Nine Beauty Secrets for Glowing Winter Bridal Make-up

13 Nov 2015

Professional make-up artist Julia Jeckell reveals the secrets behind creating a glowing winter make-up look for polished brides 

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When our summer sunkissed glow has well and truly faded and the dark nights are drawing in, its easy for skin to become dull and lifeless. Here are some top tips from professional make-up artist Julia Jeckell, on how to achieve a radiant winter glow on your wedding day.

1. Prepare skin for winter
Regular facial exfoliation will help remove dead skin cells and refresh the surface, resulting in a natural glow and a smoother base for make-up. It also helps moisturiser to absorb into the skin.

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2. Switch to a heavier moisturiser
Going from the cold air to the dry heat inside sucks the moisture from your skin. Always check it has an SPF to protect from any environmental damage such as harsh winter light reflecting off snow and cold, windy weather. Look for a moisturiser with added Vitamin C, as lack of it in winter can leave skin looking dull and lifeless.

3. Drink lots of water
This will help hydrate and plump your skin from the inside, also combatting dehydration caused by indoor heating.

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4. Fake it 
Feeling pale and interesting? When the sun-kissed glow has faded, fake it. Less is more, so just add a few drops of facial tanning serum (such as Clarins Radiance Plus Golden Glow Booster) to your daily moisturiser. 

5. Use primer
After quenching your skin with moisturiser, prepare skin with a hydrating and radiance boosting primer. My firm favourite is Laura Merciers Foundation primer in Radiance. This acts as a backlight by illuminating skin underneath your foundation and will keep your make-up in place all day.

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6. Lighten up
Another trick is to add a liquid illuminator to where your skin catches the light naturally, such as top of cheekbones, temples, down the centre of the nose and on the cupids bow of the lips.

7. Get Glowing
For dry skin, I would recommend using a cream blusher which will hydrate and help to give a dewier finish. For a normal to oily skin a powder formulation is fine. Dust on the apples of the cheeks and blend along the cheekbones to fake a rosy glow.

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8. Fake eight hours sleep

Looking tired? Go under the eyes with a brightening under eye colour correcting concealer (yellow, salmon or pink tones can work well depending on your own skintone) helping to conceal and brighten dark under circles. I swear by Bobbi Browns Tinted Eye Brightener.

9. Banish dry lips
Sore, dry and flaky lips? Lips need extra special attention in winter. First, exfoliate with an old toothbrush to remove any dry skin (sounds weird but works amazingly). My must-have balm for lips is Elizabeth Ardens eight hour cream which instantly hydrates, softens and protects the driest of winter lips.


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