For what's possibly the most photographed day of your life, you want to look your best. So after having sorted out the dress and the hair, let’s get down to make-up business. Even if you normally shy away from it, make-up is there to help bring out your best. You want to bring out your natural beauty and at the same time still look like the person he actually proposed to. How to look natural with a bit of oomph? Here are a few tips from the professionals:

 

"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".

 

Caroline Barnes (Max Factor UK ambassador)

 

Flawless skin

Every bride dreams of radiant, flawless, natural-looking skin. But after months of organizing, stress and fatigue can take the best of you. The better the condition of your skin, the better your make-up will eventually look. Even an experienced make-up artist will struggle making someone look natural and fresh if the skin itself is not in good shape. Think of it as a canvas: be kind to it and pamper it as much as you can! Brides with skin-care concerns can consider making an appointment for a consultation with a dermatologist about six months before the wedding to determine a skin-care plan. Sun kissed, radiant skin can be achieved by taking an appointment with a tanning salon but use with caution and don’t overdo the tan. Instead of applying your basic make-up, we suggest not wearing make-up for at least a week before the wedding. Instead treat your skin to a good moisturizer and let it breath. Think of it as a little holiday! On the big day, prepare by using a foundation adapted to your skin tone. Take care of any imperfections with a concealing corrector (preferably pen-shaped for small adjustments during the day) and powder down to avoid a shiny T-zone. Don’t trowel it on however. It’s a 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. Add a well-chosen blush colour to give you skin more depth.

 

It’s all about the eyes

A different personality asks for a different make-up style. Definitely look beforehand for examples that you like since this will help you define your style. Remember however that if you have Kim Kardashian’s skin tone, a Dita von Teese look will have a different outcome! Emphasize your eyes by brightening any darkness underneath the eyes with corrector and concealer. Don’t go for anything too dark on the eyes, since this will distract attention from them and onto the make-up. Instead, open up and highlight your look by adding some highlighting on the brow bone. 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. For this wedding season, “nudes” and slightly iridescent beige tones are a big make-up favourite. Go for a colour that suits your skin and finish with mascara to open the eye even more. It is amazing what some well-applied mascara can do for the openness of your look. Tip: Remember, this day will be emotional so play it safe, go for waterproof!

 

Lovely lips

Glamourous but not too much, discrete but present... What to do with the lips? According to make-up artist Bobbi Brown, women are often a bit scared of using colour on the lips. "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", she says. When in doubt, pink, roses and plum tones are always a good choice. Before applying the colour, it is important to hydrate the lips to make sure the actual colour will last. If you are using a lipstick instead of a gloss, work in layers. Line the lips with a matching colour before applying your lipstick. Hold a tissue over your lips and lightly dust translucent powder over the tissue. The powder will ever so lightly fall on your lips through the tissue, and it will set your lip colour the same way it sets your makeup when you use it on your face. Apply a second layer of colour and…voilà. Impeccable lips! Be sure to check your lips every now and again since all the kissing, eating and drinking will fade the colour little by little.

Using fresh and luminous colours will make you shine in front of your loved ones and in front of the camera! Flawless skin, a look to die for and a nicely defined mouth are the bare essentials to keep in mind. Don’t be scared to use a bit of colour or highlighter as long as you keep it natural enough. In doubt, call a profession artist!