Rehearsal Dinner Makeup Tips

Create the perfect makeup look to wine, dine and celebrate love with my tips and tricks for romantic rehearsal dinner makeup.

Darlings, practice makes perfect! Your rehearsal dinner is a moment for you to look radiant while spending time with those nearest and dearest to you ahead of your wedding day. The makeup look you’re going to wear needs to stay in place while you meet and greet your guests and must mesmerise every table!

Discover my rehearsal dinner makeup tips and tricks and create makeup magic that’s perfect for the occasion.

Top Tips for Radiant Rehearsal Dinner Makeup

  1. Airbrush Flawless Lip Blur liquid lipstick in Ruby Blur, a true ruby red

    Wear a Long-Wearing Lipstick

    At your rehearsal dinner, you’ll want to enjoy a delicious meal and perhaps a bubbly beverage, so it’s important to choose a long-wearing lipstick with the power to last all evening. My NEW! Airbrush Flawless Lip Blur is a moisturizing, matte liquid lipstick that wears comfortably and effortlessly for up to 12 hours*, making it a perfect choice for wearing at your rehearsal dinner.

    Whether you wear it blurred to create a softer liquid lipstick look or wear it bold for full-coverage, high-impact lip colour, this NEW! formula glides onto the lips to deliver flattering colour with a hydrating, never-drying feel and a blurring-effect, powder-matte finish. Choose between 8 flawless shades from pinks to reds to nudes and unlock a new, long-lasting lipstick love that’s perfect for beautifying your pre-wedding pout.

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  2. Bigger, Brighter Eyes Palette in Exagger-Eyes, an eye-enhancing, rose-gold eye colour quad

    Exaggerate the look of your Eyes

    It’s your rehearsal dinner, darling, so all eyes are on you! Your eyes tell a story, so on this special evening, you’ll want to exaggerate their appearance to make them appear bigger, brighter and filled with joy! The eye-enhancing shades in my Bigger, Brighter Eyes Palette are expertly chosen to capture the glistening, doe-eyed look; they’re gorgeous eyeshadow options for your rehearsal dinner makeup.

    The Bigger, Brighter Eyes Palette in Exagger-Eyes includes four twinkling satin and shimmer eyeshadows from rose gold to rosy brown. I created the PRIME, ENLARGE, DEFINE and POP eyeshadow method especially for this palette, using each shade in the quad to create an illuminating, eye-opening effect. Use this palette to create an enchanting rehearsal dinner eyeshadow look that highlights the natural look of love in your eyes.

    Tilbury Tip: Darlings, if you love Exagger-Eyes, add Eyes to Mesmerise in Exagger-Eyes to your eye look for a pop of shimmering cream eyeshadow, as well as Hollywood Exagger-Eyes Liner Duo to define the look of your eyes.

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  3. Charlotte's Beauty Light Wand in Spotlight is a champagne gold liquid highlighter

    Create a Glowing Complexion

    As your wedding approaches, you’ll be glowing with happiness from head to toe! But darlings, to add Hollywood-inspired radiance to your rehearsal dinner makeup, reach for my Beauty Light Wands to bathe your face in ethereal beauty light!

    These incomparable blush and highlighter wands are formulated to bottle the flattering effects of digital filters and red-carpet beauty lights, swiping onto the face to create a seamless, soft-focused glow. They look absolutely gorgeous in every type of light from natural sunlight to ambient mood lighting, so whether your rehearsal dinner is at a low-light venue or it’s an al fresco affair, your glow will look sensational.

    Darlings, discover my NEW! Pinkgasm Sunset Beauty Light Wand, my world-famous Pillow Talk Beauty Light Wands, the original Hollywood Beauty Light Wand in Spotlight, and more! Shop the collection to unlock your dream rehearsal dinner blush and glow.

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  4. mini powder, setting spray, moisturiser and full size mascara, all part of the wedding day touch up makeup kit

    Keep a Makeup Touch-Up Kit in your Clutch Bag

    To help your rehearsal dinner makeup last all night, I’ve curated the Wedding Day Magic Makeup Touch-Up Kit for magical touch-ups throughout the evening. The kit includes miniature versions of my AIRBrush icons - award-winning Airbrush Flawless Finish and Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray – as well as a travel-sized Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes! mascara and a deluxe sample of my iconic Charlotte’s Magic Cream.

    Begin your rehearsal dinner makeup look by smoothing Charlotte’s Magic Cream onto the face to provide an immediate skin revival that preps the skin for makeup. Then, lightly tap Airbrush Flawless Finish into the T-zone and under the eyes for a smoothing, pore-blurring effect. Add lashings and lashings of Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes! mascara to stretch and lift the look of your lashes, then lock in your look with a spritz of Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray to set makeup for up to 16 hours**.

    Tilbury Tip: Keep these travel-sized products in your bag for magical makeup touch-ups throughout the evening and float through your rehearsal dinner looking airbrushed and flawless!

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  5. An open foundation wand in gold packaging with a pump dispenser and a medium-brown-coloured body to show the shade of the foundation inside.

    Trial Makeup Products to wear on your Wedding Day

    Your rehearsal dinner is all about preparing for your wedding day which makes it the perfect opportunity to trial the magical makeup products you’ll be wearing on the big day!

    On the day of your wedding, you’ll want to feel confident that your foundation and concealer are going to wear beautifully; your lip products feel comfortable and hydrating; your eye makeup enhances the look of your eyes; and your makeup looks flawless in photos.

    Whether you’re reaching for Hollywood Flawless Filter, Charlotte’s Beautiful Skin Foundation or Pillow Talk icons like my Luxury Palette or Matte Revolution lipstick on your wedding day, give them a trial run at your rehearsal dinner to unlock full confidence in your flawless wedding makeup look.

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Charlotte Tilbury

Founder, President, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Charlotte Tilbury Beauty

With over 30 years experience, Charlotte Tilbury MBE is the world's number 1 makeup artist and British beauty entrepreneur. Charlotte established Charlotte Tilbury Beauty in 2013, which is now a record-breaking beauty brand that has won over 400 awards.