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Saturday, 12 January 2019

My guide to bridal skincare & beauty!

I'm definitely not a beauty and skincare expert (far from it, haha!) but I thought I'd share with you what worked for me to help me look and feel my best on my wedding day. I guess I'm stepping out of my comfort zone by writing a post on this, but as a real-life bride I really hope that this helps you if you're getting married and planning your wedding day.

Firstly, confidence is truly beautiful, so have faith that you're going to look gorgeous and rock your wedding! Embrace your natural beauty and please don't feel you need to hide behind a mask of makeup. I went for a minimal makeup look because I wanted to look fresh and natural; too much makeup can look ageing and fake.

Another thing is that you don't need a makeup artist on your wedding day. By all means book one if you want to, but you can definitely achieve a naturally beautiful look without having one. I booked a trial with a makeup artist and it didn't work for me as I felt overdone and I spent most of the trial trying to tone it down. I've spoken to other girls who have had their makeup professionally done for a special occasion and they've had a similar experience. Less is more!

Most of my makeup was from Bobbi Brown, which I purchased following a Bobbi Brown bridal makeup tutorial. I think there's something really lovely about having a fancy lipstick or mascara with beautiful packaging and branding for a special occasion. A wedding is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to something extra special that you might not normally purchase, and it's fun going round the beauty counters and trying something new. That said, you can still achieve a beautiful bridal look with less expensive makeup brands, and I used a couple of drugstore favourites too. I kept my makeup as natural and light as possible; there's nothing worse than seeing a bride caked in a mask of foundation and powder. I also made sure that I used a waterproof eye pencil and mascara; a wedding is an emotional day, so I was glad of this.

In the run up to the Big Day I didn't do anything different other than use a good cleanser (Estée Lauder Perfectly Clean Cleansing Gelée/Refiner is great for oily/combination skin, and lasts for ages), clarifying lotion (Clinique Clarifying Lotion 4), moisturiser (Clean & Clear Dual Action Oil-Free Moisturiser is fab; I've used this for years!) and eye cream (Clinique Pep-start eye cream is lovely for sensitive eyes.) I have oily/combination skin, and this was what worked for me; I also made sure I removed all my makeup before bed to keep my skin as clear as possible. I didn't try anything new in the weeks before the wedding day, just in case my skin didn't like it and I had a reaction. I also didn't wear fake tan, mainly because I don't like fake tan any more, and I also didn't want to get fake tan on my beautiful dress.

I wore my favourite fragrance; Chanel Coco Mademoiselle. It's a classic and beautiful scent; one that I keep going back to again and again. I mention to the sales assistant on the Chanel counter that it was for my wedding, and she gave me a card and a complimentary perfume sample to slip in my purse so I could spritz it throughout the day. I love how a scent reminds you of a special occasion, especially when it's something that you'll use for years to come.

I wore my hair in a half-up, half-down style. I had a hair trial on the same day as one of my dress fittings, so I could get an idea of how I would look, and this was the style that I felt the most comfortable with. The hair stylist used heated rollers to add volume, before clipping back the front sections. In the run up to the wedding, I made sure I had my hair coloured a few days before.

I had a gel manicure in a natural, pale pink colour. This lasted for almost two weeks, and meant that I didn't have to worry about my nails chipping.
I think this covers off everything in terms of bridal beauty; I hope you've found this helpful! If you'd like to know which products I used then send me a message or leave a comment 😊

Angharad x


  1. These are such great tips, and I admire you for doing your own hair and makeup on your wedding day. The results look beautiful!

    Jenny // Geeky Posh

    1. Thank you, Jenny! I didn't actually do my hair (I had some help with that!) but I did my own bridal makeup :)

  2. What a beautiful bride you made! Stunning. I love that you did your own hair and make up, I did the same and felt much more comfortable. You listed some great tips here, and the results were stunning x

  3. These are great tips and you looked beautiful on your big day! Your make up looks so natural and I think that classic look always looks lovely on a bride x


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