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 photographs.
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 good, light 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
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
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
The 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
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
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. A pink toned blusher will
give you a more natural and fresh look whereas a terracota one will
make you look more sophisticated.
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.
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 s-e-x-y. After all, marriage is a very adult step
- it's nice to look like an adult when you walk down the
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.
for the big day
You have a month to get married, and your
skin is well, ah so dull.
What do you do? Where do you go?
Here are some quick solutions to ensure you look your glowing
During the build up to your wedding you may find that
stress plays havoc with your complexion. Try to stay as stress free
as possible while organizing your wedding. Treat yourself to a nice
relaxing aroma massage or facial to help calm and revitalise the
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
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.
Start 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
Get on a detox diet. Switch to raw veggies and
fruits. Drink tons of water. You lose weight and your system stays
clean. Voila-glowing skin.
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 manicure and pedicure, you want your
hands and feet to look their best. Leave the all over body waxing
till three days before the wedding.