You’ve said ‘yes’ to the proposal and ‘yes’ to the dress and now it’s time to plan the perfect wedding makeup look. But where to start? When it comes to wedding beauty, there are some hard and fast rules that you should never break. The key to creating a perfect wedding look is something that’s fresh and natural enough to look great in real life, but perfected and long-lasting to look gorgeous in pictures. My years of working on red carpet looks combine these same needs, so if you’re looking for wedding makeup tips, you’ve come to the right place! Here are my five key tips to getting it right…
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Wedding Makeup Top Tips
As always, you need to focus on your skin and the rest of the look will fall into place from there. Take care in the run-up to your big day to avoid anything that causes break-outs on your skin and cleanse thoroughly every night to avoid pore blockages. You might want to consider a pre-wedding facial. The morning of your wedding you should start with a thorough but gentle cleanse so that your skin is clean and fresh before you (or your makeup artist) start applying makeup. If you have oily skin, add a mattifying lotion to the T-zone.
Matte Vs Glow
Radiant glowing skin tends to look best in real life, but you want to avoid excess shine for your wedding pictures. So, a combination of the two is the best option for your base.
Don’t be afraid to add some colour to your wedding look – especially if you’re opting for a classic white wedding dress. You don’t want to look too washed out, so opt for a lip colour at least two shades brighter than your skin tone, a warm pink looks pretty and feminine but fun. Alternatively, if you feel more comfortable in a matte nude lip, be playful with your eyes with a tiny hint of shimmer or warm copper tones.
Remember that the difference between this makeup look and your usual style is that this one needs to last (and look fabulous) all day. Use a product such as MAC Prep + Prime Fix + to set your makeup in place so that it lasts all day.
However flawless your makeup (and however well you set it) you will need to touch up during the day (especially if you cry!). Ensure you have a couple of products packed to perfect your look throughout the day. A mattifying powder and a lipstick or gloss are the absolute minimum you should have with you – ask your bridesmaid to keep hold of them and to be ready with the powder before you pictures or whenever you’re looking a little shiny!
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