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The Truth About Doing Your Own Bridal Makeup

DIY Bridal Makeup: A Realistic Option for Brides?

When planning your wedding, you may frequently ask yourself, "Can I do my own bridal makeup?" The short answer is yes—but it requires preparation and practice to ensure stunning results.

Key Points:

  • Full Control: Doing your own makeup lets you control every detail of your look.

  • Cost-Effective: Save money by skipping a professional artist.

  • Time-Efficient: No need to schedule multiple trials or appointments.

Deciding whether to do your own bridal makeup is crucial. Many brides choose DIY to enjoy full control and avoid the risk of disappointment. According to makeup artist Reina Kim, "It ensures there's no room for disappointment on your wedding day."

However, DIY makeup isn't without its challenges. If you’re a novice or even slightly unsure about your skills, it can add stress. But armed with the right tips, you can achieve a flawless, camera-ready look.

I'm Rachel Voss, a long-time beauty industry expert and salon owner. I've guided countless brides through both DIY and professional makeup options, ensuring their wedding day looks are nothing short of perfect. Join me as we explore if doing your own bridal makeup is the right choice for you.

Benefits of Doing Your Own Bridal Makeup

Control Over Your Look

When you do your own bridal makeup, you have complete control over your look. Makeup artist Reina Kim points out, “It ensures there’s no room for disappointment on your wedding day.” By doing it yourself, you can experiment and find the perfect style that matches your vision. Whether you prefer a natural, sun-kissed glow or bold, dramatic eyes, you get to make the final call.


Hiring a professional makeup artist can be expensive. By opting for DIY makeup, you can save a significant amount of money. This budget can then be allocated to other essential aspects of your wedding, such as your dress or venue. Avoiding the vendor costs means you can invest in high-quality makeup products that you’ll continue to use long after the wedding.


Coordinating with a makeup artist involves scheduling trials, fitting them into your busy pre-wedding calendar, and possibly traveling to different locations. Doing your own makeup eliminates all this hassle. You can practice your look at your convenience and be well-prepared by the time your big day arrives. Reina Kim emphasizes, “This means you’ll have more time and resources to focus on other essential aspects of wedding planning.”

Personal Touch

Your wedding day is one of the most personal days of your life. Doing your own makeup adds a special touch to your preparation, making it even more memorable. You know your face better than anyone else, and you can tailor your makeup to highlight your best features.

Confidence and Comfort

When you apply your own makeup, you are in a comfortable and familiar setting. This can reduce stress and increase your confidence as you know exactly how your makeup will turn out. Many brides find that doing their own makeup helps them feel more at ease and in control on their wedding day.

By taking control of your bridal makeup, you not only save money and time but also ensure that your look is exactly as you envisioned. Up next, we'll dive into the essential products you'll need to achieve that flawless DIY bridal makeup look.

Essential Products for DIY Bridal Makeup

When you're doing your own bridal makeup, having the right products is crucial. Here’s a breakdown of what you'll need and why each item is important.


Primer is your first step after skincare. It creates a smooth base for your makeup and helps it last longer. Yasmin Salmon recommends using a combination of Charlotte Tilbury Wander Glow Primer and Nars Radiance Primer. Apply Wander Glow all over your face and Nars Radiance on the highpoints like your cheekbones and nose.


Your foundation should provide good coverage without looking cakey. For a glowing look, Yasmin suggests Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. If you prefer full coverage, go for Glow Wish by Huda Beauty. Apply gradually with a compact foundation brush for a flawless finish.


A good concealer hides imperfections and brightens your face. Nars Creamy Radiance Concealer is a top pick. Apply it to the inner and outer corners of your eyes, then blend towards the middle. Also, use it on spots or red areas around your nose and mouth.

Setting Powder

Setting powder locks your makeup in place. Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish is great for a natural look. Lightly dust it over your face to keep your makeup fresh all day.


