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Bride-to-be Kate Middleton is known for doing her own makeup (even on the day of her engagement photo shoot). But with two billion sets of eyes watching on April 29, she may want to take some expert advice.
Celebrity Makeup Artist for Rimmel London Liz Pugh created three wedding looks that would look great on Kate (or you) on the big day. First up, a regal purple palette for the eyes:
A white dress (presuming it will be white) can drain the face, so it's important to add the right amount of color. Also, take into account if there is a lot of detailing on the dress. The makeup should complement it -- nothing too crazy and heavy. It should be about emphasizing what you have, not masking it.
First, apply moisturizer, massaging it into the skin to get the blood flowing like a mini facial. Be aware of using a high-factor sunscreen under your makeup on the day, as the ingredients often cause the skin to look lighter in flash photography.
Then, start with the perfect base. A primer will keep your makeup in place all day. Rimmel London Fix and Perfect is perfect for this. I would recommend a long-lasting foundation for the wedding because you'll need to look fantastic all day and night! Pay extra attention to any redness in the skin, usually around the nose, eyes and lips, as the cameras will pick up on this. I would suggest Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25-Hour Foundation. It has a lightweight finish, so you won't look heavily made up, plus it'll last from day to night.
Cover any under eye dark circles. Be aware not to choose a concealer that is too light as it will really stand out on camera.
Set the foundation and concealer with loose powder by pressing the powder into the skin with a puff, paying attention to the t-zone. This area should be matte; a natural shine in the cheeks is fine but the center of the face should not look oily -- a bridal and princess no-no!
Kate is simply gorgeous and can carry any makeup look. On her wedding day, she should look natural and radiant, so no bright blues on the eyes and no experimenting! I would tone down the liner she often wears under her eyes, as it is too harsh for a white dress.
On the eyes, use Glam'Eyes Mono Eyeshadow. Apply Plum Romance (pictured) over the lid, up to the socket.
For a little extra added definition, apply Night Jewel very close to the lashes at the outer edge, using a small damp brush. I would add a dot of this to the inner corner of the eyes too to make them look really fresh and awake. Blend all of this together so there are no obvious lines between shades.
Then apply one coat of mascara to the top lashes, using a soft black or dark brown rather than very black for a softer look in photos. Try Rimmel London Glam'Eyes Mascara in Black/Brown.
I love Kate's brows; they are a great shape. I wouldn't do anything apart from brushing them into shape and filling in any gaps with Rimmel London Professional Eyebrow Pencil. Or for a softer look, apply an eye shadow matching the brows, not darker. If anything, choose a shade slightly lighter. Once applied, it will blend with the brow. When I work on models and celebrities, I often use a baby toothbrush -- apply a little hairspray to it and then brush upwards through the brow. This will keep them in perfect shape.
On the cheeks, you need a pretty flush. I would use Lasting Finish Blush and Highlighter in Spring Flower. Blend the three shades together with a soft brush and apply to the apples of the cheeks, blending up to the hairline and then down to soften any edges. Then add the brightest shade of the trio directly to the apple of the cheek to give a pop of color.
For the lips, apply a long-lasting lip liner to the entire lip as a base -- a great tip for any bride. It will help the color stay on, and if the lipstick wears off, you'll still be left with some color. Rimmel London 1000 Kisses Stay-On Lip Liner is a fantastic one. Choose a shade to match the lip color you are using. Be aware of anything too pale; it will look washed out against a white dress, as will brown shades. So choose something a little brighter or a shade darker than your natural lip shade. Try 1000 Kisses liner in Nude, Spice or Wild Clover, then Rimmel London Lasting Finish Intense Wear Lipstick in Vintage (pictured) or Goddess over the top.
Stay tuned for looks #2 and #3!
For more Kate-inspired makeup looks from Liz, visit Facebook.com/RimmelLondon.
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