Thursday, June 24, 2010

A wedding day makeup primer

Splenda packet and Carmex container
Artificial sweetner plus Carmex can make a good lip exfoliant

By Lauren Elkies

An absolute must for a bride on her wedding day is primer, said makeup artist Alison Valk Woolworth.

“Anyone who’s not using primer on their wedding day is going to lose their [make-up’s] longevity, said Woolworth, a makeup artist for Youngblood cosmetics line at Henri Bendel as well as a freelance bridal makeup artist. Really, she said, women should be wearing primer on a daily basis. interviewed Woolworth after culling wedding day beauty tips of 140 characters or less from tweeps in the beauty industry for a post Tuesday.

She advises brides to exfoliate their lips on the two days prior to the wedding. That entails mixing table sugar or artificial sweetner with Carmex lip balm and smearing the concoction onto the lips with a fingertip.

“You want kissably soft lips for your wedding,” Woolworth said, noting that without hydrating, talking a lot and exhaustion can dry out lips.

She steers brides away from any shimmery product because it “makes you look white on camera.”

And Woolworth advises against changing a skincare routine less than two weeks before the wedding and says not to tan less than a week before the big day.

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