bridal make-up perfection
What to do:-
1. Find a qualified Hair & Beauty Artist, they really know what they are doing. You can find them at wedding fairs, in wedding supplier directories and through social media. Here is a list of our Approved Wedding Affair Hair & Beauty Artists.
2. If you’re planning to wear fake tan at the wedding, please make sure you trial this in plenty of time and perfect the one that works best. A spray tan will be the better option from a reputable salon. Make sure you have one prior to having a trial for your make-up. 2-3 days after a spray tan is best, so you wash off all the excess. This will give your make-up artist the true colour of your skin at the trial of what it will be like on the morning of the wedding.
3. Make sure you book your make-up trial at least 3 weeks prior to your wedding but no more than 5 weeks.
4. Wear a white or matching t-shirt colour to your wedding dress, so at the trial you can see how the make-up looks against the colour that you will be wearing on the day. Take a photograph too in daylight without any flash before you purchase any make-up.
5. If you’re doing your make-up yourself, emphasise your eyes by brightening any darkness under them with corrector and concealer.
6. Start looking for images of make-up that you really like and take them with you on the day of the trial. What do you like about the make-up? Make sure you match your skin tones and colours with the images, so you’re not trying to achieve the impossible.
7. Remember that bridal make-up needs to have enough colour to compensate for the whiteness of the dress. There’s a big difference between everyday clothes and a wedding dress, so there should be difference in your make-up, too. Start by making sure your skin looks even and smooth, and then add colour to your cheeks and lips to give them a glow.
8. Use individual eyelashes – they’re a brilliant way to make your eyes stand out and look far more subtle than a full strip. Go for differing lengths to create a really natural fluttery look and nestle them in between your natural lashes rather than fixing them on.
9. Focus on the most important elements of your look, such as beautifully natural-looking skin, softly groomed brows and feathery lashes. If you get these basic factors right the rest of your make-up will fall into place.
10. Finish your make-up off with a highlighter shade on the browbone to make the eyes really pop. Go for a light matte shade, and pat onto the outer corner of the brow bone so subtly draw attention to this area of your face.
What NOT to do:-
1. Have your make-up test done anywhere with overhead fluorescent lighting. If you have a professional make-up artist coming to your home, arrange a time when it’s still daylight outside.
2. Don’t allow a make-up artist to hijack your look. However, take their advice. For a lot of people, their wedding is a time when they can really take pleasure in having someone else do their make-up, but I think there can be a temptation to just indulge in the experience and take on all sorts of suggestions from the make-up artist – someone who may not know you or how you like to look particularly well.
3. Don’t trowel it on. It’s a total myth that your make-up has to be plastered on for the photographs. Lots of wedding photography is done in natural light, and if you choose a heavy base the make-up will look obvious. In terms of flash, you just need to ensure that your T Zone is matte and that can be achieved with fine translucent powders and blotting powders, not layers of make-up.
4. Don’t always go for anything too trend-led. It’s worth bearing in mind that you’ll have to live with photos from your wedding for the rest of your life, so it’s best to avoid statement looks and opt for something more classic; that glittery eyeliner you saw on a Parisian catwalk might look super pretty and modern now, but chances are it’ll look tired and dated in twenty years time.
5. Don’t be scared of going a bit brighter. Neutral, brown, and pale lip colours can look washed out in photographs, so choose a lipstick that’s one or two shades brighter than what you would normally wear. If you usually wear a neutral hue, it should be worn as a base, with a pink or rose colour on top. If you typically wear dark lipstick, use that as the base, and apply a brighter pink on top to give the colour a lift. Pinks, roses and plums are all great, classic choices for brides.
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6. Don’t just apply make-up to your face. Instead, extend down your neck and over your shoulders if necessary, this will ensure your face is not a different colour or even texture to your body. Everything should look uniform to create the most natural look possible.
7. Don’t forget to decide what kind of maintenance you’d prefer for the day. For example, are you happy to check you’re looking okay throughout the day, or do you want to just forget about your make-up once it’s on? Waterproof mascara is an obvious requisite, but it’s also worth considering cream eyeshadows that really set – you can be sure they’ll stay where you put them.
8. Don’t go too dark on the eyes. Define your eyes by applying colour in the crease, but avoid using a shade that’s too dense, as it can detract from the eyes themselves.
9. Don’t rush your make-up trial or on the day of the wedding. Allow at least 45 minutes to an hour for make-up application on the wedding day.
10. Don’t go to glossy with your lipstick or for that matter too matte… it won’t last 5 minutes or you’re lips with crack and feel dry. A moisturising satin finish is best. Apply several thin layers, blotting between layers.