Opt for the sun bed
Having a spray tan or going on a sun bed to give yourself some colour for the big day is your personal choice. Just make sure your foundation and power are not to light for your tanned complexion. Ever noticed a bride's faces often looking to white in her wedding photos?

Choose the right foundation, concealer and powder
Wearing foundations and powders that are to pink in colour also create a light face. Make-up artists aim for more yellow toned shades for the skin because they look more true to skin tone than pink on a light skin and orange on a dark skin.

Wear a high quality professional foundation, concealer and powder. The finish is far superior to that of commercial brands of make-up (professional brand examples: Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and Professional Make-Up (www.pmu.co.za). I can match your foundation, concealer and powder if you live in Cape Town or Johannesburg – please email me: here

Wear a concealer over your eye lid area and under your eyes, followed by powder to set the concealer in place, this will ensure your eyes look fresher and your eye shadow will last hours longer.

Use a loose powder to set your foundation in place

Shape your brows

Shaping your eyebrows is an important area you need to give attention to before your wedding day

Enhance your eyes

Eye make-up enhances your eyes and brings out their shape and colour. Natural applications are suitable for morning or midday weddings and darker defined applications are suitable for afternoon or evening ceremonies.

Opt for more neutral shades of grey, beige, stone, brown - the darker your skin the deeper the shades can be. A smokey eye application is great to define and enhance a more glamorous look

Waterproof mascara is a must.

Blushing bride
Use a blusher in either a dewy cream formula or a regular pressed powder formula to add shape and or colour to your face. For shape: add neutral shades of blusher under your cheek bones. For colour add subtle pinks and peachy tones on the apple of your cheeks. For darker skin tones increase the intensity of the pink or peach

Luscious lips
If you have small lips avoid dark lipstick, stick to lighter or brighter shades. Fuller lips suit most lip applications.  Lip gloss adds the final touch and softens the face

Additional  tips:
TIP: roll a few tissues up behind your bouquet, if you do cry during the ceremony you will have tissues to catch your tears.

Touch up your make-up after signing the register and before your photos start. Provide a small bag of touch up make-up to one of your bridesmaid’s and a hand mirror, so you can refresh your make-up before the photos. Powder, concealer, lip products are all needed for touch ups.

I wish you joy and laughter on your special day. Visit my make-up website for more wedding make-up tips – from the flower girls to mother of the bride make-up tips, it’s all there for you.

Renowned make-up artist Debbie Jean  has been a professional make-up artist since 1994. Working with top international fashion photographers, models, magazines and celebrities has given Debbie the experience and edge to pass on her knowledge.

She does this by teaching state-of-the-art make-up techniques at her ladies workshops and one-one-one lessons. Debbie also teaches make-up artistry courses for those wanting to become full or part time make-up artists: www.makeupartcourses.co.za. View Debbie's make overs:www.realwomenmakeup.com