My Wedding Beauty Guide

That isn’t as hefty as you might think…


Seeing as today’s video is all about the makeup look that I wore on my wedding day (and surprisingly stayed put till the end of the night despite my jigging around to Despacito), I thought I’d talk about the prep that I did before the wedding day on the blog. I don’t think it was particularly hardcore when it comes to bridal prep, but there were a few tweaks in my routine, tips I came across and treatments that I did that I feel are worth sharing for to-be brides or those who have a big event coming up that you want to feel like the bees knees at…


This will be the quickest paragraph ever, because I really didn’t bother too much with my hair. I always hate it when it’s first been cut, so I went for a trim around February-time, knowing that when May rolled around it would have grown out and should in theory be at my perfect length. In true style I despised it when it was first cut, but thankfully by the time the big day was here it was at a length that I was happy with. I didn’t do any treatments or add any colour to it (I haven’t done any colouring for about two years now) and on the day I just gave it a curl with my GHD Straighteners and added in some Oribe Dry Texturising Spray and IGK Down & Out Dirty Spray for some texture.



I don’t subscribe to the whole ‘bridal diet’ shenanigans and although I tried to look after myself despite the tonne of travel and London days I had in the run-up to the wedding, I think that being a happy bride is the most important thing. I kept up with my PT sessions as best I could and I added in the odd Reformer Pilates class when I had the time, but I certainly wasn’t as regimented with my workout routine as I have been in the past. I ate lots of pizza still and when I did have time on the clock I spent it trying to decompress and destress – looking stressed ain’t cute, you know? 

In terms of tanning I kept it simple. In the week leading up to the wedding I used the St Tropez Sculpt & Glow Gradual Tanner every other day. I’ve actually used a whole bottle of this stuff now because it doesn’t pong too much and it gives good colour pay-off despite being labeled as a gradual tanner. Two days before the wedding I topped up with the St Tropez Express Bronzing Mousse and I have never had Mark tan my back so delicately – the poor guy was terrified. On the actual day I used the Amerliorate Skin Smoothing Body Lotion because it’s a moisturiser, but an extremely non-greasy one so I knew it would keep my arms soft, but wouldn’t get any oil marks on my dress.



My main tip here would be to find a routine that’s working for you, two or three months before the wedding and then stick to it. I wanted glow and I felt like my previous routine, although skin-softening and spot-ridding, needed a bit more moisture so for the past couple of months I’ve been using the following in the mornings and the evenings. If I’ve got makeup to remove I do so with the Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover, then I cleanse with the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser. I then take a couple of drops of the Kiehl’s Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence on a cotton pad or my fingers and work it into the skin (if I had to attribute one product to amping up my glow, I’d say that it was this). In the mornings I then go straight in with the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream SPF30 and in the evenings I layer up the Glossier Super Bounce Serum with their Priming Moisturiser Rich and call it a day. So on the wedding day I just used my usual morning skincare routine (I did apply SPF because I knew that we’d be taking no pictures with flash in the evenings, it’s something to consider though if you’ll be snapping away at night time!).

I did use a couple of extras. In the month leading up to the wedding I’d do an intense session with the Glossier Moisturising Moon Mask, where one night a week I’d apply a thick layer after cleansing in the evening and leave it on till the morning. I also started to use the Charlotte Tilbury Overnight Bronze & Glow Mask, which is awesome. I’d use this in the evening every couple of days (after cleansing and using the Kiehl’s Essence) and I’d wake up with a subtle glow and nice bit of bounce to my skin. The night before the wedding day I used the Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask, followed with this on top and I looked pretty darn radiant come the morning (PHEW!).



OK, here’s where the s**t gets real when it comes to wedding prep. I only booked myself in for a few treatments, but I feel like they really made the prep that I needed to do myself at home practically zero. I went to my lovely Beautician friend, Jamie, for an eyebrow tint and shape about two weeks before the wedding day. I like them a little more grown in and with the tint a bit worn out, so that timing worked out just fine. She also sorted me out with a bikini wax (ouch!), and some eyelash extensions. Now I haven’t had lash extensions for around five years and they’ve come a long way since then. She went for more of a natural look, but it meant on the day that I didn’t have to faff around with strip lashes or worrying about my mascara running. I love them and I have to say that I’m considering a top up already. If you’re anticipating a lot of crying on your wedding day or just can’t be arsed with the faff of false lashes then I’d highly recommend them.

I also booked myself in for a luxury gel manicure and pedicure at Dry By and although it cost a small fortune (if you can’t treat yourself on your wedding day then when can you?), they did a great job as always. I still have the CND Field Fox on my fingers and toes and it was the perfect wedding day neutral, without having to worry about chipping. SWEET.

Photos by Lauren Shipley



  • This was so interesting to read! I thought your makeup looked so beautiful and natural on the big day!

    Lynnsay x

  • I love this! Your photos are always so fresh and wonderful Anna!

    I hope you’re having a lovely Sunday,

  • I love it!! Been wanting to try out lash extensions for a while now – did you get a lash perm as well? I heard it does wonders for elephant lashes haha. Congrats again to you and Mark xx PS. big fan of At Home With 🙂

  • Anne

    I love that you are so down to earth. You know what you like and you know when to spend a little more on things that are important to you. Your positivity and your “less is more” makes you very beautiful, inside and outside.

  • Joanne

    Beautiful photos! You look absolutely gorgeous for this x

    Joanne | Life in Blue Skies

  • Your blog posts are so easy and enjoyable to read its great! One of the good things about being pale and ginger is that I never ever have to faff around with tanning! You looked lovely on your wedding day and Mark is a very lucky guy! xox

  • Nadia Sabrina

    You look incredibly beautiful just like your normal self!

    Love from Indonesia,

  • mybeautrip .com

    You look so beautiful. Amazing products and tips!

  • Natural wedding makeup — so beautiful! Congrats on your wedding x

    Erin Azmir Blog

  • Jen

    Gorgeous, and a great guide! xx

    Jen | affecionada

  • When I got married, the first thing I stumbled upon was a one year preparation guide for brides. I mean, ONE YEAR! I went for something low key as well, suited me much better.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • this is such a beautiful wedding make up look so natural!1 you look beautiful xx

  • You looked gorgeous on your wedding day! Congratulations! How long do you normally wait in between you essence and cream, like 10 min? I’m never quite sure how long to wait.

  • kforkarli

    You looked gorgeous and these photos are SO pretty. You are Lauren make a great pair. Looking forward to trying the Keihl’s. Thanks for reminding us that we can do things on our own terms!

  • Such great wedding beauty tips! I got married last year and, as a beauty blogger, I was a bit beauty obsessed leading up to the day!

  • Loa

    Anna, you look beautiful in these photos!
    Congratulations with the marriage and what sounds like an amazing wedding day 🙂


  • Beautiful make-up look. Love Em oxo /

  • Anna, I am really loving this cool and stylish look!
    stay pretty always 😀


  • Madeleine

    Hi Anna, can I ask how long you left the express tan on for – 1,2 or 3 hours please? I am fair like you and don’t want to overdo it!! Thanks x