May your day be as flawless as your make up! Professional make up tips to make your wedding day look stick

Looking your best on your wedding day is every brides’ priority, whether its maintaining a natural look or rocking a full-on statement face. Particularly in this hot weather for those of you who are summer brides and bridesmaids, keeping cool and keeping your make up in place for as long as possible might seem like an insurmountable task, but fear not!  Help is at hand!

Hiring a professional makeup artist is fantastic if you are able to, not only will they make you feel, and look, like the best version of yourself, they also help keep the morning of the wedding while you’re getting ready stress free as they share with you their tricks of the trade and their expertise. But, because it’s not an option for everybody, and for those of you who just want to look amazing as a bridesmaid or guest, todays post comes with tips from Surrey based professional makeup artist Rosina Green. Check out her 5 top tips below for an all-day flawless look…

1.     PREP YOUR SKIN!

Your makeup is waaaaay more likely to actually stick to your skin if you have done your prep work.  Start with a gentle exfoliation to remove grey, dead skin cells.  Then treat yourself to one of those amazing sheet facial masks and chill for 20 mins or so. 

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Do NOT forget about that all important eye area, pop on a pea sized amount of eye cream to hydrate this delicate skin. If you skipped the face mask (tut tut!), apply a day time moisturiser to your face and neck.  Reeeeeeally work it in, pinching, tapping and smooshing it in to your skin.  This will help to stimulate the blood flow, plumping the skin and giving you a natural glow.

2.     The TOP SECRET staying power product

Ssssssshhhhhhhh! I don’t share this tip with just anyone.

So here you go, my top-secret product for ensuring clients makeup has staying power through the ceremony, photos, meal, teary speeches and oops upside your head group dance

Is….

Milk of Magnesia

Seriously.  I got this tip from Scott Barnes (J-Lo’s makeup artist) and if its good enough for J-Lo ladies….

Using cotton wool, apply a small amount all over your face and allow it to dry for a few seconds before applying your foundation.  Its chalkiness keeps a sweaty face at bay.

3.     For eye makeup that won’t slide down your face

It’s worth taking a bit more time to layer a few products here to survive a long, hot and totes emosh day.

You’ve already applied eye cream, right? 

There are several good options for step two.  Some people swear by an eyeshadow primer such as Nars Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base (£20).  Personally, I apply Shape Tape concealer (Tarte Cosmetics) over the eye lids and set with translucent powder from Laura Mercier using the setting brush from Real Techniques. 

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Another option is to start with a cream eyeshadow, I like Mac paint pots, then apply your powder eyeshadow on top. If you suspect you will shed a tear or two, its best to use a waterproof mascara or have a lash lift ‘n’ tint a few days before the wedding.

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4.     Bubbles and kiss proof lippy

Layer, layer, layer!!

Back to base, get rid of any flaky dry skin by using a lip exfoliant.  Lush, Clinique and Barry M all have fab options for you to try.

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Then slather on the lip balm and let it work its magic whilst you apply the rest of your makeup.  When the time comes to apply your lipstick, blot away any excess balm by pressing a tissue onto your lips.  Then line your lips with lip pencil and colour in the entire lip area to provide a stain with staying power.  My tip is to layer up and now go in with a matte lip stain all over the lips - my fave is Nars Velvet Lip Pigment. Finally, slick on a lip gloss or moisturising lip stick. Don’t forget to pop this in your bag to reapply later in the day!

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5.     On the go maintenance

I love a hydrating facial spray.  Mac sell mini handbag friendly sized setting sprays in various scents, lavender and also coconut are my favourites. 

Use to set your face once you have finished applying makeup, then you can spritz your face during the day to refresh.  SPACE NK stock so many delicious face spritz’s, my mum loves the Emma Hardie Plump and Glow Hydrating Mist (£42).

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Also pack some blotting papers in your bag.  Use these to press onto any areas that are a bit too ‘glowy’ as your skin heats up.

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A pressed translucent powder is a good idea if blotting papers aren’t your thing.  Head to Mac for their Blot Powder or Charlotte Tilbury for Air Brush Flawless Finish Pressed Powder.

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So, there you have it ladies. Flawless looking, long lasting, wedding day friendly make up is yours for the taking.

If you’d like to learn more about Rosi’s fantastic make up skills, product suggestions and look inspiration, follow her online via Instagram @rosina.green.mua or Facebook @rosinagreenhairandmakeup

Here’s a few shots of her at work, and of the lovely lady herself.  xx

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