If you're blessed with an olive skin tone like Jessica Alba, one of the biggest challenges for women with an olive skin tone is finding the best foundation match. Olive skin tones have multiple undertones, so any pigment can have a tendency to look like a mask once applied, rather than leaving a flawless, airbrushed effect on the skin. And which bride doesn't want that on her wedding day? Brides contributing beauty editor Olivia Falcon shares her top tips for finding the perfect wedding makeup for an olive skin tone - with the help of a few industry experts.
Skin: A clever way to work out what kind of undertones you have is to look at the veins on your wrists; if they're green, then you have warm undertones and if your veins are blue, then you have cool ones. If you sit somewhere in the middle with greeny/blue, you have neutral undertones. Shiseido's Synchro Glow Luminizing Fluid Foundation, Invisiwear Foundation and Cover FX's Custom Cover Drops come in a range of colours for all eventualities. 'Try not to use too much powder, as it can build up on olive skin and look grubby,' warns make-up artist Caroline Barnes. 'Stay away from things "moonlight" (they can look grey) and choose a high-definition translucent powder. I love Rose Silk Finishing Powder [£26, jurlique.co.uk], as it's so sheer, or Translucent Loose Setting Powder [£29, Laura Mercier at houseoffraser.com]. It's also worth noting that matte concealers have more powder in them, which is fine if you're using them on oily areas around your nose, but avoid around the eye as they dry out thinner skin.'
Eyes: 'Choose a jet-black eyeliner that holds its colour, as some dense liners can look greyer once they're applied to richer skintones,' says Lancôme's Alex Babsky. MAC's senior make-up artist, Cher Webb, adds: 'If you have smaller eyes, too much black can close the eye, so it's better to line the top of the eye through the lash line.'
How to highlight: Brides contributing beauty editor Olivia Falcon says: 'Since you have naturally tanned skin, ditch the bronzer, as it can look a little burnt orange. Instead, lift features with a highlighter. We love Heaven's Hue Highlighter in Transcendence [£28, Stila at marksandspencer.com], Victoria Beckham x Estée Lauder's Highlighter in Modern Mercury or Glow Stick Glistening Highlighter [£28, Marc Jacobs at harrods.com]; swoop across cheekbones in a banana shape, add a dab to the base of the chin and the brow bones, and place a dot just above your Cupid's bow.' 'For an extra-special effect, you could try highlighting underneath the middle of the lower lashes to open up the eye,' suggests Tracey Gray Mann. 'Burberry's Fresh Glow Highlighting Luminous Pen in Nude Radiance is easy to use and looks fab.'
Lips: 'Deep berry and plummy lip tones are great for olive skin tones,' says Tracey. 'A lip pencil will produce long-lasting colour and a spot of lip gloss in the centre will add depth. My new favourite is Glo & Ray's Wonderland Hydrating Lip Gloss in Fairydust. I also use it on the centre of the eyelids to add shine.'