If you’re looking for budget friendly wedding ideas, why not consider doing your own wedding makeup? Just make sure you know how to apply and blend your products properly and that you buy the right makeup to suit your skin type.
We’ve put foundations to the test to find out which ones will be perfect for your wedding – all the girls at hitched HQ tried them out so there was a range of skin tones and skin types. You’re bound to find the right one for you here.
Nars All Day Luminous Foundation
The All Day Luminous Foundation from Nars (£32) offers natural-looking coverage that will feel weightless on your skin. The editor of hitched, Caroline Bradley, put it to the test:
“I love the look and style of the Nars All Day Luminous Foundation – the glass bottle is really stylish and elegant and will look amazing in your wedding photos if you are having a few getting ready pics.
“The foundation itself was quite runny in consistency but it still went on with a good level of coverage and a little went a long way. I put the foundation on first thing in the morning and it was still fully intact at the very end of the day, so if you are looking for a long lasting foundation that will keep you looking flawless then I really recommend it.”
Lord & Berry Cream Foundation
This long-lasting foundation is designed to give a silky finish with lots of coverage that will blend well into the skin. The Cream Foundation by Lord & Berry (£22) was tested by Liza Sullivan-Royall, one of our Business Development Executives:
“This foundation was so easy to apply and gives the same finish I love from my usual brand – I’m actually considering changing as this one is more affordable.
“The coverage is very good, but I’d recommend a light powder to finish it off as I prefer a more matte finish to a dewy one. My two teenage daughters have been fighting over it most mornings as they love that it blends well, gives good coverage and lasts all day.”
Resultime Multi-Corrective CC Cream
This tinted anti-ageing formula is designed to give you an amazing complexion. The Multi-Corrective CC Cream from Resultime (£35.50) was put to the test by Assistant Editor Zoe Burke:
“My skin can be pretty tricky, so I was tempted by this CC cream – I’d not tried one before. It evened out my skin tone and gave my skin a smooth, even finished that stayed in place, even around my nose where makeup can tend to slide a bit.
“I was also a big fan of the UVA & UVB SPF30 – I’m incredibly pale so anything that matches my skin tone and protects my skin is a winner for me. I’d say this is perfect for brides planning an outdoor wedding ceremony who want a natural look.”
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Max Factor Whipped Crème Foundation
Whilst some mousse foundations have a tendency to cake on drier patches of skin, the Whipped Crème Foundation from Max Factor (£5.99 from Fragrance Direct) promises to glide on and create a finish that is flawless and semi-matte. Our Supplier Sales Manager Billie Davey gave it a go:
“I thought this might be a bit too dark but it goes on very sheer. It had a smooth consistency and gave perfect coverage. The only downside was that I applied it with a sponge and I feel like a brush might have been better for blending the product.”
Revlon Photoready BB Cream
This lightweight beauty balm combines skincare, makeup and sunscreen all in one product. The Revlon Photoready BB Cream (£7.99 from Fragrance Direct) is designed to blur flaws and smooth like a primer. Our freelance writer Amelia Slaughter tried it out:
“This went on very easily and was easy to apply with my fingers. It’s got a nice feel to it and gives a bit of a dewy finish, however I don’t know how ideal it would be if you had oily skin.
“The product was a good base for the rest of my makeup, but it did give a light coverage so if you prefer a heavier look it might not be for you. It was one of the nicest BB creams I’ve ever used though – ideal for brides who don’t normally wear makeup, or want a fresh-faced look for the morning after.”
Nars Sheer Glow Foundation
The Sheer Glow Foundation from Nars (£31) promises a natural and radiant finish with sheer and buildable coverage. Assistant Editor Zoe tried it out.
“I am super pale so often even the palest makeup is too dark for me. I loved how sheer this product was as it gave me coverage that looked really natural. It went on so easily – I actually splashed out on some applicator sponges as I felt like the product deserved it. It lasted all day and made my skin look brighter – it’s my new go-to foundation.”
Bio-Essence Bio Multi-Effect BB Cream
The Bio-Essence Bio Multi-Effect BB Cream (£18.90) promises a natural and flawless finish whilst preventing dry skin and regulating oil secretion. Alexandra Sergison, who works on our suppliers’ team, put it to the test:
“As a person who never wears makeup I was a bit dubious about covering my face in something, but this was just the right consistency for my skin. It combined moisturising with concealing but wasn’t too heavy. I’d definitely recommend this for brides who are looking for something subtle that’s also good for your skin.”
