When we began compiling Brides' first-ever Bridal Beauty Awards, we didn't just pick the prettiest pink lippy or the latest high-tech mascara in our (admittedly full) beauty cupboard.


From the feedback of our 20 expert make-up artists, we selected the three most popular suggestions for each type of product (from bronzer to mascara and primer), giving us a set of 30 brilliant contenders. And who could we possibly ask to judge these? Only the most discerning brides-to-be working in and around Brides HQ, of course. From Glamour to Vogue, this is the glossiest posse we could access - a group of modern, super busy women running the world's most glamorous magazines, all of them surrounded by luxury every day - and with their very own wedding to plan, their standards are through the roof.


'It's an honour to be part of this feature,' says make-up artist Leigh Blaney. In fact, everyone we approached got back to us within minutes, thrilled to share their best buys. 'There are thousands of products on the market, so it's hard to know where to start,' says Brides' cover make-up artist Sarah Brock. 'To have so many experts give their advice is priceless.' With eight weeks to trial all 30 products each, the brides-to-be's list of winning favourites is finally through. Are you ready for the most thorough, useful and important make-up shopping list of your life? Here we go!


The brides-to-be

Sameera Ahmed, 28, management accountant, Brides magazine. Wedding: August 2015, Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire

Keeley Knowles, 28, financial planning & analysis manager. Wedding: April 2015, Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire

Nicole Bass, 32, HR administrator. Wedding: February 2016, Wanaka, Otago region, New Zealand

Vanessa Mullinder, 28, classified sales manager. Wedding: September 2015, Axnoller, Dorset

Natalie Fenton, 27, senior account manager, Traveller magazine. Wedding: December 2015, London

Natasha Gower, 32, senior credit controller. Wedding: 2017, Portugal

Scarlett Kilcooley, 29, news editor, Vogue.co.uk.  Wedding: June 2015, Abruzzo, Italy

Jo Holley, 32, retail editor, Glamour magazine. Wedding: November 2015, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Amy Cole, 28, senior promotions manager, Traveller magazine. Wedding: September 2015, Little Tring, Hertfordshire

Lisa Harvey, 29, acting features editor, Glamour magazine. Wedding: September 2015, Preston Court, Canterbury

Helen Whitaker, 34, entertainment editor, Glamour magazine. Wedding: April 2015, Peak Edge Hotel, Derbyshire

Nicole Arsenis, 29, digital project manager. Wedding: Summer 2016, Greek island


The make-up artists

Jessica Mills
Her background in theatrical and media make-up means Jessica can deliver any kind of technique - from natural to full-on glamour; www.jessicamillsmakeup.co.uk

Jenn Edwards
She admits that despite her make-up style being ultra- natural and minimalist, her kit barely fits in the back of her car; www.jennedwards.com

Phoebe Caramitsos
Phoebe once had to make up an Italian bride in 40°C, using sweat-proof cosmetics to keep everything in place; www.flossyandleigh.com

Rochelle O'Brien
Rochelle, who's based in the East Midlands, has completed her 1,000th bride - is this girl experienced or what? www.rochelleobrien.co.uk

Sarah Brock
Multi-award-winning Sarah is Brides' go-to make-up artist. She has created the looks for 23 of our covers and 25 fashion shoots; www.sarahbmakeup.co.uk

Gemma Sutton
Covering London and the South-East, Gemma has a team of 16 expert make-up artists in her company; www.gemmasutton.com

Leigh Blaney
Based in Glasgow, Leigh was a singer and dancer before becoming a make-up artist, so she knows first hand how cosmetics can boost your confidence in the spotlight; www.makeup-by-leighblaney.co.uk

Rebecca Francess
Outside of bridal, Rebecca's clients include the cast of Made in Chelsea and The Only Way is Essexwww.rebeccafrances.com

Cathryn Rawlinson
An expert in airbrush make-up, Cathryn has won awards all over the North- West and North Wales; www.madeupbycathryn.co.uk

Katy Pheiffer
It's been almost 10 years since Katy started doing make-up professionally. She regularly appears on TV and radio; www.bridalmakeupbykaty.co.uk

Chloe McCall
This make-up artist has a background in body painting, which has been useful - she's had to cover a groom's black eye; www.chloemccall.com

Jenni Hughes
Award-winning Jenni's skills range from vintage Hollywood make-up to trad Indian styles; www.makeupbyjenni.co.uk

Kristina Gasperas
Kristina and her team of six make-up artists and hairdressers also provide professional photography to capture your bridal look; www.kristinagasperas.com

Pam Wrigley
As well as being a brilliant make-up artist, Pam also does beautiful bridal hair - how handy is that? www.weddingmakeupandhair.com

Emily Turnbull
One of the services Emily's company Love Moi offers is hen-party make-up, which is a great way to road-test your (vamped up) wedding look;  www.lovemoimakeup.com

Sonara Parker
Sonara's background in theatrical make-up means she can pick the perfect colours to complement skin; www.sonaraparker.com

Katie Dale
Katie, who works around the Lake District and Cumbria, is one of those rare wonders who do bridal make-up and hair; www.katiedale.co.uk

Rhiannon Pritchard
Wales-based Rhiannon also runs make-up lessons for any brides marrying abroad and doing their own looks; www.rhiannonpritchard.co.uk

Celina Keywood
We adore Celina's make-up portfolio - take a look at her 'before and after' gallery on her website; it's brilliant! www.makeupbycelina.co.uk

Laura Gray
Her hair and make-up services are so in demand in Scotland, Laura now has a full team including a health consultant; www.lauragray.co.uk