Perfect Make-Up for Your Chosen Wedding Season

07 Jun 2011

Perfect Make-Up for Your Chosen Wedding Season

Julie Palmer, top make-up artist of Changing Faces, with a portfolio of nearly 2,000 brides, advises on wedding make-up for the changing seasons.

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The one thing everyone is sure to notice on your wedding day is your face, so make sure your make-up doesn’t let you down. Many brides worry that having a professional make-up for their wedding means that they might end up looking orange and over-painted. The truth is that when you are in a beautiful gown with your hair done, wearing a tiara and veil, a bare or under-made-up face just looks out of place. Imperfections on the skin become more noticeable and features lose definition.

An experienced make-up artist knows that lighting changes make-up dramatically. Professional make-up application will ensure you look flawless, radiant and natural.

There are many subtle differences between make-up suitable for a summer or winter wedding. For spring and summer, textures need to be lighter and colours can be cooler. For winter, warmth and depth needs to be added.

Professional make-up application will ensure you look flawless, radiant and natural.

Whatever the season, a professional make-up should always start with fixers and primers. These products smooth, soothe, tighten and brighten the complexion, leaving a perfect base for a long-lasting make-up. The best ones will rehydrate too.

A normal moisturiser is not the best base for make-up as it tends to lead to foundation being absorbed. If an oily skin is a problem for you, a good mattifyer under-make-up will completely stop shiny faces without the need for lots of powder. Eye primers ensure your eye make-up does not collect in the socket crease but remains fresh all day. All good makeup artists use these products. Make sure yours does.

For spring or summer brides who will be hoping for a sunny day, more colour can be used as the sun can bleach the face in photos, but textures need to be light so that make-up does not appear heavy or artificial. Foundations should be sheer and light-reflective leaving a dewy, romantic complexion. Matte textures can look too flat and drying.

For spring or summer brides textures need to be light so that make-up does not appear heavy or artificial.

Blushers, however, should be matte or velvet in texture to define cheekbones. Frosted blushers or bronzing powders can make faces look fatter, shiny and sweaty ­– not a good look for a bride! A little highlight along the top of the cheekbones can look pretty though. Eye shadows can shimmer gently but avoid anything too glittery as this looks harsh in sunlight. Warm or cool tones work equally well. Stick to slightly glossy and light-to-medium shade lip colours for the sheerest and prettiest look.

For a winter wedding where flash photography will often be used on cloudy or darker days, make-up will need to be adjusted to suit this. The make-up base will need to give a good coverage and be warming so that the flash does not illuminate imperfections but still needs to give a natural finish. Nobody wants to feel they are wearing a mask.

A good professional will offer a rehearsal to explore different looks that will really work for you whatever season you choose for your wedding.

Blusher should have a slight shimmer to add radiance as well as warmth to the complexion. Eye shadows should define the shape of the eye to counteract strong flash light so a mixture of pearl and matte textures needs to be used. Paler tones will create space, making eyes look bigger but deeper tones should also be added to add definition. Warmer colours such as pinks, peaches, gold or rose should be used, as artificial lighting drains warmth.

A cooler shade of eyeliner will help reduce redness in the eye, which flash and brown tones can accentuate. To complete your look, lip colours need to have a little more depth of texture and colour.

A good professional will offer a rehearsal as part of a booking so that together you can explore different looks that will really work for you whatever season you choose for your wedding.

For further information about Changing Faces call 01395 562970 or visit http://www.changingfaces.net

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