You may have decided to have one, four or more bridesmaids to stand with you on your wedding day. Best friends, sisters or cousins, your nearest and closest are sure to be there to help. But since everyone has their own preferences and style when it comes to make-up, creating a look that complements everyone can be a difficult task.

Bride Standing with Bridesmaids Outside Church

Tone It Down?

To my mind, a bridesmaid’s make-up should never stand out more than the bride’s. You may wear little make-up on a day to day basis, and when you do it’s very natural and soft. On the other hand, one of your bridesmaids may wear much stronger make-up daily, with dark smokey eyes for instance. If this is the case I would recommend the bridesmaid’s look is toned down, and more dramatic false eyelashes used as a compromise, to still show a sense of her style.

Bridesmaid Make-Up Needs to Last

Your bridesmaids’ make-up should be long-lasting. They will be running errands throughout the day so will have little time to touch up. Therefore it must be set. First, blot the face with a tissue, then use a setting powder. My absolute favourite is Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe Translucent HD Powder.

My Top Three Bridesmaid Make-Up Tips

1. Individual False Lashes

Always ask your make-up artist to apply individual false lashes for your bridesmaids. If they have time to have permanent ones applied then go for this option, but if not false ones are wonderful and will give an incredible finish. Even if your bridesmaids are not used to wearing them, individual ones are so light and blend in so well that they will not notice them.

2. Eyebrows

Make sure that eyebrows are well defined and look natural, not too thick or thin. I always recommend going to see an expert to have eyebrows beautifully shaped before the day.

3. Eyeshadow Colours

Do not ever match the eyeshadow colour to the colour of the bridesmaid dresses. Use colours that naturally help bring out the bridesmaid’s own individual beauty. I always want everyone who has a makeover to feel as beautiful and pretty as possible, and allow their own beauty to shine.

I would recommend you use colours which suit each woman individually, but keep the style and intensity the same for each of them to tie the looks together.

Finally, do not use pink eyeshadow on the lid as it is extremely difficult to make it look natural and beautiful unless you have an olive skin tone. If you want to have pink as part of the look then use it subtly in blusher or on lips.

Guest post by Lina Cameron

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