bridal beauty; the base of it

When it comes to beauty, I’m a big believer in putting the least effort in to get the most out. It’s really not fun to spend time (and money!) on make up only to find that it has disappeared by the time you next look in the mirror. To ensure your make up lasts all day at your wedding, prepping your skin is your secret step. You’ve probably heard this at the make-up counters and wondered if it is worth it. It really is! Otherwise the make up will slide off your face as you get hot, happy and shiny. It’s best to practice prepping your skin a few weeks before the big day so you can see what products work best for you, as all skin is different. Prep in the morning and then see if your make up is still in place when you go out after work.

What does prepping your skin mean? In short, it’s about what you do before you put your make up on, in the form of moisturisers, primers and bases. The best primer I’ve found is from Laura Mercier. It smooths your skin ready for a clean application of foundation, acts as a barrier between your skin and the foundation and binds with the foundation to hold it in place. Clarins’ Beauty Flash Balm is also a great product to use if you wake up on your wedding day morning and feel that you skin needs a boost. You can use it before applying your make up, with the aim of making you look dewy and glowing. Eye lid primer is also another essential. It provides a matt surface that will keep your eye make up firmly in the same place, all day and night. I like Smashbox Photofinish Lid Primer, and Nars do a good one too.

Earrings by Sarah Hickey

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