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The wedding day is something most of us ladies dream of and plan from an early age. When the time actually arrives, a vast number of things have to be prepared and executed, one of them is of course choosing the perfect makeup for your big day.

I believe every bride should look like the best version of herself on her wedding day, you don’t want to look like a completely different person all-together. The key is however getting the skin looking perfectly glowing. Luminous skin looks ethereal, you however don’t want a strobe-light effect across your face on the photos.

Doing this requires several steps, check out the below for a natural bridal look that leaves your skin looking glowy…

PREP THE SKIN:This part is crucial and should not be left out. It is essential to prime your face as you are creating a smooth canvas for makeup application. The primer fills in all the lines and enlarged pores, so it is a vital step. I use an illuminating primer and allow it to settle into the skin for a few minutes before applying MAC strobe cream. The strobe cream gives the skin a beautiful glow from underneath the foundation which is nice and subtle.

BROWS:

Fill in your brows using a chocolate brown shade of eyeshadow, black is often a bit too harsh – but it is entirely up to you. Once you are happy with the brows, using your concealer, outline your brows to make them seem even more defined.

FOUNDATION:

Apply foundation as per usual with your foundation brush and blend using a beauty blender. Don’t add any foundation to the eyelid area as it will all end up packing in the crease of the eyelid during the course of the day. Don’t forget to blend well into the neck and even down to the bust line…there are going to be many pictures being taken on your wedding day and the last thing you want is to have various skin tones going on. Set your foundation with a pressed powder. If you suffer from dry skin you don’t need to set the entire face, you can then just set the area which is most likely to become oily such as the T-panel.

Next, using a concealer, cover the eyelid area and set with a pressed powder. I just find that by doing this the eye makeup lasts much longer.

HIGHLIGHT AND CONTOUR:

To do this you would obviously need to know and understand the various face shapes really well. To break it down for you, the perfect face shape is of course oval. If your face shape is anything other than oval you would obviously need to contour to create the ‘illusion’ of an oval face basically…this is known as contouring. This is usually the cheekbones, sides of the nose, forehead, jawline and chin area…depending on your face shape.

You would highlight the areas of the face you would like attention to be focused on. For example, the cheekbones, the forehead, the bridge of the nose and the centre of the face…so basically what you want people to look at and notice first, and what would stand out on your pictures (hope this makes sense). I like to highlight with a concealer first and then again with a highlighting powder.

For brides, I usually highlight the inner corners of the eyes as well to make them stand out a bit more. Always end off with some blush or bronzing powder to define the cheeks even more.

LIPS:

Using a lipliner, I like to line the entire lip as I find the lipstick simply lasts much longer. I then apply the lipstick shade over the lipliner.To set the lips, dust some translucent powder lightly over a tissue over the lips.

Finish off the look with a winged eyeliner and some false lashes and you are ready for the big day! Always also use a setting spray to finish off the look and seal it all in.

I hope you found this post useful – I did create a video tutorial as well should you wish to check it out. You can find it on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43mv32Pmh5E

Till next time,

xxx

Kelly D

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