Belfast Telegraph

Beauty tips for brides

By Paddy McGurgan

For any girl, her wedding day is one of the most important days of her life.

Many spend months making decisions about every little aspect, from the dress to hair, but most importantly for me, is the make-up look. American actress and model Blake Lively tied the knot with fellow celebrity Ryan Reynolds in an intimate ceremony last year, and she always looks elegant with a natural, radiant finish.

I have the best pick of products to ensure you are beautifully enhanced, leaving the groom speechless at the altar.

Beautiful base

The lead-up to a wedding is notoriously stressful and can play havoc with your skin. To get things looking flawless, try a moisturising base and brightening highlighter, which will also help your foundation stay in place for the big day. After moisturising, apply MAC Strobe Cream down the central panel of the face — to the forehead, bridge of nose, Cupid's bow and the tops of cheek bones. It will gently brighten and clarifies the skin, with iridescent particles and antioxidants to illuminate the face with a radiant glow.

Mineral powder can give you a soft finish, leaving the skin looking smooth like Blake’s. Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Powder Foundation will give your skin that perfect glow and brighten your complexion. It's also non-drying — perfect for a long day of comfortable wear. Apply using a larger powder foundation brush to distribute powder evenly over the skin and to achieve a natural finish. The portable compact allows you to touch up throughout the day when needed.

Sparkling eyes

The playful Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes from Clinique is a fantastic new product that provides a lightweight, sheer wash of colour to the eye lids. Similar to the original Clinque Chubby stick for lips, the unique applicator allows you to apply the product directly for a long-wearing and non-smudging finish. Available in 12 shades from subtle neutrals to smokey tones, Lots o’ Latte is, as its name suggests, a natural tone perfect for keeping it soft but radiant.

Panda eyes are a big no-no for your wedding day, so a good waterproof mascara is a must-have for both the bride and bridal party. Lancome’s Hypnose Drama Waterproof Mascara will get you through the big day stream-free. The brush enables you to reach the root of the lashes for full impact volume with definition and no smudging after any tears of happiness on your special day.

Luscious lips

If there is any day of your life that you need to have kissable lips, then this has to be it. Eve Lom has an amazing product — Kiss Mix will give you a glossy smile and is ideal for quick touch-ups during the day. It provides intense hydration and can be worn both under lipstick as a moisturising base and over it, to add shine. Use this product along with gentle exfoliation of the lips a few weeks prior to the day and you will be desperate to hear the words ‘You may kiss the bride’ — the groom will, too!

Although you don't want to look overdone on your big day, splashes of colour are vital to prevent you looking too pale in your photographs. Bobbi Brown has the perfect lipstick solution. Creamy Lip Colour combines rich colour with soft moisturisation for the lips leaving a glossy finish with the benefits of a lipstick. Upon application you will feel naturally enhanced and ready for your big day.

To book Paddy for your own make-up consultation call Fashion Pharmacy, tel: 028 9032 4437 or email

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