Beautiful brides – Look your best on the big day

This year’s bridal makeup looks are dazzlingly diverse. With an overwhelming choice of products out there, What’s Hot has compiled a handy round-up of what’s on-trend in 2016 and available locally to make your wedding look a winner.

Solid foundation

Most makeup looks for 2016 start off with creating bright and refreshed-looking skin. This ‘clean canvas’ approach, the holy grail of bridal beauty, is easily achieved using Revlon’s New Colorstay Foundation. It glides on evenly for flawless, all-day coverage.

Available at Health Care Pharmacy and at CEL Beauty Centre & Supply, pick either the brand’s foundation for oily/combination skin, to control shine and help with oil absorption, or its formula for dry/normal skin, both with 24-hour matte finish.

America’s most-loved long wear foundation with SPF now comes with a handy pump applicator for a light and comfortable finish.

Winning lashes

Since most brides want to achieve a simple and rested look, the most popular approach is achieved with softer colored eye shadow palettes and a defined brow. To add drama without going over the top, frame your eyes with a world-class mascara that won’t need retouching throughout the day.

Great Lash Maybelline mascara, the perennial go-to favorite of beauty editors and beauty bloggers, is an ideal choice.

The long-lasting smudge-proof lash enhancer gives long and lustrous lashes to see you through the ceremony and beyond. Packaged in the iconic pink and green tube, it comes in four flattering shades: brownish black, blackest black, dark brown and very black to suit all tastes.

Its lash-building brush applicator expertly separates each lash to fringe your eyes for a wide-eyed and wondrous look.

Worried about clumping and streaky smudges as wedding day nerves inevitably lead to a tear or two when exchanging vows? With its enviable lash-doubling waterproof formula, your face will stay radiant and stay streak-free. Contact lens-safe and 100 percent hypoallergenic, this mascara is also formulated to make removing it a piece of cake.

Luscious lips

Moving on to lips, look out for Maybelline’s new Color Sensation Vivids line. The new range has garnered excellent reviews in the beauty press and comes in 10 bright and tempting shades from the pinks through to its show-stopping reds.

Essie-Wedding-Nail-300-dpi[1]Vibrant, pigment-rich lip color ensures a perfect look that lasts for hours. The line’s honey nectar, moisture locking formula helps give you a glamorous smile and luscious, kissable lips. If Color Sensations sound like an ‘I do’ for you, then try their “On Fire Red” lipstick for a classy and pout-worthy look that will instantly brighten your smile and make your lips appear fuller.

To have and to hold

Paying attention to the little things as well as the grand set pieces means ensuring that your nails are as camera-ready as your face. With guests constantly ogling your wedding band, engagement ring and bouquet, your hands and nails should look immaculate, so making an appointment with a manicurist is a must.

Treat yourself and your bridesmaids to an Essie Signature Manicure on the day, to ensure that perfectly groomed finish to your toilette. Essie’s delicate yet hardwearing shades from its bridal collection ooze romance. Ask for beautiful nail art by pairing “Tying the Knotie” and “Hubby for Dessert” for a stylish Delicate Swiss Dot manicure.

Want to see what else Essie offers in their standout bridal collection? Then look out for the equally memorable “Worth the wait,” “Brides to be,” “Brides no grooms,” and “Happy wife happy life.” Flighty and fun, as their names suggest, these sheer and ultra feminine colors will help complete your polished look.