Zoe Trigwell, Award-winning MUA and founder of TikTok viral Trigwell Cosmetics, shares her top wedding makeup tips for a beautiful and long-lasting look for the most photographed day of your life…

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Your wedding is probably going to be the most photographed day of your life. And of course there are so many things you want to make sure your big day runs smoothly, from seating arrangements and music to catering and decorations. Of course, some aspects of the planning unexpectedly take a backseat, including your makeup. So we’re pretty sure that some wedding makeup tips wouldn’t go amiss?

7 Top Wedding Makeup Tips From a Pro MUA

Let’s bring the bridal beauty back to the top of the list. When it comes to bridal makeup, we’re pretty sure you want to avoid as many mistakes as possible, pictures last forever after all, and they say the camera never lies!

So, we spoke to award-winning MUA and founder of Trigwell Cosmetics (the creators of the TikTok viral powder puff) Zoe Trigwell for her top wedding makeup tips to ensure you look flawless and picture-perfect all day.

Skin Prep Is Everything

You have to prep depending on your skin type, this will make your makeup look better and last longer throughout the day. Your MUA will be able to offer you advice prior to the wedding on how best to prepare ahead of the big day!

Our recommended products:

The INKEY List Hyaluronic Acid Serum, £6.99


Hyaluronic acid is the ultimate ingredient to ensure maximum hydration for your skin. This powerful ingredient attracts up to 1000x its weight in water, binding moisture to restore the skin’s natural barrier. This serum helps to banish dry skin and plump fine lines to create a smoother skin surface for flawless makeup application.

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Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentraté Moisturiser, £20


As seen on TikTok, the Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré Moisturiser is a rich moisturising lotion that has three great uses; Make-up artists use it as a primer, moisturiser, and make-up remover. It also reduces irritation after shaving!

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Bridal Makeup Is Photographic Makeup

One of the most important wedding makeup tips would be to ensure your makeup translates through the lens. You want to make sure your makeup looks as good in photos as it does in real life. We always recommend adding a little more product than normal as it will come across lighter in photos. If the product is too light, it can make you look washed out in photos!

Avoid Using Too Many Glowy Base Products

No matter the skin type, everyone will naturally produce oil throughout the day so going in too heavy-handed with a highlighter or glowy primers may make you look super shiny rather than ‘dewy’ later on in the day.

Avoid Foundations With High SPF

SPF in a foundation can create flashbacks in your photos (an overly pale appearance and often ghostly appearance). Using a light matte SPF under your foundation will help avoid any unnecessary flashbacks.

Our recommended products:

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, £44.50


With no SPF or shimmer, this foundation by Giorgio Armani makes for the perfect wedding day foundation.

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Keep a Powder Puff Handy For Touch-Upss

I always advise my brides to use a powder puff and have a small amount of powder somewhere or with a bridesmaid to touch up any shine before main photos are taken or for later on in the evening as you prepare to party.

Our recommended products:

Trigwell Cosmetics Velvet Powder Puff, £13.99


This velvet-feel powder puff by Trigwell Cosmetics, loved by Lizzo’s MUA, will take your makeup game to a 10/10. Dip it into your favourite powder and it will help to minimise the appearance of pores under makeup as well as reduce shine and leave a flawless finish.

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Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder, £34


A cult favourite, this loose setting powder by Laura Mercier helps to keep makeup set all day and is infused with pearl pigments to grace the skin with a naturally radiant look. It’s also talc-free so you won’t need to worry about dreaded flashback in your wedding photos.

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Revlon Oil-Absorbing Volcanic Roller, £12.99


If you don’t want the worry of having to re-apply and add more makeup on top of the lovely work from your MUA, then this clever little product by Revlon could be a lifesaver on your wedding day. This oil-absorbing roller is made from real volcanic stone and instantly absorbs excess oil on the skin.

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Eyes or Lips: Choose One Statement

I would always recommend picking one to be your statement. If you’re wanting to use red lipstick, for example, go softer with eyeshadows and other tones in the makeup to avoid looking too ‘overdone up.’ if you want a bold, smokey eye, definitely go with a softer lip colour.

Enjoy Your MUA Experience

Come prepared with your inspiration through Pinterest boards and screenshots on your phone. And definitely pick our brains and ask questions, that is why we are here! Making you feel amazing is our main job!

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