The ceremony, the wedding breakfast and then the party. It’s no surprise if after all that your make-up’s gone AWOL. But you’re still the face of the wedding so here are a few hacks to amp up your look until the disco lights are finally switched off. Make way for my top five:
1. Do some trouble spotting
Take advantage of the harsh strip lighting in the Ladies loo to re-disguise any pimples, any redness around your nose and un-photogenic under-eye shadows. Use your fingers to blend on a mess-free creamy concealer crayon like Bobbi Brown Retouching Face Pencil, £24 then set it in place with pressed powder.
2. Slug it out
Your brows were shaped to perfection pre W-day so all you need to do now is take them to the WOW level courtesy of tinted gel brushed in short natural-looking hair-like strokes. With four shades to choose from, as well as clear, give Urban Decay Brow Tamer Gel, £16 a go.
3. Make sure you’re smokin’
Never underestimate the power of a sultry smoky eye. Keeping your make-up stash to a minimum, use a dark brown pencil with a built-in smudging brush like Clinique Quickliner for Eyes in Intense Clove, £17 It’s really soft and easily blendable before setting in place. Line along your upper lashes then blend it up and out using the smudge brush. Keep topping up mini strokes of kohl and keep smudging until you get a look you love.
4. Up your batting average
It’s the only place a girl wants to put weight on, right? With falsies far too much of a faff, make do by stroking another coat of black mascara onto curled lashes. Choose one that’ll really make an impact like Benefit’s BADgal Bang! Volumising Mascara in a dinky purse-friendly size, £11. Clean the brush on tissue then whizz it through again to de-clump.
5. Get your glow on
Your cheeks are probably glowing a pretty pink tint thanks to the excitement (and champagne) so resist the urge to pile on any more pink otherwise your guests will think you’ve been too close to the candles. Blend a shimmery bronzing stick in a number three shape around your temples, across your cheeks and along your jawline for a sunny flush of colour. You really can’t go wrong with Benefit’s Bride’s Hoola, £26. A muted mouth keeps the attention up at eye level plus it’s lower maintenance in terms of kissing and drinking. Keep them sexy with a simple stain of barely-there beige. Try Dior Addict Lip Glow Lip Balm in Rosewood, £26 for lips that look like yours, only better.
There are so many more fun things to care about on your wedding day than the state of your make-up. I hope these tricks will give your look a low maintenance lift for the evening.