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Big weddings have finally returned, which means we’re all in search of beauty products that will go the distance.
Whether it’s your big day or you’re a guest, you’ll want makeup that looks flawless in photos and passes the daylight inspection tests — all those meet and greets!
To give your makeup “legs”, it’s vital to use primer as the first step in your routine. Smooth First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer over your face, then top with foundation.
To create the most natural-looking base for Meghan Markle on her wedding day, makeup artist Daniel Martin famously ditched the sponge and brushes in favour of using his hands, to get seriously glowing skin.
If you think you might cry on the day, think twice about wearing false lashes. “With all the tears and hugs, the chances of false lashes staying put are extremely slim, so invest in a great mascara,” adds Laurretta Power, Benefit Cosmetics UK National Brow Artist and Head of Makeup Artistry.
“I wouldn’t suggest a waterproof version as it can flake throughout the day and make lashes look a little spidery. Try a water-resistant mascara instead, which is smudge-proof and long-wearing.”
Brows will stay neatly in place with a clear brow gel – Benefit 24-Hour Brow Setter Clear Brow Gel is a cult favourite. “Sweep the brow hairs in an upwards motion to create more lid space and an instant eye lift,” recommends Power.
You can find two of our wedding day favourites in the OK! Beauty Edit box put together by Katie Piper and costing just £7.50 for over £90 worth of products. It features handy travel sizes of Benefit 24-Hour Brow Setter Clear Brow Gel and First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer, along with four other summer essentials.
New subscribers can get the whole box here for just £7.50 by using code 50FIRSTBOX — a 50% discount on the usual monthly beauty box cost of £15.
When it comes to glow, you want to be strategic. If you’re using powder highlighter, apply it with a large eyeshadow brush, and only to the temples and cheekbones, to avoid a strobe light effect across your face.
Dial down any oiliness on the forehead, sides of the nose and chin with a light dusting of loose powder. Celebrity makeup guru Huda Kattan has this sage advice: “Avoid using a setting powder with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide as they reflect back in photos.”
You might want to consider going one shade lighter if you have oily skin as powder oxidises when mixed with oil, causing it to look more orange in tone.
Your loose powder will also come in handy for creating an all-day lip. Start by drawing lip liner all over your mouth first. Apply your lipstick, blot with a tissue and then place the tissue over your lips.
Using loose powder and a fluffy brush, lightly dab the powder onto the tissue. This allows the powder to absorb the excess moisture of the lipstick and keep it in place. Pretty clever, no?
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