Happy Friday!

I hope you've got fun plans for the weekend ahead. Perhaps a spot of wedding planning is on the cards? It's my darling cousin's hen party tomorrow and we're all attending a tongue in cheek 1950s good housewife training course. I can't bloomin' wait!

5 Top Tips On How To Apply Long Lasting Bridal Make Up

Okay, it's time for the second part of London based make up artist Tabby Castos bridal beauty series. If you missed it, I suggest checking out her Top 5 dos and don'ts of bridal make up for general make up tips and advice.

Today's post is a little more technical. Here Tabby shares her top make up application steps and techniques for big day make up to keep you looking gorgeous all day long (and beyond).

Leslee Mitchell via Style Me Pretty

1. Beware of high SPF foundations/skincare 

I'm a huge advocate of using products with an SPF. Especially being the pale Norfolk girl that I am! However, have you ever noticed when you have a photo taken your skin looks slightly paler? Some foundations with high spfs have an ingredient in them called Titanium Dioxide. This ingredient *which is especially high in Dior foundations* will react to the flash of a camera and pale you out.

Just be aware of this when you are having your trial. I use alot of SPF 15 foundations and have found there is no problems with these. This has come from many trials. You need to try out the makeup before the day and be sure to take a photo with a camera (not simply your mobile) to see how it all looks.

2. Do your 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 you do the skin first, then eyes, you lean all over the face while applying the eyeshadow. Same goes for brides doing their own make up ~ by the time you have finished the look your blusher which was so carefully applied is all over your palm!

Prep cleansed skin and then go straight into brows and eyes. Then you can just wipe away any eyeshadow “fall out” with a small fluffy brush or a cotton pad with some remover on without affecting your base. It's much easier this way!

Eclektic Photography + Design via Polka Dot Bride

3. Use a primer under your foundation

Most decent makeup brands will have a primer in their makeup range. A primer will help to smooth out your skin, tone down un-even patches and redness and most importantly, it will make the foundation or makeup you put on last all day. 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.

For someone who has really dry skin I would reccomend something like Mac Prep and Prime Primer or Laura Mercier Primer. For someone with more oily skin you can actually find oil free primers – Laura Mercier do have an oil free version and Estee Lauder has just launched a matte primer too.

(Don't forget eyeshadow primers too)

It's also worth mentioning that you need a separate eyeshadow primer. You can find some amazing ones on the market. Mac Paint Pots are ideal – my favourite colours for bridal makeup are groundwork, bare study and painterly. They are acrylic based which means they don't budge and they will hold your colour on. You can also use Urban Decay Primer Potion. These are also an investment as you can continue using them everyday in your normal makeup routine.

4. Apply your concealor after your foundation 

Most people/clients I know tend to do their concealor before foundation. But think about it, once you have applied the corrective product under the eye or on any problem areas, then you go over with either (hopefully) a brush or (more commonly) your hands, you wipe away all your concealing work! Do the skin first then use a small blending brush to apply the concealor where needed. You can use your finger to “tap” the product in to blend it and this way your coverage is going to last and look more professional.

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5. Don't Over Powder

Stick to either translucent powders or very natural powders like MAC Mineralise Skin Finish. Powder can dull the skin and look very cakey. Apply with a large fluffy brush and “press” the product on as opposed to wiping it on in big circular motions. Also only powder where it is needed – if you want a “glowy” makeup, just apply powder to the T-Zone (forehead nose and chin). The powder does set the makeup but you don't want to take away all the nice work of the foundation! Texture in skin is normal. It's nice to see parts of the skin with a glow and other parts matte.

For more oily skin types, still only powder where necessary and if you have excessively oily skin use the appropriate prep products to control this – look out for Mac Matte Cream, Oil Control Lotion and Blot Powder. These products are specifically oil absorbing and oil free – perfect for someone who finds that halfway through the day the oil is showing through!

Such fantastic advice. I'm definitely guilty of over powdering then regretting it!

Many thanks to Tabby Casto for sharing these make up application tips with us, check out her blog The Bridal Stories for more wedding day make up inspiration and find out more about her make up services here.

Next time, Tabby will be sharing her top tips on Bridal Make Up Styles & Colour. Yippee!

More Bridal Make Up Posts:

Top 5 dos and don'ts of bridal make up

Chic Red Lipsticks

Smokey Eyed Bride Tutorial by Mariam Jensen

How To Apply False Eyelashes

Pssst…if you have any bridal beauty questions, pop them in the comment box or drop me an email, Tweet or Facebook message and I'll do my best to answer them (or find an expert who can).

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