Bridesmaid Makeup

How to choose perfect makeup looks for your bridesmaids, by our super talented MUA Richard Harvey.

Here’s what he has to say…

When you have multiple bridesmaids choosing a makeup style to suit all can be tricky, not that you want everybody to look exactly the same, but having an idea of a theme can be advisable.

With makeup preferences ranging from very natural to a full on contour selecting a look that all feel comfortable with can be quite the challenge.  I do feel now with apps like Pinterest its easy to make a board of looks that will compliment the bride’s look and the colour scheme, and also picture references are always best to show a makeup artist.

The Smokey Eye

A smokey eye is always a winner with most girls, as your makeup look should be more than every day but not quite full on glam night out.

We selected this picture of Vanessa because the smokiness is focused with the use of eyeliner.  Gel or pencil liner will achieve the same effect but would recommend choosing a waterproof version to help with any happy tears.

Line the eye then using a clean brush or finger to smudge the pencil to give the smokey look.   Add pencil into the water line to vamp up the more daring bridesmaid.

A single shimmery lid eye shadow colour is perfect for a softer smokey look, or blend a darker complimentary colour into the socket for an adventurous smokey eyed look.


Lashes are almost a must with among bridal parties, these can be individuals applied by a salon, or strips that can be glued on the day.  Brides that haven’t tried lashes before should opt for a more natural strip lash or a half lash.  They are perfect for a subtle look or a mother of the bride as it gives a real lift at the end of the eye.

An important rule with makeup is that if you go big on your eyes then go for a softer lip and visa versa.

Tip – with eyelashes, the free glue you usually get with the pack usually isn’t a great glue,

Duo lash glue is well worth the investment.  Most lashes if you give the strip a clean and pick off access glue can be used up to 3 times.

Richard Loves ♥♥♥♥♥♥

  • Mac Half Lash 20
  • Tatti Lash – Mink Lashes TL19
  • Duo Lash Adhesive

Blended eye

For a more softer eye shadow look like here with model Eloise the blended eye is a good option.


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With You Tube tutorials at your fingertips, creating looks at home is easier than ever.  A few attempts should be had before a big occasion.

Here are a few easy steps to achieving this lookurban decay

It’s always good to have an idea of a colour palette before starting application.

You may may wish to compliment the dress colour, accessories, flowers or simply a colour you know bring out your eye shade.

Eye shadow palettes are better than ever now. Urban Decay are a great choice and the pigment is fab.

  • For the base chose a lighter shade to apply all over your eye lid right up to the eye crease using a firmer flatter brush, its your choice if you pick a matte shade shimmer or glitter.
  • This is where the blending starts. Use a fluffier brush and pick a darker complimentary shade
  • Deepen the outer 3rd of the eyelid then start to apply in a sweeping motion gently following the crease
  • How far and high you go is up to you, you really don’t want there to be lines of where the colour ends
  • Using a clean brush you can buff it in to give a more blended look.
  • Highlighter is huge right now, blending some just below the eye brow really lifts the look plus on the cheek bones, tip of nose and cupids bow really does take your makeup look to the next level

Blending Brushes ♥♥♥♥♥♥

  • MAC 217 Blending Brush
  • Zoeva 221 Crease Brush
  • Morphe M330 Blending Crease Brush


For more tips, recommended products and expert advice from Richard follow his Instagram page here

Photograph: Craig Flemming Photography

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