I wanted to write this blog as I am often asked by brides to cover tattoos and imperfections for their special day. Make-up can help to conceal, colour and contour areas of the body as well as the face.
Here are some tips for body make-up-
Tattoo cover- this is down to preference and should always be the bride’s choice as to whether she wants to cover a tattoo. Sometimes it depends on the positioning of a tattoo in relation to the style of dress. For example if only part of the tattoo is showing it may look better covered. Always use products that are transfer resistant and long lasting to do this as you don’t want make up ruining your dress or the tattoo appearing halfway through the day so your photos aren’t consistent.
Recent bridal tattoo cover, there were 5 stars before I started work!
Skin conditions- again this comes down to personal choice to how much cover you want but conditions such as Rosacea, a condition that is characterized by redness and sometimes pimples, and Vitiligo, which is depigmentation of patches of skin, can be covered effectively and most importantly the skin can still look natural. There are now many make up products that can help and are made specifically for these conditions and will last all day.
It’s also important when covering conditions to decide whether to only reduce the appearance of them or completely cover them.
Contouring and highlighting – these are fantastic techniques when used on the face but can also be used on areas of the body too. If you are wearing a low cut, strapless dress for example a bit of contouring under the jaw and neck can help to sculpt this area beautifully and if you want to enhance your decolletage clever shading can be really effective.
Airbrush make up – is great for use on the body as its long lasting, waterproof and transfer resistant. It’s ideal if you wish to even out skin tone on the chest and back areas or use it to cover any blemishes or imperfections. If you don’t want to use fake tan but want to add a bit of colour to the body it’s also an ideal way to add a natural colour, many brands make airbrush bronzers that are ideal for this.
Products to use- A lot of cosmetic companies have multi use products in their ranges that can be used on face and body such as foundations, bronzers and highlighters. Look for the long lasting products within these ranges so you don’t have to worry about them coming off and transfer resistant to avoid marking your dress.
The most important thing to remember when using make up on the face and body is to ensure the products are well blended to keep the skin looking natural, if you are using make up to cover the last thing you want to do is draw attention to that area by highlighting it with lots of make-up. It’s well worth practising these techniques before the big day if you are doing this yourself and remember to add a bit of extra time for body make up too. Keep it natural to make the effect flawless!