Bridal Club Magazine
The 7 Deadly Sins!
Yes, I am talking about lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath,
envy and pride, but not in the sense that most of you will think of
when you hear those words. I'm talking about these sins in relation
to your make-up application.
Whether for your engagement party, hen's night or wedding day, if
you have decided not to enlist in a professional makeup artist,
then read on and ensure you don't succumb to the seven sins of
1. Lust for Blush
Blusher is an essential part of your makeup application and should
by no means be overlooked. If you don't wear enough blusher you can
look washed out and tired. The colour should be of a similar tone
to the rest of your makeup, and it should never be confused with
bronzer! The placement of your blusher is key - slapping it on in
the general area is not recommended, and it is crucial to blend
seamlessly with no hard edges for a natural healthy glow.
2. Fat Lash Gluttony
Unless you're going to a fancy dress party, full set false lashes
should be avoided. Don't get me wrong … I love false lashes, and I
apply them to about 95% of my brides, but I use individual lash
flares. These are much more natural, are designed to blend with
your natural lashes to enhance your eyes, and are fantastic for
bringing out your eyes in photos. Full set lashes can look very
fake and, if applied incorrectly, can create all sorts of issues.
Similarly, applying 38 coats of clumpy mascara is not the answer.
If you want fabulous lashes, but would like an alternative to false
lashes, I would recommend a lash thickener, but be sure to let it
dry thoroughly first before applying your mascara.
3. Lips or Eyes - don't be Greedy
Before you even start applying your makeup, decide if you want the
focus on your lips or your eyes. If you want to enhance your eyes,
keep your lips understated, and vice versa. There is no fine line
between looking sophisticated or looking like a clown - these are
two very distinctive makeup categories!
4. Brow Sloth
Do not underestimate the power of nice eyebrows. The shape of your
brows has a dramatic effect on the rest of your face, helping to
frame your face and your eyes. Many women neglect their brows by
not applying any browliner or shadow. If your brows are too light
you can look washed out, and they'll look unbalanced in comparison
to the rest of your makeup. Make them too dark and you'll go the
other way, looking too hard. Essentially your brow colour should
match your hair colour. Enhancing of your brows should be very
subtle, using the appropriate product and colour to fill in any
gaps - however, no-one should be able to tell you have applied any
product. It should just look like you were born with perfect brows!
One of the things I recommend to all my clients is to have a brow
shape and, if needed, a tint before the wedding.
5. Fake Wrath
If you would like a nice tan for the big day, I suggest a spray
tan, not an overdose of bronzer. Having your face darker than your
body will only make you look angry and flustered. Bronzers are
fantastic, but should be used sparingly. Dust down your T-zone for
a natural looking sun kissed glow, or use to contour by dusting
lightly around the edges of your face to give your skin a natural
looking healthy glow …but never do both.
6. Lip Envy
If you envy women with nice plump lips, that's ok, but please
don't be tempted to create a fuller lip by drawing your lipliner
outside your natural lip shape. Make-up application is not 'paint
by numbers' - but you should always stay inside the lines. Your
lipliner should always be the same colour as your lipstick, and
blended nicely together. Darker lipliner should be left in the 90's
where it belongs, to be remembered fondly, but never repeated.
7. Take Pride in your skin
Be proud of the skin you have. Don't try to disguise skin
conditions by applying an inch of foundation - it will only make
things look worse. Be sure to choose your foundation in good clear
light. Ask the sales assistant to apply a small amount on your
jawline and, if necessary, go outside to see it in the natural
light. Never buy a foundation that's too dark in the hope that
you'll be getting a tan soon. Wait until you have the tan, gals,
and then buy it. A successful makeup result needs to start with a
good foundation. Your foundation is literally that - the foundation
to your make-up, so start as you mean to go on … with a beautiful,
♥ This article was kindly supplied by
Wedding New Zealand's Premier Wedding