All the tips, tricks and products needed for those summer weddings
We all want to look our best for a wedding, but there are ways to look
flawless without the help of a wedding makeup artist. Clever know-how,
plus the right products, can help you to achieve your perfect wedding makeup look.
of our expert make-up artisit has revealed their best wedding makeup
tips and tried them out on 5 of our lovely readers, so you can perfect
this wedding makeup routine at home. From how to get a flawless base and
radiant glow, to easy ways to create a smoky (tear-proof!) eye and the
hottest colours to team with your special occasion outfit, we have
everything you need to finish off your look for the big day.
whether you’re a guest who would prefer natural makeup, or a bride-to-be
who wants to create a dramatic wedding makeup look, we can show you how
to pull together a new style that will ensure you stand out from the
crowd for all the right reasons…
Prime with Estee Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer, £23 to get hours of mileage out of the already resilient YSL Fusion Foundation, £31.50. If you need to get a bit flushed L'Oreal Paris Nude Magique Anti-Redness CC Cream, £9.99, wherever needed, and pop Clinique Redness Solutions Instant Relief Mineral Pressed Powder, £25.50 in your clutch for touch ups.
If like most people shine is a problem for you at parties resist the urge to keep loading on powder all over. Instead gently dab with DHC oil blotting paper, £4 to absorb excess oil without cakiness.
Prime lids with Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion, £16. 'Make your eyes the first thing you do', says make-up artist Sarah-Jane Green. 'You can then clean up underneath without disturbing your base.
Sweep Maybelline Color Show in Sultry Sand, £4.99, over the whole lid then Max Factor Excess Shimmer in Copper, £7.99, up to the socket line and blend. Now draw Mac Eyeshadow in Copperplate, £13 along the outer corner blending again.
Curl your lashes, apply bareMinerals Lash Domination 10in1 Volumizing mascara, £17 and comb through with M2 Beauté Tools Eyelash Comb, £19.50.
Don't make the mistake of using loads of prep products, as they can weigh down short hair and dull your colour,' says Sarah-Jane. Pureology Colour Fanatic Multi-tasking Hair Beautifier, £14.85, primes, protects ad preps hair for styling in one light spray.
Then add volume by popping in a few slim velcro rollers around the crown and blasting with a hairdryer to set. Once removed backcomb hair a little at the roots.
Now play! It's the little things that make a difference to short hair, so muss it up and set with surf spray, change your parting or even add a glitzy accessory.
Flash lashes don't have to be OTT - add a few Eylure Pro Lash Individuals, £5.29, to the outer edge of your eyes for subtle flutter.
Squeeze a blob of boots Perfect Finish False Eyelash Glue, £2.09, on to a piece of foil, leave for 30 seconds to turn tacky, then dip in the end of your tweezers. 'Tip your head back, to stretch the lid and get closer to the lashline' she says.
Pull hair to one side and pin into a messy chingnon with grips. 'don't worry if some layer fall out', says Sarah-Jane, 'they'll help create movement.' Gently tease hair up at the crown with Lee Stafford Colour Therapy Sectioning Tail Comb, £3.15 - Sarah-Jane's bargain secret weapon for fixing styles all day.
Women are renowned for taking a long time to get ready, but we're not sure who these ladies are because our beauty regime nearly always seems to be rushed. From express tanning to last-minute facials and make-up shortcuts, here are the most common beauty mistakes we're all guilty of making...
Getting a facial too close to your special occasionFacials are vital in maintaining healthy, youthful skin - they open pores to clear away impurities and improve skin tone and texture. However not all the gunk thats been lurking under your complexion comes out during the consultation, usually dislodged impurities can take days to rise to the surface. To save yourself covering spots with masses of make-up, give your skin at least one week to recover.
Loading on mountains of mascara might seem like the quickest route to long fluttery lashes but in reality it just weighs them down and looks messy. Instead apply thin layers within seconds of each other and gently prod the roots with a cotton bud to get long-lasting lift.
Trusty self-tan is one of the UK's biggest-selling beauty products and it's not difficult to see why. As-well as bronzing our limbs at record speed, it effortlessly disguises tiny imperfections such as thread veins and optically knocks inches off us.
Everybody looks healthier was a subtle sun-kissed glow but if you want it to look natural for your special occasion apply it three days before your event. This will give the tan time to settle and you time to correct any patchiness.
Concealer is the fastest way to delete dark circles but sweeping product around the eye can lead you to looking like you've just arrived back from a ski trip. To avoid 'panda eyes' on your special day, apply concealer in a triangle shape instead. Start at the inner corner of each eye, then drag the brush down to the centre of your cheek and back up again to the outer corner, before filling in the space in the middle. This technique makes concealer far less detectable once you've applied your regular foundation.
Whitening toothpaste can cause tooth sensitivity and lets face it, life's too short to skip the ice cream and processo at your long awaited event. So instead of investing in an expensive toothpaste, grab a handful of strawberries, mash them up, dip your toothpaste in and rub it across your teeth. Oddly the pulp of strawberries contains malic acid which serves as an astringent and can lighten surface stains. Catherine Zeta-Jones swear by it.