Gone are the days of cake face! 2020 is the year of 12 step skincare routines, micro bladed brows and only the essentials in your makeup bag. Alexandra McKeever edits your bridal beauty picks for your sweet summer romance!

1/ Good To Glow

A limited-edition release from NARS, their Tinted Glow Booster (39, department stores) comes in four different shades to smooth skin’s appearance by blurring imperfections and enhancing your natural glow. Hydration is immediate and is proven to extend the wear of make-up for up to 16 hours – so you don’t have to worry about touch ups and can focus on the fun!

2/ Perfect Shot

Delivering instant radiance and plumpness, YSL Pure Shot’s Perfect Plumper Cream (76, Brown Thomas) contains orange blossom and ribose which work together to correct signs of ageing. Quickly absorbed, a single dose of this comforting cream leaves skin feeling smooth and fresh, all the while helping you achieve that coveted bridal glow. 

3/ Lip Service

Building on the global phenomenon of the iconic Pillow Talk lipstick (32, department stores), the powers that be at Charlotte Tilbury have expanded their collection with two new shades available in this cult colour – medium and intense. With matching lip cheats to boot, the Pillow Talk collection will ensure you’re picture perfect for your special day, all you have to do is smile! 

4/ Hair Hero

Give your locks the TLC they need in the months leading up to your wedding. Kerastase’s new Genesis range (from 28.20, selected salons) combats thinning hair by tackling two leading causes – breakage and a weakened root. Developed alongside hairdressers, nutritionists and dermatologists, this range nurtures stronger, more resilient hair with a whopping 84% less breakage. 

5/ Lashes Unleashed

Give your lashes life with Fenty Beauty’s Full Frontal Mascara (24, Boots). The brand’s first mascara, this “do-it-all” formula delivers a fully exposed lash look with a flat-to-fat brush which instantly volumizes, lifts, lengthens, defines and curls. 

6/ Skin Saviour

The secret to beautiful bridal make-up is all in the skincare. Eve Lom’s Intense Hydration Serum (110, SpaceNK) increases skin’s moisture levels by up to 20% in just two hours with properties of hyaluronic acid and glycerine. Skin is fully hydrated within 24 hours after use, resulting in plumper, smoother and a more radiant complexion – providing the perfect foundations for your make-up artist to build on! 

7/ Warm Shadow

The perfect, compact palette which will carry you through all wedding related events, Bobbi Brown’s Essential Multi Colour Eye Shadow Palette in Into the Sunset (38, Brown Thomas & Arnotts) boasts five universally flattering shades which you can customise to suit everything from daytime bridal to day two party. 


- Alexandra