As a guest, getting your make-up look right for a wedding may pale in comparison to the bride, but there is a good chance you’ll still find yourself snapped and filmed throughout the day. And, let’s face it, who wants to keep touching up their make-up when there is champagne flowing? For me, the secret is striking a balance between a look that works well with the camera, as well as layering products that complement each other to achieve something that lasts for a full day of celebrations; aisle to after party.

This is a fresh, rosy blush and softly-bronzed natural make-up look that works well as a wedding guest, but would work equally well for bridesmaids.



To prepare the skin for make up, I’ve used two complementary products from Decléor’s Aurabsulu range. Both day cream and under eye cream contain jasmine for a skin brightening boost.


I also want to prep the lips – I’ve used a matte lipstick in this look so moisturised lips will ensure the colour sits well and, more importantly, stays. As lip balms go, they don’t come much better than The Lip Balm by La Mer. Just a slick repairs dry lips in a flash (even better if overnight).

Decléor Aurabsolu Intense Glow Awakening Cream
Decléor Aurabsolu Intense Glow for Eyes Dark Circle Corrector

Always to be found somewhere in my handbag…

La Mer The Lip Balm


For foundation, I’ve used Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Rattan. A cult product for good reason, once applied this foundation will ‘set’ on the skin for the rest of the day, leaving a semi-matte finish that doesn’t require powdering. If you want long-lasting make-up, this is the foundation. The SPF content is low, if you’re worried about camera flashback.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup

Under the eyes, I’ve used a dab of Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer in Vanilla. Gently pat this in with your ring finger to blend.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer


For cheek colour, I’ve used the limited edition Ambient Lighting Edit palette from Hourglass. The Surreal Glow blush in this palette is a soft, rose-hued pink with a touch of shimmer that lifts the complexion.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit

Anticipating a lot of photography on the day, I wanted to create a very soft contour and highlight that will give the illusion of a natural-looking filter, without Instagram. I used the highlighting powder and bronzer from Rodial’s Instaglam Deluxe collection. Both are very fine, easily blend-able compact powders; the bronzer being matte and dusted into the hollows of the cheeks, and the highlight adding a touch of champagne-toned shimmer to the cheek and brow bones.

A perfect duo

Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe Bronzing Powder
Rodial Instaglam Compact Deluxe Highlighting Powder


On to eyes and I’ve kept this really simple with a little trick Rodial taught me. Using the same Instaglam Deluxe bronzer, sweep this across the lid for a natural-looking shadow and blend out the edges. You can add a touch of the highlight just in the centre of the lid to create the illusion of depth. Easy!

For lashes, I first curled with my Shu Uemura eyelash curler (another classic with a cult following) before applying Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir major volume mascara. Not waterproof, but creates beautiful, feathery eyelashes that hold.

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler


This look is about enhancing the natural colours of the face so, for lips, I’ve gone for a your-lips-but-better nude. A blotted liner across the lips will make sure the colour lasts and I’m using every beauty bloggers’ favourite, Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat lip liner in Pillow Talk. Such is the following for this universally-flattering shade, Charlotte recently launched the matte shade in her lipstick collection (at last!). I popped this over the liner for added intensity and longevity.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Lip Liner

Finishing touches

This is a natural but polished look so, in-keeping with this, I’ve used a nude shade for nails. London Grace‘s Primrose shade is a few shades darker than my natural skin tone and a great shade for a subtle, but glossy, manicure.

London Grace polish in Primrose


Summer garden party weddings call for a light, floral fragrance. Jo Malone’s Peony and Blush Suede cologne is both pretty and feminine. This limited edition version is actually from her bridal lace bottle collection, but looks dressing table ready on all occasions.

Jo Malone Peony and Blush Suede cologne

Jo Malone, Bridal Lace Bottle Collection

And that’s the finished look! Which products do you use for long-lasting make-up?

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