Just Like Perfection

Just Like Perfection

While wedding day make-up should be natural, ultra-radiant and flawless-looking skin is something every bride wants to achieve - especially when it comes to those post-ceremony photographs. Relatively easy if you've just hit your twenties, but maturing skin, particularly during the cold winter months, needs a touch more attention. Enter Estēe Lauder's new Resilience Lift Extreme Makeup. Formulated for maturing skin, the high-tech foundation is loaded with hyaluronic acid and a revolutionary, tri-blend Extreme Lift Complex to instantly relive dry skin, boost collagen production and deliver a continuous surge of moisture - so skin is exceptionally hydrated and, more importantly, stays perfectly luminous throughout the day.

£28, available at www.esteelauder.co.uk or call 0870 034 2566

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The Secret To Long-Lasting Eye Make-Up!

The Secret To Long-Lasting Eye Make-Up!

One big worry when I was practising my wedding make-up was that my eyeshadow and eyeliner would fade by mid-afternoon. Usually I don't mind that too much (I think there's something a bit sexy about melted shadow that's a little smudgy and sunken into the skin), but on your wedding day that's just not practical.
It had to last from the minute I stepped foot onto the aisle until (and beyond) my first dance, without the need for retouching because, quite frankly, I knew I would forget!

The best investment I made was an Eye Primer. Similar to a foundation primer, it's a cream made from microscopic silicone molecules that disappears into the skin and creates a barrier between you and your make-up, so it literally won't budge all day. The formula looks a bit like a concealer, but it's thinner and less pigmented so it brightens yours eyelids without looking cakey.

The one I used was Laura Mercier Eye Basics (at www.spacenk.co.uk), and since then I've tried (and loved) ones from Urban Decay, Clarins, Bourjois and Dior's.

It's so easy to apply too: after putting on foundation or tinted moisturiser, simply massage a little blob of eye primer into each eyelid (and the inner eye corners to brighten them up). You can even use it underneath the eyes as a lighter alternative to concealer. Apply your eye-make-up as normal, and I promise it will look just as fresh, colourful and pristine when you take it off before bed!

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The Ultimate Wedding Day Make-up Q&A!

The Ultimate Wedding Day Make-up Q&A!

This month's guest beauty expert is award-winning make-up artist Sarah Brock, who we've had the pleasure of working with on many of our fashions shoots and makeovers in Brides magazine.

Tell us a bit about yourself...

In 2008 I won the Wedding Industry Awards Make-up Artist of the Year (which was sponsored by Brides) and in 2009 won the Professional Beauty Awards Make-up Specialist of the Year. I am the Director of Makeup Artistry for Daniel Sandler (www.danielsandler.com), and have appeared on Wedding TV as a make-up expert and regularly work as a make-up artist for Brides.

How can a bride book with you?

I ask brides to email me the date, time and location of the wedding and how many people need make-up. Then I email a quote and we take it from there. The price for my bridal package varies (depending on travel etc) but they start from £275 for a local venue. This includes a trial at my studio in Wiltshire 6-4 weeks before the wedding. I take photos of her make-up and post them to her a few days later, so she can see how she looks on camera. I can also provide make-up lessons.

If a bride wants to do her own make-up, do you have any good tips ?

Have a lesson with a make-up artist. Most department store brands offer lessons but I'd recommend brands such as Daniel Sandler that have a team of trained make-up artists all over the UK who offer 1-to-1 lessons. It has to look photographically perfect and last all day (and withstand tears!) and a professional will show you how to achieve this. Have the lesson 3 months before your wedding, so you have time to buy the recommended products and start practising!
 
What are you top must-have products for bridal make-up?
 
- Lancôme GENIFIQUE Youth Activating Serum under your moisturiser to make skin feel re-plumped, refined and re-illuminated.
 - Daniel Sandler Super Mineral Makeup foundation (light coverage) or Chanel Pro Lumiere Professional Finish Makeup (heavier coverage)
 - Chantecaille eyeshadows, which are sheer and long-lasting
- Lancôme Oscillation Powerbooster - an amazing thickening basecoat for lashes
 - Daniel Sandler Watercolour Blush for a long-lasting dewy look on the cheeks
 - YSL Rouge Volupte Lipsticks - they're really pretty and give a good, but not heavy, coverage (and the packaging is divine!)
  
What are the classic bridal make-up mistakes to avoid?
 
1. Using the wrong shade or formulation of foundation
The wrong colour will show in your photographs! When shopping for foundation, have a consultation and take away samples to try and home and check in daylight. Choose a light, silicone-based foundation rather than a heavy greasy formulation. 
2. Using too much sparkle
A little bit of shimmer can look pretty, but don't overdo it with sparkle as it will stand out in your photographs! 
3. Choosing a totally different look
Every bride wants to look stunning on her wedding day (and rightly so) but do choose a look that enhances your best features and doesn't make you look like a totally different person.
 
www.sarahbmakeup.co.uk
Check out Sarah's bridal beauty blog at www.bridalbeautybuzz.com

Dark Drama

Dark Drama

The most dramatic looking fragrance we've come across since Dior's Poison - this distinctive, mysterious scent is feminine, passionate and provocative. A  mystical melange of jasmine, cashmeran wood and white amber, its rich, woody floral notes are hard to forget and even more impossible to resist. Just perfect for the smouldering, winter bride who's looking for something that little bit different. From £34.99, available nationwide

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