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Basic Bridal Beauty Guidelines - Pre-wedding Shots

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:

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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 …

Or red for a classic chic look!

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

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Sensitive Skin? We Have Some Makeup Tips For You.

Patch Testing: Whenever you’re guying to buy any product; go for those stores, preferably malls, where they have sample products for its testing. Use small amount of tester on your face, wrist and neck. Come back a day later to buy that product in case there is no sign of irritation. Be a smart buyer.
Note Ingredients: Whenever you have any irritation or sensitivity experiences, pick up the products and note down ingredients. Collect all those products and check the common ingredients, these ingredients will help you decide what might not be suitable for you. Avoid buying products that have those ingredients.
Discard Old Products: Many ladies are not aware that different Makeup products have different shelf life. Hence if you use old makeup products beyond their shelf life, it can have its toll on your skin. Make sure you toss away your old products and replace them with new ones.  Also this way you get to experience new products time to time. Always check the expiry date of products when you buy and if not mentioned check with beauty advisor of store on the same.
Avoid Waterproof:  Waterproof Makeup is an amazing product but to remove that you have to use very strong Makeup remover and work hard on your skin. In the bargain what happens is that you lose lot of oil and hydration from your skin which can further result into red patches or other irritations.
Pick Right Colours: This is an interesting rule to follow. Any eye shadow which is dark will have more pigments and is more likely to irritate eyes hence go for light color tones to be on safer side. For eye pencil and Mascara  go for black color, it is more appropriate for sensitive skin
Hygiene: If you got a sensitive skin – you got to ensure that your all skin and makeup products are kept clean and in dry environment. Hygiene plays a very important role in how your skin responds to any product applied. Even most appropriate can respond with irritation if not is not clean.
Avoid Lanolin: You should avoid eye products that have Lanolin since it might irritate your eye lids. When you buy eye products, do check on if they have Lanolin, if still unsure you can ask your query to beauty advisors or do your research and then buy products later. Better to spend some time in selection than to find remedies later
Silicone Based Foundation: Don’t go for Oil Based Foundation – opt for Water Based or Silicone Base Foundations. They don’t clog the pores and also are gentle to the skin
Talk to Experts: In case of any irritation and you’re clueless – do consult a good skin doctor or experienced Makeup artist to help you. It’s also essential so that you again don’t try some new products which might make it even worse. Best is to talk to them and use products that suits your skin. Treasure your skin since we get it only once.

How about a healthy look for Spring/Summer 2014?

Coconut Oil can do for you.
Here are my top 10 favourite use:

1 .Cleanser – Coconut oil makes an effective and gentle cleanser to remove the grime of the day.

2. Moisturizer – Coconut oil is an excellent way to soften and hydrate dry, rough, or damaged skin. 

3. Face Scrub – Mix coconut oil with baking soda, sugar, or cinnamon and oatmeal for the perfect face scrub and exfoliator.

4. Dandruff – Massage coconut oil into the scalp to ease symptoms of dandruff, both itching and flaking.

5. Acne – Coconut oil gently fights the bacteria that cause acne. Dab it directly on the offending pimples and watch them shrink.

6. Eye Cream – Reduce puffiness and dark circles with a few dabs of coconut oil.

7. Lip Balm – Coconut oil hydrates and protects lips. Coconut even offers some protection from the sun, about an SPF 4. 

8. Conditioner – Coconut oil conditions, strengthens, and repairs hair. Massage it in and rinse it out after ten minutes. A small amount can be rubbed in to dry hair to tame frizz. 

9. Stretch Marks – Prevent and soften stretch marks from pregnancy with coconut oil for soft and supple skin. 

10. Makeup Remover – Coconut oil removes oil-based makeup easily, like mascara. It cleans, hydrates, and makes skin glow.