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Bridal Beauty Tips from Debbie JeanBridal Make‐up Artist

Debbie Jean

Prepare your skin for powder

Foundation and concealer are applied before you apply powder. Foundation and concealer are both moist and don’t have any hold on the skin without powder to set them in place.

Powder also reduces the extra shine on your skin, this is important for your wedding photos especially when the photographer is shooting close ups with a flash ‐ because light(the flash) is attracted to shine on the skin and when light shines on an area it illuminates any flaws like large pores, uneven skin, wrinkles and imperfections. This does not mean you need to over powder your skin, a little goes a long way. Having this knowledge will help you be more aware of powdering your skin for a lasting make‐up look and great photos.

What type of powder

Compact powders are a thing of the past, they create a heavily powdered look on the skin, enhancing lines and flaws. Use loose powder the particles of loose powders are separate making it easy to dust off excess with a large brush, leaving no extra powder on the skin to cake into fine lines. Oily skin requires more powder whilst dry skin requires less.

Loose powders will not build up on the skin, even with frequent touch ups. The skin will only take the loose particles in the areas that are getting moist and require a touch up.

A great idea is to powder using a loose powder when you actually apply your make‐up and touch up thereafter with a blotting powder. A blotting powder is a modern version of a pressed powder and is used to reduce shine on the face without adding a layer of powder each time you touch up. Being compact a blotting powder is great for your handbag and convenient touch ups. Mac Cosmetics has a great blotting powder.

Applying powder

For dry skin apply loose powder with a brush. A powder puff can also be used to apply loose powder over your entire face for brides with an oily skin.


  • Instead of carrying your powder container with you at your wedding, decant just enough powder into a small container and use this to touch up before your photos and at your reception. A ball of cotton wool can serve as your powder puff.
  • Avoid pink toned powders no matter what your skin tone colouring – pink looks artificial on the skin, whilst yellow toned powders look more true to skin tone colouring.
  • Use a matte loose powder ‐you don’t want to add shine to your whole face when powdering.
  • Test your new powder in advance just in case you are allergic.
  • Ever noticed a brides face in her wedding photos looking white? Well this is often caused by powders that are to light or to pink – another reason to test your powder colour in advance.
  • If you start to perspire, don’t dab off with a tissue. This will make your foundation come off. Rather re set your make‐up using powder.

I wish you all the happiness, laughter and love on your wedding day.

Your on‐line make‐up artist

To read more information on applying your bridal make‐up look, visit my make‐up website www.realwomenmakeup.com you will find detailed notes and images on wedding make‐up.

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