Top Make-up tips for wedding perfect skin
Top Make-up tips for wedding perfect skin
There is so much advice out there on make-up it can sometimes get confusing as to how to get the best results from your products so here are a few of my simple tips to getting the most professional finish to your make-up and achieve perfect skin!
Make sure skin is prepared first before applying make-up.
Moisturise and let it absorb before applying foundation and then use a primer. A Primer will help make-up last longer particularly if skin absorbs make- up.
Use a dabbing motion that pushes the product into the skin rather than wiping it on and off in the same movement, a brush, sponge or fingers all work well.
The biggest mistakes made with foundation are choosing the wrong colour and using too much. The right shade of foundation should disappear into the skin.
The best way to choose colour is by applying two to three colours on clean skin along the jawline so you can see it. Try in the light you will be wearing it in so if it’s a daytime make up then always look at it in natural light, so you will see the true colour. Blend each colour gently with your finger and the colour that disappears is the correct shade. Don’t be tempted to try and change your skin colour with a foundation, if you are pale then choose the colour that matches your skin exactly, you can warm up your tone with blush and bronzer, if you try and do this with your foundation you will end up with obvious lines especially on the jaw line, there is no need to blend foundation down your neck if you have the correct colour!
Another mistake is using too much and using it all over the face. Foundation should give the illusion of perfect, flawless skin so use it to perfect and even out your skin tone; this may mean only using it where you need it not necessarily all over the face. This helps to stop it looking mask like so start with a small amount in the centre of your face and blend it outwards with a brush or fingers. Most of us tend to want more coverage in more problematic areas such as the t-zone, chin and nose so start here, by the time you have blended it outwards you will have very little left so will avoid those tell-tale signs of using too much and seeing foundation sitting in the hairline and eyebrows, not a good look!
My choice of foundation also depends on the skin type I am applying it to so do select the right formula for your skin type to achieve the best finish
Concealers and correctors
The use of colour correctors has become more common now with many different choices on the market.
Correctors are designed to do just that, correct! They work by neutralising skin discolouration’s such as dark circles of high colouring. The best way to choose which colour corrector you need is to look at a colour wheel, identify the colour of the problem you wish to correct these are known as Complementary colours and are directly opposite each other on the colour wheel.
So, for example if you have blue under eye circles you would use an orange tone to counteract the blue, if you have redness to the skin apply green to tone this down.
Correctors are usually applied before concealer which then works to cover any areas you feel need more cover and blends with your skin tone
Concealer works well because it is made of a denser composition than most other cosmetics therefore it has more staying power and provides more coverage.
Remember- a little goes a long way.
Colours for concealer come in a variety of shades and should match the skin itself. However there are instances when you may want to use a slightly lighter shade. For example, dark circles under the eyes that are many shades deeper than your normal skin colour
· Under the inner half of your eye where shadows will be darker.
· Blend towards the outer corner of the eye gently where there may be fine lines, press well into any creases
· Apply concealer to the outer corner of the eyelids and to the inner corner near the tear duct to neutralise redness.
· To neutralise a spot, apply a yellow toned concealer directly on top of the spot and gently blend out.
· Apply a little concealer around the corners of the lips, under the bottom lip and on top of the cupids bow
· To reduce redness or broken capillaries on the cheeks or around the nostrils use a yellow toned colour
When using powder, a light application of loose or pressed powder first is the best way to ensure smooth blending for the rest of your colour products and ensure a shine free long-lasting finish to your base make-up.
Adding extra loose powder just under the eye, down the bridge of the nose and right under the bottom lip, at the start of your make –up application can result in subtle highlighting of these spots when you are finished.
Be careful when applying under eyes, gently blend away with a small brush and stretch the skin gently to ensure powder is blended and doesn’t exaggerate fine lines.
In a career spanning over 20 years Louise has worked in many areas of make-up from editorials and photo shoots to an extensive career in television.
Her work has been published in magazines such as OK, Hello and YOU magazine and she has worked on various fashion events including London Fashion Week and the Trust in Fashion charity. She also works on numerous photo shoots with fashion and cosmetic brands.
Louise represents several major cosmetic brands as a Make-up Artist, Brand Ambassador and Educator. In these roles she consults for the brand on new product development, product launches, press events and the development of training programs.
Her career in TV has included working on programming for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, BT Sport, Channel 5 and Head of Make-up at Sky TV. During her role at Sky she was key in designing and managing the transition to HD ready make-up for the Sky News and Sky Sports channels as well working on a variety of programming for many Sky TV channels. She has worked with many well know TV, film and entertainment personalities.
Louise has appeared in many national press articles featuring her television career and industry expertise in HD make-up.