5 Best Bridal Make-Up Ideas

The new base One big beauty trend this season was all about looking like you weren’t wearing any make-up at all, with the models at JW Anderson, Christian Dior and Victoria Beckham all rocking matte complexions. ‘Matte skin is so popular as it creates that flawless finish that photographs so well,’ says Hannah Martin, Bobbi Brown’s UK pro and artistry manager.

‘A great way of achieving this look is to prep the T-zone with an oil-controlling primer like Skin Smoothing Pore Perfector [£27, bobbibrown.co.uk] to minimise shine through the centre of the face, but then use the Extra Illuminating Moisture Balm [£42.50, bobbibrown.co.uk] over the cheeks for a subtle glow from under your foundation.

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Then apply Long-Wear Even Finish Foundation [£34, bobbibrown.co.uk] or Skin Foundation Stick [£31, bobbibrown. co.uk] for the fresh, matte look.’ For some extra help along the way, she also suggests retouching powders. ‘I use them on all my brides: white helps brighten the skin, yellow reduces and controls high colour, peach corrects sallow-looking skin and pink adds a subtle warmth to match the rest of the body.’ Consider that all bases covered.

Glitter everywhere Perfect for the bride who loves sparkle, the catwalks saw glitter effects on everything from eyes to cheeks to nails – with Fendi sending models down the runway with show-stopping shimmery rose-gold lips. ‘The great thing about glitter is that it works on all skintones,’ says Lisa Potter-Dixon, Benefit head make-up artist. ‘Silver works better on cooler skin, gold complements deep skintones and rose gold suits all skins, due to its neutral pigments.’

To make this trend work for you (and so you don’t turn into a human mirror ball), think small when sprinkling that sparkle. ‘Cream-based glitters look great in the inner corners of the eyes or on the centre of the lids,’ says Lisa. Alternatively, try shimmery lipstick or glittery nails as a fun way to do a more modern twist on traditional pinks and peach. Do book in for a make-up trial first, though, especially if you have sensitive skin, as glitter can sometimes irritate the eyes. It can reflect back in flash photography, too, so test your look on camera before your big day.

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