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How to touch up your wedding make-up without it going cakey

How to reapply your wedding make-up without ruining your big day look.

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How to touch up your wedding make-up without it going cakey
How to touch-up your wedding make-up. Image: Getty Images

You started off your wedding day with the most perfect face of bridal make-up – your foundation was smooth, your cheeks rosy and you had just the right amount of subtle smoky eye.

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However, half-way through the day you begin to notice your lipstick has rubbed off, your foundation is patchy and your eyeshadow has dissolved into your eye socket creases. So how do you touch up your wedding make-up without the help of a professional? We reveal all…

It’s all about the base
First things first, make-up lasts much better on smooth clear skin, so prep your skin before your big day. Regularly exfoliate, cleanse, tone and moisturise to slough away any dead skin and start with an even blank canvas.

Know your skin
If you know you have oily areas advise your make-up artist (if you’re having one) and ask her to use some blotting powder to help decrease shine.

Similarly, if you know you have dry patches, prep those areas with plenty of moisturiser and ask you make-up artist to avoid using any potentially cakey products such as powder or thick foundation on those areas.

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Even it out
If you need a little more coverage throughout the day, use a makeup sponge or brush to gently add more foundation. Use a soft buffing motion to smooth in more product without removing the first layer.

Hide away
Reapplied concealer always looks better if you use a brush, but if you don’t have one to hand use your ring finger to softly apply it. Check your concealer in a few different lights to make sure it’s not too heavy.

Lip service
As with your skin, before your big day exfoliate your lips to make sure your lipstick has a nice smooth surface.

Over time lipstick can bleed, collect in the corners of your mouth or wear off completely. If you’re worried about reapplications, choose a matte lipstick as these tend to last longer.

To ensure a long-lasting lip, apply your lipstick, blot and then apply again to make sure you have complete coverage.

When the time does come to reapply, remove any lipstick traces and apply some nice healing balm. Let that settle in and apply your lipstick again.

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Eye spy
Invest in a good eye shadow base (or ask your make-up artist to use one) to give your eyeshadow the best chance of staying put.

When reapplying, use a feathered brush for a soft buff of colour and use a small amount of shadow and slowly build up the colour.

Go steady with the blush
Your blush and highlighter tend to look a little stronger when you reapply them to a settled face of make-up so opt for tiny amounts and build up slowly. If in doubt, ask a bridesmaid for a second opinion.

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