Highlighter adds a beautiful glow to your face. Use Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder on your cheekbones, brow bones, and the bridge of your nose for a subtle shimmer.


Blush gives you a healthy flush. Laura Mercier Blush Color Infusion is perfect for a natural look. Apply it to the apples of your cheeks and blend well.


Your lipstick should be long-lasting and comfortable. Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick is a favorite for its staying power and rich color. Choose a shade that complements your overall look.


Kohl eyeliner defines your eyes. Charlotte Tilbury Rock 'N' Kohl is easy to apply and stays put. Use it to line your upper and lower lash lines for a dramatic effect.

Eyeshadow Palette

An eyeshadow palette with versatile shades is essential. Tom Ford Eye Color Quad offers high-pigment colors that blend seamlessly. Choose shades that enhance your eye color and wedding theme.

Makeup Brushes

Quality brushes make a big difference. A set like the Sephora Skin Perfecting Brush Set will help you apply and blend your makeup flawlessly. Make sure you have brushes for foundation, blush, eyeshadow, and blending.

With these essential products, you're well on your way to achieving a stunning DIY bridal makeup look. Up next, we’ll walk you through a step-by-step guide to applying these products like a pro.

Step-by-Step Guide to DIY Bridal Makeup

Step 1: Skin Care

Start with a clean canvas. Cleanse your skin thoroughly to remove any dirt and oil. This helps your makeup last longer. Use a gentle cleanser that suits your skin type.

Next, moisturize. Yasmin Salmon recommends La Roche-Posay Toleriane Ultra Cream or Bobbi Brown’s Hydrating Moisturizer for a dewy look. These products plump and hydrate the skin, creating the perfect base for makeup.

Don’t forget the eye cream. The Eborian Ginseng Eye Cream is great for preventing dryness and flakiness under the eyes.

Step 2: Primer

Priming is crucial for a long-lasting look. Use a combination of Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow Primer and Nars Radiance Primer. Apply Wonder Glow all over your face and Nars Radiance on the high points like cheekbones and brow bones. This gives a natural glow and also contains SPF.

Step 3: Foundation

For a glowing look, use Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. Apply it gradually with a compact foundation brush. If you prefer full coverage, opt for Huda Beauty’s Glow Wish Foundation. Start with a thin layer and build up to avoid a cakey finish.

Step 4: Concealer & Eye Primer

For concealer, use Nars Creamy Radiance Concealer. Apply it to the inner and outer corners of your eyes, then blend towards the middle. Also, apply it to any spots or red areas. Use a small amount on your eyelids as an eye primer.

Step 5: Contouring

Contour with Charlotte Tilbury’s Filmstar Bronze & Glow. Apply the bronzer to the hollows of your cheeks, sides of your nose, and jawline. Blend well to avoid harsh lines.

Step 6: Setting Powder

Set your makeup with Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder. Use a light dusting to keep your makeup in place and avoid shine.

Step 7: Eye Shadow

Use a neutral palette like Tom Ford’s Eye Color Quad. Apply lighter shades on the lid and darker shades in the crease. Blend seamlessly for a soft, romantic look.

Step 8: Eyeliner & Mascara

For eyeliner, use Charlotte Tilbury’s Rock ‘n’ Kohl. Apply close to the lash line for definition. Finish with Sweed Beauty’s Mascara for long, voluminous lashes. Wiggle the wand from root to tip for the best application.

Step 9: Blush

Blush adds a healthy glow. Use Laura Mercier’s Blush in Strawberry for pale skin or Sangria for darker tones. Apply from the apples of your cheeks towards the hairline.

Step 10: Bronzer

Bronzer adds warmth. Use Tom Ford’s Bronzer in Terra 02 or La Bouche Rouge’s Bronzer. Apply where the sun naturally hits: cheeks, forehead, and chin.

Step 11: Highlighter

Highlight the high points of your face. Use Hourglass Highlighter Stick in Champagne on your cheekbones, brow bones, cupid’s bow, and inner corners of your eyes. Blend with your fingers for a natural glow.

