We’ve got make-up magician, Anna Paolozzi to bring you her top tips when it comes to wedding makeup. She lays down the law when it comes to wedding makeup rules. You might want to get a notepad and pen for this masterclass.

wedding makeup rules

Less is more

It’s important to remember that you’re going to be looking at your wedding photographs for the rest of your life. So, go for a timeless look that won’t make you cringe when you’ve got the album out in years to come.

Get lippy

If you have thin lips, it’s better to avoid dark or red lipsticks, particularly if you are over 30. Your wedding makeup should look fresh and sweet, and not too vampy.


Skin should look flawless so make sure you have a solid skincare routine in place leading up to the day. Look after your diet with healthy food and drink plenty of water. This will cleanse your system and keep you hydrated, whilst also making your skin glow.

wedding makeup rules


Keep it light

For your wedding makeup, you should use a light foundation. Why? Heavy foundation looks cakey and you can layer a thin and medium consistency to achieve better coverage. If you’re looking to hide blemishes, your best bet is to use a good concealer to cover up.

Giving the eye

Eyes need to have impact, so use eyeliner or a pencil, a soft shimmer eyeshadow above the lash line. Also add lashings of mascara to make them pop. Match the shadow with the colour of your dress for a super sleek look.

Blushing bride

Blushes needs to be just that: a blush. So choose a blusher that is soft and peachy- subtlety is key! Stick to that and you’ll be the perfect blushing bride.

Tearing up

It’s always a good idea for brides to stick to waterproof mascara because they’re may be a few tears of joy. A mascara run down both of your cheeks isn’t really the thing that brides go for, is it?

wedding makeup rules

Top up

Keep your lipstick and a pressed powder compact near by at all times so you can check how you look and refresh your lips and skin if needed. This way you will always be camera ready.

Rosy cheeks

Drinking alcohol can make the skin flush, so go easy on the drinks if you want to look beautiful all day long on your special day.

Bridal party

The look for the bridal party must also be gorgeous, of course. Your bridesmaids need to look pretty too, but not so much that they outshine the bride. How about corresponding the colours of their outfits with their make-up?

Finally, if you don’t fancy risking it by doing it yourself, Anna Paolozzi offers one-to-one make-up classes for all ages and occasions.

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