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Wiltshire-based make-up artist and hair stylist Tracey Curnock reveals beauty tips for late summer weddings including how to ensure that your make-up lasts all day and evening. She says, "perfect skin is the best canvas for your chosen products and making sure that they last which is vital for a wedding. The key is in the preparation so if you have a beauty therapist, ask them which treatments they would recommend to prepare your skin. I would suggest a couple of facials three to four weeks before the big day. These will help firm and plump up your skin, and illuminate your complexion. Alternatively, if your budget doesn't allow this then exfoliation is essential to prepping it for any make-up application. The smoother the skin, the more evenly products can be applied, allowing them to last longer."
She adds, that the next step is to use a moisturiser that won't dry your skin or make it oily either. "Always use a good brand with an SPF 30 minimum."
She asks, "have you noticed when wearing make-up that it starts to collect into fine lines? Well a quality primer seals the moisturiser and provides a smooth, even surface for make-up. It also prevents it from being absorbed, giving it greater staying power. A primer will serve as a temporary corrector, filling in enlarged pores, as well as smoothing fine lines. The different textures of primer will also help to prepare your skin. For oily types, choose a mattifying one that will help to diminish excess shine. If your skin is dry and dull, select an illuminating primer to give the skin an instant, radiant base. While you need to remember to apply foundation to the t-zone, use a minimal application of concealer under your eyes to help with any bags and dark shadows. It's worth a visit to a beauty counter to ask for expert help in finding a foundation that's right for your skin type and one that creates a natural look. Always try a couple of colours and check the shade on your jaw line. It's worth heading outside into the natural light to take a look. Make sure you don't use a foundation with an SPF because they can highlight your skin which will show up in photographs. Always seal your make-up with powder to help it stay in place. I always recommend a transparent loose powder that's suitable for all skin colours. The phrase less is more is my tip and it applies to everything, from skincare to make-up. It's better to add product gradually than having to remove it and remember that items containing an SPF, sparkly products and highlighters bounce off the camera lense which doesn't look good in photographs. While you might be tempted to use more powder throughout the day, you should never reapply it. I always suggest using blotting sheets that absorb oil. They won't disturb your make-up, they simply erase the oil and perspiration for a shine-free finish. In addition to making sure that your make-up lasts, you want it to look flawless in your photographs whether these are taken as your wedding starts or as the disco lights come on!"
To read more, download our new issue here and turn to the Beauty Q&A feature and to book Tracey, call 07702 239 170 or visit http://www.traceymakeup.co.uk
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