Most special occasions are about the outfit – but your make-up is important too. Here are some tips from industry make-up artist, Kelli Waldock
- It’s a tired old saying but ‘get lots of beauty sleep’. The fresher your skin is without makeup, the fresher it will be with make-up on.
- Ensure you keep your skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water, using a light natural moisturiser and by keeping your bedroom ventilated at nighttime. Some people like coconut oil to moisturise, but don’t use this as a base for the make-up, as the product will slide off.
- Get into the habit of exfoliating twice-weekly to remove all dead skin and dirt; and splashing your face with cold water, so that the pores of your skin close up. Obviously, use natural exfoliators and ones that do not contact plastic beads, you can even make your own.
- If you are having a facial or any other treatments ensure that you try them out in good time before the event, just in case you have a reaction such as redness or puffiness.
- Ensure you test your products a good few weeks prior to the special occasion, and test out the make-up to see how long it stays looking fresh. As an industry make-up artist and beautician, I use various products, but for holistic living, there are plenty of natural products on the market, that are vegan, with natural and ethically sourced ingredients.
- If it is a wedding or a graduation you are attending there may be perspiration from nerves and tears of joy, but if you’d rather not wear waterproof mascara, simply carry a soft tissue if you need to dab away any tears beneath your eyes. Avoid touching your face with your hands too much as the make-up can wipe away with the moisture of your fingers.
- Use a long-lasting lip colour, and lip-liner will stop the colour from bleeding out of the edges of your mouth, as well as provide a guide for re-application. You will be sipping drinks, and chatting at the event so ensure you have your lipstick or gloss and a mirror tucked into your purse.
- Use a natural primer for your lips, and eyes, so the make-up stays on better.
- If the event is going to be sunny or high temperatures, keep the make-up light in application, and use minerals or powders as opposed to creams, as the heat will melt thicker make-up. You may just opt for a good sun protecting cream, and some mascara and lipstick.
- The most important element of your look is the base, because your make-up can be built-up smoothly and super glam if you ensure you have good foundations, and there are natural choices available too.
Here are three places that see natural make-up:
Make-up: Kelli Waldock #BringingOutBeauty
Photographer: Lorraine Lucas