YOUR EXPERT GUIDE TO BRIDAL BEAUTY

The recent royal wedding was like any other wedding – all eyes were on the bride. If your big day is coming up make sure you know how to achieve a flawless make-up look. Will you be doing your own make-up, as Kate Middleton was said to have done, or will you be under the hands of a professional? Either way, take note from Ella Waving who probed the experts for essential beauty tips for brides. Bridesmaids and guests can take note too!


1. It goes without saying that emotions will be running high throughout day so a waterproof mascara is an absolute must. The Body Shop Big & Curvy waterproof mascara (£10, thebodyshop.co.uk) and Laura Mercier waterproof mascara (£16, spacenk.com) are two excellent choices.

2. According to Chase Aston, national make-up artist for The Body Shop, one of the most common mistakes that brides make is being too heavy handed with their make-up, particularly foundation and powder. If you’re worried about oily patches breaking through, the answer isn’t to thicken your base. Instead Aston recommends prepping with a mattifying lotion or mattifying skin primer. Try The Body Shop Seaweed Mattifying Moisture Lotion SPF 15 (£10) and Skin Primer 02 Matte It, (£11, thebodyshop.co.uk).

3. Your wedding day is not the time to be experimenting with edgy, fashion-forward make-up. Take the advice of Jamie Coombes, national make-up artist for Dior and stick with these tried and tested, fail-proof looks:

  • Natural: Apply foundation and concealer only where needed, letting the skin show its natural luminosity. Apply a hint of blush on the apple of the cheek and a light veil of translucent powder down the centre of the face. Lip colour is applied like a balm giving an almost stained effect. Eyes are defined with a light smudge of pencil in the outer corners of the eye and finished with a sweep mascara. This look is about soft romance and letting the bare beauty take centre stage.
  • Modern Classic: Modern classic is your 1940′s Hollywood starlet revisited with a beautifully sculpted face. Define the eyebrows and line the top lid with a liquid liner. For this striking look the best tones to define lips are red for brunettes, orange-based for blondes and red heads.
  • Glamour: The look to go for if you want to make more of a statement, this means lightly tanned skin, intense, feline eyes and neutral but glossy lips.

4. If you’re planning on undergoing any intense beauty treatments such as acid/chemical peels or microdermabrasion ahead of your wedding then Natasha Lakic, tutor at London College of Beauty and Make-up has some advice: ‘These should be tried at least one month before rather than a day before the wedding.’ Remember that scene from Sex and the City when Samantha had an acid peel too late and ended up red and blotchy? Well, you don’t want the same thing to happen to you!

5. Caroline Barnes, celebrity make-up artist and Max Factor UK ambassador, recommends booking in for as many pre-wedding make-overs or tutorials as possible. You’ll have the opportunity to trial many different looks until you find the one you most feel comfortable with, as well as gaining valuable application tips and techniques. Most beauty counters offer free bridal beauty trials so it won’t cost a penny.

Becca Cosmetics ground floor boutique

6. If you feel intimidated by big department store counters try SpaceNK where bespoke consultations are offered in a more intimate and relaxing environment or Becca flagship store in South Kensington/Chelsea where the exclusive boudoir (pictured above) will make you feel like a princess. The luxurious cosmetics boutique also caters for special hen parties with champagne and canapés (020 7225 2501 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 020 7225 2501end_of_the_skype_highlighting, beccacosmetics.com/uk).

7. It’s after the wedding ceremony that the party really gets started so pack a few handbag essentials to see you through from cake to carriage.

  • Tata Harper Blotting Paper (11.50, tataharperskincare.com)  – beautiful Japanese blotting papers to instantly eliminate shine and leave you camera-ready
  • Jemma Kidd Lip Glosses (£14.00, jemmakidd.com) – A suit-all lip gloss perfect for updating your fresh and pretty bridal lip into a fun and glamorous pout
  • Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage (£25, liberty.co.uk) – for essential touch-ups to keep make-up looking fresh

8. We’d never advocate pre-wedding fad or crash diets, it’s far healthier to do it through good old fashioned exercise and healthy eating. That’s why we love this no-nonsense advice offitness guru David Kirsch (davidkirsch.com) who takes credit for the super-bods of Heidi Klum, Liv Tyler and Anne Hathaway. It sounds hard-work but will be worth it when you slip comfortably and confidently into your dress come wedding day.

  • Fill up on super foods. ‘Blueberries, strawberries, and broccoli are all high in vitamins and asparagus is the best at de-bloating.’
  • Avoid alcohol but if you’re going to drink, skip sugary mixed drinks and have one glass of wine or a white spirit and soda water
  • For a flat tummy you’ll need lots of cardio exercise two to three times per week as well as core exercises such as Pilates. The plank is another belly-whittler. Try it for 30 seconds a day, building up to one minute for a stronger, flatter core.
  • For defined shoulders and arms commit to a combination of shadow boxing with dumbbells or regular push-ups.
  • For great legs, squats and lunges are perfect for toning calves, thighs and bum. Add weights for extra calorie burn and conditioning.
  • Find a work-out buddy to keep you motivated or work-out to music you love to keep your spirits high.
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