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Wedding season: 5 top tips to keep your make-up in place

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

Lady Kitty Spence

We really are in the middle of wedding season, no more evident than with the royal nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

Last week we spoke exclusively about the bride and looking her best for the big day, but what about wedding guests? If you have an invitation to attend someone's special day, here are a few top tips.

There are so many options for hair and make-up, however, if you are creating your own make-up for a wedding, you'll need to use a mattifying primer. This will stop any shine throughout the day. Try L'Oreal Paris Infallible Mattifying Primer Base (£8.99, 35ml, Boots), perfect for anyone with combination or oily skin.


For foundation, you'll want something with maximum coverage but with a matte finish to ensure longevity. For this I recommend Make-up Atelier Paris Waterproof Foundation (£22.50). Waterproof, fluid foundation is resistant to sweat, tears and oil due to specific pigment treatment. This is a long lasting make-up with a soft matte finish, and offers flawless, medium to full coverage.


Your setting powder is your secret weapon. If you are prone to shine throughout the day, then you need to use a loose powder to keep your foundation in place.

I often have clients come to me with issues about their foundation's staying power and my first question is "Do you use a setting powder?" to which I usually get the answer "No". But this is so important as it sets the foundation in place, mattifies the cakey appearance a cream/liquid foundation can have on its own, and allows your make-up to stay on for a maximum length of time.

I recently repurchased the NARS Light Reflecting Loose Setting Powder (£27) and remembered why I loved it so much. The consistency is so fine, so I can use it on all clients. I loathe thick, talc-like powders as they sit in fine lines and totally change the appearance of my foundation. This invisible, silky powder is infused with photochromic technology to diffuse light and adjust to new sources of light throughout the day. Fine lines, wrinkles and pores fade as skin is visibly smoothed. Soft, silky and luxurious to the touch, this weightless formula applies evenly and blends effortlessly. Ideal for touch-ups, it helps regulate shine and seamlessly sets foundation.


Wedding guest eyes can be as subtle or as dramatic as you wish. I find wedding guests opt for a more dramatic eye make-up. One palette I love using for this is the SOSU by Suzanne Jackson Hot Fire Eyeshadow Palette (£26, Gordons chemist). This palette is suitable for every skin tone, eye colour and eye shape - you name it, this palette is so versatile. I love the warm copper tones that I would use as my transition colour, then add darkness and a depth of colour with the chocolate brown colours as well. Well done, Suzanne, what an amazing palette!


If you want a fuller, luscious lip for the wedding you are attending, there are so many different lip colours and types you can opt for. If you would prefer minimal top-ups, with all-day wear, I really recommend using a matte finish lip product. My all-time favourite liquid lipstick is, hands down, Limecrime Matte Velvetines (£14.95). They are so long wearing, pigmented and so easy to apply on the lips. If you are a red lip lover then try the shade Red Velvet , (right) or if you are more of a nude gal, then try shade Elle.

5 top tips to keep your make-up in place

1. Always prime your skin - this will give your foundation a great base and ensure your make-up lasts longer.

2. Always use a loose powder. Add more loose powder in areas you find will become oily such as the t-zone or chin area.

3. If you want to double set your make-up you can use a pressed powder foundation to add coverage but this will also hold your make-up in place for long daywear.

4. Always use a setting spray, this will set the final make-up look and seal the product.

5. My last tip is a simple one but is often overlooked: do not touch your face! Unnecessarily touching your face will remove the product and ruin your masterpiece!

Belfast Telegraph