Make-up Tips & Tricks for your Wedding Day

5 Things you should find out, before choosing a make-up artist for your wedding day:

  1. How long has she/he been doing make-up?
  2. Have they done photographic make-up before?
  3. Where and when did they do there training?
  4. What sort of products do they use, are they hypo-allergenic (for those people with sensitive skins)?.
  5. Do they do trials? (I strongly recommend getting a trial)

Make sure they use products that have the proper type of sun blocks in them other wise these can make the make-up appear really white with flash photography (we all hate that look where the face looks like its been dipped in flour) and the body a different darker colour), they need to be Titanium/ physical not chemical sun blocks - to avoid this?.

Tracey's Top 5 Make-up tips for Brides.

1. Start using a good skin regime at least 6 months out if you can, mind you, even if you leave it to the last couple of weeks you know what they say "better late than never"

2. You don't have to use expensive products, but the minimum you can do is cleanse your skin daily, moisture twice daily and wear sun block everyday regardless of whether the sun is out or not (its amazing how we can burn through the clouds). It's very important to exfoliate. You need to do this at least 2-4 times weekly , it makes a huge difference to how the make-up sits and looks on the skin and also makes a big difference to how long the make-up lasts on the skin (and we all want it looking just as good 10 hours later).

3. It would also be good to have a regular facial if your budget allows. Every 4-5 weeks over a period of 6 months will do wonders for your skin. If that's not in the budget, then at least invest in a hydrating mask and use it at least twice a week if you have normal to dry skin. If you have oily skin, then I reccommend doing a deep cleanse to keep the skin free from clogging, which in turn can causes pimples!

4. Using false lashes can make a huge difference on making the eyes appear larger and more open; I personally love the individuals, as they look the most natural.

5. Start looking in magazines for pictures that you like the look of. It helps when trying to explain to your make-up artist what sort of look you like.

6. Sheen is in! It's lovely to have a beautiful sheen on your skin without it looking shiny and greasy! Having said that, a little bit of powder does need to be used, because even if you can't visually see the shine, it does appear on your photos. The main areas where we don't want to have shine is the forehead, nose and chin (the T-zone). It's quite lovely to have a bit of sheen showing on the apples of the cheeks.