Wedding beauty tips and tricks

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From the star of the show to a beloved guest, everyone wants to look their best at a wedding. Whether you’re applying full bridal make-up for your big day, or are looking to add one or two glow-boosting products to your beauty arsenal, we’ve got you covered with tips and tricks to ensure you stay feeling confident all day long.

It’s totally normal to shed a tear or two at a wedding, no matter your relation to the bridal party – but you shouldn’t lose your mascara in the process! Investing in water-resistant formulas will help to stop any streaks or smudges, and also ensure lashes look curled for maximum impact. We love Eyeko’s Sport Waterproof Mascara as the gel formula doesn’t clump, flake or rub, while the curved brush hugs every lash and keeps them looking long, fluttery and defined. Just don’t forget the tissues when she walks down the aisle…

Looking for ways to thank your bride squad for all their help on your big day? Why not create your own beauty kit – a hydrating sheet mask, a lipstick in their favourite colour and even a miniature perfume is a great way to pamper your girls. You could also throw in plasters, a handheld mirror and a hair tie to keep in their handbags and clutches on the day itself. These Erno Laszlo masks are perfect for a boost of intense moisture to revive dull skin, while these gorgeous travel fragrances from Shay & Blue slot easily into a clutch or purse. For a statement lipstick in a plethora of shades (and with a creamy, full-coverage formula to boot), these Julep It’s Whipped Matte Lip Mousse liquid lipsticks are a must-have.

Wedding planning can be stressful, taking a toll on your skin in the process. Make sure to look after your wellbeing and take time for yourself with a gorgeous, hydrating face mask – and even leave it on while you sleep to really boost the benefits. Gatineau’s Professional Moisturising Cream Mask is packed with hyaluronic acid, sweet almond oil and an antioxidant complex with Aquamemory Osmaporine technology to help fill in fine lines, smooth areas of dryness and promote a plump, radiant complexion.

If you’re stuck on what make-up to apply as a guest of the bride and groom, you can’t go wrong with a classic smoky bronze eye and a neutral, sun-kissed cheek. Bronze tones complement all eye colours, adding depth to brown and hazel shades and brightening greens and blues. We love the Mally Shadow Sticks (they come in so many bronze, copper and gold tones) and Tarte do some excellent neutral eyeshadow palettes too. For the cheeks, opt for a wash of bronzer and any blusher with hints of mauve or pink for a healthy flush. For added radiance, Bobbi Brown’s iconic Shimmer Brick is a must-have for any make-up bag.

Looking for more beauty picks for that special day? Browse our Beauty department, or check out the Wedding Shop for gift ideas, outfit inspo and more.

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