My thoughts on the Top 5 Common Bridal Foundations

There is always so much talk around wedding makeup, what you should/shouldn't do, what to wear and what not to wear. So I thought I would give my opinion from experience on the common top bridal foundations.

As a side note the one thing you don't want is to change your makeup too drastically as you want to sell feel like you. Your makeup artist of course can assure that you will be wearing the right bits suited to your skin however don't be afraid to let them what currently works for you.

I have given my top tips on choosing your makeup artist here and also my top tips on preparing for your bridal trial here. 


Armani Luminous Silk 

I've used this in my kit for years and it is gorgeous, like pure silk on the skin. It goes on lovely and definitely suits a more normal skin type. Here are my two takes on it; 

Personally: I don't think it suited my skin because I felt it sat very dry around the centre of my face and slightly highlighted my pores. Aside from that I still wore it a lot and enjoyed wearing it. It's really lovely and lightweight it just didn't last as long on me.

MakeUp Artist Opinion: This foundation photographs beautifully and a lot of my brides have worn it and absolutely loved it. It doesn't contain SPF so you need to incorporate this in somewhere else but it definitely suits the more normal to dry skins out there. Anytime I have used this it's been at a trial so the bride can test the longevity because I wouldn't trust it to last all day on all skin types! 

Skin Types Most Suited To: Normal to dry but it is oil free for oiler skins too.


NARS Longwear Radiant 

This has fast became my favourite brand of foundation to use in my kit over the last 3 years and now I have been massively converted to carrying all three of the NARS range.

Personally: I loved Sheer glow and the dewiness of it. I love the longwear radiant because it's staying ability is more suited to the oily skinned person out there, with that comes more coverage which I personally like! 

MUA Opinion: This brand is one that covers all - the dry, the oily and the in between. They all photograph beautifully and you have a great range to choose from in terms of skin type and how much coverage is wanted, Longwear Radiant has the most coverage of the range and definitely lasts the longest. The only two foundations that I think have a longer staying power is MAC or Estee Lauder, however, the difference is so small it wouldn't bother the majority of wearers.

Skin Types Most Suited To: Sheer Glow normal to dry. Longer Radiant all skin type but oily need to powder. All Day Luminous normal to oily.



Chanel Vita Lumiere Aqua;

I love this lighter foundation for natural brides or the lovely Mums that I get to do makeup on! 

Personally: I love to wear this on days where I'm not looking for loads of coverage. Its great on a good skin day and I can build up the coverage with concealer where I need to. It is a higher price point for something you might only wear for day to day but I do get use out of it on the weekend sometimes too. Its semi matte finish and granted it doesn't last amazingly well but that doesn't bother me when I choose to wear it! 

 MUA Opinion: I love this on older skin as it doesn't settle into any fine lines, and it's also lovely on brides that are inherently natural, who are used to wearing a very light coverage. I always say you don't want to drastically change your makeup on your wedding day as you still want to look like you! With this one you can always build up coverage with it, but it is a really lovely light foundation if this is what you're used to. 

Skin Types Most Suited To: Normal to dry and oily skins just need to powder in areas.



MAC Studio Fix;

This is what I call my glam foundation in my kit. It has a huge range of shades and you can always mix to create your own perfect shade. 

Personally: I love this foundation particularly when the skin is prepped well for it. Its definitely for an oilier skin so it suits me on days when I want it to last and be glam all day. A little goes a long way as its powder based and I find it just lasts so well on me. I would wear this on my wedding day! 

MUA Opinion: Its a great foundation for normal to oily skins who want coverage. It is a more matte coverage and can sit on a dry skin unless its prepped well. It lasts really well and doesn't have to be a cake-y coverage when applied in small amounts and well!

Skin Types Most Suited To: Normal to oily skin. If you're drier skin you just need to prep the skin well.



Estee Lauder Double Wear;

I dont really carry this foundation in my kit anymore but I would use the Double Wear Light which is quite different.

Personally: It's way too matte on me and its like a whole extra layer on my skin that looks too obvious for my liking. I like a good coverage but just not this heavy or setting.

MUA opinion: I would use this foundation if the bride really wanted to because I get that it does last the best for some people. I would strongly recommend not to use it everyday because I have seen it give dry skin to people. I do think the flashback of it can be strong even though the SPF is low so I would advise on that too. Definitely a foundation for oiler skin and it will last very well if that's what you're most conscious of! 

Skin Types Most Suited To: Normal to oily. If you're very dry it will set into areas and if you use it very consistently over time it could cause dryness.

Check out our blog on the myths of flashback here.

Anyway I hope you enjoyed this intro f my thoughts on the foundations and let me know if you have any questions! They are my Top 5 Bridal Foundations for varying reasons! I hope you liked the edit!!

Lots of love, 

Aimee xx 







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