Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Wedding Makeup Tips

In the UK May through to September is usually the busiest time for weddings as this is when the weather is usually at it's best. You lucky people that are from an already hot country or who are getting married abroad can also take note of our summer wedding tips.
 The biggest problem with makeup in the heat/ humidity is making it stay put. Even on a dry skin products can slide or give a curdled appearance....lovely!

This is a key product to make your foundation stay put. You may feel that you don't want loads of layers on your skin but by layering small amounts of different products you will sandwich in products and help them to sit longer on the skin.
Pop on your normal moisturiser and then buff over a thin layer of primer.

 Face Primer

Diego Dalla Palma Universal Makeup Base -Great on a dry, dehydrated skin. Also brightens a dull, ashy complexion.

M.A.C Prep and Prime Natural Radiance Primer- Different to their normal prep and prime, this primer is good for a normal skin type and great for people who have a darker skin tone due to it's warm golden tint.

 Smashbox Photo Finish Primer- Photographs nicely and being oil free this is good for a normal combination skin or someone who just gets T-Zone shine.

 Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer- This primer is perfect for an oily skin. Easily absorbed and feels super matte on the skin.

Laura Mercier Primer- comes in different versions depending on your skin type but the basic primer is great for all skin types and because it has cooling ingredients it is also good for a sensitive, puffy skin.

Eye Primer
There are specific eye primers but we generally find a good quality cream eye shadow will work just as well. Some primers will make the eye shadow you put on top hard to blend. Sometimes you need a base product with a bit of slip so that you can still blend on top.
Here's some faves...

MAC Paint Pots- Cream eye shadows but they are creamy enough to blend over and act as a base to eyeshadow built up on top as well as enhancing the colour of the eye shadow.
 These come in a variety of colours depending on your needs but I would opt for a matte colour rather than a pearl finish. Shades in Painterly and Quite Natural are our faves.

Urban Decay Eye Primer Potion- Only a small amount is needed for a crease proof eye shadow. Also enhances the colour of your eye shadows.

Lip Primer
There are specific lip primers but we have found the best product to use is to base your whole lip with a lip liner and then cover with a lipstick or gloss.
 At least when the lipstick/gloss has rubbed off you will still be left with a tint to the lips form the liner.

These are some alternative options for weddings in the heat.
Lots of you have posted on Nic's video asking on the best foundations for a very pale skin tone.
 I would say check out Illamasqua Skin Base foundation in 01 or MAC Face and Body in White.
 Both can be mixed in with your current foundation to lighten it up.

MAC Face and Body Foundation- Water based, foundation that is natural but buildable. Although this gives a radiant, dewy finish it does'nt feel greasy on the skin and it also photographs really well. It is the staple foundation for a lot of makeup artists and is a regular on photo shoots and backstage.
 Also doubles for the body (obviously) so great for any unexpected leg bruises that might pop up on your big day.

Makeup Forever Face and Body Liquid Makeup- Waterproof, lightweight foundation that is quick drying and provides a light to medium coverage.
 Being water based this foundation lasts well under extremes of heat.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Light-This is a lightweight version of the cult foundation Double Wear. Now I find the original double wear flashes back and to be honest I haven't tried this foundation myself but I have spoken with ladies from hot countries via twitter and they swear by this foundation for longevity whilst still remaining shine free.
 It contains SPF 10 which concerns me with regards to flash back but I think it is worth getting a sample of to test prior to your big day.

Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua- This relates back to our water based foundations are best in heat theory!
 This is a lightweight foundation that will provide a light to medium coverage. Gives a natural radiance to the skin and blends in with ease.
 Don't forget to give it a big shake before use.

Armani Maestro Foundation- Super lightweight foundation that is perfect for people who want a sheer matte finish. Glides over the skin and dries instantly. Finish is a natural matte almost powdered finish. i found this did settle into my pores slightly so use a primer underneath. This is best on a flawless skin.

The colours you choose are dependant on your colour scheme however there are some fabulous eye shadow palettes available that hold a vast array of shades to compliment your wedding style.
 In the sunshine anything with too much of a shimmer will flash back and may look too frosty so it is really important to trial colours and take a photograph so you can test the finish on camera

Zoeva Nude Palette - 28 shades with a mixture of matte and pearl finish. Colours include a range of cool and warm tone browns, lilac, plums, greys and some natural beige tones.
 Colour pay off is good and these last well on the skin.
 If you plan on having more vibrant colours on your eyes this will not be the palette for you but a great one for natural brides.

MAC- You can build your own eyeshadow palettes from MAC in a quad of palette of 15. Works out a little cheaper than buying individually and you can pick your own colours. MAC are probably the best for colour intensity, staying power and colour choice.


Lips are the area that will need to be touched up throughout the day. If you're someone who can't be bothered to worry about your lipstick then keep it fairly nude and natural.
 You will need some colour on the lips to avoid looking washed out however there are tons of lipsticks out there to give you a wash of colour.
 You will need to try them on before you buy to ensure they colour suits and doesn't change once on the lips.
 To help keep the colour on you can base the lips with a lip pencil all over the lips so that when the lipstick wears off you will be left with a soft colour still on the lips.
 Likewise when wearing a strong colour I would still recommend filling in the lips with a pencil rather than just lining the edge. That way you won't be left looking like a clown with a lined edge and no colour in the center.
Matte colours will last longer than glossy, moisturising shades.

 Gloss is best avoided as your hair will get stuck in it and also it will transfer onto everyone you kiss.
 If you do go for gloss the MAC Plushglass is a good one to go for as it wears well rather than leaving a white mark around the corners of your mouth.

Watch Nic's tutorial's here to get some ideas on other products more specific to your needs.



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  2. Can you also do a tutorial about your wedding hair, it was so beautiful!

  3. Can you also do a tutorial about your wedding hair? It was so beautiful!

  4. Amazing!!! Make up can make a person look totally different. Women are concerned about their beauty and they want to look different especially in their wedding. These makeup tips can help them in looking extra ordinary on their wedding day.
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