For your Big Day!
| The Do’s and Don’ts for your Big Day!
Do: Hydrate your skin. Be sure to drink lots of water before the day and moisturise to keep your skin looking flawless. Use a light oil free moisturiser on the day (unless of course you have very dry skin). A good moisturiser will create the perfect base for your makeup and still keep your skin hydrated. Don’t: Use an SPF moisturiser. Chances are there will be a lot of flash photography and the flash will bounce off of your skin and make you look greasy. Some foundations already have SPF protection. Most sunscreens if hit directly with a flash create a ghostly looking image called a ‘flash back’ so if you absolutely must wear sunscreen be sure to speak to your photographer about direct flash or take test shots with your sunscreen on prior to your big day.
FOCUS ON YOUR EYES
Do: Use concealer to brighten any darkness under the eyes. You want your eyes to look big, bright and beautiful so stick with neutral to bonze or natural tones focusing the darkest colour on the outer corners of the eyes and blend the lightest shade towards the lid. Use a light highlighter to finish off your eye makeup by patting the outer corner of your brow bone. Lastly use a natural looking set of false lashes or even better use individual false lashes. This is a great way to make your eyes stand out. Don’t forget to use waterproof mascara in case you bring on the waterworks. Don’t: Use sparkly eye shadows. Too much sparkle will bounce off of flash photography and can create weird spots in your photos. Again, if you absolutely must, use shimmer eye shadows.
LIPSTICK VS. LIP-GLOSS
Do: Go with a nude lipstick. It’s natural, subtle and gives your lips just enough colour. What’s the best way to find the perfect nude lippie colour to suit you and your undertone? Pull your lower lip forward. See the colour? The colour inside is the perfect colour to suit you. (*winks*) You’re welcome! Don’t: Opt for lip-gloss. I can name a million and one reasons why lip-gloss is a bad idea. Lip-gloss does not last long, it can be sticky, and it smudges, if you wear a veil that will cover your face the veil may stick to your lips. Need I go on?
Do: The most important tip to take note of. Apply foundation in thin layers. Always start from the middle of your face and blend outwards. Always apply concealer after foundation and not before. Foundation is meant to even out your skin tone while concealer is to cover imperfections and normally thicker in consistency. Keep your skin looking as natural as possible. Be sure to set your makeup with a translucent setting powder focusing mainly on your t-zone and eyelids to prevent creasing. Don’t: Have your makeup done anywhere near fluorescent lighting. Have your makeup done in natural lighting. Don’t apply too much foundation, it could look caked on and you may have a hard time evening your foundation down to your neck to match your face. Lastly spray a hint of setting spray to your face to keep your makeup in place and of course your most beautiful asset on your day is your smile.
Lydia Whippy of Totoka Hair & Make up puts lashes on Sanjeshwari Nand