comfortable doing yourself at home.
Get the make-up artist to do one side of your face and then try to recreate the other side with them there so they can guide you.
Ask them for advice on application techniques how to apply foundation (fingers, brush, sponge); concealing a spot (hopefully you will not need to know this!) Basically anything youre unsure on.
Make sure they advise you which products you will need to take in a clutch for the day.
Try to wear a top similar in colour to your wedding dress so you can see how the make-up looks against a white or ivory.
Take photos of each of the looks created inside and outside - so you can compare them.
Ensure the make-up artist writes down all the products used on you in the trial and any tips you may want to remember.
Dont feel like you have to buy make-up all from one counter. My friend got her foundation from Giorgio Armani, blusher from Bobbi Brown, eyeshadows from Chanel and lipsticks from MAC.
Set aside time on the morning to do your make-up, you dont want to feel rushed.
Blotting papers are a must to prevent shine in pictures without caking on layer, after layer of powder.
Conceal your eyelids with concealer before applying eyeshadow this will work as a primer.
Want to wear a red lip? Opt for a stain rather than a gloss as this will last longer. MAC red lipsticks are incredibly hardy our beauty director Sophie swears by RiRi Woo.
If youre tempted by a red lip but it tends to be your going out look why not wear a soft pink or nude lip in the day and for the reception switch to a red?
Intensify your lashes by applying eyeliner into the lower and upper waterline.