Bridal Beauty Looks You Have to Try at Home

 

Clean and tone your skin weekly before the big day. This will dissolve dead skin cells. The better you treat your skin, the better it’ll look!

Cleanse, tone and moisturise. Keep your lips moisturised each day too.

Prep Your Skin

Prime Time!

Apply primer over the textured areas of your face. Tiny wrinkles around the eyes and lips and anything uneven is important too. An oil-free foundation can help if you need more coverage.

<p>"Especially with brides," Alex says, "you want to make sure you cleanse and really moisturize the skin before you start applying your makeup. Then, after you moisturize and before you put on your foundation, there's a really important step — primer. It'll make your makeup go on smoother and last a lot longer. You're going to have a long day ahead of you, and you want your makeup to last you all day and all night." Alex recommends using Laura Mercier primer. "It's one of my favorites," she says. "It's really great because it comes in all different formulas for all different skin types."</p> <p>Laura Mercier Oil-Free Foundation Primer, $30; <a href="http://www.lauramercier.com/store/shop/Primer_Oil-Free-Foundation-Primer_prod210042" target="_blank">lauramercier.com</a></p>

Conceal, but Shape!

Don’t fear, your concealer is here!

Not enough coverage? Repeat, powder and layer it once more. Make sure to pat the product instead of rubbing it. A highly pigmented cream concealer is useful for those visible blemishes and broken blood vessels.

Want some structure to your face? a brown-matte shade which is darker than your skin colour actually works! Don’t just take our advice, suck in those cheeks and the hollows will show. Don’t forget to blend.

<p>"Your moisturizer, primer, and foundation are already going to even out skin and cover imperfections," Alex says, "so doing it before your foundation could leave you looking cakey with too much product." She also notes that it's important to use a different kind of concealer for your eyes than for your face. "It should be something very creamy and emollient — not necessarily oil-free, like you'll use on your face — so it doesn't get dry and cakey throughout the day," she says. "You also want to use something peach-based so it contrasts the the blue and purple tones of your eyelid."</p> <p>Laura Mercier Under Eye Perfecter, $22; <a href="http://www.lauramercier.com/store/shop/Concealer_Under-Eye-Perfecter_prod80002" target="_blank">lauramercier.com</a></p>

The Three E’s – Eyebrow, Eyelash and Everything Eye

An eyeshadow base helps to hold down the eye makeup. Look for anything neutral to use as a shadow over the eye. Curl those lashes and apply a couple of coats of waterproof mascara. Want some false lashes? We’re okay with that.

Fill in the natural line of your eyebrows using a liner and brow powder. Important tip: pay attention to the ends of the brows!

<p>"Always use a shimmer powder in the inner corners of your eyes before taking any photos," Alex says. "It makes a <em>huge</em> difference — it really will give you eyes that look bright and awake." Use a brush with a smaller head to get right into the inner corners of the eyes.</p> <p>Laura Mercier Shimmer Bloc, $38; <a href="http://www.lauramercier.com/store/shop/Illuminator---Shimmer_Shimmer-Bloc_prod220025_sku120049" target="_blank">lauramercier.com</a></p>

Long Lasting Lips!

Every Bride wants those everlasting lips. Just simply fill in colour almost to the edge of your lips, then use a liner to shape and seal the colour in.

Remember, no smacking your lips together. MECCA definitely knows a girl

<p>Put lip balm on your lips before gloss or lipstick so they're not dry and flaky. Then, fill in your entire lip with a lip pencil, which will hold the color longer. "For brides who just want to wear a gloss, prepare for it to fade," Alex says. "However, a lip pencil will help you keep some of that color longer."</p> <p>NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita, $24; <a href="http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P78834&categoryId=B70" target="_blank">sephora.com</a></p>

The Blushing Bride

Apply blush on the apples of your cheeks. For a natural blush, swipe in a check mark motion.

Want to add some Bronzer? Always start in the hairline, then bronze your forehead, around your face and under the cheekbone. And lastly, below the jawline. Stunning!

<p>When you smile, the apple of your cheek pops out. Place your blush right there and blend into your temple — this will make it look like you're naturally flushing.</p> <p>Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour, $24; <a href="http://www.lauramercier.com/store/shop/Blush_Second-Skin-Cheek-Colour_prod190034" target="_blank">lauramercier.com</a></p>

Images via Laura Mercier and NARS

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