Well he’s popped the big question. You’ve accepted and all the plans for the Big day are under way. Whether your hair and makeup is high or low on your priority list and whether you choose to do your own makeup or call in the professional’s there is no doubt that you would like to look completely flawless for that wow factor and for beautiful pictures.
Whether it is a natural fresh faced beauty look or a Vintage red lip and lash there are products out there to give you the look you so desire!
What are the top products that one would recommend to compliment whichever look you opt for? Facials once a month a few months prior
to the Wedding would be a great idea to get the basis for the makeup as buffed, smooth and pimple free as possible.
Hydrodermie by Guinot is said to be the most beautiful experience, relaxing with scents that envelope all of your senses and not only exude radiance but also have the ability to make you sleep at the same time. If a monthly facial is not something you can stretch to then a good base to give you that immediate radiant glow would be an old Favourite Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. It has qualities that can be used on it’s own or under your favourite foundation as a primer, perfect!!
On the subject of primers to give your skin that flawless perfection there is now a lot of choice on the Cosmetic Market. Daniel Sandler’s Primer is great for a drier skin and has a smooth consistency that feels like it is protecting the skin and acts like a natural filler at the same
time. Alternatively, MAC’s prep and prime with or without SPF can be applied under your foundation with a foundation brush.
Pop your foundation on top and within ten minutes your face will be free of pink tones and will be the perfect blank canvas ready for the rest of your makeup. Not only do these primers have the ability to make you look completely blemish free with no need for heavy cakey foundation but they have a longwear effect on the makeup you apply on top of them.
I like this analogy: imagine you are painting a wall, first you have to smooth and buff out the imperfections a bit like using facials and gentle scrubs to exfoliate the skin, the filler and primer is then added to the wall to even out the base tone on the wall the same as a primer would
blank out the tones and blemishes on the face. It is then that you are ready to add you paint or in our case the foundation.
Foundations that are wonderful for Weddings for a natural flawless look are dependent on your skin type. They range from the Water based MAC Face and Body which works in synergy with the prep and prime without any heaviness and still manages to look flawless without completely mattifying which works well for a slightly drier skin. For more coverage you can add an Estee Lauder smoothing crème concealer, Diorskin nude skin perfecting hydrating concealer or Mac select cover up. Alternatively Estee Lauder have worked miracles with their double wear foundation with built in primer which may be too mattifying for slightly older skin so they have now introduced Double Wear Light which is amazing for a natural matte coverage without being too heavy and is perfect for photographs and staying in place all day.
For that just pinched skin blusher look there is nothing out there like Benefit Benetint that has a wonderful rose scented aroma. Use this for the blushing bride look alongside Benefit High beam on the cheek bones for a natural and beautiful radiant glow.
There are some great Eye Palettes which could be used for the purpose of Wedding Makeup. Amongst the favourites are the Louise Young Eye Palette that has 5 colours in it all of which can be used to create a soft smoky-eyed effect for a bride. Another lovely palette is the Urban Decay Naked Palette which incorporates similar nude tones but with a mixture of matte and frosted colours to suit all skin types. Add the MAC Smoulder Eye liner blended with a pencil brush for a soft smokey and sultry effect and Estee Lauder Double Wear Mascara which is Waterproof and you are almost finished.
The lipstick you choose would be dependent on your theme. A natural lip colour would be used with a smoky eye or a nice red lip for a more Vintage look. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics have wonderful lip glosses with an opaque look to them which acts more like a lipstick and gloss together. The nude colours work well with a smoky eye for a more classic bridal look and the red lipstick look with a more natural eye, black liner and lashes can be combined for the more Vintage/Hollywood Starlet Bridal look. For a more Matte Red lipstick Chanel, Dior and MAC have numerous different reds to suit any skin tone and hair colour.
All of these items help to create a wonderful Canvas and Beautiful Painting in the form of Bridal Makeup. For longevity the primers and the brushes used to blend all these looks together provide a look that will last all day and into the evening for that special day.
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