The shows and collections have rolled out, and on a personal level, the invites are pouring in – we’re officially ankle deep into bridal season, and thought to give you planners a little treat. While pre-wedding shots aren’t really the top (budget) requirement for couples these days, they’re still a pre-requisite (you’ll need some images for the projector, after all). So save a buck or two with this basic bridal beauty guideline to achieve it pro-style.

The day before the pre-wedding shoot:
+ Get your eyebrows professional trimmed (if you are unable to do it yourself)
+ Slap on a mask before heading to bed // Moisturise as much as you can.
+ Apply a generous amount of lip balm too.

On the morning of:

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Step 1: Start with a clean and moisturised face, then apply lip balm and make-up base.

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Step 2: Use liquid foundation or cream foundation for stronger coverage.

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Step 3: Apply concealer only on areas that need the extra coverage like blemishes, dark and/or red spots. You don’t want to have a caked-up face.

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Step 4: If you don’t have bronzer or a darker foundation shade, you can always use brown eyeshadow for shading. Apply it around the corners of your face – near the hair line, the sides of your nose (for a sharpening illusion) and the jaw areas (for a slimming illusion). Once satisfied, set with loose/pressed powder.

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Step 5: Using an eye primer to help your eye shadow last longer. For this tutorial, I used pink as the base colour and bronze to overlap it.

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Step 6: Apply white eyeshadow just at the edge of your eyebrow bone. Highlighting your brow bone will help define your brows, and give your eyes a fresh and widening effect.

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Step 7: Time to draw your eyebrows! Don’t stand too close to the mirror while doing it, you’ll need to see your entire face to ensure it’s balanced out.

For the eyes, I used gel liner before a layer of liquid liner to help create a bold, longer-lasting flick. I wouldn’t recommend water lining; instead line as close as you can, from the top – you don’t want it to start smudging as the shoot (and heat) wears on.

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Step 8: If falsies are necessary, I’d recommend those half sets that flare out into a longer end – mostly for comfort and easy application. It’ll also complement your lined eyes.

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Step 9: Apply a shimmer stick to help pick up the light in photographs, enhancing the nose and cheekbones for that quintessential bridal glow.

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Step 10: For a softer, delicate feel, use gold//silver shimmer for the under lines and brown//pink to finish it the other half.

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Step 11: Apply a generous amount of blusher. You’ll need it, especially while taking outdoor shots because a natural amount will not translate in the pictures. Use a lip brush for precision, while applying lip colour.

Choose pink for a softer romantic look …

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Or red for a classic chic look!

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Alright now, off you go! Work it, you blushing bride, you!

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