Step 12: Lipstick

For lips, Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk is a versatile shade. It suits almost every complexion. You can also try La Bouche Rouge’s Nude Pink or Iconic London’s Lip Oil for a glossy finish. Keep your lipstick handy for touch-ups.

Step 13: Setting Spray

Finish with a setting spray like Urban Decay’s All Nighter or Skindinavia’s Bridal Setting Spray. This locks in your makeup and keeps it fresh all day.

With these steps, you'll achieve a professional bridal makeup look on your own. Up next, we’ll share tips for making your makeup last all day.

Tips for Long-Lasting Bridal Makeup

Waterproof Products

Weddings are emotional, and tears are almost guaranteed. Opt for waterproof mascara and eyeliner to ensure your eye makeup stays put. Reina Kim, a makeup artist, emphasizes the importance of waterproof products to avoid any makeup mishaps. Using waterproof versions will keep your look intact, even if you shed a few tears.

Layering Techniques

Layering is key to making your makeup last. Beck Wainner, a celebrity makeup artist, suggests using both cream and powder versions of products. For example, apply a cream blush and then set it with a powder blush. This technique not only intensifies the color but also makes it last longer. The same goes for contouring and highlighting. Layering ensures that your makeup stays vibrant and doesn't fade as the day progresses.

Setting Spray

Once your makeup is done, finish with a setting spray. According to Lynnette Cole, a licensed esthetician, setting spray locks in your makeup and prevents it from transferring. Spritz it all over your face to seal your look and keep it fresh. Urban Decay’s All Nighter and Skindinavia’s Bridal Setting Spray are excellent options that have been tried and tested by professionals.

Touch-Up Kit

Even the best makeup can need a touch-up. Prepare a touch-up kit with essentials like blotting paper, mini versions of your lipstick, and setting powder. Reina Kim advises brides to keep this kit handy for quick fixes. Blotting papers will help absorb any excess oil without affecting your makeup, while a mini lipstick will ensure your lips stay vibrant throughout the day.

By following these tips, you can ensure your bridal makeup remains flawless from the ceremony to the last dance. Up next, we’ll discuss common mistakes to avoid when doing your own bridal makeup.

Common Mistakes to Avoid

When it comes to doing your own bridal makeup, there are a few common mistakes that can easily be avoided with a bit of preparation and knowledge. Let's dive into some of the pitfalls and how you can steer clear of them.


Flashback is a phenomenon where your face appears white or washed out in photos, especially when using a flash. This often happens because of products containing SPF or certain powders.

Tip: Avoid foundations and setting powders with high SPF on your wedding day. Test your makeup under similar lighting conditions to ensure it looks good in photos.


It's easy to get carried away with makeup, but over-application can lead to a cakey and unnatural look.

Tip: Less is more. Start with a thin layer of foundation and build up gradually. Blend well to avoid harsh lines. As Yasmin Salmon suggests, "Never start with too much product as that will make you look cakey and no bride wants that."

Wrong Shades

Choosing the wrong shades of foundation, concealer, or even lipstick can make your makeup look off.

Tip: Stick with shades that match your skin tone and undertone. If you're unsure, consult with a professional or do a virtual consultation. Reina Kim advises, "Stick with products that you already have and know work well for your skin."

Not Practicing

Not practicing your makeup look before the big day can lead to stress and unexpected results.

Tip: Practice your full makeup look several times before the wedding. This helps you know what works and what doesn’t. Beck Wainner emphasizes, "Practicing a few weeks up to a few months before you tie the knot will help you identify what works and what you’ll need to adjust."

By avoiding these common mistakes, you can ensure your bridal makeup is flawless and stress-free. Up next, let's tackle some frequently asked questions about doing your own bridal makeup.

