We touch base with a brilliant bridal make-up expert for her top ten tips for a beautiful bridal you… get the look at home!
Recently getting ready for a Christmas party, my three-year-old daughter asked me why I was going looking like ‘Ursula the Sea Witch’ from the Little Mermaid. It was a valid question. Given, therefore, that it would appear unwise to trust a single word I had to offer you in terms of bridal make-up, thankfully, we could all learn a thing or two from brilliant bridal make-up artist Naomi Gilmore. We team up with Naomi to bring you her top ten best bridal make-up dos and don’ts…
“Taking care of your skin on the run-up to the wedding will give your make-up the best chance of looking great on your skin. Look for a cleanser, toner & moisturiser that suit your skin type. Avoid heavy creams and find a moisturiser that is highly nourishing and hydrating. Give yourself at least two weeks for your skin to adapt to the new routine. Don’t change your skincare routine a day or two before your wedding as you could find yourself with breakouts and sensitivity to the new products.”
“I like to think of a primer as Velcro for your makeup. It goes on after your moisturiser and its purpose is to smooth the surface of the skin, soften fine lines, and fill in open pores. Most importantly, a good primer will keep your make-up looking its best all day. Once applied let it dry fully before applying other products. The primer I love is the Smashbox Primerizer – it’s £30 and works as a moisturiser and primer in one!”
“When choosing a foundation ensure you buy one that suits your skin type. If you struggle with dry skin look for a moisturising foundation, and for those of you who have combination or oily skin, look for an oil-free product. To apply your foundation, I love my beauty blender, but a flat foundation brush is also a favourite of mine. When using a brush always work in downward strokes and take the product slightly down your neck to avoid lines along your jaw.”
4. Concealer & breakouts!
“Concealer should be applied after your foundation to provide additional coverage to problem areas. The concealer you choose should be the same colour as your foundation. If you happen to wake up with a spot, don’t panic! Dab your concealer over the top of the pimple with a small dry brush. Don’t take the concealer out further than the edge of the spot. Then set the product with powder. For extra coverage repeat the process.”
5. Dark Circles
“There are many brilliant products available specific for the under-eye area. These are designed to fill in fine lines, hide dark circles and brighten under the eye. For this step choose a product that’s a shade lighter than your foundation. Use a soft clean brush to apply the product or your ring finger as this gives the softest touch. I really like Benefit Fake Up, which is £20 and contains vitamin E and Appleseed extract, so is extremely hydrating.
“Your brows shape your face and mustn’t be forgotten in your make-up routine. I love gel products to follow the natural line of the brow. I then use a brow powder with an angled brush over the top to give a more natural finish. I love Benefit Ka-Brow! It’s £20 and comes in 6 shades. Use a light pink or cream shade and apply under the brow bone to give an illusion of a higher arch.”
“Before you apply make-up to the eye it’s ideal if you can use a primer first. This will hold the eyeshadow for longer and avoid the make-up gathering in the creases. I like to start with a cream base over the whole lid followed by an eyeshadow to set it. MAC Paintpot’s are great! To get lovely definition you can then take a darker shade and fill in the outer crease of your eyelid. To make your eyes sparkle in photos use a light shimmery eyeshadow in the inner corner of the eye. Finish with eyelash curlers and waterproof mascara.”
“Don’t forget your blush! When choosing your blush think about your skin tone. If you are quite fair stick with light pink shades, and for more tanned or darker skin tones look for corals and plum-based shades. A brush of color on your cheek bones will lift the face and give a beautiful finish to your skin.”
“When choosing a lip colour, avoid nude shades. In photos your lips will look washed out if your lip colour is too subtle. Matte lipsticks are very drying so choose a product such as a MAC Satin Lipstick that’s creamy and long lasting. I like to apply lip liner before the lipstick, and choose a shade that’s 1 shade darker than your lip colour.”
10. Final touches
“Once your make-up is complete lightly brush your face with a light covering of setting power and another gentle sweep of blusher. Then set it all with a setting spray. NYX setting spray at £7 is a great choice. In your handbag keep your lip colour, your powder and some blusher for top ups during the day!”
Our thanks to Naomi for these excellent tips (which I’ll be using pronto!). For more advice and to book an appointment with Naomi, visit naomigilmoremakeupartist.co.uk