Every bride wants to look beautiful on her wedding day – after all it’s one of the most important days of her life! After months of preparation, you’ve finally got your dream dress and chosen the colour scheme… Now it’s time to master your wedding make-up!
Choosing your bridal make-up for your wedding day can be a daunting task. Do you apply your own make-up or get the help of a professional make-up artist? Do you opt for airbrush make-up or keep it traditional? What look should you go for? The options are endless!
Here bridal beauty expert, Kelly Licorish provides a masterclass in make-up: “For the ultimate in bridal beauty make-up, there is no better application technique for skin than the airbrush. It is increasingly becoming one of the most popular make-up choices for brides-to-be. The beauty of the airbrush is that it is quick, efficient and flawless.
“It provides a natural and even finish, plus the product is undetectable to HD photographic and video cameras. A lot of brides love its lightweight and ‘barely there’ feel, plus it is long lasting, so you don’t need to worry about reapplying your make-up throughout your wedding day.
“It also allows you to cater for large groups in a short length of time, making it ideal for bridal parties where the bride, mother of the bride and bridesmaids require their make-up to be professionally applied on the morning of the wedding.”
Step 1: Skin preparation
Always prepare the skin prior to make-up application. Make sure that you cleanse, moisturise and prime. Stageline Professional Silk Veil skin primer is hugely popular with professional make-up artists and is ‘must have’ for bridal make-up. This clever silicone-based skin primer instantly evens out the skin and ensures that your make-up stays in place all day. (RRP £24.12)
Step 2: Foundation, contouring and highlighting
On your wedding day, it is essential that you choose a flawless and long-lasting foundation that matches your skin tone. I recommend Mistair Airbrush Foundation, it has a brilliant range of natural and wearable shades to suit any complexion. This silicone-based foundation gives a long-lasting and flawless finish. Its super light formulation flows through the airbrush easily without blocking. Simply apply in even strokes to the face and neck to build up the desired coverage that you require. (RRP £32.00)
For contouring, I use a Mistair Airbrush Foundation that is a few shades darker than the foundation for the base. I then build the colour from the top of the cheek bone to underneath the apple of the cheek to add definition.
Mistair Airbrush Highlight & Shimmer in Cornsilk is ideal for highlighting the face and body. I lightly apply the highlighter to the top of the cheek bones, down the centre of the nose and into the cupid’s bow. For an all over glow, I lightly mist the face and décolletage to create a gentle and elegant sheen. (RRP £32.00)
Step 3: Blusher
To add a pop of colour to the cheeks, I lightly mist Mistair Airbrush Blusher onto the apple of the cheeks and work in using small circular motions, then lightly fade out towards the contour. (RRP £32.00)
Step 4: Eyebrows
It is important that you groom the eyebrows, as they frame the face. Using a Mistair brow stencil or free hand, I follow the natural shape of the eyebrow to apply Mistair Airbursh Brow Colour – this defines the eyebrows. (RRP £32.00)
Step 5: Eyes
Prime – For the eyes, I recommend that you use an eye primer to stop the eyelids from creasing and becoming oily, such as Stageline Professional Eye Shadow Primer. This minimises creasing and helps to prolong the eye make-up. (RRP £9.96)
Colour – Choosing an eye shadow colour for your wedding day can be very personal, I always advice my brides to choose an eye shadow shade that enhances their eye colour or ties in with their bridal theme, for example lilac and purples really open up green eyes. I then apply this eye shadow to the centre and outer edge of the eyes. Stageline Professional’s Sphere Eye Shadows are ideal for bridal make-up, they are long-lasting, heavily pigmented and available in an array of matte and pearl shades that are easy to blend. (RRP £12.36 each)
Define – For extra definition, I use Stageline Professional Precise Liner in a deeper hue, such as black or brown to accentuate the outer edges of the eyes and make the lashes stand out. I start at the outer edge of the eyes and work in towards the nose, making the line thinner so it gradually fades into the lash line. (RRP £11.28)
Step 6: Lashes
Defined lashes are a must have on your wedding day. I recommend using a waterproof mascara that is long lasting and buildable, which will not run if you shed some tears of joy on the big day. For extra definition, I recommend using Stageline Professional False Eye Lashes to accentuate and open up the eyes. (RRP £9.12)
Step 7: Lips
For the perfect pout, I line and shade the lips using a lip liner, such as Stageline Professional Soft Lip Liner which provides a strong base and makes the lip colour last longer. (RRP £7.32)
I then apply the lipstick using a professional lip brush, to perfect edges and provide optimum shape. I complete the look using Stageline Professional Lipstick SPF 10, this creamy, long-lasting lipstick provides an intense vibrant colour and contains Maxilip to boost collagen levels for a naturally plump pout ready to say ‘I do!’. (RRP £13.68)
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