Girls, we have a treat for you today. We’re joined by Lyndsey Cavanagh, celebrity make up artist and bridal beauty specialist. Lyndsey is based in Spain but travels possibly more than anyone I know as she seems to be constantly in demand all over the place! We asked for advice on the perfect pre-wedding beauty regime that brides should follow in the lead up to their big day (yes, my questions may have been slightly biased as my own is this day three weeks..) Lyndsey’s response was full of great tips and product recommendations, so brides-to-be: read on and prepare to look gorgeous! The images here are all from her portfolio.
How long before your wedding should you start preparing your skin?
A good skin care regime for me is always a necessity as I want my clients skin to look healthy and youthful. I want their skin to look like skin not make up. But as you draw closer to your wedding day there are definitely additions you can make to your routine that will add super benefits to your skin.
Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Recovery Mask is a powerful product that is packed with protein to repair any environmental damage present on the skin’s surface. It is suitable for use all over the face, including around the eyes (without causing puffiness), over the lips and down your neck. In the last 8 weeks leading up to your wedding, use this face mask 3 nights a week and don’t remove it, simply apply a fine layer and wear it to bed. If you suffer with dilated or blocked pores especially in the T-zone area then steam your face for 10-12 minutes before applying the mask. This will help to draw out and eliminate impurities whilst repairing, hydrating and nourishing your skin. If you wear any tanning products on your face please check that the tanning product is non-comedogenic (doesn’t block pores) before using it, otherwise it will cause blocked and enlarged pores.
What beauty regime or preparation would you recommend and what’s a good product?
During the run up to your wedding try to do a salt scrub 1 – 2 times per week depending on the sensitivity levels of your skin. For this you can use regular sea salt or I also love Dermalogica Mineral Salts (amazing as a whole body scrub as well). Mix the salt with a carrier oil such as Jojoba or Grapeseed oil, which are non-comedogenic and are available in most chemists. The mix should have a paste-like consistency, so don’t add too much oil. In the shower or over your hand basin massage the paste onto dry skin for a couple of minutes and remove with a hot wet face towel. This will exfoliate and rehydrate your skin, keeping it fresh, bright and super smooth.
You need to use an eye cream day and night as a protective and reparative treatment. I recommend Australian Bush Flower Essences Intensive Eye Serum- it’s great for dehydration lines and gives a supple appearance to the eye area. You can also apply it gently over your make up if you want to create a soft-focus blurred effect… very flattering!
Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream has found its way into every professional make up artist’s kit and for very good reasons. It is a fantastic multi-tasker and a product everyone should invest in. Use it on the nails and cuticles of your hands and feet to keep them soft, healthy and prepared for their close up, great as a nourishing lip balm, reparative and moisturising for eyelashes and brows when applied sparingly, extremely nourishing as a night cream and can be used as a barrier cream when tinting or applying self tanning products.
What’s best to do if you get a blemish in the run up to your big day and do you have a favourite product to turn to?
Blemishes alway seem to rear their ugly head at this time and it can be due to stress or hormonal levels. Benzoyl Peroxide is a very effective solution to any blemish break out and can be found in many over the counter products such as Clearasil and Pro-Active at levels of about 2.5%. For targeted use I recommend pure Tea Tree oil diluted in a little water and applied directly to the blemish at night, it has great dehydrating effects and is also anti-bacterial. Pure Lavender Oil may be applied in much the same way every morning for its reparative and healing effects. Most importantly never overdo it with acne or blemish treatment products as this will lead to dry, dehydrated and aggravated skin. Always keep their use to a minimum. Toning your skin with pure Rose Water morning and night will really help to maintain your skin’s ph balance and hydration levels.
Would you have an issue with brides choosing tanning bed sessions as an alternative to fake tan at the wedding?
Tanning bed sessions are a controversial subject but as a make up artist I much prefer to work with a bride’s natural skin tone rather than the tone created by a fake tanning product. For a lot of destination weddings many of the bridal party arrive at their destination a week or so before the wedding day and have the opportunity to develop a nice natural glow which I can then enhance with the use of liquid bronzing and illuminating products such as Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer applied to face and body to impart a golden glow, or for those with fairer, paler skin who find it difficult to tan I use MAC Face and Body to create a natural looking all over tan whilst making your skin look luminous and dewy.
Is there a good way to prepare your overall skin to look its best?
For overall skin health I recommend Omega 3 Fish Oils, one to be taken daily as well as a full Vitamin B Complex and a daily Vitamin C for its immune and anti-oxidant support. Healthy skin has to start from within.
Do you have a beauty product you can’t live without in your work on wedding shoots?
For my work on weddings shoots I simply could not live without Cinema Secrets Super Sealer which is a matte surface sealer applied after the make up application. It acts as a sweat inhibitor whilst creating a waterproof and protective barrier. Definitely a necessity during the hot summer months but also great for nights out or long days when you need to keep your make up in place.
I may have just ordered that Super Sealer! Thanks so much to Lyndsey for sharing her amazingly useful advice and recommendations with us today. Be sure to check out her website and Facebook page for more information and we hope to feature a wedding Lyndsey has done on the site very soon!