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Happy New Year to all the lovely followers at Whimsical Wonderland Weddings! My name is Catherine, I am the resident bridal beauty expert at WWW and I’m a bridal make-up artist & hair stylist based in Surrey.
Today I’ll be giving you my tips on how to look your very best if you’re a bride-to-be getting married in those chilly winter months…
Amp Up Your Skin Care
One of the downsides of getting married in the winter months is that your skin may look duller and feel much dryer than it does in the summer.
Combat this by exfoliating your face once a week or once a fortnight in the run-up to your wedding. My personal favourite is the Dermalogica Daily Superfoliant, but the Sanctuary Spa Radiance Exfoliator is a brilliant budget option. Follow up straight away with a rich cream such as Dr Hauschka Rose Day Cream or a nourishing oil such as Caudalie Vinosource Overnight Recovery Oil, which contains grape oil, jojoba oil and rose oil.
If you find that the area around your eyes is particularly dry, an eye cream such as Charlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue will be your best friend in the winter months.
Re-Think Your Base
Full-coverage, thick foundation can look rather obvious in cold daylight, so I recommend using a lighter weight base in the winter months such as Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder Foundation, which comes in 12 shades.
Or you could simply mix your usual favourite base with a dollop of rich moisturizer or a few drops of facial oil, or just sheer everything out using a damp beauty sponge.
Aim For A Subtle Winter Glow
I’d avoid sparkly or iridescent powder highlighters as they can look rather frosty and fake in cold winter daylight, so instead try a pearlescent face illuminator either underneath or on top of your foundation.
The Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter and the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector both look very subtle, even in cold winter daylight – simply pick a shade that is closest to your own skin tone, and you’ll look like you have naturally great skin.
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Keep Your Face Colours Neutral
I would suggest using more neutral colours on the face for winter weddings, as anything too warm and bronzey might look a bit too orange in cold light.
If you love a cream blusher, try Stila Convertible Colour in ‘Lillium’, a neutral pink, or if you prefer powder blusher, try Hourglass Ambient Blusher in ‘Mood Exposure’, a subtle plum-nude. Likewise, apply your bronzer with a light hand, and make sure that it’s fairly neutral, with no orange undertones. On the eyes, a shimmering taupe always looks pretty in cold light, and will complement the whole look.
Have Some Fun With Your Wedding Make-Up!
As you’ll then be heading indoors when it gets dark early, a shimmery or even glittery eye shadow will look beautiful under candle light – try the gorgeous Hourglass Scattered Light cream eye shadows, or the Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadows – just sweep across your lids for maximum glam for minimum effort, then add some black eye-liner along your lash line to add some definition.
You can also have more fun with your lip colour at winter weddings – a festive scarlet, a deep wine or even a rich berry shade will add a welcome splash of colour to your look, and always complements a white dress beautifully. Try Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in ‘Red Carpet Red’ or the gorgeous Lisa Eldridge lipstick in ‘Velvet Ribbon’.
This is the latest article in the wedding beauty and make up feature series from Whimsical Wonderland Weddings expert contributor and Make Up Artist Catherine Bailey Make Up Artist.
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