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Make-up tips for mothers of the bride

Tricia Cusden / 05 April 2016 ( 12 March 2019 )

Make-up expert Tricia Cusden shares her secret to getting the mother-of-the-bride look right.

Bride getting ready with her mother
You will be very busy helping the bride and bridesmaids but ensure you schedule time for your own preparations.

I have been lucky enough to be the Mother of the Bride twice and I can honestly say that they were two of the best days of my life. Obviously you are there in a support role to help to calm nerves and contribute to the preparations, but you are also a star in your own right as 'the second most important female in the room' and as such you can really push the boat out so that you look truly fabulous.

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Start your skincare regime at least two months in advance

If possible book yourself three or four salon treatments to ensure that your skin is in tip-top condition.  

If your budget doesn't allow this then there is much you can do at home to improve skin texture.

Buy a gentle exfoliator and some moisture masks and use these two or three times a week in the months leading up to the wedding.

Cleanse and moisturise every day and use an emollient night cream as well. This regime will ensure that on the day your make-up will glide on and look fresh and smooth.

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Practice your makeup beforehand

Make-up has to work really hard on a wedding day. It might have to last without re-touching for as many as 15 hours so watch our video, below, and then have several 'dummy runs.'  

This will mean that on the day itself you will be calm and safe in the knowledge that you know exactly how to apply your make-up in order to look your most fabulous.

First apply a serum and moisturiser after cleansing your skin and allow 15 minutes for it to absorb properly 

Then apply a face primer, an eye primer and a lip primer. All of these products in the LFF range are best sellers for a good reason. They really make a huge difference to how fresh your make-up looks after hours of high emotion and lots of eating, drinking and (hopefully) strutting your stuff on the dance floor!

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Match your make-up to your outfit 

If you are cool toned and are wearing pale pink, blue, lilac, grey etc then go for eye make-up colours like LFF Eye Shades in Taupe, Charcoal and Aubergine and Silver Mist Lid Colour.

If you are warm toned and are wearing creamy-beige, green, rust or navy, then choose Eye Shade colours like Cream, Cocoa and Forrest with Soft Moss Lid Colour.

Blusher is also vital. You may avoid this thinking that you don't want to look flushed if it's hot, but this shouldn't happen with primers and a really good foundation like LFF Fabulous Base.

If you are cool-toned choose plummy, berry shades for cheeks and lips.

Warm tones look best in peach, coral or brownish pinks like our new shade of Lip Colour, Rosewood.

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Allow time for yourself on the wedding day

You will be very busy helping the bride and bridesmaids but don't neglect your own needs and ensure you schedule time for your own preparations.

Above all else, don't have a last minute dash into a hot shower and then immediately try to apply your make-up. It will literally just slide off if your skin is too hot and damp.

Finally relax and enjoy yourself! 

With the right preparation and products you will achieve a really beautiful look and live up to your star billing as the Mother of the Bride.

Look Fabulous Forever has a special collection for Mothers of the Bride (or Grooms) which brings together 12 fabulous products for the special price of £185 (RRP £218).


The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated. The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.

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