Armand’s top tips on how to create a long-lasting make-up for your special day
Over the years, I’ve done my fair share of bridal make-ups from actress Angela Griffin to Swarovski crystal CEO Nadja Swarovski and to share in someone’s special day is indeed, a privilege. But if you’re a bride to be or attending a wedding, and want to do your own makeup then standby for my makeup must-haves!
Longevity is the key, so exfoliate your skin the night before and use a lightweight yet nourishing moisturiser on the morning of the wedding. Unless someone has exceptionally dry skin, I tend to avoid moisturising the t-zone as you will want to keep that area shine free for as long as possible.
Smashbox Photofinish Primer (1), £26, smashbox.co.uk is great to absorb excess oil and act as a base for your foundation to help it last longer.
Getting the right foundation is so important which is why for combination skins I use Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation, the vitamin C helps to energise the skin and staying power is impressive. Mascara, has to be reliable so I use either Urban Decay Perversion Mascara , £21, www.urbandecay.co.uk or if my brides want a waterproof one then Makeup Atelier Paris Waterproof Volume & Length 3D Mascara, £13.50, www. makeupatelierparis.co.uk
Eyebrows should always compliment the look and not dominate, so never start your makeup look doing your brows first always do them once you have your eyeshadow on, so you know how intense they need to be.
For lips, avoid sticky lip glosses as your partner doesn’t want to end up wearing it when ‘kissing the bride’. Burt’s Bees have got a lovely range and NYX Lingerie Lipgloss is great over your favourite lipstick too.
It’s worth mentioning to hydrate the body especially if it’s on show, so try Egyptian Magic, £29, boots.com,
which is packed full of olive oil, honey beeswax and Royal Jelly. It’s very glossy on the body so take care to avoid getting it on your dress.
Finally, apply your fragrance. I think that it’s a lovely idea to buy each other a new fragrance so it will be forever linked to your wedding day. Head down to see Peter and Mel at Pulse Of Perfumery in Knutsford 01565 755650.
Those guys will sit you down for a fragrance consultation over a glass of fizz and make sure that you find your perfect scent. My personal favourites are Van Cleef & Arpels Precious Oud and Parfum De Marly Oajan. Armand’s work ranges from the Oscars to appearances on TV makeover shows. His clients include actress Goldie Hawn and the Queen of Malaysia... and he lives in Altrincham. To book a one-to-one or ask Armand a beauty query, email: [email protected] armandinternationalltd.com, armandinternationalltd.com.
Hair and make-up by Armand Beasley © artiste.co.uk