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6 tips for best picture-perfect wedding day makeup

Follow these simple beauty tips for your skin to look amazing in every single wedding day picture.

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Want your wedding day makeup too look perfect on the big day AND in the photo album you’ll spend years looking at?

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Grace Revington, Space NK professional makeup artist, shares her top tips for a picture-perfect look.

1. Preparation is key. Use a hydrating or brightening mask a few days before the wedding.

2. Using a moisturiser that doesn’t contain any silicone is important. Most primers contain silicone to give a smoothing effect however, silicone on top of silicone doesn’t sit well and can make makeup roll. Choose a moisturiser that will suit your skin type (dry, oily etc). I find most water based creams are great, the gel texture works well with makeup and isn’t too heavy. The new Sunday Riley Tidal cream is perfect for all skin types.

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3. Experiment with highlighters. Using illuminators mixed with foundations gives a natural glowy finish. Liquids are great (try Becca Skin Perfectors) start with a little and build up to the desired effect. I normally use the illuminator underneath the foundation as a primer to give a subtle highlighted skin.

4. Pick the right foundation. Chantecaille Future Skin is especially great for a more mature bride with dry skin, while for a younger bride, Nars Sheer Glow works well for a fuller coverage. If you want a flawless finish that will last all day airbrushing is the way to go (try Temptu Air which you can layer on skin). Also, be careful when selecting foundations that contain SPF as these can cause flashback with photography, making the face look paler that the neck and chest!

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5. Try contouring. To make sure you can be photographed at every angle, a subtle contour can work really well. Select a shade that works as a shadow, apply a tiny amount underneath the cheekbones and blend upwards with a small fluffy brush. Be careful not to go too low as the face can look dirty and also be careful not to take product too close to the centre of the face as it can distort features!

6. Highlighting or ‘strobing’ will complete the base and lift any areas that one may feel looks sallow or flat. Becca does a great range of different shades of pressed highlight that give the most amazing effect especially in photography, when the light catches the face the highlight is picked up and accentuates every other feature. Place the highlight where the light would naturally hit, top of the cheeks, brow bone, bridge of the nose and Cupid’s bow.

From March to May, join Space NK’s expert Pro Artist Team for a series of makeup masterclasses. Whether you want to learn how to create the perfect complexion, or you’re a bride-to-be looking for some beauty advice for your big day, Space NK’s team will be on hand in London and Leeds to share their insider tips and tricks. Hosted in the privacy of Space NK’s exclusive Discovery Space, each of the four sessions will focus on essential techniques, leaving you with all skills to take away and recreate the looks at home.

Timeless Beauty masterclass
Saturday 12th March, Hans Crescent, London
Saturday 19th March, Victoria Quarter, Leeds
12pm – 3pm / Tickets are £100 / To book your place call 020 8740 2085
Includes refreshments, complimentary champagne, a goody bag and £60 Space NK gift card 

The perfect complexion masterclass
Saturday 12th March, Hans Crescent, London
Saturday 19th March, Victoria Quarter, Leeds
4pm – 6pm / Tickets are £50 / To book your place call 020 8740 2085
Includes refreshments, complimentary champagne, a goody bag and £30 Space NK gift card

Bridal Beauty masterclass (for a chance to win two tickets to this, head to our Facebook page now and comment on our competition post!)
Saturday 16th April, Hans Crescent, London
Saturday 23rd April, Victoria Quarter, Leeds
12pm – 3pm / Tickets are £100 / To book your place call 020 8740 2085
Includes refreshments, complimentary champagne, a goody bag and £60 Space NK gift card

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Summer Glow masterclass
Saturday 14th May, Hans Crescent, London
Saturday 21st May, Victoria Quarter, Leeds
12pm – 3pm / Tickets are £100 / To book your place call 020 8740 2085
Includes a light lunch, complimentary champagne, a goody bag and £60 Space NK gift card