Ruth E - Wedding Makeup. Part Two.

Hello Bride to be!
Welcome to Part two of the Exclusive Ruth E, Wedding Makeup feature!

I enjoyed writing the last blog so much. Especially when I realised it just wasn't going to happen in one post, and I decided to break it down into more manageable chunks for you ( and me! )

I had so much great feedback, and alot of messages with lots of questions. Great!

So the most requested for the next installment was...

Now I'm sure you can appreciate that there are hundred's of thousand's of different skin / foundation / concealer /  powder products out there. Trying to advise you on and about every single one, or even attempt a few of each would take forever.

Your Bridal makeup, and especially this part. Is so unique to you, and with the amount of products out there it really is a makeup minefield. What you need to focus on during this article is YOUR skin, and what you are wanting to achieve with it on your Wedding day.

Use the information I will give you here to narrow down the vast array of products available, to find the products perfect for you.

As with all my posts. Please feel free to comment and ask questions. 

So ladies, are we ready to begin the next part of this HUGE blog feature?

Ding, dong the bells are going to chime.......

I am by no means a qualified skin therapist, ( although, I would love to be ) instead I fake the beauty so many of us wish we could obtain naturally. The number of brides I have consultations with who, genuinly, almost cry over the 'state' of their skin.
Many do not realise the potential, and possibilities that lie before them.
No, not me, but rather the years of experience I have contained in my (slightly worn, and to be honest, in need of desperate re-purchase ) brush belt, and the knowledge buried away in my somewhat, more creative, rather than academic mind.

The power is within you to create the skin you really dream of. Even if it is just for your Wedding day! 

Therefore I bring you.
RuthE. Part Two. Wedding Makeup.

Do you know which part of doing makeup I REALLY, REALLY love?
The base.

I mean, I love it. Im not talking, quick get the foundation on. Im talking, proper, full on, I wanna know your skin type.
I want to touch your skin ( I am perfectly normal. I promise ) I want to clean your skin right down and see it in all it's natural glory.

I don't look at your bare face, and your skin and think:
Oh good God. How am I going to sort this.
I look at it, and see.

Potential of what can be acheived. Knowing that I can transform YOUR skin into what ever you are dreaming of.

I know of many makeup artists ( me included ) who spend more time preparing the skin than they actually take doing the makeup.
It really makes all the difference.

Skin needs to be prepared according to your skin type.
You need to inject your skin with the moisture it needs, for the makeup you are going to put on to sit right and look great.

So. After you have cleansed.
What do you do next?

To some people this may seem like a pointless exercise. But honestly? The amount of women I work with who don't even moisturise, and wonder why their full coverage, NW35 is sitting in any fine lines they may have and looks dry and goes patchy within an hour....

So get yourself a moisturiser that SUITS your skin. It doesn't have to cost the earth. It's no good splashing out, using the whole of your wedding makeup fund buying the latest £200 cream for dry skin, when your skin is oily.

Determine your skin type.
You know your skin better than anyone. You live in it and with it 24/7

Identify your skin type, and if you are getting married this summer or later in the year, you have time to put together a really good skin care regime that is personal to you.
Your skin will love you for it.

You dont need to go into a department store and be sold loads of products. Look at your skin yourself.
Do you cleanse, tone moisturise?
Do you think you need to change you skincare a little, invest in a rich night cream. Do you use an eye cream?
No? Thats why your under eye concealer isn't sitting properly.

I don't want to bore you all with skin care. It would take up the whole blog feature!
I'm just really trying to emphasise the importance of preparing your skin before applying makeup.
You get the idea.

When your base is right, the rest of your makeup looks right.


After your skin care is sorted and you are happy with it, you really need to consider purchasing a primer.
What is is primer you ask?
Your primer is applied after your moisturiser and helps smooth your skin, control oil and keep that Wedding face on all day.

Here, I have two.

Smooth Operator

Again. Because I have been doing this job, such a long time. It takes the hassle out of having to try so many products before I find the right one.
So it's makes it alot easier for you!

These are the two I have in my kit.

MAC Skin Visage
The MAC one I have been using for a few years now.
It's silicone based, so it glides on really smooth. It doesn't feel 'tacky' on the skin, nor does it go 'bitty' when I apply the foundation after.
It also contains mulberry extract, which helps reduce redness. So before you even put on your foundation your skin look more even!
It smooths the skin surface so your foundation looks great. The barrier it creates means it helps control oil production .This product leaves your skin looking shine free longer and your makeup fool proof longer.

