Makeup Masterclass

Fear not slip-sliding foundation and panda eyes at your warm-weather wedding – take the advice of industry pro Desiree Osterman.

  • Story by As told to Philippa Prentice

Fear not slip-sliding foundation and panda eyes at your warm-weather wedding – take the advice of an industry pro.

Trained under the guidance of Bobbi Brown and Shu Uemura, makeup artist Desiree Osterman has an international portfolio, including shows at London Fashion Week and for the BBC. In New Zealand, her work has been seen at Fashion Week, in magazines and on TV. Now based in the Bay of Plenty, she’s in demand by brides and knows a thing or two about staying beautiful when you’re marrying on the beach or in the heat.

  • “Prep your skin by adding an exfoliating treatment to your skincare regime in the weeks before your wedding.”
  • “Always prime before applying make-up − I use Australis Primer and Bella Vi Active Moisturiser, which brings an amazing luminosity to the skin. Avoid heavy sunscreen as this will cause flashback in photos. For foundation, I use Smashbox and Bella Vi.”
  • “Use a good setting spray, like MAC Prep & Prime Fix Plus, or a setting powder − try MAC Studio Fix Powder, which suits all kinds of skin tones.”
  • “Opt for waterproof everything if you can. Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara in Very Black is always in my kit.”
  • “Facial contouring with neutral-toned powders or creams is a great way to bring an editorial look to your photos, and a touch of blusher and bronzer is essential for achieving that healthy sun-kissed, walk-in-the-meadow look.”
  • “Lip colour is most often nude [for outdoor weddings]. I love Revlon Ultra HD in Rose and am constantly reaching for Bella Vi Lip Gloss in Nude.”
  • “Strobing is trending at the moment. Add a reflective highlighter cream or powder to your cheekbones, Cupid’s bow and the inner corners of the eyes to create a dewy, healthy glow.” 


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