We’ve heard the standard advice for bridal beauty – ‘keep it natural’, ‘glowing skin is key’, ‘avoid smokey eyes and bold colours’. Yawn. What about the practical, BS-free advice we actually want for our wedding day? The keep-on-hand products, the fuss-free prep, the disaster fixers (*touches wood*)?
We spoke to , makeup artist at Vera Wang, for her words of wedding wisdom.
Don’t do a special skincare routine the night before
While you may be tempted to treat your skin to new, high-end products the night before your wedding, I recommend sticking to your daily cleansing regime. New products = new ingredients that your skin isn’t used to, which could potentially cause irritation. Use your normal cleanser followed by a gentle night cream.
Make friends with cortisone
First things first, if the unthinkable happens and you get a spot in the run-up to your wedding, don’t touch it! The bacteria on your hands will only aggravate it. The best quick-fix, if you can, is to visit a dermatologist, who will give you an injection of anti-inflammatory cortisone. Alternatively, apply a topical prescription of cortisone.
You don’t have to go ‘natural’, but do avoid trends
If a red lip is your signature look, don’t be afraid to wear it. But remember that the bolder the look, the more maintenance, and try to avoid trends which will be outlived by photographs. If you do want to wear a bold lip, make sure you prep. Exfoliate lips with a gentle sugar scrub, hydrate with balm, then prime with a lip liner all over before applying a matching colour. Choose a long-lasting lipstick or stain and blot lips through a sheet of tissue for a matte finish.
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Build your makeup arsenal
Use see-through touch-up bag for ease. It should include: a compact mirror, lipstick, gloss or stain (since lip products are the first to wear off), blotting papers to absorb oil (, £10, are great), finishing powder, individually-wrapped cotton buds dipped in cleanser (for gently removing any smudges without ruining your make-up), a small grooming brush for eyebrows, a make-up sponge with a little foundation, concealer, and individual eye drops to banish any unexpected redness.
Keep cleansing wipes on hand
Worried about getting stains on your dress, probably from excitable aunty hugs? Stylists and makeup artists keep makeup removing cleansing wipes on-hand to gently remove any cosmetics from garments.
Mark these dates in your diary
Check out Tracey's bridal beauty timeline for the ultimate order to prep your skincare and beauty treatments in.