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Why you shouldn't attempt your own Wedding Makeup

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Alex, Staff Writer

Friday, 5 February 2021

Months of deliberation goes into your wedding day, not least about what you are going to look like! While it’s easy to focus solely on your dress, your attention will soon turn to your wedding makeup. After all, it will be the look that signifies both the end of your single life and the beginning of your married life too.

Whether you’re confident with makeup or barely wear it, applying your own makeup on your wedding day is a daunting prospect. Here are our thoughts on why you shouldn’t attempt your own wedding makeup so that you can make an informed decision. 


Even if you are usually extremely confident with applying your makeup, wedding day jitters can get the best of anyone. Don’t let this show in the form of wonky eyeliner or a muddy looking contour! Get a professional to apply your makeup instead. 

Remember that wedding makeup artists have probably applied hundreds if not thousands of looks on nervous brides over the years. They will know exactly how to keep things calm, making sure you look your best to settle your nerves rather than make them worse.

It’s too stressful

While weddings are said to be the happiest day of your life, what most people don’t tell you is that they can be pretty stressful too! Firstly you are hoping everyone shows up (and on time!), then there are endless things to organise and don’t get us started on keeping any family tensions at bay. 

On top of all that, you’re supposed to sit brush-in-hand and create your most beautiful ever makeup look. The makeup that your fiance (and all your guests!) will glance upon and photograph as you make your way up the aisle. 

All of which can add up to a lot of stress, which is the exact opposite of what you want on your wedding day. 

A lack of expertise

You might think you have your makeup skills down to a tee and even have loads of likes for your work on Instagram. However, regular makeup and wedding makeup are completely different ball games. On your wedding day, there are two things you need to consider: lighting and photography. 

A wedding makeup artist will ask you at your trial questions such as when you are getting married, where, what you are wearing, how you will be doing your hair etc. Your answers will shape the outcome of what the makeup artist creates to ensure your makeup looks just as beautiful in the flesh as it does on pictures. Yes, even with the flash on! 

Most people simply wouldn’t put in this level of thought, meaning the makeup can look too harsh or even not impactful enough. A professional makeup artist will also make sure the products used are suitable, especially when it comes to being long-lasting. 

You could live to regret it

There is a lot that people can regret after getting married (hopefully that list doesn’t include their choice of spouse!). Jokes aside, the dress, hair and makeup are all decisions brides can come to think twice about, especially when they get the wedding photos back. 

While trends change over time, you should still feel confident that you looked the best you could have on the day. 

If you go ahead with your own makeup and are stressed, nervous or simply lack the skills to perfect your look, you could come to regret not getting a professional to take care of your makeup for you. 

To sum up

When it comes to applying your wedding makeup, we can all safely agree it’s something that’s best left to the professionals. From classic bridal looks to something a little more sultry, a wedding makeup artist will bring the look to life in a way that truly suits your features. 

If you are getting married and in search of someone to make you feel even more beautiful on your big day, Bark will connect you with the best local wedding makeup artists. This will leave you free to simply sit back, enjoy and concentrate on your big day, safe in the knowledge that your makeup is all in hand.

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