Ex­pert Ad­vice

Makeup artist Chantelle Brown shares tips on how to choose your look—and make sure it stays in­tact—on your wedding day.

The Coast - Halifax Weddings Guide - - Contents - —in­ter­view by Al­li­son Saun­ders

Tips on flaw­less day-of makeup and plan­ning a des­ti­na­tion wedding.

Say I’m a crier. How can I both sob and make sure my makeup stays mostly in place?

Prim­ing and set­ting are very im­por­tant, but so are the prod­ucts you use. Some peo­ple use a set­ting spray, which can work won­ders and re­ally just keep your makeup fresh for the en­tire day, like 16 hours type of thing. And a lot of peo­ple don’t use it, they don’t even know about it, I find. I al­ways say to dab your face with a tis­sue in­stead of wip­ing, and don’t rub—which sounds like you should just know it, but you don’t. And of course wa­ter­proof mas­cara is a must.

What are some makeup tips for peo­ple who don’t normally wear a full face of makeup, but want to wear some for the big day?

Well you want to keep things light and you want your skin to pho­to­graph even and fresh. I per­son­ally love neu­tral tones, es­pe­cially for some­one who doesn’t wear a lot of makeup, I feel like your wedding day is a day you want to look like a pol­ished ver­sion of your­self. I of­ten choose brown shades for the eyes, and tend to stay with matte colours, adding in a lit­tle shim­mer to­wards the end, but for some­one who doesn’t wear a lot of makeup, stick with the matte shades.

If you’re not some­one who wears a lot of makeup I think hir­ing a pro­fes­sional is so im­por­tant, and get­ting a trial or even go­ing into a beauty counter, talk­ing to them and get­ting them to show you how to prop­erly ap­ply things.

How can I pre­pare my skin for my wedding? How far in ad­vance should I start work­ing on some kind of regime?

A healthy diet with plenty of water makes a huge dif­fer­ence, I find a lot of times that’s the cul­prit for skin issues. But other than that as soon as you can, fol­low­ing a three-step sys­tem of cleans­ing, ton­ing and mois­tur­iz­ing, or us­ing a serum or spot treat­ment if you have more trou­ble­some ar­eas you want to work on. Also ex­fo­li­at­ing—it’s such a huge thing es­pe­cially with how your makeup is go­ing on to sit on the skin and wear for the day. I al­ways rec­om­mend ex­fo­li­at­ing a cou­ple times a week. I would say you prob­a­bly want to start work­ing on things six to eight months in ad­vance if you can. If you don’t know what you should be us­ing, see an aes­theti­cian or see some­one at the drug store or Sephora, be­cause you don’t want to pick up any old cleanser.


Chantelle Brown loves neu­tral tones, matte colours and a lit­tle hint of shim­mer.

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