I'm a make-up fiend and have been ever since my sister pinned me down, plucked my monobrow and introduced me to slap when I was 15.

The wonder of suddenly have blemish free skin! And cheekbones! The rush of being attractive!


Anyway, I'm still into make-up in a big way and this - combined with being a massive control freak - means I've opted to trowel it on myself on my wedding day.

But I don't want to go in there blind (think of the pictures) so I had a make-up lesson to make sure I really know what I'm doing.

Every bride I've talked to swears by Bobbi Brown so I organised a tutorial with George Pelosi from the brand's beauty team, who met me in Fenwicks.


I go into the department store feeling slightly twitchy in the way that only a bride who's weeks away from her wedding can understand, and come out feeling like a truly awesome girl.

Why? Because George not only makes you gorgeous, but she listens, shows you what to do every step of the way, and tells you you're pretty. Brilliant.

We start with my skin, because the Bobbi Brown philosophy is basically if the skin looks good everything else will fall into place.


After prepping with Cleansing Oil, Hydrating Face Tonic, Hydrating Oil Gel and Eye Cream, George brushes on foundation and covers up my bags. And just so you know, I've got big bags. Sacks, actually.

But these magically disappear under George's talented hand. She smooths a light bisque-coloured corrector under my eyes and then layers this with ivory concealer. The result? Well, suddenly, you'd never know I've spent a lot of the past seven years on nightshift.

Following this, I'm perked up by desert rose blusher and bronzer and given eyes that smoulder in a maybe-I'm-a-delicate-forest-fairy way, rather than a come-hither-to-my-boudoir smoke.

I don't want to look like I'm in the chorus line but, equally, a lick of mascara won't cut the mustard either. George listens to my garbled attempts to explain how I envisage my wedding face and delivers a beauty.


She's much better looking than me. Classic, but a little bit saucy too thanks to Bikini Pink lipstick lined in ballet pink. Perfect.

As well as knowing the products I'm going to use will definitely suit me, George gives me tips on how to apply my make up.

For example, want to know how to do retro-style eyeliner that flicks up perfectly? Draw a straight line across your eye, then put a cotton bud into the corner of your eye, pull it up diagonally and there you have a perfect flick. Just like that. Wow.

So, with what feels like very little effort, my slap is sorted. Next stop, hair.