6 simple steps that can make a huge difference to how your skin looks and feels on your wedding day!
It is so important to look after your skin at the best of times, but even more so if you have started to plan your wedding. Here are a few tips I tell all the Brides who's makeup I do, to ensure their face and makeup is looking the best it ever has for your big day!
1. Drink lots of water to flush the toxins from your body to help your skin glow.
2. Exfoliate twice a week to remove any dead skin from the surface of your skin to ensure no flakey or dry skin.
3. Use a face mask once a week to deep cleanse and make your skin nice and smooth.
4. Remove your makeup each night with a cleanser that works for you. I tend to use Garnier Miscellar water cleanser to remove any make up, Clarins Cleanser to clean off any residue, followed by the Clarins Extra comfort toner to soften the skin ready for moisturiser.
5. Moisturise your face at least once a day.
6. Use an eye cream morning and evening, especially if you suffer dryness around your eye area. I highly recommend the Clinique All about eyes eye cream.
My Expert Tips forAchieving the Perfect Wedding Makeup
The last thing you want on your wedding day is wedding makeup that doesn’t make you feel amazing. Whether that is because it is not applied as well as it could be, or it is just not the look you were imagining, it’s important that you figure out how to get the wedding makeup of your dreams long before your big day, whether that’s with the help of a professional wedding makeup artist like me or going it alone.
The makeup you decide on for your wedding day needs to make you feel like ‘the very best version of you’, but that doesn’t mean just your every day makeup will suffice! There are certain things you need to take into account when putting together that perfect wedding makeup, with your makeup artist or on your own, to make sure that you get the look of your dreams on camera and off.
Why Hire a Pro for Your Wedding Day?
Hiring a bridal hair and makeup artist can help enormously with easing the overall stress on the morning of your wedding day, meaning that you’ll be left feeling happy and confident when it matters most. Your wedding day can be quite full-on and this is just one of the reasons why even if you’re fairly nifty when it comes to applying your own makeup on a daily basis, getting a helping hand from a pro really takes the pressure off. A great wedding makeup artist will get your look just right, so that you feel amazing walking down that aisle.
If you choose to hire a hair and makeup artist for your wedding day, the trial run is the time when you decide on the all-important look, so it’s key to get the most out of it that you can. Book your trial run in 3-6 months before your big day. Whilst the outcome of the trial will largely come down to the skill of your makeup artist, there are some things that you can do to make the most of it:
Wear a white top so that you can see how your makeup will look against your dress,
take photos to see the look on camera, from all angles. Stock up on inspiration images and bring them with you. If you’re planning on having a fake tan on your wedding day, have it for the trial too.
Picture Perfect Products
The type of makeup used can have a big impact, especially when it comes to flash photography. Any makeup that contains SPF, zinc oxide or are marketed as ‘illuminating’ can have what is known as a ‘masking effect’ in photos, meaning that you’ll might look white as a sheet! You can avoid these and instead look for makeup that is HD, long-lasting or designed for camera.
Use Bright, Natural Lighting
Always apply your makeup in bright, natural light! Make sure that you have this for the trial (or if you’re practicing your own makeup) and on the day itself too.
If you’re getting ready in a hotel room or similar, think about where you can sit on the day to have your makeup done that has plenty of natural light.
Steer Clear of Lip Gloss
Unless you absolutely love it – it might be best to avoid super-shiny lip gloss – it can be super sticky and more likely to come off at the first kiss! No gloss doesn’t mean that you have to wear a matte lip: I often use a lipstick with a satin or shimmer finish instead rather than a full-on mirror gleam for a beautiful, longer lasting alternative.
Bridal makeup back to basics
Keeping your wedding Make up looking good all day starts at step one.
I usually recommend my brides to cleanse and moisturise as normal on the day of the wedding. You want your skin to be perfect on the wedding day! So if you don’t have facials regularly, don’t have one the week before the wedding. If there are any spots hiding under the skin it is best to leave them there. If you are thinking of embarking upon a course of facials to get your skin in tip top condition in the run up to the big day, you should have your last facial session about two weeks before the wedding day.
Primers should be light and oil free – your makeup artist will have her favourite product, but I love Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer and also Yves Saint Laurent Skin Blurring primer, these are light, oil free product and will start the mattifying process creating a silky smooth base for foundation to adhere onto. Rich, creamy products will make the foundation slip and slide.