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Artdeco High Definition Foundation
The Artdeco High Definition Foundation should cost £27.99 but is £10.99 from Fragrance Direct. It’s designed to offer a second-skin like coverage with a nude finish and has High Performing Pigments Technology allowing it to give a HD-finished. Freelance writer Amelia tested it out:
“I really liked this foundation. To quote Louis Walsh, it’s a yes from me. It went on really well and provided a good, lasting coverage that was even and matte without being cakey.”
Gatineau Defi Lift 3D Lift Care Foundation
The Gatineau Defi Lift 3D Lift Care Foundation should retail at £47.50 but is £8.99 on Fragrance Direct. It is the first dermo relaxing lift care foundation and contains silk proteins that work to give you a flawless and long-lasting finish. Sales manager Billie reviewed this one:
“This smells really lovely. It has a really nice consistency when you’re applying it but dries with a very matte finish that is almost powdery – it would be a great option for those with oilier skin.”
MAC Studio Fix Fluid
Our designer Heather Hulbert tried out MAC’s Studio Fix Fluid foundation (£22) for her actual wedding! The formula is created to control oil and give a natural, matte coverage:
“It doesn’t leave a heavy feeling on your skin, I don’t often wear foundation so that was a key selling point to me – to feel like I wasn’t wearing foundation at all. The colour match was really close to own skin tone, and covered up and evened out my skin tone really well. I only needed a little touch up of concealer on the really troublesome areas (under eyes, blemishes etc.).
“It was a really hot sunny day on my wedding day, and the foundation lasted well right through to the end of the evening, without needing to be touched up. My skin looked flawless in my wedding photos which was exactly the result I wanted.”
Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Foundation (£31) is pitched as the UK’s No. 1 foundation, as it has 15 hour staying power and will look natural throughout heat, humidity and constant activity. Editor Caroline tested it:
“If you are looking for a foundation will give good coverage that still feels light on your skin then Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Foundation is perfect for you. The glass bottle makes it an easy foundation to apply with a sponge and as the pigment in the foundation is quite dense, you don’t need to use very much – so although it is more expensive than other foundations, it’s likely to last much longer.
“The only downside I found with this foundation is that is can appear a little too light for me in photographs, so to achieve a flawless look make sure you dust over some bronzer.”
Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint
The Velvet Matte Skin Tint from Nars (£30) is designed so it’s effortless to apply but gives buildable coverage that will last all day. Our editorial assistant Rima Barakeh tried it:
“I loved the coverage that this foundation gave me. It is great for ladies who want a natural look that still covers up all of your blemishes and doesn’t look ‘cakey’. The finish was a tiny bit powdery, but when I used it with a good primer, it was absolutely perfect.
“It has a really silky feel to it and I felt like it acted as a moisturiser as well as a foundation. Because of the thick coverage, I would advise brides to use a shade lighter than they normally would. I found the lighter colour looked much better on my skin tone even though it’s not my exact shade – my colour would have looked too dark.”
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Maybelline Dream Satin Liquid
This air-whipped liquid foundation retails for around £8 and is oil-free. Assistant Editor Zoe gave the Dream Satin Liquid Foundation a go:
“My skin has a tendency to get a little oily around my T-zone, and this is actually my go-to foundation as I love the light texture and the fact it matches my skin tone perfectly.
“It gives a really good coverage without feeling heavy and blends in easily, however I’d definitely recommend pairing it with a matte powder and a primer if you’re prone to oily skin.”
MAC Studio Face and Body Foundation
This lightweight foundation offers a natural satin finish that provides a sheer coverage on your skin. Editorial assistant Rima tested out MAC Studio Face and Body Foundation (£22):
“This foundation is perfect for brides who want a lighter coverage. It looks amazing when applied over a spray tan or fake tan as it doesn’t look like you have piled make up on.
“It lasted all day long for me and gave a really dewy and natural finish. I went a shade darker than my natural skin colour with this foundation and the result was perfect.”
Lily Lolo Mineral Foundation
If you’re looking for a natural foundation for your big day, consider Lily Lolo’s Mineral Foundation (£13.99). The natural ingredients help to minimise breakouts. Assistant Editor Zoe sampled it:
“This was very easy to apply but I did go for a couple of layers, just to give a bit more of a coverage. Once on it stayed in place and felt like I had nothing on my skin at all, and I loved the fact it was SPF15. This is one to take on honeymoon, for sure.”
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