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Make-up masterclass: 5 beauty tips for the week before the wedding

Paddy McGurgan is one of NI's best-known beauty experts and every week he tells you all you need to know about the latest make-up techniques

By Paddy McGurgan

The main talking point at the moment is the Royal wedding - and of course the bride herself, Meghan Markle.

I have watched Meghan for years from her days starring as Rachel Zane in Suits. I love how Meghan likes her make-up so natural, and although I do not profess to be Mystic Meg, I will however give you my prediction and maybe a little bit of an opinion on how I would love to see Meghan on her big day!

Skin deep

Meghan's loves to hydrate her skin and I always recommend that brides-to-be consult with either the make-up artist that they have booked for their wedding or their facial/skincare expert in the lead-up to the big day. Meghan has normal to dry skin but has openly discussed her ongoing issues with clogged pores and blackheads in her skin so, for this reason, I would recommend she uses Balance Me Cleanse and Smooth Balm (£20, Make-up Pro Store). This will act as her cleanser but contains all organic natural ingredients and so it will not affect the natural pH of Meghan's skin. It contains a gentle exfoliatant and will unclog and remove impurities in the skin and aid the removal of blackheads and radicals which can create breakouts and blemishes.

Primed and ready

My regular readers will know that I am an absolute rave reviewer of primers. There are mattifying primers for anyone with oily skin and there are those which add hydration for anyone with dry or dehydrated skin. Meghan has her dry/normal skin type and from her previous public appearances I know that she loves to add natural dew to the skin. My top recommendations for Meghan's skin would be Make-up Atelier Paris Illuminating Primer FLVs which come in four shades to suit any skin tone (£22.50), MAC Strobe Cream (£12), which adds subtle dew under the skin and one I recently picked up which is the Bourjois Happy Light Illuminating Primer (left, £13).

All bases covered

My favourite part of Meghan's make-up is her base - I love how she prefers a sheer complexion and has been quoted as saying that she loves to be able to see her freckles. For Meghan, I would use a combination of BB/CC cream to add a sheer coverage across the areas that she really does not need coverage, for example, the inner parts of her face, and then use CC cream, which is slightly heavier in coverage than BB Cream but not as heavy as a standard foundation, on the outer parts of the face. This would give her the sheerness that she desires but the coverage that her full day in the spotlight requires. For a BB and CC cream, try ELF BB Cream (£7.50, Superdrug) and Embryolisse CC Cream (below left, £25.25, Make-up Pro Store).

Pressed versus loose

The main benefits of a powder is to set foundation in place, mattify any areas that show excess shine and to give longevity and I have to admit that I achieve this all from a loose setting powder. A pressed powder often adds coverage but for someone like Meghan who prefers a sheer complexion this is not good. One of my favourite loose powders is Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Powder (right, £29, House of Fraser). It is so finely milled that it will not sit in unwanted areas such as fine lines.

Eyes on Meghan

Although Meghan tends to keep her eyeshadow quite minimal, she keeps the drama on framing her eye with either a black or brown pencil. To achieve a regal pop of colour opt for a brown eye pencil and then blur this down through the bottom lash line for a continuous frame of colour. Try Primark's Brown PS Kohl Eyeliner pencil (right, £1). For Meghan's top lash line, she uses a black kohl pencil and smudges across to add definition and drama, allowing her dark features to become even more striking!

Muted lips

From being an avid fan of Meghan, I know that she loves to her change her lip colour based on her event, outfit and overall make-up theme. However, I believe that on her wedding day she will keep her lip colour quite muted and fresh and will instead opt for a dusty pink. For this I love using Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Colour in shade Angel (right, £24).

5 top tips for the week before the wedding

1. Keep drinking water. I really cannot emphasise enough the benefits of water in anyone's diet, especially a bride's. Water will rid the body of all toxins in both the skin and the body, and leave your skin looking hydrated and nourished.

2. If, seven days before the big day, you have a breakout, do not panic. Speak to your make-up artist or skin specialist as there are so many effective quick-fix products available, for example Mario Badecu Drying Lotion.

3. Keep up your skincare routine, even thought it's very easy to forget about it in the busyness of the run-up to your wedding.

4. Get plenty of beauty sleep.

5. Invest in a lip scrub. This will help the smooth application of your lip colour, whether it be matte or gloss.

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