7 Wedding Makeup Mistakes You don’t want to Make

When your wedding day comes, all eyes will be on you and it is your time to shine. You have picked the most gorgeous gown, have planned a complimentary hairstyle, and all that is left to complete the look is a touch of makeup.

Wearing too Much Makeup

Unless you usually wear makeup every day and are looking for a bit of extra coverage for your wedding day, it’s best to avoid overdoing it!

Not only will this look unnatural to your partner and your guests if you usually go au naturale or rely on a trusty BB cream to get you through every day, but it will be totally uncomfortable for you too.

Skipping a Trial

While makeup artists are highly skilled at creating beautiful looks for all skin tones, skipping a trial is one of the biggest mistakes you can make.

Yes, it is an extra cost to take into consideration, but the investment will mean that you and your makeup artist will have an opportunity to create the look you think will work for you and if it doesn’t quite have the effect you were hoping for – you have the time to work through other solutions until you are 100% happy.

Not using Waterproof Mascara

This should really be a no-brainer, but we’d better list it anyway. No matter whether you are the bride, bridesmaid, or even a guest, weddings = happy tears, but happy tears + non-waterproof mascara = unsightly black eyes and completely ruined makeup.

Skipping the Setting Spray

It’s a quick spritz that might seem insignificant when you are running out of time, but skipping the setting makeup spray is simply gearing you up for potential drama as the day wears on.

Tears of joy, a little perspiration, and an endless barrage of hugs from your guests will take its toll on even the most stay-proof of makeups. The setting spray will provide that extra barrier of protection so that you continue to look just as radiant when you enter the reception as you did when guests first laid eyes on you at the end of the aisle.

Trying Something New

Your wedding day is one of the most special occasions in your life, but you should avoid using this moment as the time to debut a red-hot lipstick (when you are usually a nude lippy wearer) or smoking up the eyes when you are usually a simple mascara only type of gal.

While these looks can be amazing bridal looks, venturing too far from what people would call “your look” is not a safe bet for something as important as your wedding day.

Getting Caught up in Trends

The Kardashians made contouring the ‘it’ look, but going too overboard in the makeup department in the name of following trends can quickly date your look.

Instead, go for something that is timeless and will look glamorous even when your future kids are flicking through your wedding photos. This is one of the typical wedding makeup mistakes that brides make, getting swept up in the latest eyebrow trend or base makeup trend. If you want a classic look, your makeup artist will be able to deliver that for you.


This isn’t the 90s, so there probably isn’t any real reason to incorporate glitter into your wedding makeup – but just to make sure you don’t go there, know that it’s a surefire way to annoy your photographer.

Glitter can create weird spots in your photos that can be pretty much any colour of the rainbow as the particle reflect the camera flash, meaning you might be paying more for your photographer to touch up the bazillions of weird specks you will end up with in your images.

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