Calling all DIY Natural Brides - we've rounded up our team of Green Beauty Experts and Organic Makeup Artists to fill you in on their top tips for achieving beautiful, long lasting makeup on your special day. From priming to setting, we've made sure to cover every step of the process to see you down the aisle as the glowing natural beauty that you are.
Prep & Prime – Easy to overlook on an everyday basis, according to our Green Beauty Expert Lilian Komor, prepping and priming the skin is an essential step in ensuring long-lasting make-up on your special day: “The best way to make foundation last longer is to prep the skin correctly. Make sure you cleanse, tone and moisturise before applying your base.”
Lilian suggests readying the skin for make-up by applying a primer to suit your skin type: “If you have oily skin use a primer instead of moisturiser such as Amala Purifying Mattifyer Primer and blot skin to rid excess oil before applying foundation. If you have dry skin, use a hydrating primer such as Make-Up Artist Lina Hanson's Global Face Serum or the Vapour Stratus Instant Skin Perfector to keep moisture within the skin.”
Enchanting Eyes – They say the eyes are the window to the soul so you will want yours to be captivating on the day. Organic Makeup Artist Sjaniel Turrell suggests adding a golden shimmer on top of the lower part of your eyelids from the inside corner of your eye up & out to the centre to create an iridescent ethereal look: “Use the slightest touch of RMS Cream Shadow in Solar and dab it over the existing make-up right at the end. Not too much though, as you want a shimmer of colour to catch the light.”
For the snap happy, Organic Makeup Artist Louise Dartford has an expert tip to ensure you don't look startled in your wedding photos: "When applying under eye concealer that is light reflective or which contains brighteners, apply carefully as this area is prone to ‘catching’ the flash in photographs, making the under eye area appear white. I recommend creating brightness under the eye with a slightly lighter tone of concealer to counteract this problem".
Long-Lasting Colour – For lip colour that lasts, buff the lips with an exfoliant such as the Ilia Lip Exfoliator Balmy Nights and moisturise with a natural lip balm. We like the Intelligent Nutrients Lip Nutrition as it contains a little peppermint oil - a natural lip plumper! Follow by applying a lip liner which will give definition for photos. Louise actually suggests going one step further and removing excess balm before colouring in the whole lip with a Jane Iredale Lip Definer prior to lipstick application to give lip colour longevity. Louise's top tip? "Apply your lip colour with a brush and blot between layers for even longer lasting lip colour."
When it comes to blush, Louise suggests layering a powder blusher such as Studio 78 Powder Blusher over a cream blusher such as W3ll People Universalist Colour Stick for added intensity and staying-power.
Powdered Perfection – When it comes to setting your makeup, think skin type first. If you have dry skin you may only need to use a finishing powder through the T-Zone and areas that are prone to oiliness. If you have oily skin applying a dusting all over your skin which will work best to reduce shine and leave you with a healthy glow. Our Green Beauty Expert Lillian suggests RMS Un-Powder for setting your make-up in place and Studio 78 Mattifying Powder for on the go powdered perfection whilst Organic Makeup Artist Louise recommends keeping blotting papers on hand for reducing shine throughout the day, rather than continuing to layer on powder: "Jane Iredale's Facial Blotting Papers are brilliant for controlling shine, use them to blot away excess oil rather than applying lots of powder which can go cloggy in the heat.”
Let us know if you have any bridal questions or book a one-to-one lesson with one of our organic make-up artists here.