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Q&A: bridal beauty with Pond's

Q&A: bridal beauty with Pond's

Written by Katie Byrne

We talk make-up tips and big-day beauty with the iconic skincare brand


Make-up artist Arabella Preston (right) has worked with the likes of the Duchess of Cambrige, Stella McCartney, Portia Freeman and a host of other beauties - and so obviously knows a thing or two about applying the perfect bridal make-up.

Here, Arabella - an ambassador for the Pond's Institute - shares her secrets for the perfect wedding day look.

What makes bridal make-up different from an everyday beauty look?

It is the ultimate balancing act between looking like yourself, but at your very best. Like you've had ten hours sleep! You need to look groomed but not over-done and allow your dress to do the talking.

In your opinion, what's the classic bridal look?

Emphasised eyes with a blended brown liner smudged into the roots; perhaps with a fine line of long-wearing gel liner in an off-black (I like Bobbi Brown gel liner in Caviar Ink). A soft pink blush on the apples of the cheeks and a natural lip - never gloss! A lipstick worked into the lip with a brush, then blotted gives the most natural finish. I like the NARS satin lip pencils.

What advice do you have for choosing a bridal make-up artist?

Bear in mind that you will be spending the last two hours of your unmarried life with this person and they will be with you at a very intimate and emotional time. They should be calm, put you and your friends and family at ease and be able to blend into the background when necessary.

I can't count the number of times I have been left alone with the bride before she leaves for the church and have fitted countless veils, helped button-up dresses and so on. An adaptable easy-going nature is key - as well as having perfected the ninja art of wedding make-up, of course!

What advice do you have for prepping skin?

Don't do anything to it you haven't tried before in the few weeks before your wedding. Use a gentle facial exfoliator once or twice a week and keep it well moisturised and hydrated. I love Pond's Institute Cold Cream as a skin prep. The super hydrating formula cleanses and moisturises skin at the same time. Use a warm flannel to remove and you get a gentle exfoliation too. If your skin is oily then this might be enough and you can go straight ahead with your foundation or primer; if your skin is a little dry then you will probably want to put a little moisturiser on such as Pond's Institute Hydro-Nourishing Cream which leaves skin soft all day long.

If you have combination skin then just put the moisturiser on the dryer areas to avoid becoming greasy. Always apply your moisturiser a good 20 minutes before you start your make-up to allow it to sink into the skin.

What is your number one tip for make-up application?

Take your time! I always advise my brides to lock themselves in the bathroom for 30-40 minutes so they can relax and not get distracted by anyone or anything. Get decent tools such as a foundation brush (I love the Urban Decay Optical blurring brush for this) and work the product into the skin a little at a time - eventually building up to the coverage you need. 

What advice do you have for make-up longevity?

Don't overload the skin with products; use a primer such as Laura Mercier and a long-wearing foundation like Estee Lauder Longwear.

Should a bride carry any make-up with her on the day?

Yes - but not personally! Get your best friend or maid of honour to be your personal make-up artist once the day has begun. They should have a pressed powder and brush, blusher, lipstick and cotton buds in a bag for you and be happy to give you a swift touch-up before formal photographs.

Cover photography: Constantinos Tsiliacos



Every day between 3-10 June, we'll be giving away a full set of the Pond's skincare range. The set includes: Pond’s Institute Cold Cream Cleanser, Pond’s Institute Eye Contour, Pond’s Institute Hydro-Nourishing Cream and more!

For your chance to win, simply click here.

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