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Wedding make-up tips for the mother of the bride

24 Apr 2017

How to ensure you look and feel your best on your daughter's big day, whatever your age

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While most attention will be on the bride come the big day, mothers of the bride will also be thrust in to the spotlight as guests eagerly anticipate the matriarch's fashion choices. Here's how you can achieve confidence with your make-up look, according to your age group, courtesy of Look Fabulous Forever founder and beauty vlogger, Tricia Cusden. 

40s – Your skin is likely to be smooth and show few real signs of ageing. The key thing is to enhance what is already there by adding in some beautifully subtle shimmer to your eyelids, a pretty blusher and a lip colour to tone with your outfit.

50s – Make sure that you even your skin tone with a good foundation that doesn't look heavy and offers a flawless finish. Look Fabulous Forever Base is designed to create a fresh and natural look while covering any blemishes. Mix a small amount of primer with the base colour to ensure that make-up lasts for hours on end. Opt for cream blushes instead of powders that dry out the skin. 

60s – Don’t be afraid of eye make-up. Use subtly blended matte eyeshadows in neutral tones to bring definition and shape to your eyes. Apply an eye primer to smooth the eyelids and to help eye make-up to stay put. Finally, curl your lashes and add a couple of coats of mascara to complete the effect. Keep skin hydrated with a water spray. 

70s – As we age our features tend to fade, so use face, eye and lip make-up to restore colour, shape and definition. Thinning brows can be restored with subtle colour that isn't too harsh against your shade of skin. A touch of blusher on the cheeks and a pretty lipstick will bring the whole face to life. Prevent any feathering and bleeding of the lipstick into any lines around the mouth by using a lip primer and lip liner to prep. When applying lipstick, use a brush as this will give a professional finish that will last longer and apply two or three coats, blotting on a tissue each time.

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Tricia's top tips for make-up application:

1. Take time and effort to work on your wedding make-up; don’t climb out of the shower and apply your make-up on to a hot damp face.

2. Use face primer to on top of your moisturiser to smooth the skin and ensure your make-up lasts all day and evening.

3. Use a brush to apply your foundation and ensure even blending, and make sure you don’t choose products with SPF in, as this results in flash-back in photos. Opt for a moisturiser which contains SPF to prep the face.

4. Apply a small amount of foundation to your ears in order to match your face colour, especially if you plan to wear your hair up.

5. Use concealer in the inner corners of your eyelid, which can naturally start to look blue when you get older.

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6. When adding definition to your brows ensure you shape them with a thicker application on the inner corners of the brows where they are naturally fuller, in order to frame your face.

7. You will be able to add definition and shape to the face by using a subtle contouring technique. Use highlighter on the tops of the cheek and brow bones, blusher on the cheeks and a bronzer lightly swept onto the outer edges of the face and below the chin.

8. Use an eye primer to cover any discolouration on the lid and smooth it prior to adding shadows.  Choose matte shadows which are more flattering on an older eyelid and blend well so that there are no hard edges.

9. Use a darker shadow and a small wedge brush to apply a soft line along the upper and lower lash line to 

10. When applying mascara, apply a few coats to both the upper and lower lashes to make your eyes appear bigger.