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The perfect make-up for your perfect day

Sophie Everett’s guide for the bride

The busiest wedding season is here and if you’re preparing for the biggest day of your life, looking good will be one of your main priorities. Whether you are going to do your wedding make-up yourself or intend to book a make-up artist, preparation is key. Make sure you look after your skin for at least a month leading up to the wedding. Avoid caffeine, sugar and alcohol and eat lots of colorful fruit and veg. To keep your skin looking plump and hydrated fill a 1.5l bottle of water every day and make sure you drink it – you will definitely notice a difference in your skin after a week.

If you choose to employ a Make-up Artist for your big day then research into local and national artists and pick one whose previous clients’ make-up you like. It is also very important to get along with your Make-Up Artist; you only want people around you on the morning who you enjoy being with, so pick an Artist that you like. I would always recommend having a trial so you and the Artist can work on getting the make-up perfect - you don’t want to be fussing on the day, but relaxed and assured that your Artist knows exactly what you want.

If you choose to do your own make-up it’s important to get the balance between looking good for your guests and looking good in the pictures. Your wedding isn’t a photo shoot so avoid applying more and more product for the camera, your guests will notice and it will not look good in natural light.

Sophie Everett is a local leading Make-Up Artist who has worked for a long list of prestigious designers and high street brands. She has also worked on a number of editorial photo shoots for a wide range of well known magazines as well as on TV, films and commercials. Sophie was a finalist in this year’s Wedding Industry Awards and prides herself on her personal, friendly service that she provides for brides on their special day.

Sophie Everett www.sophieeverett.com; Tel: 07917 303 292.

STEPS TO GOOD DIY WEDDING DAY MAKE-UP:

• Apply Primer, such as from Arbonne International. This will keep your skin looking good all day. Invest in a good quality foundation. If you like a dewy look, mix a little Illuminator into your foundation.

• Use a creamy concealer so you get a dewy coverage rather than powdery, try Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealers.

• TOP TIP: I always avoid under eye illuminating pens for bridal, as they give a ‘white eye look’ in the pictures.

• Blusher or Bronzer is so important on the day, along with your lips, this is the only area that you will have colour (unless you are getting married in a red dress!) so be sure to apply this carefully.

• Apply your lip colour well just before you leave, so it will last a few hours. Fill the lip with liner, apply your lip colour, blot with powder and apply again. Choose if you would like a matte or high shine lip before the day.

• Take Blusher/Bronzer, your lip colour and blotting sheets or a lightweight powder to touch up with throughout the day. If you apply it well, you will need nothing else!