beauty & truth

A lot of so- called ad­vice is less than re­li­able. To help nail your wed­ding look, we asked ex­perts to de­bunk some of bri­dal beauty’s ma­jor myths

New Zealand Weddings - - CONTENTS - By Rachel Ram­say

Makeup ex­perts de­bunk pop­u­lar myths to help you on your path to per­fec­tion

If there was ever a day that called for clump-free lashes and ex­pertly blended bronzer, your wed­ding day is it. This means the road to your cer­e­mony will likely be strewn with more prep­ping and pol­ish­ing ad­vice than you’ve ever en­coun­tered be­fore, with ev­ery­one from your grand­mother to your well-in­ten­tioned work col­leagues dish­ing out their prized pearls of beauty wis­dom.

But what ad­vice should you take to heart, and which tid­bits are beauty sins dis­guised as cos­metic com­mand­ments? Our team of ex­perts de­bunks some of the most com­mon bri­dal beauty myths to help en­sure your mo­ments in the spot­light are faux-pas free.

‘Skin preparation starts with a great primer on the morn­ing of the wed­ding.’

The ground­work for a smooth can­vas needs to be laid ear­lier than that, says El­iz­a­beth Ar­den makeup spe­cial­ist Lidean Eras­mus. ‘Start pre­par­ing sev­eral weeks be­fore the wed­ding. This is key to en­sur­ing your skin is in prime con­di­tion for the big day.’ Along with regular ex­er­cise, plenty of wa­ter and a clean diet, the build­ing blocks for a dreamy bri­dal glow in­clude a gen­tle cleanser, regular ex­fo­li­a­tion and fre­quent dabs of qual­ity mois­turiser, eye cream and lip balm.

‘Treat your­self to a fa­cial the day be­fore to en­hance your bri­dal glow.’

Ac­cord­ing to MAC se­nior stylist Am­ber D, if you want to in­crease the odds of wak­ing up to a scat­ter­ing of big-day blem­ishes, a fa­cial too close to the wed­ding is the way to do it. Although hav­ing skin-con­di­tion­ing treat­ments in the months lead­ing up to your event is wise, us­ing new prod­ucts can cause break­outs, so you should stick to your regular rou­tine for at least a week be­fore the big day.

‘Know your favourite looks be­fore your first con­sul­ta­tion – it’s im­por­tant to give your makeup artist a clear idea of what you want.’

While it’s im­por­tant to have some sense of the looks you like, you don’t nec­es­sar­ily have to have set­tled on a par­tic­u­lar idea or trend when you first meet with your makeup artist. Smoky eyes may look great on Jes­sica Alba, but if they won’t flat­ter your fea­tures, it may not be a good move to repli­cate the look. ‘Make sure you col­lect pho­tos of peo­ple with a sim­i­lar face shape, skin tone, hair and eye colour to you, then use them as in­spi­ra­tion to find a makeup look you love,’ says Lidean. Be open to try­ing a range of prod­ucts, colours and ideas – your makeup artist will steer you in the right di­rec­tion.

‘Don’t bother hir­ing a makeup artist – they’re over­priced. If you’re look­ing to save, you can eas­ily ap­ply your own makeup.’

Un­less you have a black belt in brush han­dling, Lidean says go­ing it alone can make your wed­ding morn­ing a nerve-rack­ing night­mare. She rec­om­mends hir­ing a pro­fes­sional in case the jit­ters throw you off your game. ‘An ex­pe­ri­enced makeup artist will take note of your colour­ing and skin type, and know how to make makeup last so it’s stun­ning – both in per­son and on cam­era – all day long.’

How­ever, if you do take the DIY route, Sarah Lee He­witt from Bobbi Brown rec­om­mends a ses­sion with a pro be­fore the big day. ‘We of­fer lessons to en­sure the bride is com­fort­able with prod­ucts and ap­pli­ca­tion tech­niques,’ she says. ‘The makeup artist will help you to cre­ate a spe­cial look you’ll love.’

‘Steer clear of any makeup trends. They’ll only date your wed­ding al­bum.’

Beauty trends can add a touch of moder­nity to your look, so there’s no rea­son to avoid them. How­ever, Lidean warns that it’s best to err on the side of cau­tion. ‘Prac­tise wear­ing the looks so you can be sure they suit you,’ she says. Anna Hard­man from Revlon agrees, say­ing that se­lec­tiv­ity is key if you’re look­ing to bring an el­e­ment of ‘now’ to your makeup. ‘Bold, bright lips and cat-flicked eye­liner are ex­am­ples of ap­pro­pri­ate on-trend looks that won’t date as quickly as some­thing like neon eye­shadow.’

‘It’s your spe­cial day, so you should have your makeup done be­fore your brides­maids.’

Ac­cord­ing to makeup artist Stacy Lee Ghin, when it comes to the makeup queue, the bride should take the fi­nal spot. ‘You should be last

– aim to be al­most ready when the pho­tog­ra­pher ar­rives.’ Wait­ing your turn will mean your face looks as fresh as pos­si­ble when you glide up the aisle, plus your pho­tog­ra­pher will have time to doc­u­ment your trans­for­ma­tion.

Don’t wear any prod­ucts with SPF in them. The in­gre­di­ents in these for­mu­la­tions re­flect the cam­era’s flash, and make your face look un­nat­u­rally white in pho­tographs.’

