Wedding Makeup

Wedding beauty tips from the experts to help you get skin that glows


While we’d all like to proudly proclaim that we exfoliate weekly and moisturise on a twice-daily basis, there are days when the pillow is admittedly our makeup remover of choice. In humid Queensland sweat can also be an issue, and they clearly lied when they said spots were only for teenage years! Fortunately, the best in the biz have shared a few tricks with us for getting flawless skin primed and ready for wedding day makeup, and it isn’t as time-consuming as you might think.

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Get into a beauty routine

Kylie Eustace, Kylie’s Professional: “Moisturise, and look after your skin in preparation for your wedding. Having regular facials is a good idea, and be sure to exfoliate your face a few days before your trail and your wedding day and come with cleansed and lightly moisturised skin.”

Claire, Integrity Skin“If you suffer from blackheads or hormonal spots, try a prescribed spot-treatment product as part of your skincare regime. It will exfoliate the skin and clear out pores. Salicylic acid has an anti-inflammatory effect, so it’s great for blemishes that have become inflamed.”

Celeste, Latonas Makeup Supplies“Consult a beauty therapist to put you on a good skin regime, but do this at least three months prior to your wedding. Changing skincare routines too close to the day can be a disaster if your skin reacts and has breakouts.”

Brooke, Brooklyn Beauty Bar“Three facials (one per month) is often all it takes to get skin looking its best. Get your skin analysed, have the correct skincare routine prescribed and use products containing vitamin C [exfoliating acids] to achieve ‘the big glow’.”

Brooke, Brooklyn Beauty Bar: “Peels really work and should be part of a pre-wedding beauty regime (but make sure you have your last peel two weeks prior to the big day). There are chemical, mechanical and natural herbal peels – I’ve seen some very scary and sad results from chemical peels, so do it the natural way. There’s a herbal peel that I love that’s twice as strong as microdermabrasion. If I could only do one thing for my wedding, this would be it.”

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Image courtesy of Fotolia

H2O glow

Claire, Integrity Skin“Reduce sugary drinks, up your water intake and start drinking green tea, preferably every day. It can help with weight loss, alongside a good diet and exercise regime, and many people swear by its antioxidant and anti- inflammatory properties to help brighten the skin and reduce acne.”

Abigael, Two Makeup Chicks“Your makeup artist can ‘cover’, ‘fix’ and ‘hide’ most things, but the one thing they can’t solve is dehydration in the skin.”

Brooke, Brooklyn Beauty Bar“When it comes to hydration, drinking eight glasses of water a day and simply moisturising your face daily are a good start, but they’re not enough. Oil-based skincare products are key.Water-based products (about 98% of what’s on the market) only retain moisture on surface skin cells for up to two hours, whereas it’s up to 10 hours for oil-based products.

Claire, Integrity Skin“Stress will often cause breakouts, which is unfortunate, as the run-up to your wedding day can be an extremely stressful time! Get regular sleep, download a meditation app and use it daily.”


On the day

Abigael, Two Makeup Chicks“Talk to your artist about what you may need on the day for touch-ups, but every bride should have blotting powder in their bag.”

Celeste, Latonas Makeup Supplies “If you’ve had your makeup done professionally you shouldn’t need to touch up too much, but I always recommend a translucent blotting powder to dust over the skin to reduce unwanted shine, and keep the makeup looking and feeling fresh.’

Kylie, Kylie’s Professional: “Make sure you pack simple tissues to blot your face if you get flushed or shed tears.”

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Image courtesy of Fotolia

Laying good foundations

Celeste, Latonas Makeup Supplies “I love airbrushing foundation as, when done properly, the skin looks natural yet flawless and photographs beautifully.”

Kylie, Kylie’s Professional: “I prefer to use professional mineral foundation formulations – they’re long- lasting, water-resistant and suit all skin types and climates.”

In the prime of your life

Celeste, Latonas Makeup Supplies “I like to use an invisible blotting powder as a primer as I find it removes any excess oil and creates a nice smooth base for the foundation – this trick has never let me down.”

Claire, Integrity Skin“Beautiful bridal makeup starts with good skin. No foundation will look perfect without a smooth, clear base. Once you’ve got your skincare regime perfected, try a matte primer to keep your foundation on for longer and to keep excess oil at bay.”

Fake bake

Claire, Integrity Skin“To avoid any fake tan disasters on the big day, book yourself in for a spray tan two days before and you’ll be a lot less likely to end up with streaky patches. Have a trial tan beforehand to make sure the colour suits you and to avoid any chance of a reaction.”

Our Queensland Brides Online Directory has plenty of vendor options to help you look and feel beautiful on your wedding day.

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