How to stop a make-up meltdown on your big day

Disaster-proof your big-day beauty routine with all the pro tips, tricks and ideas that’ll keep you looking fresh and beautiful to the “I do” and beyond
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How to stop a make-up meltdown on your big day

LEARN HOW TO LAYER

Lookfantastic’s Beauty Editor, Amelia Twentyman suggests, “Your best base starts with great skincare. A good hyaluronic serum is brilliant for everyone – not only are they super hydrating but they also feel incredibly lightweight, meaning they absorb really quickly for smooth make-up application.” One thing’s for sure – a make-up primer is key to grab hold of foundation, making it last longer and keeping skin looking fresher. Try Laura Mercier’s Radiance or one that contains SPF – so you don’t burn during proceedings.

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer in Radiance, Dhs168 at Sephora

CHOOSE A LIGHT FOUNDATION

Daniel Martin, Meghan Markle’s make-up artist, says, “She’s very much about keeping her skin as real and natural as possible. So no contouring or strobing! Plus, on your wedding day, you want to look back at your photos and think about how great you felt in your dress.” He used Dior Backstage Face and Body Foundation , which, crucially, is buildable, and can be layered without looking like a mask, followed with your favourite powder. Set everything in place with the new Huda Beauty Resting Boss Face. It’s a super-powered setting spray that doesn’t leave skin dry, but adds longevity to all your make-up.

Dior Backstage Face and Body Foundation, Dhs184 at Sephora

Huda Beauty Resting Boss Face Setting Spray, Dhs125

REGULAR MASCARA IS NOT AN OPTION

Even if you’ve given yourself the pep talk about not crying, there will be tears (of joy) and sweat to deal with. So you’re going to need a full-on extension appointment or go tear-proof and water-resistant. For lashes that have the wow factor but won’t give you panda eyes when things get emotional, try Diorshow Pump ’n’ Volume Waterproof Mascara.

Diorshow Pump 'n' Volume Waterproof Mascara, Dhs150 at Selfridges

BE A BLUSHING BRIDE, NOT A FLUSHING BRIDE

Getting redness under control is no mean feat. So start prepping the skin with a calming regime in the run-up to the big day. The Clinique Redness Solutions range is dedicated to reactive and rosacea-prone skin and reduces blotchiness and soothes an irritated dermis. Murad also has an emergency relief Sensitive Skin Soothing Serum that calms you down if you’ve burnt or had a reaction to a treatment. Find it at Areej or Harvey Nichols Dubai.

Murad Sensitive Skin Soothing Serum, Dhs240 at Ounass

SWEAT-PROOF THE HECK OUT OF YOUR HAIR

Keep sheets of super-absorbent kitchen towels cut up into little squares handy to blot a sweaty parting and hairline. Mattify your scalp before proceedings by prepping freshly dried hair with a bit of dry shampoo. If you suffer from frizz in the slightest humidity then invest in a decent serum – for afro and curly types try Windle & Moodie Elixir Oil; for medium to fine hair their best-selling Invisible Day & Night Cream works like magic and smoothes and refines without ever feeling greasy or oily. If you want a thicker mane without going down the extension route, try Toppik Hair Building Fibers; they’re made from natural keratin, add va-va-voom and fill in gaps (they’re good for grooms too).

Windle & Moodie Elixir Oil, Dhs140

Windle & Moodie Day & Night Cream, Dhs102

Toppik Hair Building Fibers, from Dhs130

They’re also unyielding and won’t budge until shampooed out. Finish with a spritz of a freeze-hold hair spray – we love TRESemmé Tres Two Unscented Extra Hold Non-Aerosol Hair Spray.

TRESemmé Tres Two Unscented Extra Hold Non-Aerosol Hair Spray, Dhs217 at Amazon

DEAL WITH THOSE BRIDEZILLA MOMENTS

Over 96 per cent of couples said wedding planning caused sky-high stress levels, so big-day jitters are a rite of passage for any bride and groom. However, when they reach the point of anxiety and sleeplessness, it might be time to take action. Suzy Reading, psychologist and yoga teacher, advises, “Put your feet up, don headphones and give yourself a quick reboot with the five-minute instant calmer programme on the new mindfulness toolkit, ThinkWell-LiveWell (thinkwell-livewell.com). Team this with Aromatherapy Associates De-Stress Edit from lookfantastic.ae that will also allow you to keep calm and carry on.

Aromatherapy Associates Relax De-Stress Edit, Dhs157 at Look Fantastic

Photos: Supplied and Jason-Lloyd Evans