We all want to put our best face forward for the wedding. And while most of us have a basic understanding of makeup application, the details of looking drop-dead gorgeous escape us. Fortunately, Gary Cockerill has come to the rescue with his new DIY makeup book, Simply Glamorous, which includes numerous step by step makeup application tutorials, with pictures.
Applying makeup is a bit like painting a canvas. Begin with a quality surface (your skin), prime it for the best finished appearance, prepare an underpainting to improve the final effect (correct, conceal, and contour), add the right colours, and take steps to assure longevity. Gary takes all into account and freely shares his techniques, including the seven tricks below.
[Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher at no charge, with a request that I write a review. So I decided to do a “tips and tricks” article to help you with your wedding makeup! Although I associated the tips to wedding beauty solutions and expanded upon a topic here and there, the core advice was extracted from and the photos in the title image are credited to: Simply Glamorous by Gary Cockerill, photography by Vikki Grant. Published by Jacqui Small (£25).]
1. Take care of your skin before the wedding.
Following a good skin care regime is important at all times, but never more than in the months leading up to your wedding. And the secret to healthy skin goes well beyond the basics of cleansing, toning, and moisturizing. What you eat and drink are just as important for supple, blemish-free skin. Drink at least eight glasses of water a day and skip the sugary drinks; also, completely avoid any foods you know you are sensitive to; and make it a habit to regularly eat antioxidant-containing superfoods such as berries and kale and choose items high in nutrition-rich oils, like oily fish, avocados, and eggs.
2. The forgotten wedding makeup tip: use multiple primers.
We tend to skip this important step when applying “our face” for everyday life, but on your wedding day facial primer is what will make your skin appear smooth and without pores. Applying primer under eye shadow and lipstick makes each last longer, and mascara primer lengthens and thickens the lashes.
3. Correct AND conceal.
Most of us think to go no further than a light-coloured concealer under the eyes, but you can achieve the best effect by addressing differences in colouration as well. Colour-correctors disguise flaws and neutralize unflattering discolourations on your face. Lilac brightens and counteracts sallow tones. Green cancels out redness. Peach counteracts blue tones. Pink corrects yellow undertones.
4. Account for lighting at the ceremony and reception.
The same makeup appears different in natural and artificial light. Because daylight reveals more detail than indoor lighting, you may want to go for a more natural appearance for an outdoor wedding, but can add a bit more drama indoors under chandeliers.
Combined, the wedding and reception create a long, busy day with little time for touch ups. So you will want your look to last. Here are three additional tips to help with that dilemma:
5. Double up for durability.
For a long-lasting finish, use a cream foundation, then go over it with same-shade contouring powders.
6. Prepare and powder the eyelids.
Because cream shadows are prone to creasing, use powdered eye shadows. Also, as mentioned earlier, prime the lids before applying colour.
7. DIY a lip stain.
While stains are the ultimate secret for long-lasting lip colour, commercially-available shades are very limited. Blot between layers to create your own DIY lip stain: Draw on liner over your lip primer, blot, apply lipstick, blot again, and repeat.
Because of the narrow scope of this post, I’ve avoided any tips related to specific looks you’d like to achieve; shapes of your face or individual features; or skin tone. That doesn’t mean, however, that these are not in the book. In addition to the previously-mentioned tutorials, there are 15 before and after transformations. Gary addresses—and offers a solution for—nearly every look or feature refinement you may want. Additionally, there is a chapter on facial contouring, with many examples of this technique throughout the book.