Renowned celebrity makeup artist, Julia Carta, has pulled together her top tips for getting bridal beauty perfect on the big day.
Julia has worked with the likes of Irina Shayk, Kiera Knightly, Sienna Miller, Miranda Kerr, Naomi Watts, Britney Spears and Isla Fisher, so you know you're in safe hands...
It's imperative to get your skin glowing for the big day well in advance. It's not all about the makeup, preparation is key. Drinking lots of water, eating healthily and having facials way in advance are the golden key as you approach your wedding day. I also swear by skin-bossting supplements, I would recommend you take something like LQ Liquid Health Skin, Hair & Nails three months before the big day.
Make sure you drink plenty of water to hydrate your skin from within. Book a course of facials in advance but be aware, facials can bring out the impurities in your skin causing spots/pimples or blemishes as it rids itself of toxins and unwanted impurities that's why it's imperative to have a facial at least once a month in the run up to your wedding day. Treat yourself to your last facial at least a week before your big day and prior to a spray tan.
If you're planning on a spray tan have a practice run in advance and test your foundation against your tan to get it looking seamless and flawless. I recommend having your spray tan 2 days before the big day to give it more time to adjust and look more natural. James Harknett, Fake Bake Global Ambassador is my top tip. He has developed a new professional tan with Fake Bake, Flawless Glow, which has a hint of guide colour, and develops into a natural golden brown. It's the perfect lunchtime tan.
If you're doing your own makeup practice as confidence is key. Make a makeup chart and be organised to avoid last minute nerves. Have a few options to choose from on the day if you are still unsure.
First of all decide on the final look you want and take into consideration the location and time of year. Keep your makeup very simple and natural, luminous, classic with a modern twist and try to stick to classic and this seasons current beauty trend "K Beauty" that follows the "no makeup makeup look." It's about enhancing your natural beauty and defining your best features. It's about looking the best you can possibly look with fuller brows, defined eyes and full bee stung lips and not forgetting the blushing bridal glow.
On the big day exfoliate your face and body very lightly with a product like the Fake Bake Passion Fruit Body Polish, then apply a face mask to plump and hydrate the skin. Hydration is key so opt for the Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentre because it's ultra hydrating and will leave your skin supple and moisturised all day without a greasy shiny finish. It's also a great primer and face mask too! Blend your moisturizer with a silicone applicator like the MakeupDrop, then apply a primer to reduce the appearance of large pores, it will help to diminish fine lines, mattify the skin and helps your foundation last longer and its colour stay true.
Apply a cream highlighter/illuminator like the Becca Skin Perfecting Illuminator. Try applying with a foundation brush or tap with your fingers on the top of your cheekbones /brow bones to give the illusion of higher luminous cheekbones, or on the brow bone for an instant eye lift, in the corner of the eyes near the tear duct for a wide awake look and to the brighten the eyes You can even mix your luminizer/highlighter with your colour corrector or foundation to give a more brightening and radiant effect.
You can use highlighter down the centre or bridge of the nose to help slim down or lengthen the nose and along the cupids bow on top of the lip and to the centre of the bottom lip to create the illusion of a fuller lip and sexier pout. A highlighter is equally effective on the collarbone or top of shoulders to keep the skin looking flawless consistent/uniformed.
I recommend using Scott Barnes Body Bling for body makeup that gives your skin a more radiant and polished glow in an instant. Go for fluids / creams for a more dewy hydrated look and blend thoroughly for a seamless complexion.
Picking the right foundation for your look is key as it sets off your whole look. Test shades along your jaw line and neck in day light for a perfect colour match, key for selfies or close up photography. Take care if your you're going to be shooting outdoors for a spring/summer wedding in harsh daylight opt for Embryolisse CC Cream which will help to blur away imperfections as it has built in colour correctors which work like a liquid filter and illuminizers skin to brighten a dull lifeless complexion leaving your skin with a flawless radiant glow.
If you're going for a autumn/winter wedding why not opt for a ultra hydrating foundation with slightly heavier coverage like Lord & Berry Cream Foundation.
Always remember to choose your foundation closer to your wedding day to make sure it matches with your current skin tone perfectly. If you have great skin already don't overdo it by applying foundation over your entire face, just add where you need it most and conceal where needed.
On your big day conceal with No Dark Shadows By Know Cosmetics, under the eyes. This clever concealer will help to bounce back the light from a camera flash, brightening and banishing any blemishes or dark circles.
Blushing brides should sweep a cream blusher across the apples of your cheeks. Creamy textures give your cheeks a natural healthy pop of colour and makes your skin look fresh with a dewy glow.
If you have extremely oily or blemished skin you will have to opt for a powder blush such as Lord & Berry Blush in 'Peony' across your cheek bones to prevent your makeup from disintegrating with unwanted oil/shine.
Lightly sculpt beneath your cheekbones where you have applied the highlighter to create a soft feathered contoured effect less is more with contour this season so remember no harsh lines and blend to a seamless finish. I love Scream & Pout Pink Diamond Highlighter.
To eliminate any unwanted shine, use a minimal amount of HD loose powder like NYX HD powder along your T-Zone avoiding under the eye area. Cheeks and cheek bone to be kept to a bare minimum to achieve that lit from within look.
Brows are key for any wedding look, they frame the windows to your souls and should be a main focus of balance for your face. For a natural youthful look, opt for fuller thicker brows and tiny brows and lashes in advance. If you can get them threaded by an expert like Shavata even better! then fill in sparse brows with a eyebrow palette like the Shavata Brow Palette or the KNOW No Bare Brows and subtly fill in the areas where the gaps are be very careful not to over draw keeping them soft and natural. Finally comb through with an eyebrow gel or wax to hold perfectly in place all day.
When it comes to your eyes, apply an eyeshadow primer to prevent oily lids and your eyeshadow creasing, it will ensure the colour stays perfectly true and lasts all day without budging.
Stick to nude earthy tones likes bronzes, golds and soft browns concentrate on contouring the socket line or apply a light wash of iridescent colour across the lids in a neutral earthy tone.
Don't forget to use eyelash curlers to give your peepers a wide awake look, like the Shu Uemura eyelash curlers to open up the eyes and create a natural curve to your lashes making them look longer and fuller. Then apply a couple of coats of brownish black or jet black waterproof/ water resistant mascara like Lord & Berry Scuba Pro to lengthen and thicken lashes ,build up slowly without leaving any clumps don't forget to comb through and separate the lashes before it sets.
To create the illusion of thicker fuller lashes define the lash line by apply a brown or brownish black eyeliner under the inner rim of the top waterline and a fine line close to the top lash line, blend away any harsh lines with a Cotton bud, it's less harsh looking and much softer. add to bottom lash line for extra added Focus on the eyes.
For a more vintage/retro look opt for a classic kitten flick for a retro Audrey Hepburn eye, Then apply some individual fake lashes to the corner of the outer lashes to open up and elongate the eyes. For soft beautiful romantic butterfly lashes try a very natural set of strip lashes close to lash line try not to over load with too much mascara.
Finish off with an understated lip and liner in nude or a fruity cherry stain for an autumn/winter wedding wedding. A peach/coral/pink lipstick works well for a spring /summer wedding and is perfect if you have a golden tan.
Once applied blot and pat lipstick onto your lips using your ring finger to create a stain like finish. Patting your lipstick with your finger gives a nice bee stung look youthful look with no hard edges. Avoid lip liner. blend and blurr edges with a cotton bud or with your finger.
You can make you make-up last all day by long lasting primer will reduce the appearance of large open pores, fill in dry dehydrated lines and will help to mattify the skin and keep your foundation lasting longer and it's colour stay true.
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