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Wedding Makeup: 5 Tips For Your Special Day

These tips are brought to you by Jolena, owner of Bella by Jolena in Vancouver, Washington. Brides looking for a stunning wedding day glow should give Jolena a call or visit her website here. Bella by Jolena offers on-site makeup and hair, lash extensions, spa facials, eyebrow shaping, manicures & pedicures and much more!

1. Hydrate: Make sure you properly hydrate your skin. For someone who has really dry skin, I recommend our Votre Vu crème De la crème as a base, and MAC Prep and Prime to finish.  For an individual with more oily skin, it’s important to use an oil-free primer – try a product by Laura Mercier.

2. Primer, primer, primer: Most primers have a silica base to them which means they soften and smooth the surface of the skin, allowing foundation and makeup to sit on top without looking like it’s settling in your pores and gives your skin a perfect canvas!Use an eye primer on eye lid and facial primer all-over face. There are a multitude of different choices. For the lids, MAC Paint Pots are awesome – favorite colors for bridal makeup are groundwork, bare study and painterly, they are acrylic based which means they don’t budge at all. You can also use Urban Decay Primer Potion shadow won’t bunch but timers a little softer on the lid. These are also wonderful for everyday normal makeup routine especially in the summertime. Always use color correcting primers when necessary. A primer will help to smooth out your skin, tone down un-even patches, redness, and most importantly, it will help the foundation or makeup you put on last all day.

3. Doing eye makeup first: Often, my clients find it odd when I prep their skin and then go straight into their eye makeup. But it makes perfect sense! If the skin is completely done first, then eyes – you lean all over the face while applying the eye shadow, therefore messing up your flawless skin. Prep your cleansed skin and move on to the eye makeup. After eye make up application, simply wipe away any eye shadow “fall out” with a small fluffy brush or a cotton pad with a little makeup remover – be mindful of your base, though!

4. Concealer after your foundation: Yes, I did say concealer after your foundation…= ) You can use the warmth of your finger to “tap and press” the product softly into place then to blend it using a soft blending brush, this way your coverage will last.

5. Don’t Over Powder: Translucent, very natural and HD translucent setting powders are best. Powders can dull the skin and can have a tendency to look ‘cakey.’ Add sparingly using a large fluffy powder brush and “press” the product on starting on the chin, then to the jaw, then the forehead, the nose and finally swirl around the occipital area. For a more natural glow, powder just the T-zone where the oil is more prevalent, but be mindful how much powder tap on your brush too much is too much and it will highlight any imperfections. Apply blush last to the apple of the cheek and use a setting spray to make it last extra-long!I follow this regimen in order to your wedding makeup will last all day long along with a few important techniques and tricks I’ve learned over my 20 years experience and expertise in the beauty industry and would love to help you be your most beautiful you!

In the words of Jolena, “Merci Beaucoup” for reading!

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