30 May 2018

Bridal Beauty Tips inspired by Meghan Markle

*This is a collaborative post

This past weekend marked the biggest wedding of the year and I'm sure I speak for many others when I say one of the main Royal Wedding highlights for me was getting that initial glimpse at Meghan Markle and what she was wearing in terms of her dress, makeup and even her nail polish (yes, I am that person). For any to-be brides who have their special day coming up, I’m here to share a few bridal beauty tips inspired by Meghan's Royal Wedding day look, tied in with what I picked up along the way from back in my beautician days…

My main self-treat tip would be to invest in a course of facials with a top facialist who uses products that work for you, and stick to it - Meghan's facialist is rumoured to be Sarah Chapman, and personally I'd also opt for a bespoke treatment with facials specialising in one particular brand being the number one choice. Kick off the course 6 months prior to your main day for optimum results and an all-round rejuvenated, glowy complexion with the last facial finishing a week before, allowing for any sudden redness or breakouts to calm down, same goes for facial hair removal.

It's all about the light layering - post-skincare routine on the day in question, ensure skin is nicely nourished before going in with a few key minimal makeup products. A primed base will keep makeup lasting long-time, follow that up with a light foundation, concealer in all the right places, primed lids before setting shadow, a waterproof mascara (if tears are to be anticipated, but also to save the worry of smears and smudges), a lip liner to ensure any colour won't make its way over the edges and setting spray to lock it all into place. Wedding makeup should be about enhancing natural beauty and Meghan embraced her favourite feature on her wedding day by keeping her freckles on show - she's previously mentioned how much she loves her freckles and prefers not to cover them up. One last little tip, skip on the SPF for one day and one day only - skincare or makeup with SPF will contain titanium dioxide which tends to cause a white cast in flash photos as the sun factor reflects the light, so I'd say to pass on the products containing SPF to avoid looking a little ghost-like in pictures.

If you can't treat yourself in the lead-up to your wedding day, then when can you, eh? A full lux mani-pedi would be another treatment to go all out for, after all if your hands and feet are primped and preened, you're left feeling fancy from top to toe. In terms of shades, a slick of something neutral would be my top pick and gel polish over regular polish any day but more so your big day as there are less chances of last minute chips and not a chance of smudging, plus it'll see you right on through onto your honeymoon too... bonus!


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