I have worked with more than 500 brides in my career as a makeup artist. Unless I am traveling I am working on weddings almost every weekend of the year. Making brides look and feel their absolute most gorgeous version of themselves on their big day is one of the favorite aspects of my career.

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Along the way I have heard these same four wedding myths (that lead to major wedding makeup mistakes) over and over again. Whether you are engaged and thinking about your wedding makeup, or whether you just like picturing yourself walking down the aisle, keep these wedding makeup tips in mind. Also remember that they don’t just apply to the bride, but also to everyone in your wedding party.

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Four Wedding Makeup Myths, Debunked

 

1.) “You need to do your makeup heavier for pictures”

No. Actually you don’t.

There are so many foundation options now that give you flawless coverage, but can be applied super sheer, creating the illusion of gorgeous, perfect skin. Which after all is the goal with foundation anyway.

Cheeks should glow and look fresh, not like great stripes of war paint, and eyes should be enhanced, not overkilled.

A face full of thick, heavy makeup looks hideous, and as the night moves on it looks progressively worse. 

Beautifully applied makeup photographs beautifully.

You should also remember that your wedding photography will be digital and your videography will be HD. Both have exquisite clarity, so heavy handed makeup can end up making you look like a drag queen.

 

 

 

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Look like the most gorgeous version of yourself on your wedding day

2.) “You can’t wear sunscreen on your wedding day”

Yes you can. 

You couldn’t pay me to go even one day without sunscreen! There are definitely formulations that leave the skin feeling slimy, and there are formulations that flare or flashback white with flash photography, but there are plenty of others that work perfectly, giving you sun protection all day long.

Look for an SPF product with broad spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB rays) that doesn’t have titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. Both of these ingredients have a whiteness to them and cause flashback when photographed.

Kiehls Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50 is a sheer formula that protects you from 90% of the sun’s damaging (aging) rays, and stops you from burning. It feels as light as air on the skin. Kiehl’s Super Fluid UV Defense is available online here at Sephora

Skinceuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50
This facial SPF has state of the art technology to keep you completely protected. The formula is super sheer, paraben free, and is ideal for all skin types, even the most sensitive. It also plays beautifully with makeup, and Doesn’t flare with flash photography.

Neutrogena Dry Touch With Helioplex SPF 100. This has been my facial SPF product for years. Helioplex is the active ingredient giving you broad spectrum protection, and it doesn’t flare under lights. I use it for photoshoots, on film, television, commercials – everything! It has a dry finish, so makeup glides on over it but doesn’t slide back off. neutrogena dry Touch With Helioplex is available online at Target.com

 

3.)” You have to use colors and styles that are in fashion”

Nope. Not true.

The goal here isn’t to make you look like a fashion victim – it’s to make you look like the most gorgeous version of you. Your wedding day makeup should be timeless and beautiful. When you look at those pictures on your wall 10 years from now you don’t want to be haunted by colors that make no sense or that have dated, statement brows that now look silly

( instagram eyebrows are the worst offenders!), you want to see yourself looking radiant and lovely and timeless.

It always comes back to you looking like the very best version of you. Also remember that your makeup can’t be fighting for attention with your dress. When you walk down that aisle you have to look lovely in total, with everything working in harmony. Your dress, hair, flowers and makeup have to all be telling the one same story, not fighting each other.

 

4.) “You need to wear big false lashes”

I am all about lashes. I love them to death. But there are many things to take into consideration when selecting lashes for your wedding day, one of which being the light that you will be photographed in. Most brides have their wedding pictures shot outdoors in natural light. If you have a bright sunny day a big strip of lashes or a dense strip of lashes will act like an awning poking out over your upper eyelids, casting a huge shadow below. Light will grab hold of the black strip and make you look like you are squinting in all your pictures.

A good makeup artist will not be married to one lash, but will have an assortment of lashes with her, and select the right one for that day.

I adore strip lashes, but often use individual lashes in my brides as I can accentuate the lashline without collapsing the eye. When I do weddings where we are going to use strip lashes I make sure the size works with the light outside and that they sweep beautifully to the outer corner instead of pointing straight out in front, creating the dreaded awning.

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Sometimes you can be doing all the right things – you’re using the right cleanser, doing the right mask every week, using all the right skin care products, yet still your complexion is looking dull, or you are getting breakouts, and it just doesn’t make sense.

Maybe the culprit is not something topical, but instead is something you are eating.

 

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Today’s post is actually from a guest blogger. Sally Mitchell of Lumeskin.com  very kindly wrote me a post about what eating sugar does to your skin. She has also put in some remedies to help you  do some repair-work. At the end of the post I have put links to some other very interesting posts she has written for her own website, Lumeskin.com

 

What You Need To Know About Sugar And Your Skin

 

We all know how bad sugar is for the body and what it does to the waistline, but did you know that sugar is also bad  for the skin?

When you consume sugar, the body breaks down the carbohydrates into glucose. This causes your insulin levels to spike which leads to a burst of inflammation throughout the body.

