Wed­ding day

Paddy McGur­gan is one of NI’s best-known beauty ex­perts and ev­ery week he tells you all you need to know about the lat­est make-up tech­niques

Belfast Telegraph - Weekend - - WEDDING BEAUTY -

The main talk­ing point at the mo­ment is the Royal wed­ding — and of course the bride her­self, Meghan Markle. I have watched Meghan for years from her days star­ring as Rachel Zane in Suits. I love how Meghan likes her make-up so nat­u­ral, and al­though I do not pro­fess to be Mys­tic Meg, I will how­ever give you my pre­dic­tion and maybe a lit­tle bit of an opin­ion on how I would love to see Meghan on her big day!

Skin deep

Meghan’s loves to hy­drate her skin and I al­ways rec­om­mend that brides-to-be con­sult with ei­ther the make-up artist that they have booked for their wed­ding or their fa­cial/ skin­care ex­pert in the lead-up to the big day. Meghan has nor­mal to dry skin but has openly dis­cussed her on­go­ing is­sues with clogged pores and black­heads in her skin so, for this rea­son, I would rec­om­mend she uses Bal­ance Me Cleanse and Smooth Balm (£20, Make-up Pro Store). This will act as her cleanser but con­tains all or­ganic nat­u­ral in­gre­di­ents and so it will not af­fect the nat­u­ral pH of Meghan’s skin. It con­tains a gen­tle ex­fo­li­atant and will un­clog and re­move im­pu­ri­ties in the skin and aid the re­moval of black­heads and rad­i­cals which can cre­ate break­outs and blem­ishes.

Primed and ready

My reg­u­lar read­ers will know that I am an ab­so­lute rave re­viewer of primers. There are mat­ti­fy­ing primers for any­one with oily skin and there are those which add hy­dra­tion for any­one with dry or de­hy­drated skin. Meghan has her dry/nor­mal skin type and from her pre­vi­ous public ap­pear­ances I know that she loves to add nat­u­ral dew to the skin. My top rec­om­men­da­tions for Meghan’s skin would be Make-up Ate­lier Paris Il­lu­mi­nat­ing Primer FLVs which come in four shades to suit any skin tone (£22.50), MAC Strobe Cream (£12), which adds sub­tle dew un­der the skin and one I re­cently picked up which is the Bour­jois Happy Light Il­lu­mi­nat­ing Primer (left, £13).

All bases cov­ered

My favourite part of Meghan’s make-up is her base — I love how she prefers a sheer com­plex­ion and has been quoted as say­ing that she loves to be able to see her freck­les. For Meghan, I would use a com­bi­na­tion of BB/CC cream to add a sheer cov­er­age across the ar­eas that she re­ally does not need cov­er­age, for ex­am­ple, the in­ner parts of her face, and then use CC cream, which is slightly heav­ier in cov­er­age than BB Cream but not as heavy as a stan­dard foun­da­tion, on the outer parts of the face. This would give her the sheer­ness that she de­sires but the cov­er­age that her full day in the spot­light re­quires. For a BB and CC cream, try ELF BB Cream (£7.50, Su­per­drug) and Em­bry­olisse CC Cream (be­low left, £25.25, Make-up Pro Store).

Pressed ver­sus loose

The main ben­e­fits of a pow­der is to set foun­da­tion in place, mat­tify any ar­eas that show ex­cess shine and to give longevity and I have to ad­mit that I achieve this all from a loose set­ting pow­der. A pressed pow­der of­ten adds cov­er­age but for some­one like Meghan who prefers a sheer com­plex­ion this is not good. One of my favourite loose pow­ders is Laura Mercier Translu­cent Loose Pow­der (right, £29, House of Fraser). It is so finely milled that it will not sit in un­wanted ar­eas such as fine lines.

Eyes on Meghan

Al­though Meghan tends to keep her eye­shadow quite min­i­mal, she keeps the drama on fram­ing her eye with ei­ther a black or brown pen­cil. To achieve a re­gal pop of colour opt for a brown eye pen­cil and then blur this down through the bot­tom lash line for a con­tin­u­ous frame of colour. Try Pri­mark’s Brown PS Kohl Eye­liner pen­cil (right, £1). For Meghan’s top lash line, she uses a black kohl pen­cil and smudges across to add def­i­ni­tion and drama, al­low­ing her dark fea­tures to be­come even more strik­ing!

Muted lips

From be­ing an avid fan of Meghan, I know that she loves to her change her lip colour based on her event, out­fit and over­all make-up theme. How­ever, I be­lieve that on her wed­ding day she will keep her lip colour quite muted and fresh and will in­stead opt for a dusty pink. For this I love us­ing Bobbi Brown Crushed Lip Colour in shade An­gel (right, £24).

BLUSH­ING BRIDE: Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane on her wed­ding day in the TV drama Suits

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