Nigerian Bridal Makeup Tutorial: How to Make a Bride Gorgeous

A woman’s wedding ceremony is the most dreamed about event in a woman’s life. Sometimes, females even pre-plan their weddings from childhood. When the time eventually arrives, a vast number of things have to be put in place for the proper execution of the day. One of the most important things in preparing for the wedding ceremony is to ensure the bride looks gorgeous; hence you need to choose the perfect wedding makeup look.

Arriving at the perfect look for a bride requires lots of steps, such as prepping the skin so it looks radiant and flawless, deciding who will do the makeup, and allocating ample time for a trial-run application or two. It also involves learning how to apply makeup properly in the right proportion and knowing the shade that is best suited for your complexion in order to achieve that flawless/gorgeous look for the bride.

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Step1 – Prep skin

Wash the bride’s face properly, making use of a light moisturizer and primer. The face primer improves the texture of the skin for foundation and concealer application and helps in setting the makeup properly for it to last longer as the ceremony is expected to last for at least 12 hours. You will most likely still need touch-ups, but they will be much less frequent. The primer will help to create smooth fine lines and hide wrinkles. It also aid in disguising open pores.

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Step 2 – Follow guidelines from your skin tone

There are various skin types based dermatological classification of various makeup companies. Skin tone, skin type, texture and colour varies, and different companies indicate this on their products with different terminologies. For example, a company might term their lightest shade of foundation as ‘ivory’ while other calls the same shade ‘fair’.


Step 3 – Foundation, Concealer and Powder

Often, people think the concealer goes before the foundation, but it’s the other way round. After the primer application, allow for it to dry properly and set.

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To determine the proper shade of foundation that suits you, apply a little amount to the center of your jawline. If it vanishes, it is the right one. Proceed to applying a thin layer of foundation, beginning from the middle section of your face and blending outwards with the aid of a foundation brush. You do not want visible lines, so pay careful attention to blending beneath the jaw and your neckline. DO NOT CAKE ON FOUNDATION!

Next go ahead to apply concealer where needed. Foundations are designed to even skin tone; concealers are used to hide things like blemishes and dark circles under your eyes. To cover dark circles, use a concealer brush to dot along troubled areas, use the same shade of concealer or a shade lighter for highlights. Then pat on the dots to blend with a flat brush or blender sponge.

Use a setting powder to finish up the look or you can go ahead and highlight if you choose to, and apply blush.


Step 4 – Eyes

It is generally recommended not to have a dramatic dark eye, instead opt for a more subtle shade of colour. Using a cream eye shadow will make the eye makeup last longer. The cream shadow is best used on the lids while the powder is best in the creases of the eyes and under the brows. Dampen an eye liner brush in water and brush it into your eye shadow if you want to line your eyes with the eyes shadow.

Add mascara and tidy up your brows. There will most likely be tears during the ceremony so you should make use of waterproof mascara.

If you are not already used to installing false eyelashes, your wedding day is not the day to start. Instead, make use of a good eyelash curler and a volumizing mascara. Start application at the root of your eyelashes and wiggle up from side to side to the top.


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Step 5 – Lips

Create lips that look good and last. Just as you need to moisturize your face first, you need to do same to your lips, so that they are not cracked and dry that once colour is applied the lines become very obvious. To ensure that this does not happen, you need to apply a lip hydrator and let it absorb a couple of minutes before applying colour.

Note that, if you opt for a bolder lip colour, keep your eyes soft and natural to avoid a bridal doll look. Also avoid smacking lips together because it makes your smile look lop-sided.

Skip the lip gloss because it will end up on your groom’s lips and it can create a glare in photos.


Remember it is your wedding, not a girls’ night out, make sure your makeup matches your hair and dress. You can decide you will do your makeup, if you have a model or look you will like to replicate on yourself.


All these steps can all be achieves with the proper set of makeup and all relevant tools. Scout for high quality brands, oil free products and pigment rich shadows and blush. Most importantly do not skip the first step which is prepping your skin as this is the baseline for a gorgeous finished look.

Start prepping your skin a week or two before, change your usually skin routine and keep skin well hydrated.

List of a few professional makeup studios in Lagos

  1. BMPro
  2. House of Tara International
  3. The beauty inn
  4. Bellezza Makeover
  5. Kekewa Makeover
  6. Perfect touch
  7. Tifara Haven
  8. Bold and Beautiful Makeover
  9. Ileoge concepts
  10. Tracy Bridals and Makeover etc.


Before choosing a makeup artiste for your bridal look, make sure you have seen sample works of the individual; this is the only way to know if you feel comfortable with the person’s previous work and if possible do a test run makeup.

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