My daughter is getting married in a few months and I would like to know how to do (age appropriate) makeup for her special day. I don’t wear a lot of makeup, so don’t feel comfortable having it done by a professional, but as Mother of the Bride I am aware that there will be a lot of photos, so I’d like to look nice. Could you please explain the products I will need and how to apply them?
Julie | Tas | Age 54
The first thing we chat about when applying makeup to a Mother of the Bride (actually anyone needing makeup that will be photographed) is, your skin! Your skin is the base of your makeup, so you want it looking as hydrated and happy as possible. Foundation will never look flawless and glowing on a dehydrated skin, so to get the most natural finish you’ll need to be using great skincare, eating healthy etc.
- Start the morning off with your daily cleanser, serums (preferably antioxidants) and moisturiser. Hyaluronic Serum is your best friend when it comes to special event makeup. It will instantly plump the skin as it retains water, giving you that wonderful dewy glow. Ensure your day as Mother of the Bride starts right… and even better – start preparing your skin now for the special day ahead – check out our timeline prep!
- As you’ll be wearing your makeup for an extended period of time, we recommend using a primer after your moisturiser and sunprotection. This gives the foundation something to adhere to and prevents it ‘slipping’ off the face causing blotchy, uneven finish.
- Choose a foundation that gives a medium coverage. A tinted moisturiser or foundation of light coverage won’t give you the finish you’re looking for in photographs. Especially when you’re being photographed next to the bridal party who have had their makeup professionally applied.
- Make sure your foundation matches your neck! You can pop into a beauty counter and ask them to match your colouring if you feel comfortable doing so. A silky matte finish is the best for longevity, and is great for fine lines, wrinkles and most skin types.
- We always suggest a translucent powder on top of your foundation, as this sets the look in place whilst giving an ‘airbrushed’ finish to the skin. Translucent won’t add any colour to the skin, so there’s no need to worry when re-applying throughout the day. (pop it in your handbag) 😊
- Use a medium sized brush and add bronzing powder or a deeper shade of face powder under your cheekbones, across the top of your forehead and under your jaw. This warms up the colour of your foundation to give a healthy freshness, whilst lightly contouring and creating shape in your face. Make sure this is done with a matte powder, as any shimmer will only accentuate any fine lines and wrinkles. This technique allows you to look one to two shades deeper than your own colouring, without getting the ‘my face doesn’t match my neck look’. This is why its SO important to choose a foundation colour that matches your skin, even if it makes you feel a bit pale. You’ll be adding the colour later! When your base is the perfect shade, you’ll get a beautiful flawless Mother-of-the-Bride finish.
- Apply blush of your choice onto the apples of your cheeks with a small-medium sized brush and tapper off toward the ear. Your blush should never extend out further than your eyebrow.
- When it comes to eye makeup, either stick to your favourite colours that you’re comfortable in, or pop into a beauty counter and ask for some advice. They’re used to people showing photos of their dresses and outfits, asking for advice on colours to complement. Check that it also matches your skin tone, hair colour, eye colour etc. You’ll need to apply your eye makeup slightly heavier than normal, as eye makeup is easily lost in photography. Practice the look before a dinner date, lunch date, or any event beforehand so you can see how it looks and feels on. Take photos day and evening, so you know you’re happy with it, or note what you’d like to change.
- If you’d like to use eyeliner, its best to use on the top inner eyelid. This sounds strange, but by lifting your eyelid up and running the pencil on the inner rim, it will help brighten the eyes! Use a deep brown for fair skin, or black/charcoal on all other skin types. A tiny line along the top of your lashes will also help to create definition. Apply black, or dark brown mascara to both top and bottom lashes, and make sure you’ve chosen a waterproof one!!
- False individual lashes are a great way to finish off special event eye makeup, and they will keep it looking natural. If you’re not well practiced in applying these, it may be best to skip this step! Lash extensions may be an option for you. When used for a one-off event, not regularly, they are a safe and very effective way to make your makeup ‘pop’. You may also find when having these applied that you don’t need for as much eye makeup to make a statement.
- Fill in your eyebrows with powder for a softer finish, or pencil for more defined brows. A lot of people skip this step, but it’s vital to give the face a balanced, completed look. If you don’t add even a light dusting of powder to add shape, you will notice this in the photographs!
- If you end up calling into your local beauty counter, ask about lip colours at the same time. You want something that, again, complements your outfit, skin tone and hair colouring. The tone you choose will depend on the colours you choose for your eyes. Darker eyes, you may lean towards the softer colours, whereas minimal eye makeup may have you leaning toward the deeper and brighter tones. Matte finish is best, as it will last longer and won’t have you reapplying all evening. If you have lines around your lips, always use a lip liner first, as this will stop the colour bleeding into the lines.
- If you like your skin to have a dewy finish, your last step is to spray setting/hydrating mist over your entire face. Pop your translucent powder and lipstick in your handbag ready for touch ups and enjoy the wonderful day ahead of you, being a Mother of the Bride is definitely worth taking the time to shine!
- Cleanser – CosMedix Elite Gentle Clean
- Antioxidants – Osmosis MD Replenish
- Moisturiser – Aspect Dr Resveratrol
- Sun Protection – Aspect Hydra Shield
- Primer – Colorescience Primers
- Foundation – Osmosis Colour Liquid Foundation
- Blush – Osmosis Colour Blush
- Eye Colour – Osmosis Colour Eye Trio
- Eyeliner – Osmosis Colour Eye Pencil
- Mascara – Colorescience Mascara
- Brows – Osmosis Colour Brow Gel
- Lipstick – Osmosis Colour Lipstick
- Finishing Makeup Setting Mist – Colorescience Setting Spray
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