Makeup for Mother of the Bride
1. Prepare your skin
In the run up to your daughter/son's wedding make sure you are getting into a good skin regime. Exfoliating weekly will help no end. Although drinking water isn't going to get rid of age spots and enlarged pores etc, I can always tell the clients that have been doing this as the make up seems to just melt into the skin rather than sit on the top of it. Vitamin C serums are amazing at improving the overall radiance of the skin and help blur out imperfections such as wrinkles and age spots. These normally come at a price but if the wedding is leaving you strapped for cash! try the Body Shop's vitamin C skin care range or I recommend Bio Oil as an affordable night oil. I have seen really good results with this. I'm also loving Oil of Olay's new instant hydrator and wrinkle smoother at the moment. I use this as a quick fix if the skin just needs a bit more help before applying make up.
Use a good primer underneath your foundation! This will help the foundation not only last but sit better on your skin. I have two in my kit: Laura Mercier Oil free primer and MAC strobe cream. For mum's, I would definately reccomend strobe cream, not officially a primer but God it makes the skin look good and makes foundation last. It's like a glass of water/good night's sleep in a bottle and has light reflective particles to give the skin that candlelit glow!
Don't be tempted to choose a very heavy base that is just going to emphasise any lines or wrinkles (even ones you can't normally see without make up!). If you have flaws that are really bothering you, chose a good concealer - I love Estee Lauder's doublewear concealer for it's coverage and staying power. Although you can use this around and under the eyes, I would suggest for older skins Clinique's airbrush concealer. This is like an instant eyelift and comes in a variety of shades as it is sooooo important not to go too dark/light under the eyes. Instead of foundation use a tinted moisturiser such as: Clarins, Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown or Nars. If you can't be bothered with all the steps of concealing and then doing a base, use Jane Iredale's mineral powder make up; it will do it all for you! Finish off with thier H20 hydrating spray to hydrate and prevent it from looking cakey and set the powder to last thoughout the day.
I always use a cheek tint or cream blush on MOBs if using a liquid base. It just gives a lovely fresh look and everything looks seamless and effortless. Obviously, if you have opted for a mineral powder foundation you will need to use a powder blush. If doing this, I always use a highligher over the tops of the cheekbones so that the face does not look too matt and flat. Bobbi Brown's shimmer bricks are good for this.
Here is the tricky bit! Sadly too much shimmer on eyelids only emphasised wrinkles and closes the eyes in even more. Opt for earthy matt colours and use the darker shades, not in the corners of your eyes - this will "drag" the eye down but close to your lash line and then use a lighter colour on top to "lift" the eye. What does work well with matt eyeshadows and make the eyes a bit more exciting are metallic crayon or cream eyeliners underneath the eyes. I have also had some very good results with day
eyelash extensions from the middle of the eye to the corner of the eye just to open them a bit more and add some drama! Don't forget your waterproof mascara!
Same ruling with foundation. Skin on our lips gets thinner as we get older, so opt for a lipgloss or tinted lipbalm or glossy lipstick. Here, I would say go for some shimmer! It will make your lips look fuller and younger, also doing a"cheat line" with lip liner just over the lines of your lips. Go for warm colours such as peach, rose pinks, bronze/browns and corals. Try: Bobbi Brown's creamy lip colour, Clinique's Almost Lipstick or a lipgloss with a SPF in it.