Hilary Holmes is a make-up artist with a unique message in the beauty industry - #backyourbeauty. Wanting to leave women with something deeper than a dazzling face of make-up, Hilary encourages her clients to back themselves and each other. Her refreshing voice has helped distinguish Hilary Holmes make-up within the beauty industry, leaving women with a flawless face and a renewed sense of empowerment.
We visited Hilary at her ultra-chic new South Melbourne beauty studio and asked her advice when it comes to her top bridal beauty tips.
Great skin equals naturally flawless makeup.
Makeup is a crucial part of your wedding day. Whether it’s super natural and fresh or super glam it won’t look as amazing as it could if the skin underneath isn’t the best is can be. My top tips are to drink loads of water in the months leading up to your big day, have a good skin care routine and get some skin treatments such as microdermabrasion’s and other specifically recommended treatments for your skin.
Doing a make-up trial is a must.
The reason why we have made trials mandatory, is because we need to get to know you, your skin and how makeup sits on you. It’s all about getting to know you, creating a look together and seeing how it all comes together so there is no stress on the day.
Look like ‘you’ on your wedding day.
There’s a lot of amazing wedding inspiration out there but don’t try to be someone else on your wedding day- just be you. After all your lover has eyes only for you and who you are. So always aim to be the best version of yourself for your big day! You want to look and feel like you.
Keep it simple!
It’s a fun place bridal makeup land but I have noticed over the year’s brides can trip themselves over by complicating things. Focus on the areas you want to prioritise and let everything else fall into place. Make-up is one of them. Good skin, a calm bride and a fun atmosphere makes for one hell of a beautiful woman.
Don’t do what you think you should, do what makes you happy!
I’ve had brides who naturally like to wear a more glam makeup, but people have told them they should go more natural, so they doubt themselves. Do what makes you happy! Wear a makeup look that you feel is authentically you and makes you feel as beautiful as you already are.
On the day have a good mask system.
I’ve pretty much made it mandatory for all of my brides to use our mask system on their wedding day. We use Lonvitalite masks and they honestly take the skin to hydration/glow heaven after use and create such an amazing canvas to work on. It genuinely makes such a huge difference to the makeup and my brides’ overall glow.
Yes, matte lips might hold a little better, but they can be very harsh on the lips. If you want hold, use a lip liner all over the lip and press in a lip shade, blot it off and press lipstick in again. This builds a stain and allows you to swipe some gloss over the top to give you beautiful, luscious and full looking lips.
Be careful of flashback on translucent powders.
Powder has to be used to set your makeup when you first apply, and it should be something you carry with you. All you need to know is which powder works best for you! My go-to product, and something I use every day is Becca’s Blurring Powder in Golden Hour. It’s super finely milled so it goes on really gently with a sheer veil on the skin. It also has a slight reflective quality to it so whilst setting & mattifying wet areas, it keeps the skin looking luminous. I use it on almost every single one of my brides, as I know it won’t be heavy but still sets and creates luminosity!
Getting the glow, without the sweat
If you want to add glow but not the oil, then add artificial illuminators to your makeup routine. Add a liquid illuminator in with your matte foundation. Our favourite combination is mixing Becca’s Ultimate Coverage foundation with their Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid. Then after setting, don’t use a cream highlighter- use a powder one.
Create a bridesmaid makeup look that complements yours – but isn’t the same.
Brides always get stuck with what to do for their bridesmaids. I always advise that they should complement the brides look. If the bridesmaids are wearing a navy dress and the bride wants quite a soft, bronzed look I would suggest the bridesmaids go for either a bit of a stronger bronzed smokey eye or a red lip. Of course, I will go with anything they want but the number one thing to remember is the bride should always have a unique look to the rest!
Use a nude or white eyeliner if you have small eyes.
If you have small eyes or find you get quite red in the eyes after crying, being exposed to wind or just in general, white/nude eyeliners are incredible to create a fresher and more open eye.
Have a great touch up kit.
Powder, lipliner, lip gloss/lipstick, tissues, safety pins, mini deodorant can, tampons, Panadol, band aids, a concealer if you get a runny nose and a small vile of perfume. Powder is a must! It removes oil around the nose and chin and puts some pigment back onto the skin if it has worn off. I find the brides cheek always wears a bit due to all the cheek kisses from guests.
This is, by far the biggest tip I can give brides. I have witnessed thousands of brides get ready on their wedding day and I also was a bride. Too many are concerned about the weather or the flowers or their mother in law. It will all go by in the blink of an eye. In one of the loveliest times of your lives the only thing you should be focused on is being in that very moment – you are so blessed and so loved. The rest of it will be splendid, I promise but wiggle your toes and feel your feet on the ground, that moment is all you have and it’s a beautiful one.
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