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Bridal Beauty Is All About Gorgeous Glowing Skin

Dear Brides… It’s Time To Get Glowing!

 

Bridal beauty is all about gorgeous glowing skin.

Bridal beauty is all about gorgeous glowing skin.

 

Becoming a makeup connoisseur comes with acquired knowledge and patience! I try (and love) plenty of beauty products but only a select few earn a permanent spot in my already crowded makeup kit. I cannot tell you how many cosmetics I went through until I found my favorites, and I am still trying to find some perfect products. However, in my work as a bridal makeup artist, I have found some gems that every bride probably didn’t think they needed in their makeup collection, but trust me you do.

I find that a more radiant and even skin tone is immediately attainable through a unique combination of products. It’s all about revealing a luminous complexion and youthful glow. Bridal makeup tip #1: Choose timeless over trendy when it comes to your wedding day look. Ever wondered how celebrities always seem to have such wonderful glowing skin? Well, you can enjoy that glow as well for upcoming big day. Here is my breakdown of the beauty tips and tricks to getting this “lit-from-within” glow for your wedding without having that greasy, shiny or sweaty look.

 

Create glossy and ethereal highlights.

Create glossy and ethereal highlights.

 

Being a total highlighter-fanatic, I’m very familiar with how a topnotch luminizer can simultaneously spotlight our best features and downplay beauty blemishes. So, the first thing you need to do for your skin is brighten up. But, remember to avoid using too much shimmer as it can make your skin appear too shiny in your wedding photos. Instead, use it to highlight certain areas like the cheekbones or brow bones. I always tell my brides to remember when they look back on their wedding photos five, 10 or 20 years from now that they want to still love how they looked on their wedding day and not look at the photos and say ‘What was I thinking?

To create a dewy glow you need to lighten your look while maintaining full coverage, add a highlighting liquid to your foundation to create a flawless base that is still very sheer and youthful. There are many products geared towards adding the highlighting dimension to your face such as loose powders, shimmers, sticks, etc. Add them anywhere you want a pop in the face.

The pièce de résistance in my makeup kit is NARS’ Brightening Serum – A beautiful product that provides an opalescent, soft glow and balances the skin tone. I apply it over the foundation to make it more uniform and light. It can be mixed with foundation or just used as a highlighter. Not as much shimmer as an illuminator, but a more subtle effect rather than in a makeup product. Adding a bit of luminizer to your daily moisturizer will also offer you a glowy effect. For a naturally opulent glow, layer a tinted moisturizer over the top. Also opt for luminous foundations that have a pearlescent formula. These types of foundation will have properties that will help brighten the complexion with very little effort. One of my favorites are Dior’s Hydra Life Pro Youth Skin Tint and Dior Nude Fluid Foundation.

 

Natalie Portman for Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing collection

Natalie Portman for Diorskin Nude Skin-Glowing collection

By now you have probably discovered that my secret to highlighting alchemy is adding a bit of shimmer to all sorts of products, from outdated lip gloss and matte foundations to dull eye shadows. You will be amazed how just a few drops of luminizer can completely transform a product. By layering a luminizer over your foundation you can give your matte base an incandescent finish. Use a clean foundation or concealer brush to mix a small amount of the luminizer with your favorite cream or powder-based products. This clever potion glosses over uneven pores, disguises wrinkles and smooths uneven complexions, delivering a blast of brilliance and brightening up even the dullest skin day.

 

Apply the illuminator to the high planes of your face (where the light hits) such as the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, brow bone, cupid's bow and the chin.

Apply the illuminator to the high planes of your face…

 

Apply the illuminator to the high planes of your face (where the light hits) such as the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, brow bone, cupid’s bow and the chin

I am utterly addicted to the Uplights and Sculpted Glow products from Makeup Forever; the points of light of the face are enhanced for a natural and glamorous finish by reflecting pigments which capture and diffuse light. Thanks to its smooth texture, it can easily be applied to the skin, on its own or mixed with foundation.

I also love Lorac’s Oil-Free Luminizer, this 100% oil-free luminizer adds an incandescent sheen that brightens the face.

Giorgio Armani’s Fluid Sheers are great to mix in with your foundation to add a soft and subtle glow to the skin. Just mix in a couple drops into your liquid foundation blend and apply! It comes in a variety of shades to suit any skin tone.

Soap and Glory’s Hocus Focus Flaw-Softening Lotion with luminospheres is packed with light diffusing powders and soft focus pearls, it leaves the skin sparkling with health and camera-ready within minutes.

Benefits High Beam and Stila’s shimmery liquid luminizers are also my top picks for flawless, dewy, soft looking skin with a fabulous glow. These multipurpose highlighters are all amazing products that gives you that “JLO Glow”. The great thing about them is that if applied properly, they are undetectable…you don’t see too much glitter or shimmer, you see beautiful, radiant skin! The world is your (shimmery) oyster!

For a more subtle approach there is Hush a Cream Colour Base from MAC – gives off a nice glow without too much sparkle.