Philosophy, The Present
Now. A friend recommended this. So I bought it.
To be honest, I am not that keen on it.
The positives of it are. It really mattes down the skin and fills pores in. So your skin does look perfected instantly.
The product details tell you that you have to let it to set for two minutes, then to apply your makeup. But even then I find when I apply my foundation the primer goes bitty and affectcs the foundation application. Which just annoys me as I have to take it all off and start again.

But my frind swore by it. Maybe my skin type ( slightly drier at the moment ) doesn't suit it.
The packaging ( as with all Philosophy) is lovely, and it also has a lovely lavender scent to it. It contains Lavender oil. Little word of warning to you ladies out there allergic to Lavender.

I would advise ( with any new skincare or primers ) to go into store and ask for a sample. .

What foundation is best for bridal?

Be careful not to get taken in with all the options out there. You need to decide on the kind of foundation you want, then get out there and find it!

Again. It needs to cater for your skin type. Not all foundations will suit you. Its frustrating, but it's a fact. You bridal makeup is PERSONAL to you. Your skin is unique, so your bridal makeup should be too.

Rules of thumb for bridal foundation.
Jot these down, or bookmark this page!

Are you wearing a low neck dress? Will your back be showing?
You need to consider all skin on show. Not just your face. In your photographs everything gets seen!
Refer to my 'NC or NW' Blog post,  if you will be taking a visit to your nearest MAC counter.

With so many foundation out there, no wonder most women, buy a few before they are happy with one. Decide on what finish you want. Glossy? Matte? Sheer? What sort of Coverage are you after? Full Coverage, Natural coverage, Buildable? Make a note of all YOUR personal requirments then pop into your nearest deaprtment store and get some samples. All counters offer small samples. Take in your own sample pots so you definitely come back home with a few to try.

You need to make sure all your skin is uniform. So, ideally getting your face, neck and chest to match.
Again, ask for samples. Go home, and test them, Jot down the ones you like the most. Try them over you newly invested primer, Wear it to work for the day. See how it wears!

Again I have had so many ladies tell me they have bought at least five wedding day foundations.
All that money could have been spent on buying the lipstick ;)

Do I really need to wear a foundation without an SPF? Ive heard it reflects the flash?
Yes. It's a pain. But the SPF element in foundation and moisturisers create a pasty, white look in your photographs. Far from the blushing bride.

For example.
Do you find some of your photograph's from a recent evening out, where your face looks alot lighter from your face?
Even though you left the house, thinking you looked, well, normal.
Yep. Its the Zinc Oxide that is present in the SPF that can give you that pale washed out look when the flash hits.

To be honest, on fairer girls it makes no difference. I wore Studio fix, for my Wedding day and that contains an SPF. But I'm an NC15. So you can't get much fairer!

MAC face and body foundations are extremely popular for weddings. Very, very sheer though.

How do I keep shine at bay? My skin gets ultra greasy.
Prime that skin! And invest in a good powder.

Again to be honest, I have used alot of blotting papers, or sheets in the past. Because they were the 'in' thing. But, I would use them and found nine times out of ten they altered the makeup. Which wound me up no end.
You take all that time getting your base great, then press a blotting sheet on your face and your nose looks patchy and the foundation on your head moves over your eyebrow. It just get's a little too messy.
Not a big fan. This lead me to thinking, there must be an easier way.

Introducing my favourite mac product at the moment for bridal skin.

MAC Blot powders.

This product is a must for any day, let alone your Wedding day.
MAC Blot Powder. You have been given a RuthE Stamp of Recommendation.

Get you!

'Blot powder would like to thank all the rest of his blot powder family for this award........ '

I love these!
What makes them so great?

They were designed, originally for photo shoots, so for close up use and for continual touch ups.
Unlike your typical face powders, that build up on the skin after continued use. These were designed with that in mind. They do not build up. Instead they absorb any oils on the skin.

So you can pop it on all through the day and no build up will be seen. Instead oil free, beautiful skin.
If my memory serves me correctly, the lightest shades have no colour running through them. They are not a powder to give colour.
The slightly warmer skins. Med upwards, have a little colour in them to ensure you don't look pasty when they are applied.

£19.00 Each
Check out the full range here.

If you are on the look out for a product that will fix makeup in place, absorb surface oil which doesn't adjust your already beautifully made up face.Then invest in this.

I have pigmentation and spots. I have so many areas that need evening out. Do you recommend using green concealer?
One answer.No.
Step away from the green concealer.

I have small thread veins on the sides of my nose, and after someone made a comment about them, I frantically raided all the chemists in the hope of finding something.
I did find something. I really wish I hadn't bothered.

Green concealer, just makes you look green.
Looking like ET on my wedding day wasn't my dream look, and I'm sure it's not yours.

My recommendation?
Using anything yellow based, this knocks out redness. It neutralises.
Again, its all to do with warmth verses cool, and colour theory.

