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wedding day make up

When it comes to your wedding day, getting your make-up absolutely right should be a priority. It’s the one day of your life when you’re guaranteed to be the star attraction so all eyes will be on you from all angles all day long and your face will probably appear in virtually every picture. All too often all this pressure upsets the style barometer and results in a ‘more is more’ coping strategy and a less than flattering, unnatural, or even worse, ‘themed’ look, that will ensure you cringe when you look back in years to come.

The key to success is to keep things SIMPLE, UNDERSTATED and ELEGANT so that you look like an improved version of yourself but with a look that is obviously you. The best way to do that is to invest in the services of a professional make-up artist who understands how to apply clever washes of make-up to enhance
your natural beauty, boost luminosity and radiance, and give you a slightly stronger than normal, flawless finish that really lasts the distance and fulfils all the differing photographic requirements that you will be faced with (from close up to long distance and black and white to flash).

Not only that, having your make-up done professionally is a good way to relax on your special day and many women say they find the whole experience very empowering. Just knowing you look fabulous can be a great confidence booster!

If you do decide to go the professional route, book a trial at least a month before the big day so you have an in-depth consultation and work together to achieve a look you are really happy with.

For best results, it’s a good idea to cut out and take along pictures from magazines of make-up looks you like so you get a proper idea in your own mind and that of your make-up artist of what you would ideally love. This should help clear up big questions such as ‘Do you like shine on the eyes or matte?’ and ‘Do you like pinky tones on the lips or peachy?’ Once you’ve agreed on a look that works for you, all you should need to buy for the big day itself is the lipstick you decide on (so you can touch up as the day goes on) and some blotting tissues.

If you are going to have beauty treatments, please do go careful and don’t do them too close to the actual wedding day. If you fancy a facial, it’s actually a good idea to have two treatments in the run up so the skin can get used to them, one two months before and one maybe a week. Don’t have one too close to the actual day though as you need to give your skin a chance to settle down. Likewise, if you’re going for a fake tan, have a practice run to ‘test’ the effect on your skin maybe a month before and then, if you like the result, book the actual tan for two days before the day to allow it to settle a little before getting into your gown.


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In my experience, the best beauty treatment you can go for though is eyebrow threading, it’s simply amazing! Good brows are the key to adding definition to the face, so getting this right is, in my opinion, an absolute must. Likewise, a good manicure is a great investment (ideally the day before the wedding) and eyelash extensions are also proving popular nowadays. The results can look fabulous in photos but please make sure you book your appointment a good few days before the actual wedding to give you a chance to ‘own’ your new lashes!

All this aside, the best advice is to try and RELAX as much as possible in the run up to the big day and drink lots of water. Massages are great but nothing beats laughing with friends, curling up with a good book and doing some gentle exercises and deep breathing. The most beautiful brides are always the happiest ones afterall!

Lucy Rosseter