Bridal beauty tips from Caroline Kearney

Caroline Kearney is a freelance make-up artist and hairdresser based near Worthing who has beautified brides in Sussex and the surrounding counties for 17 years. Here she shares some of her tips for achieving a flawless look for your big day

What can brides do to prepare their skin for the wedding day?Consider this a few months prior. Leave it too close to the day and you may suffer unexpected breakouts. Drink plenty of water and ensure that you stick to a good facial routine and always cleanse, tone and moisturise. If necessary, visit a skincare counter so they can assess your skin type and ensure you are using the correct products. Use a mask and facial scrub weekly to eliminate dead skin cells and promote healthy skin. Consider having a few facials in the weeks preceding your big day and get plenty of rest!

What would you recommend for women who rarely wear make-up and don’t want to feel products on their skin during the day?A surprising number of brides fall into this category and the answer is simple, less is more! Use a tinted moisturiser for dry skin or a mineral foundation if oily. Matte, nude products, rather than those containing shimmer, work well on the eyes and lips. Lipgloss is a good alternative to lipstick or you could go for a light sweep of foundation with a clear gloss to finish. Work with colours that complement your skin tone and keep the complete look natural and barely there.

Are there any “hero” make-up products you would recommend?Definitely waterproof mascara! Green concealer is advisable to eliminate any redness that may occur, and a good silicone-based mattifier will prevent unwanted shine. A highlighting product such as YSL ‘Touche Eclat’ is brilliant at banishing under-eye shadows. A primer such as Mac Prep and Prime ensures an even base that cosmetics will adhere to, and a fixer such as Mac Fix+ will ‘fix’ finished make-up and hydrate the skin. Ranges such as Mac Pro Longwear make sure your make-up stays put throughout the day.

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Caroline’s tips for beautiful bridal make-up

Make cheekbones more prominent by applying highlighter above the blusher and a shader below. Use the same method around the nose to either narrow or elongate its appearance. Give the appearance of fuller lips by pencilling a line just outside your natural lip line and filling it in. To make the lips look smaller, fill in just inside the lip line. Achieve a healthy glow with a gentle sweep of a bronzer or highlighter. This should be applied only to the areas where the sun would normally catch the face, and the shade should be determined by the tone of make-up used. Make eyes appear larger by applying a lighter colour in the inner corner of the eye, near the tear duct. Keeping brows manicured can also give the appearance of opening up the eye area. Curling your lashes and using a few false lashes can elongate the eyes, giving them a seductive look!

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