Beauty Tips-Bridal Make-up:
Create a “timeless” look with your bridal make-up. Ideally it should be a little stronger than you are used to wearing. You still want to look like ‘you’ although you want to look at your absolute best and have wonderful photographs to prove it.
Whether you have opted to hire a Professional Make-up Artist for the day or have chosen to apply your own make-up it is worth having a trial run at least one month before the wedding. This gives you plenty of time to make sure you are happy. If you are looking for a Make-up Artist, it is often good to go on recommendation from a friend or search the internet and choose after seeing the artists work and previous experience.
Invest in a primer. It keeps make-up in place all day. A silicone-based primer will even smooth out fine lines and open pores to achieve a flawless look. A great example of this is Daniel Sandler Retexturising face primer £20, Urban Retreat Harrods.
Use waterproof mascara to avoid any smudges or mascara running disasters. I recommend MAC Splash-proof mascara £10.50.www.maccosmetics.com
Opt for an eye-base before applying eye-colour, it will keep eye-shadow fresh all day and prevent colour creasing. I like Laura Mercier Eye Basics £18.00 Space N.K
Powder using a translucent compact, this will set the make-up. Translucent will not change the colour of your chosen foundation. Keep a compact with you during the day for touch-ups and to remain shine-free in your important photographs.
Choose waterproof/long-wear products wherever possible to ensure your make-up lasts well into the evening.
Choose a lip colour one or two shades deeper than your natural lip-colour to show in your photographs.
Always try the make-up in good light, natural daylight is best and try to wear light clothing similar to that of your dress to reflect the make-up at its best.
When applying eye make-up use a lighter colour on the majority of the lid and a deeper shade in the socket line to define and open the eyes. I would experiment with shades of taupe and brown.
To brighten eyes use a dot of highlighter at the inner and outer corner as well as under the arch of the brow, to make the eyes look bigger add a white eyeliner to the inside rim of the eye.
See Niki’s Bridal Make-up examples at www.nikimakeup.co.uk