Why your makeup should be the cheapest part of your wedding

August 16th 2014 / Katie Robertson Google+ Katie Robertson


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Spend your wedding savings on something else - these budget beauty buys are just as good as their expensive counterparts

While every bride-to-be wants to look like a million dollars, there’s no reason you have to flash the cash to shine bright on your big day. Nowadays, plenty of cheaper, more affordable brands produce ranges of masterful makeup that are as high performing and long-lasting as the top-shelf luxury buys.

So, whether you're DIY-ing your wedding makeup or just primping for the bachelorette party, we’re on hand to help sort out your wedding woes by bringing you the best edit of cheap wedding makeup.

Stunning Skin

On your big day the last thing you want is to looked caked and covered in makeup - it’s all about barefaced beauty. Offering the perfect combination of radiance and coverage, Max Factor’s Skin Luminizer Foundation, £11.99, delivers a seamless and even base while also leaving a healthy-looking glow that’ll light up the aisle. For any last minute bumps and blemishes the No7 Match Made Concealer, £7.50, works to uniquely blend and match to the skin, covering everything from pimples to age spots leaving a totally flawless finish.

Having been around for almost 150 years, there’s no better blusher for achieving a fresh faced glow than the Bourjois Little Round Pot Blusher in A Healthy Mix, £7.99. Soft and velvety with a subtle pearl finish, the baked texture of this blush transforms on skin into an ultra-fine pressed powder, that’s both easy to apply and expertly blendable. Delicately Infused with the scent of rose, the built-in mirror and size of this blush also means it’s perfect for popping in your purse for touch-ups throughout the day. A little tip - apply slightly more blusher than you would on a normal day as the flash of a camera can blur out your complexion, so having stronger blush in person will give a lovely flush in the pictures.

Sleek MakeUp Glo Face and Body Highlighter in Peach Shimmer, £6.49, contains a mix of five radiant shades that can be used to both sculpt and highlight. Burnished coppers and warm chocolates can be used to contour the complexion whilst iridescent creams and rose golds can be swept over cheekbones and the decolletage to highlight for an all-over gorgeous glow.

Perfect Peepers

With a combination of soft, light, dark and jewel tones, the Barry M Natural Glow Eye Shadow, £6.49, is the perfect palette whether you’re creating a subtle, angelic eye or building up smokier shades for a more daring, dramatic look. Containing six shades ranging from ivories, golds, roses and bronzes, there’s a colour combination for every style, shape and shade of dress.

On your wedding day emotions run high, so chances are at some point you’re likely to shed a tear or two, and there’s nothing worse than a snivelling, smudged bride. So, to prevent the dangers of panda-eye problems make sure to use Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, £5.29. A household favourite here in GTG, this eyeliner has a super intense color, a wide brush that allows for expert precision and a durable formula that’s smudge-proof, flake-proof and definitely tear-proof - an apocalypse couldn’t budge this liner even if it wanted to.

To frame the eyes there’s nothing better than the Max Factor Masterpiece Waterproof Mascara, £9.99, which uses a high-tech IFX brush that works to evenly coat lashes, giving ultimate definition and superb separation. Coating even the tiniest of corner lashes, this mascara is not only waterproof but its gentle formula is suitable for both sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers too.

Lovely Lips

To finish, keep lips pared down and natural. We love the new Revlon Colorstay Moisture Lipstain, £7.99, in London Posh for a fresh and pretty pout. Combining creamy comfort with glossy shine, these stains contain a nourishing mix of vitamin E and aloe that keep lips hydrated and soft, whilst the intense buildable pigment lasts from the beginning of your nuptials and well into the night.

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