Because we're always keen to help a bride-to-be with any wedding day concerns she might have…
I've got quite bad acne scarring and always find when I do my own make-up it seems to accentuate it. Can a make-up artist help me to look my very best on my wedding day?
Tyne and Wear wedding make-up artist Tracy Whalen says: "After seeing your doctor or dermatologist, I'd advise the following steps…
"Cleanse thoroughly with products suited to your skin type, and tone to even out the skin's pH balance. Moisturise 15 minutes prior to make-up application to let this settle into your skin. I advise a lighter moisturiser during the day, preferably with SPF30."
"Use a face primer – this helps to even out the skin texture, so the make-up sits better on the face. Too oily and make-up will slide off, too dry and it becomes cakey."
"Apply foundation with a brush, using a second smaller brush or damp blending sponge to pat down and blend, especially in areas around the eyes and nose. Ideally an oil-free foundation with longevity is best."
"Blemishes and scars tend to be slightly darker than the skin tone, so bear this in mind whe choosing concealer. Dot on the blemish and blend outwards, gently using a small flat brush. The less product used the better the result. The rule of thumb is if the blemish is darker, use a lighter concealer and if the scar is raised and /or lighter in colour use a half shade darker."
"Use an undereye concealer, not a concealer on the undereye area. These are specifically designed for this delicate area. Only use if needed and remember that less is best under the eyes as it can crease."
BRONZE OR CONTOUR
"Sparkly bronzer is used to give a sun-kissed look, while matte bronzer is used as a contour to give definition, under the cheekbones, accentuating the natural features. Blusher is used to add warmth back onto the face, as the foundation and concealer have left it flat."
"Use a translucent fine loose setting powder and press on or gently brush over areas needed – usually the t-zone or your oily areas. If using a brush tap off the excess prior to applying. A fine mist of hydrating setting spray can be added or used instead."
To book Tracy for your wedding make-up visit www.tracywhalenmakeupandhairartist.co.uk
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