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Advice from the experts

Top 5 bridal beauty

and makeup tips

Wondering how to get smooth skin or whether to go uber glam for your big day? We’ve been taking bridal beauty advice from three of Scotland’s leading makeup artists. From making up models for Vogue magazine to styling Scottish brides, they have picked up the best insider tips over the years. And today we’re sharing them with you. Because who doesn’t want to look smoking hot on their wedding day?!

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1. Preparation is key
As somebody who is guilty of almost never making it to bed before midnight, mainlining caffeinated drinks and swirling a baby wipe over their face at the end of the day, I’ll admit to feeling more than a little flawed as I type this next sentence. Rest, hydration and a great skin care regime are the basis of a flawless complexion.
“A good base begins with the skin – I always recommend clients put a good skin care regime in place at least 3-6 months before the big day,” says Lynne Mills of EyeCandy Professional Make-Up. “If you are concerned about your skin, consult a skincare specialist who can recommend products suitable for your skin type. However, a good routine of cleanse, tone and moisturise every day, with an exfoliation twice a week is a great start.”
Lynne also recommends drinking a minimum of two litres of water every day, as well as eating plenty of fruit and veg. “This will make a huge improvement on the condition of the skin. The results can be seen very quickly too!”
But try not to worry if you’re struggling to find the time to rest up and keep yourself in tiptop condition. “It’s not always that easy when you’re under pressure and socialising with your different groups,” says Frances Roberts of Chicabelle Make-Up Artistry. “So all hail thanks to make-up and its ability to hide the lack of sleep and odd blemish that may appear.”
One other important thing to remember, is not to opt for any facials or treatments that you haven’t had before, just prior to the wedding day, as they can over stimulate the skin, creating a break out or, worse still, cause an allergic reaction.

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2. Book a professional makeup artist
Unless you are very used to applying your own makeup for major events (I’m thinking the Oscars here!) and are completely confident about your ability to do so on what is, quite possibly, The Biggest Day of Your Life to date, I would always recommend booking a makeup artist. There is nothing quite so relaxing on your wedding morning as sitting back, enjoying a moment of calm in a super hectic day and letting a professional work their magic.
As a wedding photographer, I have seen many brides – who thought they would feel more at ease (and look more like themselves) doing their own makeup – struggle to remember the tips they picked up in lessons or online, as they attempt to apply eyeliner with a trembling hand. Similarly, makeup applied by a friend or family member (who may well be great at doing this for a night out), has often disappeared by the time the ceremony is over. It’s a long day and, be it from the heat or the nerves, it can be a sweaty one (oh, the glamour!). A professional makeup artist will apply a base that will go the distance, without looking like it has been caked on.
If you decide to do your makeup yourself, then do have a few trial runs at home so that on the day, when you might be full of nerves, you can sit quietly and know exactly what you plan to do, advises Lucy Gourlay of LG Makeup. “Do blend your foundation or base thoroughly, particularly around the jaw line. Foundations with yellow undertones work best with flash photography and rosy cheeks. And don’t get carried away with shimmer highlighters. In photos, these can give you an unflattering and highly reflective shine.”
Lynne recommends always using a primer to hold the foundation and when setting it with powder, really focusing on the T zone and across the cheeks, as this is the main wear and tear area of the makeup. “For a glow to the skin with a colour that really lasts, I use a cream colour blusher base (Mac – Ladyblush) in a pink/peach shade that suits all skin tones. To set off the colour I use Nars blush in ‘Orgasm’, with a sweep of their natural highlighter in “Miss Liberty’ over the top to finish it off and enhance the glow (again these colours tend to be a ‘suit all’).”

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3. Do your research
“Makeup is a very personal thing and also very individual,” says Lucy. “If you decide to use a makeup artist, it is a good idea to do a bit of research to find someone you are comfortable with.” Ask around for recommendations, look on wedding blogs (hint hint!) and in bridal magazines, or do an internet search. Don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions, and ask to see photos and/or testimonials. Your photographer can also give a good recommendation.
“I always advise my brides to be to start collecting images of anything they like – lips/cheeks/eyes – and be aware of their face shape, as to what design they may wish to wear,” says Frances. “For example, if you have very little ‘gap’ between your lash line and brow bone then a heavy Smokey eye would only further close the gap. Keeping the lid fresh, shaping the brow to have a defined arch and strengthening the lash line would automatically give the illusion of more space. There are fabulous lash enhancements for all eye shapes and sizes to think about too and placed correctly, they look incredible in your photos.”

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4. Have a trial run
It may sound obvious, but do try out your wedding look before the day, ideally for a night out or other special occasion. You just won’t appreciate the full effect if you’re at home, watching Orange Is the New Black in your yoga pants afterwards.
As someone who regularly rushes out of the house barefaced, I remember feeling so overly made up as I looked at my reflection for the first time (false lashes and all!), on my hen weekend. Half an hour later, dressed for dinner with the girls, I was completely in love with my 1940s-inspired red lips and smoky eyes.
“Your bridal colours will play a big part in your design and your make-up artist should be able to guide you in what colouring will suit your eyes/skin and compliment your chosen theme,” says Frances. “A trial will give you peace of mind and assurance in your artist’s ability to offer you their trusted services. I would also suggest you allow at least one of your nearest and dearest to see your make-up complete. What is their reaction? Do you look like the best version of you? Are you comfortable? Be honest with your artist… do you want to tweak anything or change the design? It is your face and you must feel 100% happy, your artist is there to interpret your ideas and offer their own, so feeling you can be open with each other is very important.”

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5. Think timeless and be yourself
Your wedding day is likely to be one of the most important and reflected upon days in your life, and how you look will be with your forever, advises Lucy. “Your makeup should be timeless and true to you. It is not the day to start experimenting with different looks or trying new things.”
“Nobody wants to look back at their photos with any negative reflection – so staying true to your personality and taste is probably the best way of avoiding feeling that you were out of your comfort zone or unrecognisable,” says Frances. “Regardless of a natural complexion or all out glamour, be comfortable, be beautiful… but most of all be yourself!”


Such great advice here! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to grab a glass of water and an early night. Christina x
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