6 Top Beauty Tips For Brides To Be

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You’ll want a glowing complexion, a perfect pearly smile, abundant tresses, beautifully defined eyes and brows and kissable lips.

On their wedding day most brides go for an enhanced natural look that plays to their best features without becoming too heavy; a caked-on make-up look worthy of Alice Cooper is definitely out.

Most people will want a beautiful shimmer that will help them to look like the best version of themselves with dewy gorgeousness and a pristine complexion.

Here are five tips to help you glow in natural beauty on your big day:

1. Face oil

Use a face oil to moisturise your face after cleansing and before make-up application for ultimate dewiness. Less is more when it comes to effective application. Leave for ten minutes to ensure all the moisture is absorbed before applying foundation and concealer.

2. Brighten up

Choose a foundation that carries illuminating properties such as the must-have Laura Mercier Candleglow soft luminous foundation.  Illuminate your complexion by opting for a shimmering base, using either a moisturiser with illuminating properties or a pan stick illuminator to help you contour your face paying special attention to your brow, cheekbones and décolletage.

Soap and Glory do an excellent illuminator called Hocus Focus or you could try Benefit’s High Beam for all-out full-on shimmer.

3. The eyes have it

Definition is key but less is more when aiming for a natural bridal finish. Line your eyes in natural brown or jet black and apply lashings of mascara after curling your eye lashes for an extra wide-eyed look using Estee Lauder Sumptuous Infinite Daring Length + Volume Mascara. Use a taupe to mid-brown eye shadow on your lids and smudge eyeshadow under your eyes to ensure the eyeliner does not bleed.

4. Luscious lips

Find a lipstick that most approximates and enhances your natural lip colour for those wanting to keep definition firmly on the eyes.  For those daring to go all out vamp try a bold red like Mac’s Ruby Woo or lipstick queen velvet rope.

Gorgeous natural colours abound at L’Oreal’s competitively priced make-up range. Add a dash of lip gloss to finish your lips, preferably a gloss containing light-reflecting particles like those available by Bourjois Effet 3D action Baume.

5. Defined lines

Use an illuminating powder across your cheekbones and décolletage.  Excellent bronzers are available at Laura Mercier and No 7 Shimmer Palate in Rose is a tried and tested favourite. Apply with a brush paying special attention to the apples of your cheeks.

6. Crowning glory

Your hair should complement your face and your chosen dress. Be sure to have any up-dos well tried out ahead of your big day to avoid chignon horror stories or bouffant curls that send you straight back to the 80s. Have a pre-wedding hair and make-up rehearsal to ensure all is just-so on the day. If you are having your hair and make-up applied professionally ensure that you book hair and make-up appointments well ahead of your big day to be sure you get the look you want and especially avoiding any eyebrow disasters in this HD-crazed era.

You want to find a look that works ensuring you are a vision of bridal beauty when you walk down that aisle. By all means opt for good brow definition that is professionally done but remember the Ming the Merciless look is a massive no. Bridal make-up should strike a balance between natural softness and more bold definition. The key is to get your glow on without looking too done.

By Jo McCann, Excalibur Press