Finally, the multi award-winning, cult beauty classic YSL Touche Eclat to brighten, highlight and beautify.

All lend themselves to fun experimenting as they help to brighten and highlight your bridal face . And since you can use these product to get more out of your existing collection, it’s definitely a smart investment.

 

Incandescence Sparkled With Prisms of Light - Positively Radiant!

Incandescence Sparkled With Prisms of Light – Positively Radiant!

 

Get your bridal glow on by following these professional’s secret tips:

Always apply your illuminator like a true beauty architect to the high planes of your face (where the light hits) such as the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, brow bone, cupid’s bow and the chin. And I’ll say it again: subtlety is the name of the game here!

If you are seriously coveting that incandescent cheekbone look. you should first apply highlighter just above your cheekbones, sweeping upwards towards your brow bones, for the best contouring effects. And then above the apple of your cheek but below the eye, lightly dust your highlighter in from the sides of your face to about an inch and a half from the nose. Blend with your clean fingertips by extending the line up to your temple – then buff it into the skin, for a seamless appearance.

Next, sweep on a thin layer of highlighter directly underneath your eyebrow arches, following the outline of your orbital bone. Adding a lighter color under the outer part of your brow bone gives lift to that area. It will make the part under your brow bone stand out. This will also help define your brows as well. I usually put my brow highlight under the highest part of my arch and sweep out towards the tail end of my brow.

To brighten your whole eye area, dot a tiny bit of highlighter to the inner corners of your eyes. You can also apply it to the center of your eyelids, below the crease, by layering it on top of your other shadows. Applying a highlight shadow around your tear ducts brings light to the center of your face. Also if your eyes are set close together, adding a bright shadow to the center give the illusion that your eyes are farther apart. Gives more of an open, bright appearance.

Try dabbing a bit of shimmer right above the center of your upper lip. Contour your lips by running Touche Éclat or a similar luminizing pen by lightly blending along the edges. Add a touch to your cupids bow to make them look fuller – and who doesn’t want the illusion of fuller lips?

 

Blend highlighter on the parts of the face that would naturally catch the light.

Blend highlighter on the parts of the face that would naturally catch the light.

 

Please note that in order for you to receive the full benefits that these luminizing products offer, you must exfoliate well if you truly want that beautiful bridal glow. Exfoliating regularly will also allow your moisturizer to better absorb and hydrate your skin. Look for a facial scrub that does double duty – that has both chemical and physical exfoliants. Physical exfoliants, such as silica, rice meal or corn cob meal, will help buff the surface of the skin and make it softer. A chemical exfoliant, such as salicylic acid or lactic acid, will penetrate further and give you more results by tackling blackheads. A mild Glycolic peel for deeper exfoliation to diminish fine lines goes beyond what facial masks do giving skin a visual boost. The result is younger, fresher looking skin. I recommend once a week for six weeks, followed by monthly treatments for maintenance. Your skin will be soft as a baby’s, with a glow that lights up your bridal face.

 

Alphahydroxy acids, such as glycolic, lactic, or enzymatic fruit acids are the mildest of the peel formulas and produce a light exfoliation cell turnover providing smoother, brighter skin.

Alphahydroxy acids, such as glycolic, lactic, or enzymatic fruit acids exfoliate gently.

 

Alphahydroxy acids, such as glycolic, lactic, or enzymatic fruit acids are the mildest of the peel formulas and produce a light exfoliation cell turnover providing smoother, brighter skin.

And remember, the way to a great look is to take your time when applying makeup. Never rush. For this type of glowing skin look, use powder sparingly. Powder will give a matte finish to the suppleness you’re seeking – so hold back on it. Only powder where necessary, which, for most brides, is around your nose, the forehead and chin if you tend to be on the oily side. If you’ve had to apply foundation all over your face, and you want your bronzer or blush to have more staying power, I suggest that you lightly dust some powder underneath your cheekbones. By illuminating, we are refreshing the skin and preparing for the bronzing to come. Another key trick to a great look is to blend, blend and blend. You don’t want harsh lines to ruin that beautiful glow!

 

Illuminating your skin is perfect when we are transitioning from pale to tan.

Illuminating your skin is perfect when we are transitioning from pale to tan.

 

Your wedding day makeup look and personal style should be a match made in matrimonial heaven. Since navigating the best bridal beauty trends of the season can be a daunting task—not to mention finding the perfect makeup artist to recreate the look on your big day—I offer you my tips and tricks on selecting the best looks and application methods meant just for you. My passion for makeup is unsurpassed, having had the privilege of working in photography, bridal, and fashion. I am the founder and creative director of Bridal Makeovers where along with my team of artists, I create stunning looks weddings. I focus on passing on my makeup wisdom to enthusiastic brides. With my devoted-love of makeup and deep passion for bridal fashion, I see the bride’s face as a canvas to paint and enhance.

 

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Posted in Beauty and Beauty Tips and Bridal Makeup and Makeup Tips and Skin and Skin Care by adminbm333 on November 28th, 2012 at 12:05 am.

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