A Right Royal Do: Our Tips for Wedding-Proof Makeup

The world paused momentarily on its axis last weekend to see Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle tie the knot. Breathtakingly romantic, the occasion has also been described as ‘the most modern Royal Wedding’ and showcased divine beauty looks on famous faces from the Royal Family through to Hollywood A-listers.

Much like the stunning bride herself, most opted for flawless dewy skin with either a soft glossy lip or statement sweep of colour, guaranteed to last the day and well into the night. With wedding season now well and truly upon us, we look at some of the best stay-put makeup tips. If you’ve spent ages creating the perfect face, the last thing you want is for your foundation to gradually slide off your face, or panda-eyes when the lights go down.

The key is to prep skin first and start by applying a good primer all over the face which will act as a base for the rest of your makeup. The original is often the best which is why we return time and time again to Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, £26; available at Smashbox.co.uk. This wonder product smooths and perfects skin, minimising pores as well as evening skin tone.

A finishing powder is vital for setting foundation and keeping unwanted shine at bay. Gone are the days when it sat like a veil of talcum powder on your face and now instead cleverly blurs imperfections. The best that I have come across is BareMinerals Mineral Veil Finishing Powder, £18.90; available from John Lewis. This miracle powder is available in a range of soft shades and contains illuminating particles, giving a dewy glow that really lasts.

Use a BeautyBlender! There’s reason why this cute little makeup tool is beloved by celebrities across the globe. To ensure makeup lasts the day, it’s best to apply light layers rather than cake it on all in one go. The surface of this miracle sponge creates an airbrush finish and the unique shape means that it can be used on every part of your face. BeautyBlender, £14.90; available from justmylook.com.

Whether you are looking for a cat’s eye flick or a simple line, the last thing you want is to shed (happy) wedding tears and find them leaving black tracks down your face. Award-winning Kat von D Tattoo Liner, currently £13.60 at Debenhams; is sold as the ‘magic wand’ of makeup and uses a unique brush tip that is super easy to apply, even for eye-liner newbies. Available in black or brown this stays true to its 24 hour word.

A final staple long-lasting tip is to apply a makeup setting spray, which will increase the staying power of every other component you apply. My favourite is Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, £18; available from John Lewis; which I used on my own wedding day and regularly spritz on before a night out. This is a real hero product, lives up to its promise of making makeup last for 16 hours and has the added bonus of being oil-free so perfect for combination skin.

Incorporate as many of these pro makeup tips into your pre-wedding prep and you’ll be so grateful you did. Do you have any long-lasting makeup tips? We;d love to hear them.


Post Author: Isabella Hamnett

Isabella Hamnett
I have worked as a freelance content creator and copywriter for over 12 years, so have more than a penchant for putting pen to paper. I am also passionately creative; when I’m not writing, you’ll most likely find me styling, cooking or experimenting with makeup. A product junkie, I love nothing better than the latest beauty launch, whether it be high-end or high-street. Check out my blog essentiallyisabella.co.uk or follow me on Instagram @essentiallyisabella.

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