Many brides think nothing of spending thousands of pounds on their wedding gown.
And yet, when it comes to cleansing skin and prepping it to ensure a flawless finish, just as many brides are happy to leave it to chance … praying they don’t fall victim to a dreaded pimple outbreak ahead of the big day.
Award-winning celebrity make-up artist, Sarah Brock is a bridal make-up expert for Chanel, who was on hand to make sure Peter Andre’s wife, Emily, was picture perfect for their special day.
Sarah gives us a breakdown on the dos and don’ts – and the very best Chanel has to offer, so you can strike a confident pose on your special day.
Do it yourself
If you are applying your own wedding make-up, don’t think you can use the products you use for a special occasion/ night out – the products you need to choose for your wedding day need to be much longer-lasting and also be suitablefor having photographs taken in daylight.
Don’t apply fake tan the day before your wedding!
If you want a golden glow for your wedding day, have a trial a few months before to be sure that you are happy with the colour. Apply three days before the big day to give it chance to settle down.
Get ideas for the look you want online and in magazines – it doesn’t have to be just bridal magazines, check out red carpet looks too. Find one that you love and print out the image so you can take it with you when searching for products.
Buy over the counter
Don’t order online – go to a counter and have a consultation with a make-up expert. Chanel offer great advice and their make-up artists are highly trained to give the best guidance.
Start by using the correct skin care as the perfect base for your makeup. Don’t use moisturisers that are too thick and greasy as this will cause your makeup to slide off your skin
Apply foundation in a thin, even layer – you can always apply more if needed. Start at the centre of the face and blend outwards.
Don’t overdo powder as it will make your make-up look thick and cakey. Just dust a small amount on your forehead, nose and eyelids to stop eyeshadow creasing and to set your foundation.
Blushers and contours
Try cream blushers and contour powders, unless your skin is very, very oily. They add the most gorgeous, pretty glow.
Avoid eye shadows with too much sparkle or that contain glitter as this will ‘bounce’ off of flash photography.
Choose waterproof eyeliners and mascaras in case of rain or any wedding day tears of joy!
Don’t use a thick, sticky gloss – no one likes to kiss a bride with this on her lips!