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Wedding make up advice from professional make up artist Jo Lofthouse

Image by The Shooting House, MUA - Jo Lofthouse

Katie wanted to give brides and bridesmaids an insight into what it is like to have your make up done professionally. Especially as she isn’t one for make up and isn’t confident about getting a professional look. So she went and learnt first hand with Jo Lofthouse. That was all written up in a blog complete with too many images of Katie having make up applied – Katie in the bridal consultation hot seat. Ahead of the consultation Katie started to panic and frantically emailed Jo for some advice for her skin. Knowing the canvas needed to be a lot better for the day and most importantly photoshoot! Jo very kindly offered lots of advice as a make up artist with training in skin care. Although Katie didn’t have time to implement everything, you might do and we thought Jo’s advice was very helpful. So here it is –


I would say if you have a few months to go before your wedding to try and get into some good skin habits that don't need to cost the earth or take up lots of your time. Make Up will always "sit better" and look more flawless if applied to skin that is in good condition. 
There are lots of great skincare brands to suit all budgets and using a cleanser, toner and moisturiser suitable for your skin type twice a day will greatly improve skin health. It's a good idea to seek advice from a skincare consultant or beauty therapist to help choose products that are suitable for your particular skin's needs. 

Ensure your daily moisturiser has an SPF to protect your skin in the day especially as you mentioned redness in the cheek area which can suggest sensitivity. The environment causes the highest percentage of skin damage and ageing. Using an appropriate night cream will help to repair damage caused in the day...your skin does the most work at night and therefore will thank you for the extra hydration and extra goodies in your cream.
An eye cream used day and night is also recommended to keep the skin around the eyes hydrated and conditioned. The skin around the eyes is very delicate and therefore is usually the first place to show signs of tiredness, illness and ageing. Using an amount the size of a grain of rice on each eye and applied as advised by your skincare consultant or beauty therapist will ensure your eyes are in tip top condition for your big day.
As an extra treat for a dry skin, using a very gentle facial exfoliant (one for sensitive to dry skin) once or twice a week leaving a few days in between will help to revive dull skin and ensure your moisturiser works more effectively. A sumptuous hydrating mask, again used once or twice a week after your exfoliator, will give a thirsty skin an extra drink of water leaving it youthful, radiant and comfortable. 
I wouldn't advise trying any new products, treatments or making any drastic changes to skincare and diet routines very close to the wedding day in case of any reactions etc.
As far as bodycare goes, if you are wearing a sleeveless or strapless dress, now may be the time to give some extra care to those areas that don't get bared very often! Investing in a nice body scrub, mitt or brush teamed with a body lotion or cream will go a long way to caring for those shoulders and back area. 

There are lots of simple everyday things than can help the skin feel and look good as well as giving a general feeling of all round well being...a good well balanced diet, drinking plenty of water and getting plenty of good night's sleep all go hand in hand. 


Although neither of us are getting married soon, we will be trying to use this advice to just look better anyway!

To get in touch with Jo go to the Isle of Wight Make up and Facepaint profile page in the directory and use the enquiry button to send a message to Jo. 

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