Rachel Elizabeth, makeup artist to the Brides, gives us her tips for lasting makeup on your special day.

One of the most important parts of bridal makeup is making it last! You need to start with clean skin. Primer can help your makeup last longer and give you a more even finish. Two of my favourite products for this are Clarins Beauty Flash Balm and Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light.

You will need good coverage with foundation and concealer, but don’t be tricked into using too much. A little can go a long way if you’re using a full coverage foundation. This will give you a flawless look without being cakey or heavy on your skin.

While the dewy finish has long been admired by brides, it can quickly begin to look shiny, or worse, just plain oily. Set your foundation with a light translucent powder (M.A.C Blot Powder) to avoid excessive shine and help keep your base in place.

Eyes are often the favourite point of interest for brides. I’m a huge fan of the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion and M.A.C Paint Pots. Either of these products used sparingly underneath your eyeshadow will prevent it from seeping into the creases of your eyelids. (Eyeshadows applied directly to bare skin can seep into the eyelid creases as your skin warms up through the day. This completely changes the flawless blended look of your eyeshadow into a separated mess). Don’t forget to use waterproof mascara and eyeliner and your look will last long into the night!

For lips, lip liner is a must. It will give you more definition and if used to fill the lips completely before lipstick, it will hide where you’ve kissed off some colour onto your new husband.

Last but not least, keep an eye on your makeup throughout the day. Something I recommend to all my brides is to keep a pressed translucent powder and lipstick/gloss with them on the day. For shine prone faces, oil blotting films (M.A.C Blot Films) are a lifesaver, especially on long hot days.

By Rachel Elizabeth

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