Make-up for Brides
Regardless of what
make-up shades you choose,
or how decide to wear them, you'll want your
skin to look perfect. Not only will
all eyes be on you during the ceremony and after, there are wedding pictures to
worry about - if your skin looks blotchy, it will look more so in those wedding
One to two weeks before your
wedding you should avoid the following:
Tanning, whether in the sun and on a sunbed
Applying foundation & Concealer
Begin with a primer to fill in pores and
lines, so that makeup glides on evenly. If primer is a budget buster, use a
moisturizer - give your moisturizer or primer time to sink in. Wait
at least 10 minutes before
applying foundation. Don't use very thick moisturizer
before applying foundation to your skin. If you want an all-over glow,
apply your highlighter over your moisturiser and under your foundation
Spend time applying foundation. If you have an
oily skin, always look for an oil-free foundation or one that says 'non-comedogenic'
on the label. An oil free foundation also lasts longer. Remember to always
choose a foundation that is closest to your skin colour.
If you want to prevent your face from getting shiny you can always dust a little
bit of pressed powder over your foundation.
For a concealer that lasts, choose one with a
dry consistency. Always apply it after your
Remember, you make-up has to last through hours
of tears, kisses, dancing, champagne drinking, and more. A good way to ensure
make-up stays put is to use both cream and powder versions of everything.
eyes are always very important, as they are
a reflection of the soul. They are the focus of the face.
For maximum staying power and glamour, go with
a liquid liner, dot liquid liner between your lashes and smudge with a small
brush to blend—the technique adds definition without hardness—'then cover liner
with a matching powder eye shadow to set the look. For easier control and
application, your best bet is an eyeliner pencil, which creates a softer look.
Another option would be to use a thin line
of white eyeliner on the eyelid, to highlight the eyes. Finish the line with
black eyeliner and add a
little black eyeshadow under the eye.
To keep the
eyebrows up and up, once you've
added color, comb your brows into place with a clear eyebrow gel or
mascara-style brush spritzed with hair spray.
Waterproof mascara is the only guarantee against raccoon eyes and streak-stained
Whether you opt for powder or cream eye shadow,
think thin—apply as little product as possible. Your look will last longer, and
it will be easy to build depth layer by layer. Eye shadow colours must suit the skin colour, so
daring colours like blue and green must not be used. They tend to give a weird
look to the face.
Blush & Powder
If you've applied liquid or cream
foundation, start with a cream
blush, dusting it with translucent powder, then
brush on a powder blush. For a glow that stays incandescent all day, try
layering your blush. Blush is the makeup that's
likeliest to fade first, so it's tempting to overcompensate by choosing a darker
or more saturated color. But to look naturally flushed—not clownish—choose a
blush that's the color of your chest, palms, or fingertips.
Smoothen a bit of foundation on the edges of
the lips before adding any color, which also prevents feathering around fine
lines. Line and fill in your lips with pencil. Brush on your lipstick and blot
with tissue, then reapply. To stop the
shine from settling on your guests, apply a small dab of gloss in the center of
your bottom lip. It's just enough coverage—your lips' natural movement will
distribute the gloss evenly—without sticking it to your receiving line. Avoid
wearing bright lip colors as they smudge the most. Some reds, for example, bleed
a lot more than soft peaches and pinks. It's just the pigment formulation.
A pink toned blusher will
give you a more natural and fresh look whereas a terracota one will make you
look more sophisticated.
Conventional wedding wisdom recommends, soft,
pink-tinted make-up. Yet, pink is more girly than womanly, and many brides do
not want to look girly. Ignore the wedding planners, those
relentless wedding magazines, your mother and your cousin. Instead, think about,
what you find beautiful and don't be afraid of make-up that is strong or sexy.
After all, marriage is a very adult step - it's nice to look like an adult when
you walk down the aisle.
Furthermore, you make-up has to last through
hours of tears, kisses, dancing, champagne drinking, and more. A good way to
ensure make-up stays put is to use both cream and powder versions of everything.
Apply foundation and concealer, then use cream blusher and powder eye shadow. If
you use pencil eyeliner, go over it with an eyliner brush dipped in a similar
shade of eye shadow. This doubling-up is a great technique to use any time you
need budge-proof make-up.
Skin Care for the big day
You have a month to get married, and your skin is well, ah so
What do you do? Where do you go? Here are some quick solutions to ensure you
look your glowing best.
During the build up to your wedding you may
find that stress plays havoc with your complexion. Try to stay as
as possible while organizing your wedding. Treat yourself to a nice relaxing
aroma massage or facial to help calm and revitalise the skin.
Drink up to 2 litres of water a day to help
flush through any toxins in the body and
hydrate the skin. Any beauty regime
should be started well in advance, at least two months prior to the wedding.
Your skin cells take approximately this time to reach the surface (epidermis)
so it is important to
nourish the skin during this time.
Ask your therapist to recommend a good
quality professional skin care range for you to use every day. Ideally you
should cleanse, tone and
moisturize twice a day and avoid using soaps, which
are too harsh for the skin and can be very drying. Make a solution of equal
parts of glycerine, lime juice and rose water and refrigerate. Use all over
face and body after a bath.
A face mask is recommended aprox once a week
for your skin type. You should also
exfoliate aprox twice a week to remove
dead skin cells.
conditioning your hair with deep
conditioning treatments every alternate day. Sit with your beautician and
decide on what low maintenance, high
style hair cut could take you through
your pre-wedding events and wedding day styles.
Get on a
detox diet. Switch to raw veggies
and fruits. Drink tons of water. You lose weight and your system stays clean.
Use a raw potato slice on your face as often
as you can. It’s a natural bleach and exfoliator.
Do schedule in a weekly
pedicure, you want your
hands and feet to look their best. Leave the all over
body waxing till three days before the wedding.
And lastly, get enough of your beauty sleep.
You'll need it.
By sticking to a good skin care regime
you will notice a great improvement in the condition of your skin and the way
your make up will look on the skin!