Yes, green is opposite red on the colour wheel. And this looks great when you team up a gorgeous red head with a vibrant red lipstick and green dress. Stunning. But I find sticking anything green on the skin, to be honest, just looks odd.

My under eyes are so dark. They make me look tired. How do I over them?
The under eye area is always a problem for many.

Now lets take a vote.
Who, be honest now.
Who, goes for a lighter concealer in the hopes of  'brightening'  their under eye bags?
Come on...

I hold my hand up. I used to.
Till I was taught other wise.

In comes the colour theory. Its the same when someone who has a darker, pigmented area on the face. You reach for the lighter concelaer in the hopes on covering.

Take a moment to think. The best way of explaining it, is like this.
If you have a black paint and you mix in a little white. What colour does it turn?

That, in a nutshell is what you are doing to your face.

The darker colour of your under eye still shines through, even though you have applied a lighter concealer. So you get the 'panda eye' look, only in reverse.

You need to match the colour.
Am I making sense?
You will be amazed at how amazing your under eye will look when you match a colout to it, instead of trying to lighten it.

Is your ender eye, more purple undertioned? Go for a yellow toned concelaer. So try a MAC NC tone
Are you more blue? Go for a warmer toned concealer. Try an NW.

I know I harp on about MAC, but I have been doing this job for such a long time, I know these girls are thoroughly trained. They have to be to work there. They are great at matching under eye concealers and foundations.
They have so many colours it ridiculous. When you see the difference when a concealer os matched to your underyee, I promise you this. You wont look back. Go in, ask to be matched up to a concelaer. Tel them its for your wedding day.

Do I use concealer before or after foundation?
Again. Foundation is your base. It goes on to even the skin tone. When its on, you can step back and take a  look at where needs extra coverage, and stick the concealer on those areas. Set with a powder.

Finishing Powders. The little extras.

My loyal Benefit powders. Yes, they look all old and tatty. But it's what's on the inside that counts....

I have always loved Benefit's Finishing powders. I have yet to try their new ones. Do you use them? Let me know. These are the staples within my kit.
Use them allover the face to give a subtle boost and brightening effect.

Dandelion - Pastel, soft pink. Lovely brushed allover. Looks great on a fairer skin, or even as a soft blusher.
Hoola - Ahh, hoo-la-la. I love this bronzer. It has no orange pigment, so its like a real tan is being brushed onto your skin. No shimmer, just matte and dirty looking.
Dirty looking for a bronzer in the makeup world is good!

Buy them here:

Yes, Georgia, this has been discontinued :(  I still use it on myself.  Im putting a plea out to Benefit, Bring back Georgia. Please! Mine is running out and I want a new one!

Can I wear shimmer on my face?
Again, this is very vague. Ideally, don't. Why? Because the dreaded camera will pick it up. Sometimes it look's pretty, other time's it can make you look like you have serious grease overload.

If you really want a highlight, go for a more frosted finish as a pose to a glittery one. Or even try a cream based higlighter. They give a healthy glow.

MAC soft and Gentle. ( Left hand side ) Very popular. Frosted. Use just a tiny amount to give a lovely candle lit glow.
MAC Strobe Cream - ( Right hand side ) Use it anywhere you want a glow. dont use it ontop of foundation. Bare skin, or under makeup is the way to go with this product.
Benefit High Beam. Gorgeous. has a similair consistency to strobe cream, but much more vibrant. Lovely pinky undertone. Best on fairer skins. Moonbeam is better on warmer skin tones.
MAC Cremebase. These come in quite a few colours. Again, depending on your skin tone and the desired effect you are looking for.

To conclude Part Two, RuthE Wedding makeup. Lets set a little task. I will be posting the third, and possibly final installment of this series, next week
Lips and cheeks.

Sometime this week. Have a look at your skincare regime and see what needs tweaking.
Make a list of:

Your skin type, it's needs and how you would like it to look.
Pop into your local MAC store, or indeed favourite branded makeup, for a consultation.
MAC do not charge to match a foundation or give advice on under eye concealer.
Get yourself a sample of primer and a few foundations to try. These are free, so don't let them fool you into thinking you have to buy to get a sample.
In fact, take your own little pot in. Alot of counters, beacuse they are so busy, run out of sample pots. But are happy to fill one of you bring it in.

Let me know how it goes. Which foundation have you chosen for your big day? What new skin care products have you purchased and what did you think of the primer?

Stay tuned for Part three. As always, if I have many questions regarding this post, I will put together a special post to address you all :)

If you haven't already. Check out the very popular Part One of RuthE Wedding makeup.
Have a great rest of your week lovelies.

Don't forget to prime.


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