With wedding season in full swing, we asked three gorgeous newlyweds from M&S to unveil their real-world beauty tips to leave you looking – and feeling – amazing on your big day
Laura Markwardt, Style & Living writer: I love the ceremony of getting ready and I’m pretty particular when it comes to beauty, having had one-too-many makeovers that left me feeling like I wanted to re-do the whole thing. I plumped for a nude gel manicure and a pro blow-dry pre-big day, but wanted to stay 100 per cent in control of my own make-up.
I used slightly more foundation coverage for staying power purposes and took extra care to perfect my signature eyeliner flick. Strategically placed cream highlighter meant my skin still looked fresh and dewy in daylight. A slick of a pink lippy (rather than my usual red) tied the look together and made a refreshing change to my standard occasion make-up. Looking at the pics, I wouldn’t change anything – I just remember having a really fun day and knowing my make-up look was exactly what I wanted.
Kate Fitzpatrick, acting editor: My skin is typically well behaved but sensitive, and fear of a sod’s law reaction meant I didn’t want to radically alter my regime pre-wedding. Instead I took my at-home skin-care routine up a level with the addition of powerful antioxidant-rich products. My goal? A smooth, glowing complexion and guaranteed good skin on the day.
I also took more care than normal to include my neck and chest when I applied product so any skin on display was flawless. My 24-hour journey to Australia to get married had the potential to derail everything, so I was extra vigilant about mid-flight hydration. A subtle St Tropez spray tan two days before and a recommended professional make-up artist were the final touches for skin than shone both in person and pictures.
Charlotte Johnson, publishing manager: I rarely wear make-up – so when I do it feels like a big deal. Although I wanted to take my look up a notch for my wedding, I didn’t want to stray far from my fresh-faced comfort zone – my worst nightmare would be to look back at our photos and not recognise myself through layers of foundation and false eyelashes!
My friend’s a make-up artist so she volunteered her skills and suggested a trial run. I was worried because it felt like she was applying lots of product, but the result was exactly what I wanted. Me with a hint more polish – subtle neutral hues made my eyes pop without being showy. Using primer was a revelation too – it meant I looked the same from 10am to 2am so I could enjoy the day without stressing about touch-ups.
Photographers: Bek Smith, Geoff Waugh, Brian Greenwood