We share tips on how to do a modern wedding make-up and tricks to making it last so you look gorgeous all day (you don’t want to look mother-of-the-bride in the wrong way!).
Your foundation: building a base with staying power
The aim for your base is a youthful, dewy finish. Start by sweeping a primer all over the face. It gives make-up staying power and disguises pores and wrinkles. As sun damage is a cumulative process, which can lead to the appearance of broken capillaries, enlarged pores and age spots in our 50s, your base should also have pearlescent light-reflecting particles to subtly blur away and disguise imperfections.
Most importantly, you need plenty of hydration in the formula as mature skin tends to be drier.
If you prefer foundation, it should give light to medium coverage, or opt for an all-in-one CC cream, which typically includes moisturiser and a sheer tint but has less wax than regular foundations so will hold better in hotter temperatures.
Your under-eye concealer should contain light-diffusing particles, too, to camouflage under-eye circles and soften the look of lines.
Then finish with a light dusting of finely milled face powder on your T-zone (forehead, chin and sides of the nose, avoiding your cheeks) to blot away any shine.
Try: MaxFactor Facefinity All Day Primer (£10.99), Paul & Joe Moisturizing Fluid Foundation (£32), Know Cosmetics No Dark Shadows (£15) bareMinerals Stroke of Light Eye Brightener (£22), Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder (£29)
Your blusher: soft shades (and lay off the bronzer)
“While you want to give your cheeks a youthful flush, excessive use of bronzer to bring warmth to the skin can actually have the opposite effect and make more mature skin look sallow and tired,” warns French. So stick to cream blusher in soft petal shades, which won’t settle in fine lines as the day wears on and will make cheeks look plump-full of moisture.
“A soft mauve or pink is what I recommend as neither are too bright but give just enough pop of colour to sculpt cheekbones in photographs,” says Kristina Magovac.
To accentuate facial features even more, French recommends adding a slick of liquid highlighter to the tops of your cheekbones, winging it up the outer edge of the eye socket. Pink-toned highlighters look best on pale skin, and a gold sheen is the go-to for black skin.
Your eyes: waterproof (obviously!) and no glitter
On a day when you’ve got tissues at the ready, the last thing you want is panda eyes. Start with a primer specifically for your eyes as it will ensure your eye make-up goes the distance. Then choose your eye shadow palette based on what enhances the natural colour of your eyes, sticking to matte or slightly shimmery textures (read: not glittery!).
“Generally speaking, warm browns and apricot shades suit blue eyes; neutrals and greens flatter brown eyes and soft pink and plums make green eyes stand out,” says French.
To make your lashes look thicker and fuller, apply mascara to the roots. Do this by looking down into a mirror then wiggle the brush from root to tip. Then seal in the colour with one of the new generation of waterproof lash topcoats. They act like a raincoat for your mascara but are kinder on sparser lashes than regular waterproof mascaras.
Your lips: a Hollywood tip for staying power
The magic of lipstick is that the right shade can make your complexion sing. “Select a lip colour that compliments your blusher,” advises Magovac. (Another reason to skip bronzer is that with age, beige and brown lipsticks can dull and drain your skin tone).
“When choosing the texture, stick to either matte or satin finishes as these tend to last longer and look true to colour in photographs.”
Avoid metallic textures at all costs; they will only emphasise the creases in your lips. And overly glossy colours can slide and gather in the fine lines around the lips.
To keep touch-ups during the day to a minimum, try this old-school Hollywood trick: “Outline and fill in your lips with lipliner, then apply the same shade of lipstick,” says French. “Separate a two-ply tissue and carefully press one of the pieces against your lips. With a brush, dust loose powder across the tissue on your mouth. The powder will pass through the tissue to help set your lipstick.
“Remove the tissue, re-line and fill in lips. Repeat the sequence one more time before defining and cleaning up the outer edge of your lips with concealer.”
Your nails: an understated nude shade
Two looks to avoid are the white-tipped French mani and long bright talons. Both look dated. “For a modern manicure keep it simple, sleek and sophisticated with a short rounded tip and understated nude shade” says celebrity chiropodist Margaret Dabbs.
Nude polishes have another advantage: by picking out the same tones as healthy skin, they give the impression of more youthful hands by disguising discolouration to the nail that naturally occurs with age.
Try: Jessica Custom Nail Colour in Blush (£8.00)
Your fragrance: vivacious florals
“Certain floral notes can take years off a fragrance and its wearer,” says fragrance expert Roja Dove. “Freesia, peony, lily of the valley and orange blossom all give a wonderful vivaciousness to a scent, which creates a feeling of movement and energy.
“Just remember that skin gets drier with age, particularly after the menopause when oil production slows down, so certain notes may disappear if you don’t anchor them with a moisturiser on your décolleté.”
And if you do all that, you should be able to forget about your make-up and enjoy a wonderful day!