Beauty School: How To Get Perfectly Wedding-Appropriate Makeup

I guess it’s officially wedding season. My weekends are booked with all sorts of nuptials this summer — sort of fun, sort of annoying! Can you recommend some wedding makeup tips?

Weddings can be tricky! Your makeup needs to look good indoors and out, day and night, and last through tears and dancing. You want to look great in photos, but remember, this is the bride’s day, not yours.

A few of my favorite tips:

  • A classic error is to wear a strappy dress and then use bronzer on the face, so it looks as if a brown face is floating on a white neck and chest. To avoid this, use shimmering body lotion on exfoliated skin.
  • Powdery finishes can be aging in daylight, so create dewy skin with radiance cream and tinted moisturizer. Cover blemishes with concealer and dab illuminating cream on cheekbones.
  • Apply neutral powder under your eye color to ensure it won’t crease. Fresh and innocent is more appropriate than sexy. Try a pastel wash of color or smudge colored eyeliner along the top lid.
  • Add individual fake lashes at the outer corners of the eyes, then define lashes with a long-lasting tint mascara that won’t budge for 24 hours.
  • Fill in lips with lipliner before applying lipstick, then blot and reapply for a durable finish. All you need to take with you is a non-sticky gloss for occasional touch-ups.

And here’s a no-fail look to get you through the big event:

  • Line all the way around the eyes with dark brown eyeliner pencil to elongate them. Apply lightly shimmering mocha eyeshadow over the lid from the lash line to the socket crease. Blend a little light plum eyeshadow over the top, focusing on the crease of the socket and blending well. Apply false lash corners and curl the lashes, then apply pitch-black volumizing mascara.
  • Apply a touch of foundation around and over the lip line to neutralize their natural color. Then apply silky pinky-beige lipgloss for a lightly shimmering nude finish.
  • For a dewy and fresh faced look, moisturize your skin well and then apply light-reflecting foundation with added radiance cream if your skin looks dull. Blend well and apply concealer where needed to correct uneven skin tone or blemishes. Take time applying your base to ensure a long-lasting finish. Add fresh pink color to the apples of the cheeks using cream blush, softening the edges so that it fades into the skin. Contour the hollow beneath the cheekbones by blending in a little cream bronzer. Set with a dusting of brightening powder.

Jemma Kidd is a world-renowned makeup artist who has painted the faces of Naomi Campbell and Jerry Hall, and now she’s here to solve all of your beauty dilemmas. Not only does she have two makeup lines of her own — Jemma Kidd Make Up School and JK Jemma Kidd — she’s also worked with Max Factor, Rimmel, and Stila. Yes, she’s a total beauty guru. Have a question for Jemma? Email it to!

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