The Top 10 basic wedding makeup steps

1. Cleanse, Moisturise & Eye Cream

Before any wedding makeup application it is essential that the skin in clean, so using a cleanser ensure the face and neck is thoroughly cleansed. Following this, moisturise.

The delicate eye area needs a little eye cream, gently pat this on beneath the lower eye over the ‘bag’ area and just above the mobile lid

2. Primer

wedding makeup - mac strobe creamPrimer is essential. Until I trained as a professional makeup artist, I didn’t realise how crucial primer is! It gives the skin a gorgeous luminous look, can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and makes your wedding makeup stay put.

My two favourites are Illamasqua Hydra Veil and Mac Strobe Cream, both give a radiant finish to the skin.

If you suffer from oily skin, there are also some fantastic matt primers which will give your skin a matt look and help to reduce unwanted shine.

3. Eye Primer

wedding makeup - smashbox eye primerEye primer helps eye makeup to last. Before training as a makeup artist, I always used to wonder why my eye makeup wore off so quickly. Then I learnt I wasn’t putting a base/primer on. At the moment I am using a lovely Smashbox eye primer, but I also recommend Mac Paintpots.

4. Eyes

Eye makeup can be very tricky. If you want a natural look go for soft browns, for something more dramatic a purple smokey eye can also look amazing. I think the main secret to getting it right is blending using a good blending brush and using the right products.

5. Foundation

Foundation can be done before or after the eye makeup. If I am doing a heavy look on the eye, I prefer to do the foundation after as you can get a lot of fall. Apply foundation with a foundation brush, then use a stippling brush to work into the skin and give a natural finish.

There are so many foundations out there, so it really depends on the coverage you require; natural, medium or heavy. I am currently using Illamasqua Skin Base, and for a lighter finish I have a tinted Decleor BB Cream or use Mac Face and Body.

6. Conceal

If you suffer from any blemishes, red patches or spots, concealer is very important. Apply with a concealer brush and pat in to the area. For the under eye area, put some just below the inner corner. A makeup artist friend of mine recently recommended the Aldi under eye concealer, so I have just started using it and it is fantastic and was only about £2.99!

7.  Contour

Contouring is so popular at the moment. Especially with Kim Kardashian’s use and promotion of it. I wouldn’t recommend going as heavy as her, but it can certainly help sharpen the cheek bones, jaw law, reduce the size of the appearance of a large nose or forehead.

8. Highlight

It’s nice to highlight under the eye area on the top of the cheek bone. Contouring is used to shade and cover areas and highlight is used to brighten and show off.

9. Blusher

I love blusher and you can get so many colours. Daytime I usually use a nice girly pink, whereas for an evening look I go for a browner/apricot one. What you go for depends on the colour lipstick and eyes you go for.

10. Lips

First line the lips, then fill with lipstick, lip stain or lip gloss.

Please get in touch if you are interested in one-to-one makeup tuition with a makeover or wedding makeup. My email is and my number is 0798 089 4825. I look forward to hearing from you.

I’m now an Airbrush Wedding Makeup Artist

Following professional and extensive training at I am now proud to offer my services as an Airbrush Wedding Makeup Artist.

Airbrush Wedding MakeupApplied using specialist products from, an airbrush finish offers you a flawless high definition look for your big day or special occasion.

As an Airbrush Wedding makeup Artist I apply the makeup by spraying it onto the skin using an airbrush instead of being applied with sponges, brushes, fingers, or other methods.

Sheer Coverage

An airbrush finish has been used by makeup artists for Film, TV and photoshoots for quite some time now, but only recently has it become more mainstream, with ladies (and some men!) requesting that ‘WOW’ complexion for their big day or special occasion.

It is unlike traditional powder or liquid based make-up which can settle and appear in pores and wrinkles. As the makeup is sprayed on, it connects with the skin as millions of droplets of formula. The formula can create an even, sheer, natural appearance to the skin that, if applied properly for a natural look, can appear natural and non-heavy like traditional makeup. Airbrush makeup wears longer than traditional powder or liquid foundation, able to stay put upwards of 12–24 hours

A professional HD makeup finish

A bride faces the same scenarios on their important day that film makers and TV producers face – the need for a flawless finish that lasts and doesn’t move!

As professional Airbrush Wedding Makeup Artist based in Cumbria, The Lake District I know my clients want a flawless finish. An airbrush silicone based foundation is the perfect solution.

You may prefer ‘normal’ foundation and that’s fine. At the trial we can determine, the look, coverage and overall impact you want on your big day.

So how is an airbrush foundation different to a normal one?

Airbrush Wedding Makeup ArtistAs an Airbrush Wedding Makeup Artist I apply primer, then using my airbase spray gun and compressor I apply the special silicone based foundation to your face.

As the foundation is silicone based it means it is heat-resistant, non-stick and incredibly pliable compound making it perfect for use in Foundation products.

• Vitamin A: Airbase Make-Up includes Vitamin A, an ingredient that is proven to improve elasticity of the skin and therefore reduce fine lines.

• Vitamin E: Vitamin E is an anti-oxidant that moisturises and repairs helping to deactivate the free radicals that age the skin.

Benefits of using an Airbrush Wedding Makeup Artist on your Wedding Day

It is applied layer by layer, therefore you can have as much or as little base as you prefer. It feels luxurious on the skin and is incredibly lightweight. it won’t clog your pores and allows skin to breathe.

The durability is amazing meaning that it lasts all-day making it perfect for bridal beauty.

Completely flawless

An Airbrush Wedding Makeup Artist will provide an application that is HD flawless finish that is extremely long lasting and requires no touch ups, meaning the bride and bridesmaids need not worry about their make-up wearing off throughout that special day.

I did my friends makeup the other evening and she was very naughty and didn’t wash her face before bed, and she told me that her makeup was still completely in place the next morning! Although it’s not something I would guarantee or recommend!

If you would like to talk me about your wedding day makeup requirements please call me on 0798 089 4825 or email me,, your airbrush wedding makueup artist
Polly Winder ~Airbrush Wedding Makeup Artist