Your wedding day is one of the most important events of your life and with all eyes on you, it's paramount that you feel yourself and look your best. While some women choose to have their make-up done professionally, if you're the sort who prefers to do it yourself, you cannot go wrong with these bridal beauty-bag essentials.
Using a primer will help your make-up last longer and silicone-based primers will also smooth pores and fill fine lines. Using an illuminating primer will also give your skin an inner glow under your foundation. Use a small amount over your face, using patting motions over your pores.
You will want to spend most of your time perfecting your skin on your big day. Use a long-lasting foundation that is a light to medium coverage but can be built on. By using lighter layers you will create a more natural look to the skin. Starting in the centre of the face and using a brush, blend your foundation in and feather it off around the hair line and down to the jaw and neck. Simple then add more where it's needed in another thin layer. Choose formulas with low SPF as high SPF's cause a white cast over the face in flash photography.
Use your concealer to cover blemishes and marks with an eyeliner brush for precision and apply a brighting salmon-toned concealer under the eyes to blur any dark circles and use a small amount just where it's needed. Your wedding day isn't the time for too much contouring and highlighting.
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Highlight the tops of your cheeks, cupids bow, brow bone and down the middle of your nose. This will give you a youthful glow to the skin and keep your face looking fresh. Cream highlighters look beautiful on the skin, if you go for a pressed powder highlight go for a finely milled powder that doesn't have chunky glitters in it.
Keep eyes simple using soft highlighted neutral shades to open them up. Firstly, use an eye shadow primer, or cream shadow to help your shadow last all day. Then take a glossy champagne shadow across the lids and right into the corner to waken the eyes. Next, take a light warm brown and sweep it across the lids and buff into the crease to soften the look. Finish by lining your eyes right at the base with dark brown eye shadow or liner right at the root of your lashes to help thicken and lift the eyes. Then add lots of mascara for a doll-eyed look.
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A pretty pop of colour adds a romantic flush to the face. Add it to the apples of your cheek and bring it up towards the hair line then blend, blend, blend. You don't want any obvious lines. Remember to add more that you usually would as blush is the first to fade, and doesn't always show in photos.
Your brows frame your face, so it's important to get this right. Take your time and use products half a shade lighter than your natural brows to avoid them looking too stark on your face. Use a hard wax, sharp pencil in a cool tone to build your brows. Use fine strokes and brush through as you get your shape.
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Chose a shade close to your lip colour, or if you are always seen with a red lip and feel daring wear it on your wedding day. This is the time you are meant to look like the best version of you, so if that's your style, go for it. Exfoliate your lips, and add some balm to make them smooth. Then take a lip brush to help create the shape of your lips. Using matte formulas will help the colour last and using thin layers of colour and blotting after each application will help create a stain to the lips and ensure you have a long-lasting lip colour. To add a pout to your lips add a gloss to the centre of your bottom lip or a touch of your highlight.