Archive | December 2013

More about foundation colours and choosing concealers

In the previous post we talked about why you should research and trial foundations before your wedding day. It is best not to leave this to a make-up artist as they often use a basic kit and you may not be happy with their foundations. Choosing the right foundation colour is important as a colour you wear at night may not work in harsh daylight. Some leading cosmetic companies offer colour matching services for foundations, concealers and setting powders. You can find these services at larger department stores. The wrong colour will look unnatural, especially in photographs. For example, if your skin is pale or porcelain in colour, a beige foundation will not work. Similarly if your complexion is darker in colour, your make-up will not look natural if the colour you choose is too light. Although beige may be the right colour for you, the most flattering shade will vary according to whether your skin has olive or pink undertones. Fortunately there are a wide range of foundation colours now available so take advantage of samples so that you can try the products out in different lighting. When you have decided on your foundation try to find a matching concealer. You may not think you need a concealer but you never know how your skin will react in the lead-up to your wedding. Stage make-up shops often stock wonderful concealers in a wide range of colours or the company you purchase your foundation from may have a matching concealer. Remember to test how the concealer reacts to the foundation in a variety of settings. Even if you are employing a make-up artist on your wedding day, you will also use the products on your honeymoon so your investment in the right products will not be lost.

Choosing a foundation

There are many types of foundation on the market such as liquid foundations with an oil or crème base, liquid foundations that are water based, mineral powders, liquid mineral foundations, wet and dry powder based foundations and so on. You will need to decide which will be suitable for your wedding make-up and this will require experimentation before the special day. Make-up for traditional weddings is often light in texture  and even slightly moist in appearance. Water based foundations are flattering without feeling heavy on the face however beware! Your wedding may take place on a warm day, causing facial perspiration, and the day is also likely to be emotional. Even if water based foundation is set with powder it is likely to run if in contact with perspiration, tears of happiness or raindrops. This may also apply to mineral or powder based foundations. Moisturisers, skin primers and facial antiperspirant may also react with the foundation, causing it to lose integrity on the face. So it is important to trial different foundations in different conditions and with other products you plan to wear on your skin. Many larger department stores can provide samples and often offer free make-up consultations. Choosing foundation colours will be covered soon in another post.

Welcome

Hello and welcome! This blog has been established as a platform for discussing wedding make-up and skincare. Short articles and tips will be posted to provide information and cover basic to advanced techniques. We hope you join our community and participate in the discussions. You will learn how to apply your own make-up to look your best on any special occasion. This will help you to plan your wedding make-up so that the make-up artist you choose is clear about the look you want to achieve. Of course if you are on a limited budget, the make-up skills you learn on this blog will help you to save on costs.

This entry was posted on December 20, 2013, in General and tagged .

More about face shapes

It is important to know your face shape because make-up techniques, such as the application of blush and highlighter, will vary according to the shape of the face. The most common face shapes are round, oval, oblong, square, triangle, heart, diamond and pear. Although the oval face is often regarded as attractive, the oblong shape is very photogenic. No matter what your face shape is, the skilful application of make-up will enhance your features provided this is done correctly. As mentioned, the oblong face is photogenic however if blush is applied too far down the cheeks the face will look gaunt and in shadow. We will discuss more about make-up techniques for the various face shapes in future posts.