Bridal makeup 101: Bea Alonzo and Kathryn Bernardo sample perfect colors

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(Top) Bea Alonzo's flawless, fair skin gets the right amount of romantic blush with pink shades.

(Bottom) Beige and nude tones make Kathryn Bernardo's skin glow.


The art of applying makeup— and makeup itself— have certainly evolved throughout the years.

These days, more and more women deem it important to know what type of makeup is best to wear when.

Shu Uemura international accredited makeup artist John Pagaduan shares a few helpful tips on how to achieve that perfect bridal look for those who are thinking about tying the knot this month or anytime soon.

STEP ONE: SKIN CARE. “Applying skin care before makeup is important,” says John, who has done makeup work on celebrities like KC Concepcion, Jessy Mendiola, and Jasmine Curtis.

“We always start skin care before we do makeup. The reason behind it is when we apply skin care, our skin becomes cool and it’s nice to put makeup on it.”

Just as with a painting, it is always nice to start working on a clean canvass.

Skin care and prep work for bridal makeup does not only entail the usual cleansing, toning, and moisturizing to be done minutes before the actual makeup session.

It is advisable to have your skin checked by a dermatologist at least a month or two ahead, especially if your skin suffers from such problems as acne, uneven skin tone, and others.

This way, you will have time to rid your face of impurities— through facials, mask treatments, etcetera— that could ruin your precious wedding photos.

Aside from that, you can also begin to condition your skin with a healthier regimen that fits your skin type, as advised by your doctor.

John notes a lesson he learned from the Japanese beauty guru himself, Mr. Shu Uemura: “Knowing your own skin is essential. Mr. Shu said that we should give only what our skin needs.

“If the skin is oily or extremely oily, you can just apply toner— or what we call in Shu Uemura as lotion— just to mattify the skin and you can skip the moisturizers.”

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STEP TWO: USE A GOOD PRIMER. Building always starts from the ground up; and in makeup, it always starts with a good foundation.

But even before you apply the actual foundation, you must put on a layer of makeup primer or makeup base, which may serve as a moisturizer to even out the skin or as an oil-absorbing agent to keep your skin matte and shine-free.

“Using a makeup primer is very important in everyday make up, especially during weddings,” says John.

“Makeup primer or makeup base makes the makeup more long-wearing and it smoothens the skin, thus gives a flawless finish.

“Most primers have SPF [sun protection factor], so it serves as a protection also from UV rays.

“Look for mousse-type makeup primers. Mousse type is 20 times lighter in texture than any other makeup primers in the market. I use Shu Uemura Pore Eraser primer.”

STEP THREE: GO LIGHT. “During the wedding, avoid applying dark colors for eye shadows and lips. Unless the bride prefers a certain look, that will be an exception,” says John, who has tried doing edgy makeup looks on his brides by request.

When choosing your bridal look, always think natural. Your main ideal for putting on makeup is to enhance whatever good features you already have.

“Bridal makeup should be as natural as possible, but glowing,” adds John.

“Choose beige, pink or rose pearlized shadows; and nude pink for lips depending on the skin tone.

“You just go a little darker if the skin tone of the bride is morena.

“Choose pearlized colors over glittery ones.”

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