Inflammation in the body causes the body to produce enzymes that break down collagen and elastin. We need collagen and elastin to keep our skin plumped and prevent sagging. Too much sugar in our diets leads to the body breaking down these enzymes and our skin begins to sag, fine lines and wrinkles begin to form and our skin loses it’s elasticity. The more sugar you consume, the more likely it is that you will develop insulin resistance or diabetes, which can manifest as excess hair growth and dark patches on the neck and body creases.
People who have a high sugar diet will notice that they often suffer with acne like breakouts on their skin that never seems to go away completely even with acne skincare products.

What sugars should you not eat?

Simple carbohydrates are your skin’s worst enemy! Simple carbs break down into glucose and result in insulin spikes in your body.

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Some common simple carbohydrates include:

• White bread

• Candy or sweets
• Fried foods
• Ice cream
• Fruit juice
• Pasta
• Condiments
• Ketchup
• Jams and jellies
• White and brown sugar
• Sodas
• Packaged snacks

What sugars should you eat?

Complex carbohydrates are broken down into glucose at a much slower rate. This means that they will not spike your insulin levels and cause inflammation in the body and skin.

• Beans
• Nuts
• Whole grain foods

• High fiber foods
• Olive oil
• Avocados
• Green vegetables
• Berries
• salmon

These food items are filled with anti-oxidants which will help your skin fight off free radicals as well healthy fats which will help your skin hydrated and keep your skin looking plump and youthful.

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Tricks to counteract the sugar effects on your skin

Every action in the body has a re-action. There are ways that you can help your body deal with the unwanted sugars which will result in better looking skin.

1. Sleep

Make sure that you are getting enough sleep. When you do not get enough sleep, your body produces a stress hormone called Cortisol. This hormone can cause your insulin levels to spike.

2. Stress

Stress is a silent killer. Try to keep your stress levels as low as possible because stress can cause your insulin levels to spike just as much as sugar can. Find ways to deal with your stress levels such as meditating, doing yoga, or getting exercise.

3. Diet

Eating a balanced diet is one of the most important things that you can do to keep your body and skin looking young and healthy.

Make sure you are eating enough fresh foods as well as drinking at least a liter of water a day. A good water intake will ensure that your body stays hydrated and will help your body eliminate unwanted toxins that affect your body and the appearance of your skin.

4. Fast Food.

Cut back on (or eliminate!) fast food. Fast food can cause your insulin levels to spike because of the way that it is prepared. Frying food such as starches or heating them at high temperatures quickly, cause a process to occur. The process, Gelatinisation, cause your insulin to spike and can result in your skin breaking out.

5. Eat Healthy Fats

Healthy fats are your skin’s best friend. Omega 3 keeps your skin looking soft, supple and radiant. They can be found in certain fish such as salmon, avocado and nuts.

6. Eat Protein

Protein comes first! Eating your food in an order will keep your body from triggering the inflammation reaction. When eating your food, try and eat your proteins before the rest of the meal. Proteins do not stimulate insulin spikes. This will keep your body from spiking
because it is busy digesting the proteins.

7. Exercise.

Try and do at least 20 minutes of cardio each day. Exercise will get the blood pumping and will make sure that minerals and vitamins are moving to your skin cells and ensuring that your skin cells stay healthy and look vibrant. Exercise is also going to help keep your body in shape, healthy and reduces the risk of health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and other health problems.

Please keep in mind that even though sugar and processed food are a contributor to acne, ageing and other skin conditions, some people have these conditions because of genetics, hormones or other health issues.

We consume both good and bad sugars every day of our lives. By reducing the intake of bad sugars, your skin will start to look more alive and rejuvenated.

More articles to check out from Lumeskin:

How To Reduce Rosacea Redness

Dealing with Blackheads and Acne

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5 Tips For Buying Lip Gloss For Your Wedding

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Are you planning on wearing a colored lip gloss on your wedding day? A shimmery, juicy lip always looks fresh and inviting.

The problem is not all lip glosses are created equal – even major brand, expensive lip glosses can be troublesome, so I recommend test driving your lip gloss for a day before committing to it for your wedding. You will find that almost all lip glosses look great for the first few minutes, but after a while plenty of them can look or feel awful.

So in the interest of keeping your lips looking luscious all day and night, here are 5 things to look for when choosing a lip gloss for your wedding:

1. Does It Turn Tacky?

Most lipglosses will glide on super smooth and look gorgeous. In the beginning. But after they’ve worn in for a while many often get sticky and tacky and ball up on the lip. This is not a winning look for your wedding!

2. Is It Too Slippery?

Is your lip gloss slip sliding around the outsides of your lips? A lip gloss that has migrated outside the lip line can make you look like you just finished eating a plate of chicken wings. Light reflects off the shiny surface making it look even worse in pictures!

3.  Is It Super Drying?

Some lip glosses really dry the lips out, leading to painful cracking and chapping.  As your lips start to feel dry you add more gloss thinking it will soothe them, which ends up making the problem worse and keeping it in a perpetual cycle of dry, sore lips.

4. Is It Too Glossy?

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If your lip gloss has too high of a shine you can wind up looking like a porn star, especially in your photos. 

Your groom is not going to want to smooch a super glossy lip either – he doesn’t want that slippery slime all over him.

5. How Is The Color Pay Off?

Most glosses look somewhat even as they go on, but the color often gets patchy after a while. Look for a gloss that has a good color pay off – true color that applies and holds evenly