Bridal Make Up Tips

How to get it right on the day


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.

Make up

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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