Wedding guest essentials – surviving the day with your makeup in place

A few weeks ago, I went to my cousin’s wedding, and it was one of the best I’ve ever been to. The music, the food, the cake – everything was just perfect and it was just the best day!

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Months ago, a wedding group chat was set up, so we could discuss the dresses we wanted to wear and make sure there were no clashes or anything too similar being bought, debate whether or not a fascinator was necessary and of course, hair and make up.

For big events, especially all day ones, where you know all the photos are going to be taken, and you’ll be dancing like you’re Beyonce, the last thing you want is to see that instead of Beyonce, you actually just looked like a hot, sweaty mess. And if you’re anything like me, and refuse to stay away from cameras and the dance floor, steps need to be taken to ensure you are looking Instagram perfect.

So, here are the essentials I have learnt along the way to ensure that even at 1am, after a champagne filled day,  whilst I may feel a little worse for wear, I definitely don’t look it.



Prep, prep, prep! I cannot stress this enough, if you don’t have a perfect base for your makeup, it will be gone in hours. Dry skin is a flawless face’s worst enemy because makeup just doesn’t sit right. When I have a big event coming up I like to start my skin prepping a few days before to ensure I’m looking my best for all the selfies. I always do a face mask a few days before just in case my skin goes all crazy and breaks out – the last thing you could want! Recently I’ve been loving masks like the BB Seaweed from Lush which soothes and hydrates, or the Red Carpet Ready sheet mask by STARSKIN which is filled with coconut and smells delicious. The night before, I like to use an rich night cream and apply lots of eye cream and when I wake up, use a rich day cream. Recently I have been using samples of Charlotte Tilbury‘s Magic Cream, Magic Night Cream and Magic Eye Rescue. These products are SO EXPENSIVE so I could never actually afford them so the samples to me are like gold and only used when its a big event.

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Primers. Once the skin is nicely moisturised and has had time to soak it all, its time for primers. I never used to use these, thinking they were a complete waste of time, but boy was I wrong. I’ve tried a few different ones and am very keen on the Too Faced Hangover X primer, the Benefit Porefessional Super Mattifying Gel and Wonderglow by Charlotte Tilbury. I’ve also recently learnt about eye shadow primers (I know, I’ve lived under a rock) after complaining to a makeup artist in Sephora that my eyeshadow always vanished by lunch. She showed me the Smashbox Photo Finish 24-Hour Shadow Primer and I am in love with it. It’s so nice to apply and my eye shadow stays put even after hours of dancing and getting all hot and sweaty.


Waterproof products. Waterproof makeup has come on a long way since clumpy mascaras that was impossible to remove without pulling out a load of your eyelashes. Nowadays a whole load of makeup is waterproof, which is essential for a wedding, where there is bound to be plenty of tears, especially during the ceremony! I’ve used Eyeko Waterpoof Sports Mascara, which is good, and the iconic Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara now comes in a waterproof formula too. Waterproof eyeliner is also a must. I’ve used so many that just crease up in hours, but the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner has incredible staying power and I would highly recommend.


Setting sprays. Again, like primers, setting sprays are something I am relatively new too (please don’t judge me). I assumed primer would be enough to keep everything in place during a long day and night of drinking and dancing, but no no, you NEED a setting spray for ultimate budge proof makeup. The Urban Decay All Nighter is my favourite and no joke, put this on once everything is in place and you will look flawless all night long.


So, now I’ve shared my secrets on looking flawless all day and night, go forth and look F A B U L O U S ! Dance your high heels off and drink all the champagne knowing you are looking like a Q U E E N whose ready for her close up!

Got an tips you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments!



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