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  1. 1. Bridal make up by its very nature is a uniquerequirement and your make up regime for the bigday needs careful thought and consideration. Our bridal beauty consultant, Lubna Rafiq, of Art OfBeauty shares some of bridal beauty insights with you...Click to continue
  2. 2. My personal approach to make-up for brides is one of corrective, subtlemake-up that enhances the bride's best features and makes her looknaturally radiant and beautiful on her big day The first thing people noticewhen they look at a bride - is how stunning and radiant she looks, not hermakeup itself In fact make - up that is too obvious can look overdone andartificial so understated and sophisticated elegance is the name of the game!When it comes to applying bridal makeup, there is a correct sequence andtechnique to follow as well as a preparatory stage to ensure that you will belooking your absolute best Selection and advice on the best and mostappropriate products, colours and styles is also imperative What works for youin your day to day use or for other special occasions will not necessarily makeyou look your best on your big day! This kind of in depth knowledge can onlycome from a beautician experienced in the nuances of bridal makeup
  3. 3. Skin & Eyebrows The first thing to get right is your skin and eyebrowsIwould recommend a series of facials in the run up to your wedding (that is ifyou don't already have regular facials) Start a few months before thewedding as it is common for your skin to break out and get worse before it getsbetter after a facial if you haven't had one for a long time (Something todo with getting all the impurities out) Treat yourself to one a month for fourmonths before the big dayyour last one should be at least a few days beforeyour wedding, to give your skin time to settle down Eyebrows should be keptin shape regularly and shaped the day before the d-day if possible On themorning of your wedding, make sure your skin is well moisturised about tenminutes before applying your make-up
  4. 4. I always recommend that you have your hair done after your Make-up Thenext stage is to have your foundation applies Remember that for thephotographs you must take extra care when using light reflective foundationand concealer A lot of Asian bride's pile on layers of foundationunderneath the eye, in the misunderstanding that it is a concealer, whenactually, it's job is to "put light" in to dark areas, Don't do it! You maylook good to the naked eye, but it will show up too white in your photos andyou could look like you have puffy eye bags! I'm not saying to steerclear of subtle light reflecting foundations; in fact they are great for giving theappearance of dewy, youthful skin
  5. 5. Steer very clear of shimmery bronzers and blushers though If you want touse a bronzer, use a matt one and use it very subtly, Click to continue softlyover your cheeks, bridge of your nose, top on your forehead, where you wouldnaturally catch the sun
  6. 6. bear in mind that your neck should not be too different in colour to your face(Don't be tempted to try putting bronzer all over your neck
  7. 7. you'll just end up staining your lengha!) Eyes For your eyes, youcan't go wrong with matt makeup with slight shimmering shadows Iusually use a combination of colours to compliment the Asian bride'soutfit
  8. 8. A soft black eyeliner, (No browns) use black mascara for your wedding day,even if you're very fair and usually go for brown - it'll show up betterin your photographs, smudged close to the base of you lashes on your upperlid will make your eyelashes appear thicker and, in conjunction with a little greyor dark brown eye-shadow applied with a thin brush at the base of your lowerlashes, will subtly define your eyes perfectly for the photos I use blackWATERPROOF mascara on just about every bride that comes to me, andmake sure I curl the lashes before applying it On some occasions I evenconsider using false eyelashes as this gives more definition over the eyes andlooks quite stunning in photographs Lips For the bride's lips, I like touse a colour that will not clash with the bride's eyes and dress and ofcourse her Bouquet Bearing in mind you have already primed your lips whenyou applied your foundation and powder by putting a suitable balm ormoisturiser on them after you have done your base
  9. 9. By the time you are ready for lipstick to be applied, your lips will be in perfectcondition-Always leave this to the very last I use a "Nude" lip pencil over theentire lip before applying the lip colour as it gives extra staying power, applylip-colour then blot with a tissue and reapply lipstick with a touch of gloss or amore shimmering colour to enhance the shadow of your bottom lip and a slighttouch over the top lip And Finally
  10. 10. The most important tip is to allow yourself a good three hours to get readyas this gives your beautician plenty of time to work her magic and make youlook stunning More importantly it will give you some all-important chill out timeaway from your interfering aunties Before you make an entrance, a quickcheck and powder before you leave for the ceremony, and your Dulha will betotally bowled over PLUS you will look fantastic in the photos of your dreamshaadi!
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