Guest post: Wedding day make-up by Alison Cameron

Make-up is an important part of any bride’s wedding preparations, Alison Cameron guest posts on BelleNoirBride today with some practical tips  and advice. Over to you Alison.

Your wedding day is the most memorable and special day of your life. Naturally you want to look your absolute best. When I was getting married I was acutely aware of the lack of beauty advice in mainstream glossy Bridal magazines that catered the black skin in all its glorious shades and complexions.

As a makeup artist I am spoilt for choice when it comes to beauty and makeup options. I have access to the latest colours and formulas as well as the knowledge and know how on the best way to apply them to make the most of my clients.

My advice is look for colours with high pigment. When a product has a high powder content and low pigment content it spells disaster for black skin, as the result is ashy and unnatural.

The biggest worry for brides to be is their choice of foundation. Many brides in the past have shied away from using foundation either because of previous bad experiences with the wrong colour or just plain not knowing what to choose and how to wear it. You definitely need some kind of foundation and/or concealer and powder on the skin when you are getting married. It is possible to look extremely natural and completely flawless.

Foundation should sink seamlessly into the skin. You should see the effect of the makeup not the actual makeup itself. Foundation should be true to skin colour you can lighten /warm up/cool down/brighten if necessary with a powder with high pigment.

Conceal under eyes with a lighter warm tones concealer to open up the eyes. Oily skins should use an oil free matifying moisturizer and a matte foundation. You can add sheen with cream highlighters afterwards. Normal to dry skins should use a creamy foundation with a little iridescent cream mixed in for extra dewiness.

The eyes definitely have it, but you don’t necessarily have to choose bright colours to make your eyes pop. Think Gabrielle Union and Aisha Tyler. Warm bronze, aubergine, soft gold and smoky brick colours can all make the eyes look amazing. Try natural eyelashes to open up eyes, Eyelure from Boots do a fantastic range.

Don’t be afraid of lipstick. This season sees a move away from the usual brown and burgundy. Soft pinks with blue tones suit darker skins. Pinks with warm yellow tones suit lighter skins.

I am a huge MAC Cosmetics fan!! They do an amazing range of colour for black skin. I also have to give a special mention for makeup brand Black Up as they do a wonderful range of foundations.

Favourite Bridal Look for Spring/Summer 2012: Eye shadows in Haux, Blackberry, Shadowy Lady, Sable, Embark and Beauty marked. Blushers in Raizin and Sweet as Cocoa. Lipsticks in Touch, Velvet Teddy and Crème in Your Coffee. Lipgloss in Deelight, Over Indulgence and Ample Pink. All by MAC Cosmetics

Alison Cameron is a freelance Bridal Makeup artist specialising in Black and Asian skin.

Credit: Hair by Abike Abu