Bobbi Brown Senior pro artist Hannah Martin joined Brides' beauty director Funmi Fetto to chat all things bridal beauty - including busting some of those age-old wedding makeup myths. Here are all the tips you just need to read.
1. It's never too early to start a revamped skincare routine. Although skin cell production slows down as we get older (this is what makes our skin age, *sob*), you can reverse the effects in the run up to your wedding by using great skincare (yay!)
2. Serum = skin superfood. It's right up there with kale, acai and goji berries. Your skin will thank you later.
3. If you fancy a course of facials, book one as soon as you get engaged (after calling your mum, obvs). No one wants a bad skin reaction close to the big day.
4. If you like the black and white photo look, avoid a bold lip colour so you don't get the vampy black lip look, and stick to a nude instead.
5. Lay off the SPF to avoid a ghostly white glow (it reacts badly with flash photography) - though if you're getting married on the beach or outdoors, go for a light SPF and make sure it's finely milled. Sunburn is not a great look.
6. Fake tan lover? Be wary of the colour you're using and its undertones (golden, terracotta, khaki) and wear it to trial your makeup for a seamless foundation match.
7. If you get a spot on your wedding morning (eek!) do not touch it. Concealing a bump is no faff, but covering broken skin is a different story. To conceal? Layer. Armed with concealer and a loose powder, dab on and around the blemish and voila!
8. Want a timeless look? Avoid the infamous #InstagramBrow by getting an expert to shape your brows, and using a spoolie (basically a clean mascara wand) to comb the hairs and filling in gaps with light sweeping movements.
9. Prone to flushing or redness? Plump for a foundation with a yellow undertone to counteract any redness. If you're really worried, a BB cream under your foundation will give you that extra bit of coverage.
10. Nail that blurred, diffused finish with a finely milled loose powder - get a bridesmaid to carry it in their clutch to sweep on your t-zone to de-shine.
11. Brushes are fab, but don't neglect your fingers! Hand warmth is great to help 'set' your foundation, but it's a good idea to chat to a makeup artist about the best techniques if you're doing your own makeup for your wedding.
12. Get an oily finish? Prime, prime, prime! A water-based, gel primer is ace for hydrating the skin sans oil. And make sure you're using enough to look your coverage in place.
13. And finally… The ultimate trio of products to keep close by on your wedding day? Lipstick, blush colour and powder.