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bridal make upSo you’ve chosen your dream dress and the perfect shoes to go with it. You know how you want to wear your hair, and you have an appointment with the hairdresser to make sure it is just perfect. But have you thought about how to make the most of your best and most personal asset on your wedding day - your face?

Bridal make up is not the same as every day make up. This is partly because it is, of course, your special day and you will want to look your absolute best, but it is also because you want to look great in your wedding photos, and the flash of a professional camera makes normal make up look faded. So how do you do it? Here are a few easy tips.

1 - Consider your colouring

A pale, blue eyed blonde is not going to suit the same make-up as a sultry, dark eyed Latina or dark skinned African-American, so it is imperative that you know what kind of colours suit your individual look.
Base - Even if you are not used to wearing foundation, it is advisable for those wedding day photos as the camera flash can wash you out. The main tip here is to ensure that the colour matches your skin tone, so it is best to test it on the face in bright, natural light.
Eyes - The colours you use on your eyes should generally contrast with the shade of the iris and enhance the skin tone. In general, the darker your skin, the brighter and more daring your eye make-up can be.
Cheeks - A flush of colour makes any bride look radiant and healthy, and can counteract the paling effect of wedding day nerves, as well as ensuring you don’t lack colour in your photos. If you have a cooler, paler skin tone then blush in a soft pink or peach looks beautiful, while if you are warmer or darker then a dusting of matte bronzer will give you a beautiful glow.
Lips - There are so many different colours of lipstick about that it can be hard to chose between them. If you want a natural look then aim for something as close to your own lip colour as possible. If your heart is set on ruby red lips, then you can wear them no matter what your colouring, it is just a case of finding the right shade for you. If you have cool toned skin then a pink toned or plum shade will look stunning, whereas if you have a warm complexion then an equally warm red does the trick. Just remember that this is a high maintenance look and you will have to keep reapplying!

2 - Don’t overdo it

Just like with everyday make up, this is a golden rule to follow. Choose one feature, usually either eyes or lips, and emphasise it, keeping make up fairly neutral on the rest of the face. This will keep the look fresh and modern and prevent makeup overload.

3 - Take care of your skin

If you want your makeup to look its best then your skin will also have to be in top condition.  Start a beauty regime a few weeks in advance of the big day, making sure to eat healthily and drink plenty of water as well as looking after your skin with regular cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising.

4 - Don’t go it alone!

If your budget stretches to it then it is worth hiring a professional makeup artist on the day to make sure your makeup is just right and you don’t make mistakes due to nerves. If you don’t want to go for this option, it is still best to have a consultation with an expert beforehand, preferably with your dress, accessories and hair done too, and take a friend with you who can help you with your makeup on the day.

5 - Take top ups

You want to look good all day, from before the ceremony to the moment the party ends, so you will need to make sure you or one of your party keeps emergency makeup fixers to hand at all times. From blotting paper and powder for shine to lipstick for touch-ups, if you are prepared then you will look fresh the entire time.
Whatever kind of makeup you choose, the most important thing is that you feel radiant, beautiful and comfortable on your special day, as this feeling is bound to shine through both during the party and in your photos. This is about being yourself, at your very best.

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