Beauty: the best makeup for brides on their big day

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Powered by article titled “Beauty: the best makeup for brides on their big day” was written by Sali Hughes, for The Guardian on Saturday 4th November 2017 08.00 UTC

By the time this is published, I’ll have been married three weeks. During preparations, I was asked frequently which products I planned to use, the implication being that I’d try something new and exotic for the occasion. I understand why: one’s wedding is (ideally) once in a lifetime, the frock isn’t generally something you’d wear to the pub (though, in my case, it was), so I guess it follows that the makeup should be extraordinary. But I’m of the view that something familiar, tried, tested and stress-free is ideal on the big day.

I wanted to look like myself, not some mythical “bride”, which is why, on my eyes, I wore a combination of smoky, cool brown shadows from my trusty Nars Narsisst palette (£39), and my Charlotte Tilbury The Classic Powder Pencil in Audrey (£16), a sludgy dark brown – and the very same one I wear to work every day.

Likewise, my lipstick was the favourite I’ve worn on thousands of less exciting occasions: Tilbury’s Stoned Rose (£24) lined with her Pillow Talk Pencil (£16), because I know they work and won’t budge easily in a kiss. I was loth to use bronzer, because my new husband has barely ever seen me with a tan, and so makeup artist Mary Greenwell added a very pale brown contour with Kevyn Aucoin’s Sculpting Powder in Light (£36), then perked things up with Laura Mercier Second Skin Blush in Rose Petal (£21.50) and Hourglass’s Ambient Light Palette (£59).

Superstition calls for “something new” and this was fulfilled by Ren’s new Perfect Canvas (£50). I was sceptical about this primer (it’s too expensive and has a matte finish, which I’d generally avoid), but the absence of silicone appealed. Silicone is used to smooth, fill lines and grip base makeup – in this instance Chanel’s Sublimage Foundation (£98) and Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage (£27) – but occasionally likes to peel off as fast as you’re applying it, and I felt risk-averse. This somehow mimics silicone’s good points without acquiring its faults, and gives a predictable, easy application and finish.

The whole thing was finished off with lashings of Sensai 30 Degree Mascara (£23.43), which was excellent for reaching right down into the roots, lifting and building lashes, and didn’t smudge, run or shed the tiniest speck – even when, after eight hours of almost nonstop dancing, I wore it to bed. For shame. © Guardian News & Media Limited 2010

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