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15 Sep 14

Pre-wedding makeup: get prepped

Just like priming a canvas before painting, your skin should be prepped before the big day. It’s never too early to get into a good skincare bridal routine. One of my best friends started her skin and diet prep almost a year before her wedding! (And it paid off; she was glowing on her wedding day). Here are a few tips for brides to get glowing.   The skin commandments The three basic commandments of a good skincare routine are, repeat after me: cleanse, tone, moisturise.  Even if you have oily skin, don’t skip on the moisturiser – in fact, not restoring the moisture on your skin can aggravate the slicky situation and trigger an overproduction of oil. Your skin will thank you, especially during the dry winter months. Face off Start getting a professional monthly facial. Not only will you feel rejuvenated after all those stubborn blackheads and whiteheads […]

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08 Sep 14

How to get Kate Moss’ wedding day glow

I admit I was rather surprised, positively, with Kate Moss’ wedding makeup look. Departing from her trademark, rock star-inspired smoky kohl-rimmed eyes and red lipstick, the supermodel opted instead for a minimal, barely-there makeup look for her wedding to Jamie Hince back in 2011. Trust the divine Ms. Kate to make even the most natural look uber dramatic!   Playing it neutral The overall effect was less rock star and more free spirit. Kate said ‘eye do’ to a simple shimmery eye shadow and rosy-nude lips, framed beautifully by a light, natural looking wavy hairstyle. It was a very chic look – and quite the opposite route from bold, dramatic wedding makeup and upswept ‘do that is de rigueur for many brides. Celebrated makeup artist (and Kate’s good friend) Charlotte Tilbury created this fresh daytime look that you can emulate, especially if you’re having a day wedding. Plus it’s also […]

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01 Sep 14

Wedding makeup: foundation base basics

When I was younger, I was guilty of hoarding unused foundation. An old drawer held proof of my trial-and-error teenage years, formulas that were either too light that made me look pasty, or too dark that made me look like I stuck my face – and only my face – inside a tanning booth. How little did I know back then about Foundation 101! Most of the time, the harsh department store lights were the culprit as they aren’t the correct lighting conditions for choosing the right foundation. You can be spared of these foundation woes by taking note of these important tips before heading to the makeup shop.     Passing the test When trying a new foundation, the best place to test it on is at the back of your jawline and onto the side of your neck (the part right in front of your lower ear). The […]

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27 Aug 14

YouTube makeup pros

There are two things I simply cannot live without: my tube of Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick and YouTube. Like wearing red lipstick everyday, I have made it a regular habit to check out my favourite makeup vloggers online for the latest products, trends and tricks of the trade. I myself have learned so much by watching these pros work their magic on bare faces like an artist on blank canvas. From brush techniques to highlighting tips to exciting colour palettes, the learning curve never ends. For brides-to-be, I suggest exploring cyberspace to research on makeup looks you’d like to show your makeup artist before your trial. But with so many vloggers out there, where should you begin? Here are some of my favourite makeup artists that I think are worth checking out in between your Facebooking time:   Pro style: Lisa Eldridge Lisa Eldridge is a London-based professional makeup artist […]

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25 Aug 14

Flattering 1920s flapper makeup

Thanks to movies and shows like Great Gatsby and Downton Abbey, the 1920s flapper style is getting a worldwide revival. Even before they put flappers back in the spotlight, I was always a fan of this look – I think of it as an adverse reaction to all things constricting to women. Short hair, severe makeup, long pearls and drop waist dresses were the dress code for a decadent night of partying in speakeasies during the 1920s Prohibition era. Flapper beauties Louise Brooks and Josephine Baker are still style icons today.   Defined eyes When it comes to 1920s-inspired wedding makeup, it’s a bit tricky not to look clownish, especially with the heavily defined eyes, exaggerated brows and dark lips. Normally, the makeup rule of thumb is to either emphasise the eyes or lips, but not both to avoid looking overly made up. The secret to achieving a modern flapper makeup […]

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18 Aug 14

Oil away: how to stop the shining

Oily skin is a problem I’ve learned to live with,though my skin gradually got better with age, the oily T-Zone troubles remained. It helps to know that I’m not alone – countless other women of all ages worldwide share this same problem. Even celebs like Renee Zellweger have spoken about their oily skin! Excessive oil is particularly a nightmare for brides as it leads to makeup meltdown, plus each camera flash can highlight a shiny forehead or nose. Fortunately, there are many products out in the market that help keep the slick situation under control. There’s no need to worry about your wedding makeup!   Decrease the grease Many factors cause oily skin. Genetics, stress, menstrual cycles, hormonal imbalances, a change of diet and using the wrong makeup for your skin type are all possible causes. If you don’t have a good skincare routine in place then you may want […]

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11 Aug 14

Make no mistake on your wedding makeup

Wedding photos are like diamonds – they last forever. If your wedding day makeup is flawless, then you won’t mind re-living the ‘I do’ with every page flip of the photo album. But this could be a never ending nightmare if you’ve committed a major makeup blunder. Avoid makeup mistakes on your wedding day by keeping this checklist in mind:   Don’t forget your neck (and the rest of your body) Not blending the rest of your exposed body with your face makeup is a common and cringe-worthy mistake. If you are exposing your neck, shoulders and décolletage, make sure you don’t appear like a headless bride by applying your foundation blended with a non-transferable shimmer lotion on these parts.   Waterproof or nothing Unless your superpower is your ability to hold back tears, then waterproof eyeliner and mascara is essential. Remember, you’ll probably cry when saying your vows and throughout […]

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04 Aug 14

Wedding look: go pro with a makeup artist

During those nerve-wracking but exciting months building up to your wedding day, stretching your budget increasingly starts to become a concern. I know some women who, in order to save, considered cutting out the professional makeup artist and doing the task themselves. Personally, however, I think hiring a good makeup artist will be one of the best wedding investments you will ever make. I remember a wedding ceremony I attended where the bride appeared to have a floating head! She broke one of the makeup commandments by not blending her foundation with her neck. You wouldn’t want to commit the same amateur mistake! A professional makeup artist knows how to work with your skin tone, face shape and contours. She is armed with the right tools to highlight your best features, conceal your flaws and make your makeup stay on as long as possible. A pro will also work with […]

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28 Jul 14

Wedding makeup: read my lips or look into my eyes?

As a general makeup rule, you should emphasise either your eyes or your lips, but not both. I liken it to the basic ‘Rule of Thirds’ in photography: by placing important elements in certain points of interest, you compose a balanced photo by enabling the viewer’s eye to interact with the image more naturally. In makeup 101, by understanding that the viewer’s eyes should focus on just one bold detail, you compose a more balanced face. You therefore shouldn’t confuse the viewer, in this case your groom and guests, by overcrowding your face with both bold eyes and lips. Read my lips If you have naturally full lips that would make Angelina Jolie jealous, then play it up with a bold lip colour. Most brides I work with really like the look of a classic red lipstick. Line your lips first with a lip liner, and then blend it well […]

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24 Jul 14

Wedding makeup trial: that other big day

One of the most important, if not the most important pre-wedding date is your makeup trial day. First, make sure that you have your makeup trial at least three to five weeks before your wedding. Your skin will most likely have a similar condition, and you’ll have enough time to experiment with different looks and colour palettes. One tip: book your trial on a day when you have a special event to go to in the evening, so you test how long the makeup lasts. Do your homework On the trial day, bring several photos of how you want your makeup to look, but also be open to the artist’s suggestions. The artist is a professional after all, and she (or he) considers things such as the lighting conditions or the makeup durability. Also tell your makeup artist about important details of your wedding: the location, time of day, whether […]

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