Chantecaille global make-up artist Fernando Cadavid shares his top tips and the brand’s best products for brides
Start with a clear vision of what you want to look like on your wedding day. There may be a theme for the event—beach casual or black tie etc—and your make-up should match your theme and your outfit. Most importantly it should be a look that you feel completely comfortable wearing. For example, brides who don’t normally wear much make-up should approach styles such as smoky eyes with caution.
Wedding photography is generally very expensive so make sure that your skincare and make-up products don’t contribute to the final cost. Many people end up having to Photoshop and correct their pictures because the zinc oxide or titanium dioxide—commonly used SPF ingredients that are usually in foundation, powders and sunscreens— made their complexion look very pale and white. Chantecaille’s Ultra Sun Protection (SPF 45) protects your skin from the sun, creates a primed canvas for your make-up, and doesn’t contain light-reflecting ingredients, so it won’t ruin your photos or give you a ghostly pallor.
Glowing skin photographs beautifully and in person gives you a more youthful look. It makes your skin appear healthy, happy and radiant. One great way to achieve a natural glow is by using a gel highlighter that is sheer, blends easily and reflects light without a strong metallic shine—it should be more like you are lit from within. Liquid Lumière is a great way to add light to your face easily. Mix a small drop with foundation or tap it on top of your foundation, concealer or blush. Or simply brush gently on the top planes of the face for gorgeously highlighted definition to your bone structure.
Glowing skin is beautiful but if you have oily skin then it can easily get out of control. Use a compact translucent powder that is finely milled so it does not look like powder on your skin. Some compact powders can give you that matte look, which can be too heavy and unnatural looking. Chantecaille’s HD Perfecting Powder is ideal as it absorbs into your skin, erasing any lines, texture and shine without adding weight.
Play up your best features and remember to add a bit of extra colour to the cheeks, lips and lash line to last you through the day—the camera flash can be a bit unforgiving and if the light is too strong, cheeks, lips and eyes tend to fade away.