Bridal Makeup: Do Your Own Wedding Makeup Like Kate Middleton

First Posted: 02/24/2012 3:26 pm   Updated: 02/24/2012 3:26 pm

By Vanessa Grant, TheKit.ca.

My wedding -- although gorgeous and perfect for us -- wasn’t exactly the marriage of the century so when I announced that I would be doing my own makeup like the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton did for her wedding, it didn’t make headlines.

Of course some people were concerned. Wouldn’t I be stressed out enough already?

Considering I was having a beach wedding with only eight guests, I knew my stress level would be pretty low compared with the pressure the new Duchess definitely felt. I also knew that if I had a stranger doing my makeup, my stress level would certainly increase. I wanted to look like me, only more polished.

Would it look good enough for the photos we would cherish the rest of our lives?

Now this was a bit more of a concern for me -- and should be a concern for any bride. Even if you’re a pro at doing your own makeup daily, you just don’t know for sure how it will appear in professional photos with plenty of sunlight or strong flashes.

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So to prepare for my DIY makeup adventure I went to the pros at M.A.C Cosmetics and was lucky enough to get a lesson with M.A.C Senior makeup artist Melissa Gibson. (She’s worked with celebs like Anna Paquin, Fergie and Cher!)

My real-life DIY wedding makeup results are above. Melissa’s expert tips on how to do your own wedding makeup are below.

The Basics

-- Get a lesson -- or two. Having a pro show you how to apply your makeup so it looks professional and lasts is key.

-- Practice! After your lesson, remove one side of your face’s makeup and try to match it yourself.

-- Take photos. Take photos before during and after your makeup trial.

-- Bring your maid of honour. Or your mom or sister. Bring someone who will be at the wedding so they can help you remember how your makeup was done. With everything going on you might forget a step or two.

-- Write down the steps. Have your maid of honour or makeup helper write down each step so you have a big day cheat sheet.

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Beauty Tricks

-- False lashes are good for criers. Use fake lashes (be sure to get a lesson in applying) if you hate waterproof mascara. Waterproof is a must for a wedding day because you may be doing some crying but even more of a must if your ceremony or reception will be outside in the summer.

-- Keep your shadow in place. Use a primer, M.A.C Paint Pot or concealer as a base to help shadow stick and not budge.

-- Learn to contour. A small amount of contouring makes for good photos. Use a bronzer or darker blush under your cheek bones and brighter one like M.A.C Pinch O’ Peach on the apples of your cheeks.

- Blend and set! Blend your contouring using a finishing powder. M.A.C’s Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder is perfect for this—and since it’s totally colourless you can use it on your hubby between photos.

- Don’t forget to highlight. Highlight the tops of your cheekbones and your brow bones with something light and slightly shimmery (stay away from glitter). Melissa recommends M.A.C Eye Shadow in Shroom.

-- Be careful with lipcolour. Choose a lipcolour similar to your own. You will be kissing and eating and reapplying all night. Red lips or something bright can be tricky. Try to avoid gloss if there will be wind. Your hair will get stuck in it.

Finally, Keep It Simple

-- Focus on adding soft sweeps of colour.

-- Humidity may make you shiny so keep an eye on how much you are “glowing” (a.k.a. sweating) and keep blot papers close at hand.

-- Use primers, powders and products with staying power.

-- Bring a good cleanser for taking it off so you look and feel great the next morning. M.A.C Gently Off Eye & Lip Makeup Remover is a great product for removing waterproof or long wear products. It’s powerful but gentle and even moisturizing.

For more beauty tips go to TheKit.ca.

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Grab some more style tips from Kate Middleton by flipping through the below slideshow.

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  • February 2011 in a Katherine Hooker coat and Aquatalia by Marvin K. boots

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  • February 2011 in a Kiki McDonough skirt suit

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  • February 2011

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  • March 2011 in a Burberry coat

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  • April 2011 in an Amanda Wakeley skirt suit

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  • April 2011 in a Zara dress with LK Bennett wedges

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  • April 2011 in her Alexander McQueen wedding dress

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  • April 2011 in a cardigan and gown by Alexander McQueen

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  • May 2011 in a Reiss dress and Anya Hindmarch clutch

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  • June 2011 in a Reiss dress and Joseph tweed jacket

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  • June 2011 in a Jenny Packham dress and Prada clutch

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  • June 2011 in an Alexander McQueen coat

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  • June 2011 in an Alexander McQueen double breasted coat

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  • June 2011 in a Temperley London dress

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  • June 2011 in a Roland Mouret dress and Mulberry bag

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  • June 2011 in a Katherine Hooker jacket and dress

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  • June 2011 in an Erdem dress

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  • July 2011 in a Reiss dress

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  • July 2011 in an Issa dress

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  • July 2011 in a Catherine Walker dress

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  • July 2011 in an Erdem dress

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  • July 2011 in an Alexander McQueen dress

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  • July 2011 in a Nike jacket

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  • July 2011 in a By Malene Birger dress

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  • July 2011 in J Brand skinny jeans

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  • July 2011 in J Brand jeans and Smythe blazer

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  • July 2011 in a Jenny Packham dress

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  • July 2011 in a Catherine Walker coatdress

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  • July 2011 in a dress by Roksanda Ilincic

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  • July 2011 in a Diane von Furstenberg dress

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  • July 2011 in a Alice by Temperley blouse and Goldsign jeans

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  • July 2011 in an Alexander McQueen gown with Jimmy Choo shoes and clutch

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  • July 2011 in a skirt and top by Whistles

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  • July 2011 in a Joseph dress

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  • July 2011 in a silk dress by Jenny Packham

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  • August 2011 in an Alexander McQueen ensemble

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  • September 2011 in a dress by Amanda Wakeley

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  • October 2011 in a Beulah London dress

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  • November 2011 in a Jenny Packham gown

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  • November 2011 in a Jane Corbett hat and Diane Von Furstenberg coat

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  • November 2011 in a coat by LK Bennett

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  • December 2011 in a Zara dress and Ralph Lauren jacket

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