Getting your wedding makeup to look flawless on the day is only half the battle. When it comes to wedding day beauty, the challenge is to make it last during the ceremony and then throughout the late night celebrations. Luckily, there are a number of ways to ensure your makeup stays as fresh as it was when you first applied it.
Prep and prime your skin
“Exfoliation is key to prepping your skin for makeup application – the smoother the surface, the more even it can be applied and therefore the longer it lasts. Twice a week polish away dead surface cells with a good exfoliator. If you’ve got the money, the Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub (£65) is uh-mazing but equally the No7 total Renewal Micro-dermabrasion Face Exfoliator (£11) delivers on its promises.”
The next step is to moisturise your skin well. This will make application smoother and will mean your makeup lasts longer. If your makeup is water-based (most makeup bases and products are), then invest in a water-based moisturiser. Going for an oil-based moisturiser will seriously undermine your makeup’s lasting power.
After your prep work you’ll need to invest in a primer. A primer is a silicone-based formula that smooths over pores and improves the appearance of the texture of your skin. A primer also creates a layer between your skin and the oils that break your makeup down, so it’s a great addition to your wedding day toolbox.
Set your makeup
The key to a long lasting look is setting your makeup with powder and a finishing spray. Go for a powder with a matte finish rather than a mineral base, as this will last longer and will do a better job of keeping makeup-melting oil at bay. There are also a number of setting sprays on the market designed to help your makeup last all day and night. These are a great investment for long lasting makeup.
Go for specially designed products
You can actually buy makeup products that have been designed to last. There are a number of products on the market specially designed to stay put – from lipstick to foundation. Go for bases, highlights and blushes that boast a long lasting power and that also claim to be water resistant (useful if you’re having a wedding in the spring or summer time).
Keep fresh faced
If you’ve been worried about ensuring your makeup will last throughout your wedding day, don’t fret – with the right products and prep, you’ll retain your glamorous look all throughout the ceremony and celebrations.