Bobbi Brown: On bridal beauty basics

On her wedding day, “every Bride should look like herself at her most beautiful,” says Bobbi Brown, the make up artist and creative force behind the brand that Kate Middleton relied on for her nuptials.

“It is not a time to try a look that is very trendy or radically different from her usual style. Wedding make-up needs to be long lasting and to look amazing in photographs, and it should be timeless.

If, like most brides, you’re planning on doing your own wedding day make-up, follow Bobbi’s expert tips and you will be radiant, ravishing and relaxed on your special day.


Start by making sure your skin looks even and smooth. Natural light is best, so if possible apply make up near a window.

Prep your skin with a moisturiser, but avoid sunblocks or sunscreens, as they can give a “flash off” to make-up and reflect too much light under flash photography.

Play down any pink tones in your skin with a yellow toned foundation. Start around the nose and mouth, where there is redness, and blend outwards. Blend particularly well around the eyes, as the camera will pick up any visible make-up lines.

Brighten up any under-eye darkness with corrector and concealer.

Set your skin with a sheer loose powder. This will also reduce unwanted shine in the pictures.

If your gown has an open neckline, warm up the neck and chest with a dusting of bronzing powder.

Add colour to your cheeks with two shades of blush. Start with a neutral shade, applied to the apples of your cheeks and blended up into the hairline, then downward to soften. Finish with a pop of brighter blush just on the apples.

Add some colour to your lips – neutral brown or pale lip colour that is one or two shades brighter than those you would normally wear. Or apply a pink or rose colour over your everyday lipstick.

To make lip colour last longer use a lip pencil in the same shade as your lips or lipstick, applying it all over before you add your lipstick.

Define your brows with a soft, matt eyeshadow in a matching shade.

Emphasise your eyes but stick to matt shadows that wont reflect light or look too shiny in pictures. Apply a flat bone shade as a highlighter under the brows, then define the crease with a darker shade.

Use water-resistant liner and waterproof mascara. They last longer and withstand any tears.

Pack a small make-up bag of essentials. If you can, fill a face palette with a corrector, concealer, foundation stick, rouge and lip colour, and give this to a bridesmaid or friend to hold on to.

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