Frequently Asked Questions about Doing Your Own Bridal Makeup

Is it a good idea to do your own wedding makeup?

Control: Doing your own makeup gives you complete control over your look. Makeup artist Reina Kim notes, "It ensures there's no room for disappointment on your wedding day." You know your face best and can tailor your look to your liking.

Confidence: If you're already comfortable with your daily makeup routine, doing your own bridal makeup can boost your confidence. You’ll feel more like yourself and less like you’re wearing a mask.

Stress Management: However, if you're a novice, trying to perfect your look can add stress. Lynnette Cole advises, "Ensure you practice multiple times to minimize stress and be confident in your skills."

Can I learn to do my own bridal makeup?

Practice: Yes, you can! Practice is key. Start months in advance to perfect your look. Beck Wainner says, "Practicing a few weeks up to a few months before you tie the knot will help you identify what works and what you’ll need to adjust."

Tutorials: Utilize online resources like YouTube and TikTok for tutorials. Reina Kim suggests finding a tutorial from someone with similar facial features for a more tailored guide.

Virtual Consultations: Consider virtual consultations with professional makeup artists. Yasmin Salmon offers Zoom lessons to brides, teaching them step-by-step how to achieve a professional look.

How to do simple makeup at home for a wedding?

Step-by-Step Guide: Follow a structured guide to ensure you cover all bases. Here's a quick rundown:

  1. Skin Care: Start with a clean, moisturized face. Use products like La Roche-Posay and Bobbi Brown to prep your skin.

  2. Primer: Apply a combination of Charlotte Tilbury and Nars primers for a smooth base.

  3. Foundation: Use a buildable foundation like Armani Luminous Silk or Huda Beauty Glow Wish.

  4. Concealer & Eye Primer: Nars creamy radiance concealer works wonders for a flawless finish.

  5. Contouring: Use Charlotte Tilbury products to define your features.

  6. Setting Powder: Apply a light layer to set your base.

  7. Eye Shadow: Choose a versatile palette like Tom Ford’s.

  8. Eyeliner & Mascara: Go for waterproof products to avoid smudging.

  9. Blush: Layer cream and powder blushes for a long-lasting effect.

  10. Bronzer: Apply bronzer for a sun-kissed look.

  11. Highlighter: Use Hourglass highlighter for a subtle glow.

  12. Lipstick: Opt for long-wearing formulas from brands like Charlotte Tilbury.

  13. Setting Spray: Lock in your look with a setting spray from Urban Decay or Skindinavia.

Essential Products: Invest in quality products that you trust. Avoid experimenting with new items close to your wedding day to prevent any adverse reactions.

By following these tips and practicing diligently, you can confidently do your own bridal makeup and look stunning on your big day.


Doing your own bridal makeup can be an empowering and rewarding experience. You have complete control over your look, and you can ensure it reflects your personal style. Plus, it can save you money and time.

Final Tips:

  1. Practice Makes Perfect: Start practicing your makeup look well in advance. Test different products and techniques to find what works best for you. This will also help you build confidence.

  1. Use Quality Products: Invest in high-quality makeup products that you trust. Avoid trying new products close to your wedding day to prevent any potential skin reactions.

  1. Think About Longevity: Use long-lasting, waterproof products to ensure your makeup stays put throughout the day. A good setting spray is essential.

  1. Stay True to Yourself: While it's tempting to try trendy looks, your wedding photos will last a lifetime. Opt for a look that enhances your natural beauty and feels like "you."

  1. Prepare a Touch-Up Kit: Keep essential items like lipstick, blotting paper, and a small mirror handy for quick touch-ups throughout the day.

By following these steps and tips, you can confidently answer the question "can I do my own bridal makeup?" with a resounding yes.

If you prefer professional assistance, VOSS SALON offers top-quality bridal makeup services to ensure you look your best on your special day.

Feel free to reach out to us for any questions or to book an appointment. We’re here to help make your wedding day as perfect as possible.

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