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Make-up masterclass: Five tips for prepping in the run up to the big day

Bridal morning
Bridal morning
Illamasqua Pressed Foundation in shade PF240 £30.00 (Make up Pro Store)
Bourjois Bronzing Powder Tanned 52 (£7.99)
Make up Forever PRO Finish Powder (£28.50)

By Paddy McGurgan

Goodbye, January; hello, February. With this comes the spring/summer bridal season.

Yes, I am sure you think I am talking nonsense, but if you are a spring or summer bride, your prep time is now! Here are my top tips when it comes to looking your best on your big day...

Start prepping your skin at least five to six months before your wedding, and use your make-up artist’s wealth of industry knowledge to advise you which products are best to get the wedding day skin you want.

Having a smooth base will help make your bridal make-up look flawless on the day, and a good primer is a must.

I feel that a lightweight decongestant product will be most advantageous for you, because it will rid the skin of clogged pores, excess sebum, dead skin cells and other elements that can lead to texture issues within the skin.

For this try IMAGE skincare Restoring Facial Cleanser (£31.99). This is an AHA/BHA daily cleanser that gently exfoliates, effectively removes make-up and increases cellular turnover for rejuvenation. This anti-ageing cleanser, rich in glycolic, lactic and salicylic acids, prepares the skin for the active ingredients to penetrate deeper for maximum benefit.

It is so important to ensure the skin is primed to get the maximum longevity out of your make-up throughout the day. The choice of primer is subject to the bride’s individual needs, but one primer I continually reach for is Make Up Atelier Paris Base Eclat Primer (£18.50, Make Up Pro Store).

Make Up Atelier Paris Base Eclat Primer (£18.50, Make Up Pro Store)

I adore this product because it has a lightweight texture that immediately absorbs onto the skin, which allows your make-up to sit on the skin perfectly. It has small amounts of glow within the product but is subtle enough not to cause flashback in photographs, instead making the skin look naturally polished.

I love skin to look like skin, and for the foundation to give coverage without being too heavy. There are a range of medium-coverage foundations available at the moment, but my favourite would have to be Make Up Studio Face it Light Cream Foundation (£27.50).

Make Up Studio Face it Light Cream Foundation (£27.50)

This is a buildable foundation, which makes it so easy to achieve the perfect coverage for any bride, and the finish is quite dewy, so it looks fresh and naturally radiant on the skin. Another essential in my bridal make-up kit.

For a flawless, long-lasting coverage, I always recommend using a lightweight powder to mattify and set the skin. For this I love using Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder (£29).

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder (£29).

For greater coverage in certain areas with as blemishes or freckles, I love using Make up Forever PRO Finish Powder (£28.50) to give the skin a flawless matte finish. 

Make up Forever PRO Finish Powder (£28.50)

I have to admit that powder bronzer is my favourite way to sculpt and define the face. It is traditionally applied with an angled or tapered powder bronzer brush. When using a powder solution, tap off any excess product from the brush. The main areas where you should focus the product are your temple, under the cheekbone and along the jawline to give the illusion of symmetry and slimness.

My all-time hero bronzer is Illamasqua Pressed Foundation in shade PF240 £30.00 (Make Up Pro Store) or you can also try Bourjois Bronzing Powder Tanned 52 (£7.99). These are beautifully buildable shades that apply smoothly and evenly to give full definition.

Bourjois Bronzing Powder Tanned 52 (£7.99)


Paddy's top five tips for prepping in the run up to the big day

1. Drink water. I know this is so overplayed, but I really cannot overstress its importance. Water has a huge effect on your skin, energy and general wellbeing.

2. Get a facial tailored to your skin type in the run-up to the big day, no closer than a month before, just in case of any redness or irritation, so that you give your skin plenty of time to recover.

3. Fake tan on the face is a massive no-no for me. I assure you, it really is not worth potentially drying your skin out before your wedding, resulting in patchy, ashy foundation. Any professionally trained make-up artist will colour-match you perfectly to your body to ensure you are a glowing goddess — without the patches.

4. You want to be able to look back at your wedding album for the rest of your life. Go home and analyse the trial application. If there are aspects you don’t like, let your artist know. Make-up artists want your wedding day make-up to be perfect for you and won’t be offended - I promise.

5. And finally, be you. Do not go for a look you would not normally wear, or one that is so far outside your comfort zone that the guests don’t recognise you as you walk down the aisle. Be yourself — just the most perfectly groomed version of yourself.

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