1. Beware of high SPF foundations/skincare
I’m a huge advocate of using products with an SPF. Especially being the pale Norfolk girl that I am! However, have you ever noticed when you have a photo taken your skin looks slightly paler? Some foundations with high spfs have an ingredient in them called Titanium Dioxide. This ingredient *which is especially high in Dior foundations* will react to the flash of a camera and pale you out.
Just be aware of this when you are having your trial. I use alot of SPF 15 foundations and have found there is no problems with these. This has come from many trials. You need to try out the makeup before the day and be sure to take a photo with a camera (not simply your mobile) to see how it all looks.
2. Do your eye makeup first
Often my clients find it odd when I prep their skin and then go straight into their eye makeup. But it makes perfect sense! If you do the skin first, then eyes, you lean all over the face while applying the eyeshadow. Same goes for brides doing their own make up ~ by the time you have finished the look your blusher which was so carefully applied is all over your palm!
Prep cleansed skin and then go straight into brows and eyes. Then you can just wipe away any eyeshadow “fall out” with a small fluffy brush or a cotton pad with some remover on without affecting your base. It’s much easier this way!
3. Use a primer under your foundation
Most decent makeup brands will have a primer in their makeup range. A primer will help to smooth out your skin, tone down un-even patches and redness and most importantly, it will make the foundation or makeup you put on last all day. Most primers have a silica base to them which means they soften and smooth the surface of the skin, allowing foundation and makeup to sit on top without looking like it’s settling in your pores.
For someone who has really dry skin I would reccomend something like Mac Prep and Prime Primer or Laura Mercier Primer. For someone with more oily skin you can actually find oil free primers – Laura Mercier do have an oil free version and Estee Lauder has just launched a matte primer too.
(Don’t forget eyeshadow primers too)
It’s also worth mentioning that you need a separate eyeshadow primer. You can find some amazing ones on the market. Mac Paint Pots are ideal – my favourite colours for bridal makeup are groundwork, bare study and painterly. They are acrylic based which means they don’t budge and they will hold your colour on. You can also use Urban Decay Primer Potion. These are also an investment as you can continue using them everyday in your normal makeup routine.
4. Apply your concealor after your foundation
Most people/clients I know tend to do their concealor before foundation. But think about it, once you have applied the corrective product under the eye or on any problem areas, then you go over with either (hopefully) a brush or (more commonly) your hands, you wipe away all your concealing work! Do the skin first then use a small blending brush to apply the concealor where needed. You can use your finger to “tap” the product in to blend it and this way your coverage is going to last and look more professional.