While it pays to be cau­tious about the sun pro­tec­tion you use, for­go­ing SPF prod­ucts for the sake of your wed­ding al­bum is un­wise and un­nec­es­sary, says Am­ber. ‘Mod­ern primers and foun­da­tions con­tain sun pro­tec­tion that won’t show up on cam­era. Make sure you wear these types of prod­ucts if you’ll be spend­ing lots of time out­side – there’s noth­ing worse than a sun­burnt bride.’ Hav­ing said that, New Zealand’s harsh rays mean prod­ucts with builtin SPF might not of­fer ad­e­quate sun pro­tec­tion, so if you’re mar­ry­ing in the heat of the day, you may want to ap­ply a smear of sun­screen as backup. To be safe, test the lo­tion un­der your makeup and with flash pho­tog­ra­phy in ad­vance, and be sure to spread the lo­tion evenly over your face, chest and arms.

‘Your wed­ding makeup should be no heav­ier than your regular ap­pli­ca­tion.’

For a per­fect fin­ish in pho­tos, your po­tions and pow­ders need to be ap­plied more gen­er­ously than usual, says Char­lene Burslem from Lancôme. ‘Although you look flaw­less in per­son, it may not trans­late to your pho­tos. Ap­ply your makeup – in­clud­ing your blush and eye prod­ucts – a lit­tle more heav­ily so you don’t look washed out.’ Makeup artist Leisa Welch rec­om­mends ap­ply­ing foun­da­tion with a kabuki brush for a seam­less look, and says it’s key that it isn’t ap­plied too close to your hair or jaw­line. ‘Blend your makeup well down your neck, but stop be­fore you get to your dress so it doesn’t bleed onto the fab­ric.’

‘ A thicker, darker brow will frame your face, giv­ing you a more re­fined look.’

Leisa says your for­mula for flat­ter­ing brows de­pends on your com­plex­ion and colour­ing. ‘I love the look of a filled-in brow, but if you have fair skin it’s wise to use your dis­cre­tion – you don’t want to wan­der too far from your every­day look.’ Keep­ing your brows ad­e­quately groomed is also key, but be sure to al­low plenty of time af­ter pluck­ing and wax­ing for red­ness or swelling to fade. ‘A full shape at least three

‘Although you look flaw­less in per­son, it may not trans­late to your pho­tos. Ap­ply your makeup – in­clud­ing your blush and eye prod­ucts – a lit­tle more heav­ily so you don’t look washed out’

days out means lit­tle hairs that pop through can be re­moved with­out caus­ing too much ir­ri­ta­tion,’ says Leisa. ‘Wax­ing re­moves the top layer of skin, leav­ing a dif­fer­ent tex­ture, so have it done at least five days be­fore­hand.’

‘For stand­out eyes that truly pop, don’t over­look eye­lash ex­ten­sions.’

Leisa Leisa says says ex­ten­sions aren’t the be all and end all when it comes to look­ing beau­ti­ful. ‘While false lashes look great, a growth serum is an­other fab­u­lous op­tion if you have the time to ap­ply it.’ For best ef­fect, Leisa rec­om­mends be­gin­ning the ap­pli­ca­tions three months be­fore your wed­ding, and curl­ing your lashes on the day. ‘An added bonus is that you can still en­joy ac­tiv­i­ties such as swim­ming on your honey­moon – whereas some­times false lashes don’t fare well dur­ing phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity.’

‘Water­proof mas­cara is un­nec­es­sary, and it’ll leave you with panda eyes the next morn­ing.’

Ac­cord­ing to Am­ber, water­proof mas­cara is un­ri­valled as the bride’s best friend. ‘Do not get mar­ried with­out it,’ she says. ‘Even the tough­est bride can tear up when she least ex­pects it.’ Carolyn agrees, but says water­proof mas­cara doesn’t mean you’re in the clear to cry buck­ets. ‘If you feel your­self welling up, put a tis­sue against your eye and blink into it. This will stop the tears be­fore they do any dam­age to your foun­da­tion, eye­shadow or eye­liner.’ As for the panda-eye prob­lem, Anna has a so­lu­tion: ‘Make sure you use a makeup remover that’s specif­i­cally de­signed to break down water­proof for­mu­las.’ The right cleansers will ease the mas­cara off.

‘Use a lip gloss to add colour to your smile – it’ll keep your look fresh and fem­i­nine.’

While lip gloss is easy to ap­ply, Carolyn says when it comes to your wed­ding day, the sticky stainer can be more of a hin­drance than a help. ‘If you wear your hair down and it’s a windy day, it will stick to your lips,’ she says. In­stead, opt for a long-wear­ing lip­stick that has a lus­trous fin­ish – it’s just as fuss-free to ap­ply, and you’ll main­tain a fem­i­nine pout that doesn’t de­posit a gluey residue on ev­ery sur­face it touches. Am­ber is an ad­vo­cate for bright lip­stick, and says the idea that you shouldn’t wear bold shades is one of the big­gest mis­con­cep­tions brides have about their big-day look. ‘ Bright lips can fin­ish off a look beau­ti­fully. Just make sure you use a long-wear for­mula and pair it with a qual­ity lip liner so you don’t have to touch it up too of­ten.’

‘Don’t worry about a beauty bag. You won’t re­mem­ber to use it and it’ll be a has­sle to carry.’

Keep a small bag with touch-up tools close on your big day. In­clude blot­ting paper to re­duce fa­cial shine, hair­pins to tame stray strands, and lip colour to keep your smile fresh. Al­ter­na­tively, Carolyn says the trend to­wards hav­ing pock­ets in the skirt of your dress leaves your hands to­tally free. ‘It means all your emer­gency items, from a hand­ker­chief to your vows, are on hand. You won’t be left with a face that’s any­thing less than flaw­less.’

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mac ex­tra di­men­sion blush, $ 54 qvs BL onde bobby pins, $7

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nars eye­liner stylo, $ 58 yves saint lau­rent

Le Teint Touche Eclat Com­pact, $79 el­iz­a­beth ar­den eye­shadow, $ 88

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