Makeup Must-Haves

1. The New Smoky Eye

Brides can create a softer version that suits their skin and eye tones by considering a wider color palette. Jewel-tones such as royal blue, plum and green as well as gunmetal greys and golden bronzes are alternatives and those with a touch of shimmer catch the light and add glamour. Look out for Ardell Beauty Eyeresistible Shadow Stick in Slayed, Unfriendly, Skill and Because It Hurts.

2. High Impact Lips

Your first decision is whether you want a nude, flesh -toned pout; a high voltage berry or wine tone; or a soft romantic pink. Then consider your finish: a rich, velvety and hydrating matte or a sophisticated brushed metallic matte? A high gloss lip paint or a creamy shimmery stick? Play with the new colors from Maybelline’s Matte Metallic and SuperStay Matte Ink ranges or L’Oreal’s Matte By Colour Riche and Infallible Pro Matte Liquid Lipsticks.  

3. A Flattering Flush

The perfect blush should sink into your skin to create an “inner glow.” The new liquids and cream formats are easier to apply than powder and can multitask on the lips. Our favorites include Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk, Jane Iredale In Touch Cream Blush in Candid and Nars Liquid Blush in Luster.

4. Perfection in Complexion

The plumper the skin the smoother it will appear so make sure your serum or moisturizer is packed with hyaluronic acid. Next use a long-lasting hydrating primer that blurs lines and pores to even out your canvas. Find a foundation that absorbs easily for a natural finish. We like Hourglass Vanish, a liquid foundation that comes with a pointed tip applicator that glides into the corners and curves of your face. Chantecaille’s new gel foundation is 60 percent water so your skin looks dewy for hours.

5. Brow Wow

The key to beautiful brows is to keep the look natural. Achieve this by using a pencil that allows you to draw tiny lines that resemble real hairs. Next, create a graduation of color by blending a lighter shade into the inner halves and a darker shade to finish the arc. Try L’Oreal’s brow crayons — they have brushes to blend the color.Finish with Benefit’s 3D Browtones, a gel that’s sets your brows and adds highlights.

6. Lush Lashes

A trick used by the pros is to fill in the spaces between the lashes with a dark eye pencil, which creates density. Don’t skip the lash primer: it conditions and increases lash thickness. Apply mascara in one or two topcoats. Urban Decay’s Troublemaker Mascara hits the double with a lengthening and volumizing formula.

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