Mattifying products – usually light gels, that smooth over the skin and absorb any excess oil. Best applied before you put your makeup on. I love matte miracle by a la carte, it is light and easy to apply and does the job.
Open pores : Benefit Porefessional is amazing, it’s easy to apply and does a great job when it comes to minimising pores and even fine lines. Apply just before the foundation.
Some of my favourite products are manufactured by a London based company, a la carte, they have a fabulous selection of products for oily skin:
For light coverage, combination/gently oily skin – Sheer Balancing Foundation
For buildable coverage, combination/oily skin – Velvet Tint Flawless Cream Foundation
For buildable coverage, acne-prone skin/oily skin – Cover Tint Flawless Touch Mineral Foundation
Each of these products can be used in combination.e.g. Sheer Balancing all over, Velvet Tint on the T zone and Cover Tint as touch up throughout the day.
Bridal Makeup for oily skin – Finishing Touches
When thinking about foundation – you can choose between light, medium or full cover. The key is to look for light, oil free formulations or even a mineral powder. Avoid foundations sticks as they tend to be oily in their nature. it’s just the way they are made. One thing to remember about foundation – which ever one you use – is that generally speaking the more expensive the base – the more pigment it will contain. So you will need to use less product to get a flawless finish.
The key with foundation is to make sure you set it. Don’t get me wrong, the foundation is important, but powder is the key to making your wedding makeup last all day.
I love Laura Mercier Loose setting powder, it is colourless and works on all skin tones. Avoid using under the eye especially if you have a mature skin, as fine lines can end up looking like full on wrinkles. I like to apply with a large powder brush or a powder puff. If you have particularly oily skin apply generously and leave it to sit on the skin for a couple of minutes before brushing away any excess with a brush.
You actually want your make up to start off looking a bit powdery and possibly a bit too matte – don’t worry, it takes around 30 minute -1hour for the makeup to settle on the skin, so by the time you are ready to get dressed and have your photos taken your wedding makeup will look natural and flawless.
Wedding Make up for Oily Skin
On your wedding day you want your makeup to last all day. My advice – unless you’re going to have your makeup artist with you all day – avoid the dewy look, full stop. Oily skin has a tendency to shine, particularly on the T-zone, and depending on how oily your skin is sometimes the eyelids, cheek and chin can also become oily over the length of the day. Your best friend will be either a loose or compact powder to retouch your makeup, or blotting sheets. As far as blotting papers are concerned there really is no need to spend a fortune, you can get them from Superdrug or Boots for under £5. They will help to keep any shine at bay without any build up of product, which you’ll be glad about if you get married on a hot sunny day.
Wedding Makeup Quick Fix
Mineral powders are a great option e.g. cover tint by a la carte.
If you haven’t tried them before I would definitely recommend giving them a try. You can use them on their own or on top of your base if you want an exceptionally flawless finish. They’re quick and easy to apply, and you can go for a light or full cover just by changing how much product you apply. If you’re using your mineral powder on its own, just make sure to give your primer time to settle and dry on the face to make sure the the powder glides effortlessly over the skin and doesn’t stick to the skin.
If you're applying it over your foundation, set your foundation first with your translucent powder, then apply the mineral powder with a powder or clean blush brush, using small, gentle, circular movement to almost ‘push’ the product into the skin.
If you have any stubborn spots or blemishes that keep creeping through your makeup no matter what you do, apply a touch of mineral powder as a finishing touch once you’ve finished your makeup, leave it to settle for a few minutes before brushing off any excess. Avoid mineral powders with shimmer added as they will bring back the shine we’re working hard to get rid of.
Dewy wedding makeup
The key is to start matte, so definitely use a setting powder. There are a couple of options when it comes to achieving a dewy finish for your wedding makeup. Careful use of highlight. The last thing you want is to look greasy or sweaty in your photos, and this is definitely a risk if you opt for a ‘dewy all over’ finish. I would advise using a powder highlighter, applying it carefully in the areas you want to shine. Just above the cheek bone, and a touch below the brow, and that’s it. Definitely not down the centre of the nose or on your forehead for oily skin, or you will undo all the good work you’ve put in with your primer, Mattifying products, foundation and powder.
Setting sprays are great, personally I love the Urban Decay All nighter setting spray But make sure to avoid the dewy finish setting spray as you already have your own natural dewy glow. As the day turns to night you might find yourself using a touch more powder, or a couple of the shine free papers I mentioned earlier, to make sure your makeup takes you effortlessly from day to evening.