Say I Do… to Confidence

1st June 2018

Looking your radiant best on your wedding day is all in the preparation. Lisa Botwright offers ten tips to ensure that you and your makeup are a marriage made in heaven…

1. Begin good intentions early…
Start laying down the habits of good skin care routine as early as possible and find a routine that works for you, incorporating the principles of cleansing, protecting and hydrating every day – definitely no more rolling into bed without taking your makeup off. Don’t forget to exfoliate regularly too – an acid (like Pixi Glow Tonic pixibeauty.co.uk) or a manual scrub will smooth your skin’s texture, give you an amazing glow and help potent ingredients in your skincare to penetrate further.

2. Nourish your hair…
Hair maintenance is just as important; trim split ends regularly and treat yourself to hair masks like Philip Kingsley’s incredible elasticizer (philipkingsley.co.uk). If your hair is coloured, consider an Olaplex treatment – a scientific miracle that repairs chemically damaged hair at a molecular level (olaplex.co.uk).

3. Throw some shade…
Don’t be put off by its mumsy image – a ‘colour consultation’ to help you understand which shades of colours look good on you (and why) will deliver a beauty-confidence skill that will take you through the big day and beyond. Warm skin tones will suit golds and corals, for example, while cool skin tones suit pinks, plums, silvers and greys.

4. Practise beforehand…
If you’re doing your own makeup, allow yourself a full trial run, wearing a white or ivory t-shirt in a similar tone to your dress, and then take pictures in different light. Or similarly, book a trial with your chosen makeup artist well ahead of the wedding, and ensure you’re in tune about the kind of look you want to achieve. If you plan to use fake tan, it’s important to use it for your practice runs too.

5. It’s all about the base…
Great, longlasting makeup starts with a perfect canvas… and primers – even if you’ve never considered using them before – are your new best friend. An eye primer will prevent creasing and create a smooth canvas for eye shadow, and a face primer will even out your skin tone and help foundation stay put for the whole day. There are special formulations for oily skin, for helping prevent shine, and ones for dry skin to boost radiance. Use waterproof everything too, especially mascara, for those inevitable heart-stopping moments.

6. Layer up…
Just as primer helps with longevity, so will layering. That means adding loose powder over your foundation, powder blusher over cream blush, eyeliner under shadow etc. The trick is to take your time and to build up the layers gradually and naturally. Allow at least 45 minutes in your wedding day schedule to do your makeup – you don’t want to rush.

7. Sparkle and shine (but not too much)…
A touch of highlighter added to cheekbones and the inner corners of your eyes will look great, but beware that a heavy-handed approach to sparkle may reflect too much light and potentially make you looked washed out in photos.

8. All a flutter…
A few false eyelashes mixed with your own and added to the outer corners of your eyes will add gorgeous, wide-eyed va va voom.

9. Take tools to touch up…
Even with the greatest makeup expertise in the world, you’ll still need to touch up your makeup at some point on the big day – all that kissing, crying, laughing and drinking champagne will take its toll. Delegate the task of looking after your lipstick and powder compact to your chief bridesmaid, or pack an elegant clutch. If you’re prone to shine, try blotting sheets like NYX Professional Makeup Matte Blotting Paper (lookfantastic.com) to absorb excess oil without causing cakiness. Cotton buds are good for quick, discreet repairs to eye makeup – oh, and you’ll probably need some tissues to hand too.

10. Look like you…
There’s a huge amount of pressure on brides to conform to a certain look, but if you’ve never worn pink lipstick before, why would you wear it on the big day? Just like Meghan insisted on a natural look that showed off her freckles, don’t be afraid to look like you, albeit a slightly more polished version. If you want to rock cat-eye flicks, your usual shade of purple lipstick, or even no makeup at all, then go for it!

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