Your ultimate summer wedding beauty starts with fresh, dewy skin - as shown by Kate Middleton, Kim Kardashian-West, Poppy Delevingne and more. Here's how to make it work for you, along with the perfect finishing touches to leave your groom weak at the knees...
By Alice Manning
Bridal Rule #1 Glow From Head to Toe
'Fake tan is a nice way to even out your skin tone but don't do it the night before your wedding! Build up lighter layers over a few days with a gradual self-tan and don't go too dark,' says celebrity make-up artist Ciona Johnson-King.
'Your base colour must blend into your natural skin tone as wedding gowns are often off the shoulder or scooped at the back and you don't want to be making up the whole body on your special day'
Bridal Rule #3 Flutter Those Lashes
Several layers of waterproof black mascara will give your
eyes natural definition but you can also build up individual lashes (they're
more natural than strip lashes) if you want something stronger. Just make sure
you practice beforehand.
Bridal Rule #2 Look Radiant
'Dewy, healthy skin is the key to great bridal make up,' says Ciona. Go for a Tinted Moisturiser or BB Cream or a light foundation if your skin needs more help (we love DIORSKIN NUDE BB CREAM
and Shiseido Tinted Moisture Protection
). Conceal lightly under the eyes (especially if you can't sleep the night before), around the nose (to hide redness) and any blemishes. Enhance your radiance with a little cream highlighter on your cheek and brow bones and use a colourless translucent powder to set your foundation and take excess shine off - you want dewy not shiny, try Daniel Sandler Invisible Blotting Powder
TIP Set up your mirror in front of a window and do your make-up in daylight if possible. Leave yourself an hour for doing the make up as time always seems to disappear on your wedding day.
Ciona's Top Tip...
'Make sure you have a good oil-based eye make-up remover in your bridal suite as waterproof formulas can be hard to take off and your attention should be on your someone special, not your lashes'
A crucial part of your bridal look but a tricky area as you don't want too much gloss (your hair and veil could stick) or too much colour (it'll transfer onto your groom and every guest that you say hello to) but you need to make sure they look smooth, soft and ready for sealing the deal. 'A moist satin lip finish is just beautiful. Apply your chosen colour, blot with a tissue and repeat. For longevity, use a lip liner in the same colour as a base and take it over the entire mouth.
Ciona's Top Tip...
'Use an old toothbrush to gently remove any dry flakes the day before and apply a lip balm regularly to hydrate lips.'
Go for a hair style that you feel comfortable with: if you love wearing your hair down, go for glossy soft waves (like Kim Kardashian) or if you prefer it up, try a loose chignon, twist or braid (like Millie
Bridal Rule #5 Get Perfect Eyes
Long-lasting products are key to making sure your look lasts until well after the first dance. 'I love powder eyeshadows for weddings and my favourite trick is to use a damp eyeshadow brush to strengthen the colour,' says Ciona. Apply it as a wash of colour over your lid and along your upper lash line for a softer version of eyeliner. Colour wise taupe, pinky-nude and mink brown are perfect.
Don't feel like you have to wear more make-up than normal just because it's your wedding day. Advancements in make-up formulas and photography means you can keep things natural, soft and pretty.
Don't try new things on your wedding day. Stick to looks and products that you know you love, and that your husband-to-be loves so he recognises you when you come down the aisle.
Ask your bridesmaid to carry a clutch bag of essentials on the day for you; get a sample of your signature scent from a counter, your lipstick, a compact mirror, concealer, hair pins, a mini can of hairspray, tissues and breath mints.