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Summertime is the season for weddings & over the past few weekends I have had the pleasure of making up some absolutely gorgeous brides & bridesmaids. It so important to get wedding hair & makeup just right, as how you look on the day will last forever in your photo album. For those of you that are planning your big day I have complied a list of all my top tips for perfect wedding makeup.


-Always hire a professional makeup artist & hairdresser, as having an expert on hand will reduce your stress levels (keeping Bridezillas at bay…) while giving you the best photographic results.

-When deciding on your style of hair & makeup, never go for a look that is too experimental or trendy, as chances are you will live to regret it! Your photographs are forever & you dont want to be looking like Lady Gaga for the next twenty years- even though it may have seemed like a cool idea at the time! In my experience, classic styles never date  & I only have to glance at my mums wedding photo from 1961 to see that she still looks timeless due to simple & beautiful makeup & hair.

-Having your skin looking good is essential, so that can be something you can work on the weeks leading up to the big day! Always avoid facials & intense cleansing routines too close to the time as this can cause irritation & breakouts.

-Choosing the right tone of foundation is always the most important start to any makeup job & that means using a colour that matches your neck & chest- nothing looks worse than a pale face & a brown body! Spray tans are an effective way to get that lovely overall glow, but its important not to go overboard with too much tanning which will turn you orange & patchy. My number one pet hate for wedding days (& any other day of the year) is fake tan on the face…. the horror of orange eyebrows & patchwork skin as a result of facial tanners is almost irreparable to a makeup artist.

-Natural makeup is the look of choice for most brides, but it has to be strong enough to show up in photographs. Creating depth around the eyes with a dark brown pencil & then blending it out into soft golden browns, taupes & pinks will create a smokey eye that still looks soft. This is exactly the technique I used in the gorgeous image above from the summer issue of Bride & Groom magazine.

-Avoid the dreaded blue eyeshadow, hard eyeliner & bad blending- all these faults will look harsh & aging in photos.

-Blusher is so important as it provides colour & adds contour. A great effect for wedding makeup is to sweep a matte bronzer across the cheekbone the add a soft rose or peach to the apple of the cheek for a natural flush. A touch of shimmer powder also adds that extra sparkle, but take care not to go over board with shine as it can look too reflective in flash photography.

-To make your lipstick last fill in the whole lip area with a natural toned liner first, followed by lipstick & gloss- this trick will stop the lips from bleeding. Long lasting lipsticks also work well, but they can feel & look dry, so add a touch of gloss or balm over the top for extra moisture. When selecting a lipstick, think about the colour of your flowers & accessories, as its lovely to tie the shades together. The best shades for brides are soft roses, warm browns, pinks & buff tones as these all photograph well & dont look overpowering. Avoid frosty lipsticks & stay away from any shade of orange (another of my big no-no products!)

-Professionally applied makeup should last all day, but for touch ups during the course of the wedding its important to carry a purse containing a mineral powder compact with a mirror, your lipstick & gloss, plus cotton buds & tissues for emergencies. Get your bridesmaids to keep an eye on you & each other for shiny noses or smudged lipstick as this is the best way to keep your makeup looking fresh all day (& night!)

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