The Inside Word: How to Nail Your Big-Day Makeup

Yes, it is possible for your crimson lippy to outlast your glass of chardonnay. Find out how (and get the low-down on other essential big-day preening tips) with Jane Iredale makeup artist Jo-Ann Slecht.

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Yes, it is possible for your crimson lippy to outlast your glass of chardonnay. Find out how (and get the low-down on other essential big-day preening tips) with Jane Iredale makeup artist Jo-Ann Slecht.

  1. What are your top tips for creating a makeup look that looks great both on camera and in person?

The more even your skin tone, the better it will look both in photos and in real life. You’ll need an amazing concealer – try using either Jane Iredale Disappear ($48) or Active Light ($54) to hide any blemishes or dark circles. Also, make sure the shade of foundation you use on your face matches your neck and décolletage – gently blend the formula below your jawline and onto your neck for best results. Seeking out a quality foundation will make a big difference – Jane Iredale’s products, for example, use pure mineral pigment (and no fillers, such as talc) meaning you are using a true mineral makeup that gives exceptional coverage while still being good for your skin. Additionally, (and especially if you are wearing all white) a little extra blush on the day will prevent your dress from washing you out. Apply a matte powder to stop unflattering flash reflection, and finish your look with a spritz of hydration spray to keep your skin moisturised and glowing.

  1. What items would you recommend a bride carry in her big-day beauty bag?

A lip brush and a lip colour for touch-ups, and a translucent powder and blotting papers to eliminate shine. I’d also highly recommend Jane Iredale’s ‘Dot the i’ ($51) – it’s a pack of cotton buds coated with makeup remover to clean up any smudges or streaks. Perfect for the teary bride!

  1. What advice would you give a bride who has opted to do her own big-day makeup?

Adequate preparation will take you a long way – practise applying your makeup around the same time you’ll be applying it on the big day itself. Check how it looks both inside and outdoors, and get a friend to take a photo so you can see how it performs on camera. 

  1. Tips for applying lip colour that will last for a decent length of time on the day?

Brush a light concealer over your lips first, then fill the whole lip in with your desired lip pencil. Next, apply your lip colour, then blot, then apply another layer. Alternatively, for an even longer-lasting colour, apply your favourite shade of Jane Iredale Lip Fixation, $67 – it’s a lip stain and gloss duo specially designed for long-wearing use. 

  1. How should a bride decide on her bridal look?

Try not to pay too much attention to fads and trends, especially if they won’t flatter your features. Ultimately, aim to look like an enhanced version of yourself – you want to make sure your groom recognises you when you walk up the aisle!


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