light touch always brings
out a bride's natural beauty.
is often overlooked when planning your wedding, people always
remember their hair, but don't realise that, to look good
in your wedding photos, you really need to have good photographic makeup
What you may not notice with your naked eye will
be captured forever by the camera, possibly belying the beauty
of the blushing bride.
My personal choice of make-up for brides is one of corrective,
subtle make-up, to enhance your best features and make you look
naturally radiant and beautiful on your big day.
I want the
first thing people notice when they look at you to be how stunning
and radiant you look, not your makeup itself. (Of course, that
is just my personal preference, I have in the past done a Pamela
Anderson look-alike make-up for a wedding!)
Where to Begin
thing to get right is your skin and eyebrows I would recommend
a series of facials in the run up to your wedding (that is if
you don't already have regular facials.)
Start a few months
before as it is common for your skin to break out and get worse
before it gets better after a facial if you haven't had
one for a long time. (Something to do with getting all the impurities
out.) Treat yourself to one a month for 3 months before the big
day your last one at least a few days before your wedding,
to give your skin time to settle down.) Eyebrows should be shaped
the day before if possible.
On the morning
of your wedding, make sure your skin is well moisturised about
10 minutes before applying your make-up.
I always recommend
that you have your hair done before your make-up. Remember that
for the photographs you must take extra care when using light
reflective foundation and concealer.
not saying to steer clear of subtle light reflecting foundations,
such as Lucidity by Estee Lauder, in fact they are great for
giving the appearance of dewy, youthful skin. (I even use Touche
Steer very clear of shimmery bronzers and
blushers though. If you want to use a bronzer, use a matt
one and use it very subtly, softly over your cheeks, bridge
of your nose, top of your forehead, where you would naturally
catch the sun.
Bear in mind that your neck should not be
too different in color to your face. (Don't be tempted
to try putting bronzer all over your neck....it's a slippery
slope and you'll end up staining your dress!)
eyes, you can't go wrong with matt shadows. I usually use
either brown or greys. A soft eyeliner, (brown or black) smudged
close to the base of you lashes on your upper lid will make
your eyelashes appear thicker. In conjunction with a little
grey or dark brown shadow applied with a thin brush at the base
of your lower lashes, it will subtly define your eyes perfectly
for the photos. I use black WATERPROOF mascara on just about
everyone, and make sure I curl the lashes before applying it.
If joyful tears begin to fall on the big day be sure your mascara, at least, is waterproof!
If you want to skip the tanner and just want to look like the blushing
bride apply a soft blush to the apples of your cheeks
while smiling into the mirror, using circular, upward and
lips, I like to use a color that will not clash with your bouquet Bearing
in mind you have already primed your lips when you applied your
foundation and powder by putting a suitable balm or moisturiser
on them after you have done your base. (I use Elizabeth Arden's
Eight Hour cream.) By the time you are ready for lipstick to
be applied, your lips will be in perfect condition. Always
leave your lips til the very last.
I use a
Nude lip pencil over the entire lip before applying
the lip colour as it gives extra staying power, apply lipcolour
then blot with a tissue and reapply lipstick with a touch of
gloss over the top.
A quick check and powder before you leave for the ceremony,
and your hubby will be totally bowled over, and the photos of
your wedding will be fantastic!
Laura dos Remedios has been working as a Makeup Artist in Hong
Kong, Tokyo, Paris and London for over eleven years for Magazines,
Advertising, TV commercials, MTV, Music Videos, and Fashion Shows.