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Perfect Bridal Makeup
Whether you decide to do your own makeup for your big day or bring in the professionals, It’s good to do your homework so you know what your up against. Personally I would always recommend having
a professional, you can just sit back, relax. Sip champagne while your artist gets to work. On your wedding day I always say that you should look like a polished version of yourself, rather
than attempting a strong trend look that may not suit you. Long-lasting, heat-resistant & smudge proof formulations all help to keep makeup in place as well as prepping skin carefully to suit your skin tone. Makeup that is well blended in thin layers stays put longer.

Sydney Makeup Artist real bride

Sydney Makeup Artist real bride

I Always recommend a trial, that way you can try out a few different looks, especially if your not used to wearing makeup or wanting to try something new. Its always a good idea to have some makeup references of makeup you like, to you and your artist are on the same page; what you may think is a ‘natural’ look maybe very different in your artist eyes. I always recommend choosing one feature to play up, either your eyes are lips, most brides will be dressed all in white so too much makeup can be overwhelming, but not enough can makeup you washed out. It’s always a good idea to wear white for your trial, and have some
jewelry handy so you can more of a visual.
SKIN – Get your skin in optimum condition, by either having regular facials or start a home care routine that doesn’t involve facial wipes! Although quick and easy facial wipes will leave a
film on the skin and can cause breakouts! opt for a cleansing wash or a cleaning milk –  I love Dermologica’s Ultra comfort cleansing milk – great for all skin types. Exfoliate twice a
week, try Dermologicas Thermal exfoliator – it warms as you massage it over your face – a real treat for your skin!
HYDRATE – Massage your moisturizer into your skin for a few minutes before you apply your
foundation, this will stimulate the blood circulation, flooding you skin with oxygen rich nutrients, plumping your skin leaving it refreshed and healthy looking.

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PRIME  – Always use a primer! This will increase the longevity of your foundation. Especially of you have oily skin, this will keep your foundation in place and help it last longer. For oily skin’s
try Dior’s flash primer, and for drier skins try Ingots primer.

BASE  – Choose the correct foundation – a lot of brides will have spray tans before their big day, and often the colour on your body comes out a shade or 2 darker on the body than it does of the
face. Keep this in mind when choosing your colour, you want to face and body to match! If you have great skin then go for a lightweight foundation, your foundation should compliment your skin not mask it! if you do need to conceal then use a makeup artists technique and ‘spot conceal’ – use a
really small tipped brush to apply exactly where you need to conceal, and set with powder. 

POWDER  – Be wary of mineral powders – Some powders can contain mica and this can have a reflective property in it, which can bounce with flash photography, so you can appear pale in photos –
not a good look! try a transparent powder MAC’s prep & prime is fab, as is Shu uemura’s colourless powder.

BLUSH  – Cream blusher are fab for all blushing brides, its blends into the skin and gives you that ‘glow from within look! try MAC’s Cream blushes are fab, I also love Stila’s “colour convertible’. I sometime layer this up with a small amount of powder blush for extra staying power. Always apply creams before any powders.)  

BROWS – Define your brow’s, even if you use the lightest shade of taupe, a little bit makes a big difference. Whether you use a pencil or powders, always apply with soft feathery strokes, start a little way in from where your brow starts following the direction of the hair growth. I mix it up when It comes to brown staying – I like using my matte eye shadows and an angled brush, using a cotton tip to soften and a setting with a brow gel! I also love my Suquu eyebrow pens – these bad boys are amazing, waterproof, slightly transparent and so natural! they come in 2 colours – ‘moss
green’ for lighter skin tones and ‘brown’ for darker tones. The Suquu pens are also fantastic for Asian &  sparse brows. 

LIPS – Test a few different lip shades out, snap a few photos of each shade so you can have a look over them,  ask your bestie for her honest opinion, this can be a fun part of the process. Avoid anything too glossy until the reception,
as your new husband may end up wearing it too!  I would also avoid some long lasting lipsticks, Lipsticks claiming to last for 24hrs  can get dry and flaky, go for highly pigmented lipsticks, apply, blot, apply and blot. You can always take a few minutes out to re-apply your lipstick later in the day.HIGHLIGHT/CONTOUR – Subtle highlighting and contouring is beautiful for bridal makeup, but don’t over do it. Strong contouring can look great in photos but to the naked eye if not executed well (beautifully blended and soft) can look stripy! Contour under the cheekbones, top of temple, hairline if you have a larger forehead and if your hair is pulled back off your face, jaw line and very lightly down the neck.Lightly
highlight tops of brow bone, top of cheekbone, inner corner of the eye, decollete and
cupids bow.SMA xx

Makeup // SMA



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