Long-lasting, Affordable & Cruelty-Free Bridal Makeup


At the weekend, I was lucky enough to attend my best friends wedding as her bridesmaid. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try out some bridal makeup, as I'm a budding makeup artist; who is planning on starting my own business in the very near future. I got my research cap on and looked into all the best brands for affordable, long-lasting, and cruelty-free makeup. 


Every single product used in this blog post is cruelty-free, drugstore or affordable, and really did stand the test of being on my face for 19 hours, in 25-degree (celsius) heat. It also withstood my sweat, stress and tears on such a long, emotional day!


Good makeup application always starts with a good, clean, moisturised canvas. So after cleansing, I applied my Superdrug Vitamin C Gel Moisturiser, which is brilliant for oily skin as it's so light. I've used the Superdrug Vitamin E Eye Cream for a while now, and that's a firm favourite that I use every day nevermind for an occasion. I then primed my skin using the Elf Poreless Face Primer, which is perfect for anyone with oily or combination skin and enlarged pores. They also have a hydrating one for dry skin. Now, colour correction isn't something I use on a day to day basis, but I think it's very useful for occasions where you're wearing makeup all day or when there's flash photography. In my case, I used the lilac to cover my dark circles, and the green to correct the redness from my blemishes and spots. I used the Sleek Colour Correcting palette. 


After my skin was fully prepped, I moved onto foundation. I used the Sleek Lifeproof Foundation, and had to mix 2 shades together since I was wearing some fake tan. For concealer, I used the Revolution Conceal and Define as an undereye concealer because of it's thin and blendable consistency. However, on my blemishes, I used the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer for the thicker consistency and higher coverage. I then used a cream blush from the Sleek Blush By 3 palette because a cream blush under the powder really helps your blush last all day long, and you still have a lovely rosy complexion by the end of the day. I'd always use a cream blush under a regular powder blush for any kind of special occasion. I finished my base with the RCMA No-Color Powder. This powder is perfect for long-wearing makeup, and because it has no pigment - it doesn't change the colour of your makeup or cause flashback in photos.


I then used the matte contour shade from the Sleek Face Form Contour Palette in the hollows of my cheeks, around my forehead, and under my chin to create more shadow and definition. From the same palette, I used the shimmery bronzer to bronze up my face and make sure my face matched the rest of my body. I went back into the blush palette and used the darker powder to add a bit more colour to my cheeks. I finished up with the Revolution Strobe Lighting Palette, using the yellow/gold toned highlight on my cheekbones, the tip of my nose, cupids bow and brow bone. A more gold toned highlighter is much more complimentary than whites and pinks when under flash photography. 


For my eyebrows, I used my trusty Nyx Micro Brow Pencil, which I've raved about for a while now. It's a great dupe for the ABH's range. I then set my brows with the Pixi Brow Gel, mines a bit gross looking, as I use it so much! For my eyeshadow, I decided to go for neutral-pinks to make my blue eyes pop, but they would look good for every eye colour. I used the classic Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, which is perfect for weddings. I used the shade Factory in my outer corner and crease, blended into the shade Buzz which went all over my lid. For the inner corner, I used the shade Dust, and took Factory back through my lower lashline.


 I decided to go for a classic winged eyeliner, because that's my signature look, using the Revolution Renaissance Flick liner. This eyeliner is pigmented, smudge free, and easy to apply. I applied some half-lashes, for a natural lash effect. I went for the Fleur de Force by Eylure Petit Fleur lashes and used my trusty duo glue. Duo glue really is the best eyelash glue on the market, I wouldn't recommend any other brand. I finished my eyes with the Nyx Worth The Hype mascara. My lipstick was the Sleek Lip VIP in the shade Reserved, but any kind of pink or nude lipstick would have looked great. Of course, as with any makeup look, I like to set the whole face using the Revolution Pro Fix Oil Control Fixing Spray, which helps my makeup last longer.


I honestly can't believe that my makeup lasted 19 hours without it melting off my oily skin in the heat. I just had to share all these goodies with other people, they impressed me so much. So much so that I've decided to stock some of these products in my professional makeup artist kit for when I get started!

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