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Bridal Make Up Tips

How to get it right on the day

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Every bride wants to look her very best on her big day, and with this in mind here are some great make up tips that will create a natural and long lasting look throughout the day.

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Always use a primer after moisturising and before applying foundation, since this will help your make up glide on easier and stay put for longer. Buy a primer to suit your skin type and if you've got the sort of skin which reddens easily, then buy one with a colour corrective base.

Choose a foundation with a colour that disappears into your natural skin colour. Try it on your jaw line first. If you don't normally wear foundation, you might like to try a mineral make up. These are much lighter on your skin and tend to last well during the day. They can be a bit tricky to master at first, so make sure you have plenty of practice before your wedding day.

If you're had a few sleepless nights you may have some dark shadows under your eyes, so don't be scared to use a concealer on the under eye area. You'll be amazed at how this can lighten your whole face.

A touch of blusher gives a bride that “blushing” look, and can look very pretty. Be careful to overdo it or you'll end up looking like a pantomime dame. A good tip is to choose a blusher in a similar shade to your natural lip colour.

When it comes to eye shadow, stick to a neutral palette and use a primer first. Use a light eye shadow over the eyelids and take it right up to the brows. Then apply a mid tone all over the eyelid and into the socket area. Finish off with a thin line of eye liner.

Make sure you wear a waterproof mascara as there's bound to be some tears on the day. If you're blonde then a dark brown mascara looks better than black.

Your eyebrows frame the face so make sure they're in great shape. Have them plucked and shaped a week or so before the day so that they are looking their best.

To keep your lipstick staying on longer, line the lips all over with a colour that is close to your natural lip colour, before applying your lipstick.

Finish off with a light dusting of translucent face powder to keep you make up in place all day and to avoid it going shiny, especially for the photos.

Finally, have a small bag close at hand with a couple of cotton buds, powder and lipstick, so you can touch up during the day.

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