‘Less is more,’ is Jennifer’s beauty philosophy, and when it comes to bridal make-up she believes this style should be timeless and elegant. Jennifer Jane is an international make-up artist, who has more than 15 years’ experience in the industry and during this time has worked with the likes of The BBC, AMEX, Sainsbury’s , Fashion TV and London Fashion Week to name but a few. Jennifer now specialises in bridal make-up and destination weddings, and today she’s talking us through make-up abroad, beauty preparation and her top tips for how we can beat the heat.
Choosing your bridal make-up look can be a stressful affair. Not only do you have to think about what shades suit you, but you will also want to take into consideration your skin type, the dress, the flowers, time of wedding and the weather. The weather I hear you ask? Yes, the weather. I don’t know about you, but different seasons cause different problems for my skin and this all needs to be thought about when selecting the right products for the day. Over 90% of brides will choose a make-up artist to help them on their special day, who will come armed with all manner of make-up goodies that cater for every outcome, however, if you are doing it yourself and especially if you are heading abroad for your wedding it’s best to go prepared with some products that work!
Normally the words make-up and heat are two words that can make any bride feel a little alarmed, however, it is all in the preparation if you want your make-up to last all day.
First of all, make sure your moisturiser is oil-free. We all like a dewy look from time-to-time, but there is a very fine line between dewy and downright oily, so if you can avoid it from the get-go you’re onto a winner.
Make sure you use a primer. I like to use Benefit’s Porefessional Primer or Porefessional Matt Rescue before applying foundation. Foundations I favour in the heat are, first and foremost, Mac Face and Body. It gives a smooth and flawless finish which is buildable if you want more coverage but is ideal for ladies who don’t normally like to wear foundation. The shade options are amazing and you can mix them together if you happen to get a little more colour in the lead up to your wedding.
A close runner up is Nars Sheer Glow Foundation, which evens out skin tone, is long wearing and doesn’t contain any SPF (in case you are worried about the dreaded flashback). I love the velvety smooth, medium coverage. Buff into the skin with an Expert Face Brush by Real Techniques and you’re good to go!
Fact – Flashback, which is the ghostly white look you sometimes get in photographs, is caused by SPF in foundations. Ideally it is best to choose one without SPF if you can, however if you would rather have some protection choose a foundation with a lower SPF like Revlon Colour Stay, which contains SPF 6.
For ladies who like a little more coverage, I would recommend Estée Lauder Double Wear. Be sure to buff into the skin fairly quickly as this is a tricky base to budge if you don’t get the application just right.
For natural looking blushing brides I generally advise to steer clear of powder blusher and favour gels and creams, which are lightweight and easy. They can also be used on the eyes and lips so a multi purpose product all round!
The same with eye colour. Powders have an annoying habit of sitting in the crease, especially in the heat – not a good look when you are greeting your guests – however cream to powder shadows such as the Bobbi Brown Longwear Cream Eyeshadow does exactly what it says on the tin and blends beautifully.
Gel and waterproof liners are a must, not only in a humid environment, but if you’re an emotional soul from time-to-time you may well need it on your big day. And mascara? Well it’s waterproof all the way baby!
After I have finished a bridal make-up application, I like to set the final look with Urban Decay’s setting spray. This will ensure everything stays where it should and will last well into the early hours of the morning.
One product I carry with me in my kit at all times is translucent face powder. This is a great way to keep shine at bay, but only apply it where you really need it with a large eyeshadow brush. I favour this over a powder compact as it is a completely clear lightweight powder as opposed to a heavier pigmented product which will make your face look cakey the more you apply.
It’s always a good idea to prepare your skin for your big day. Be sure to drink plenty of water, look into a suitable skincare regime, and book yourself in for a few facials. Eat lots of veg and try to cut down on sugar and alcohol as much as you can.
Above all, try not to sweat the small stuff as this will almost certainly show on your face!
Make sure when you are testing foundations that you take a selfie in both natural and artificial light without a flash. This way you will see what it looks like in all situations and be sure that the shade you have chosen is absolutely perfect for you.
Apply foundation in thin layers if you want it to last longer, paying attention to blending away the edges.
Words by Jennifer Jane