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8 Tips for Achieving Natural Wedding Makeup That Photographs Beautifully

Wedding day nerves are completely natural as I’m sure Rebecca Jones photography will agree, and getting your makeup looking and lasting well into the night can be a challenge, which is why I thought it would be useful to write a blog about it coming from a professional makeup artist and wedding photographer's point of view. My website has lots of information there, including my brochure with prices for you to download.  Go to |

When it comes to bridal makeup, striking the balance between looking radiant in person and flawless in photographs is key. With the right techniques and products, you can achieve a natural and timeless look that will leave you feeling confident on your big day. Here are 8 simple tips to ensure your wedding makeup looks stunning both in person and in photographs.

1. Consultation with a Professional Makeup Artist:

  • Before your big day, it could be a good idea to schedule a consultation with a professional makeup artist who specialises in bridal makeup. They can assess your skin type, discuss your preferences, and create a customised makeup look tailored to enhance your natural features and compliment your wedding style.  I am a professional Makeup Artist in east London that could definitely help you with this if you so wish. 

2. Prepare Your Skin:

  • Before applying any makeup, ensure your skin is clean, moisturised, and primed. Use a gentle cleanser to remove any makeup & oils,  followed by a lightweight moisturiser to hydrate your skin. Exfoliating with a foam cleanser and exfoliating cloth once a week or month is important as it smooths the texture of the skin by removing the dead layers.  This ultimately helps for a beautiful makeup finish.  Remember, you know your own skin and I’m not telling you to go out and buy all the creams and serums out there, but you can experiment well in advance to your wedding day – Don’t use any new products 4 months prior to the wedding as your skin may react badly, keep it gentle and simple.  Primer helps create a smooth base for makeup application and ensures your look lasts throughout the day.

3. Choose Makeup Products Wisely:

  • Selecting the right makeup products is crucial for achieving a flawless finish that photographs well. Opt for high-quality, long-lasting formulas that are designed to withstand the demands of photography. Look for products labelled as "photography-friendly" or "High Definition" for the best results. Waterproof makeup is a big yes, it must be able to stay put through happy tears, heat and just in case of rain.  

4. Lightweight and Buildable Foundation:

  • For a natural-looking base, choose a lightweight and buildable foundation that provides coverage without feeling heavy or cakey. Blend it seamlessly into your skin using a makeup sponge or brush for an airbrushed finish that looks stunning both in person and in photographs. I prefer 2 different brushes for this.  I might write a blog on brushes explaining what each one does - let me know if this might be useful?

5. Focus on Subtly Enhancing your Features:

  • Natural bridal makeup should enhance your features rather than overshadowing them. Define your eyes with neutral eyeshadows, volumizing mascara, and softened eyeliner. Use a light hand when applying blush to add a healthy flush to your cheeks – not too much if you think you might get hot or naturally flushed, For lips, a soft, subtle lip colour can tie your bridal look together without overpowering your face.  Opt for a soft, neutral lip colour that compliments your skin tone. I find matte or satin finishes tend to photograph well and provide long-lasting colour.

6. Blend for Seamless Results:

  • Proper blending with good quality brushes is key to achieving a natural-looking finish that photographs well. Take your time to blend your makeup seamlessly, paying attention to areas where different shades meet, such as contour and blush, and various eyeshadow transitions. This ensures there are no harsh lines or uneven patches in your makeup.

7. Set Makeup with Finishing Powder and a good Fixing Spray:

  • Set your makeup with a translucent finishing powder to ensure longevity and prevent shine. Focus on areas prone to oiliness, such as the T-zone, to keep your makeup looking fresh throughout the day and night.  Then just before you leave, set your makeup with a short burst of fixing spray from a distance of 30cm.

8. Stay True to Yourself:

  • Ultimately, your wedding day makeup should reflect your personal style and make you feel confident and beautiful. If you want to try more extravagant looks that’s up to you, but remember your partner fell in love with you and wants to see you walking down that aisle. So choose makeup looks that make you feel comfortable and confident.


But most importantly, when it comes to getting ready on the morning of your wedding day, remember to relax, have fun, and give yourself time to cherish Every Precious Moment – because believe me it will go by so quickly.  By following my expert tips, you can achieve natural wedding makeup that photographs beautifully and leaves you feeling radiant and confident as you walk down the aisle. Trust your instincts, but if all the above seems a bit overwhelming and time consuming, consider getting in touch with me to take all the stress away.


If you need to ask any questions please email me at and I will be happy to help you.

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