Skin Conditions and Bridal Makeup
We’ve all heard the saying that beauty isn’t skin deep, it radiates from within, and I always think my brides look stunning when I leave them to get ready for their ceremony. However, for some people, their skin conditions can be more than the odd spot here or there recently; I had the absolute delight of working with two beautiful ladies, one of whom has vitiligo and the other rosacea.
These conditions are not easily disguised and, for some people, can be very upsetting. However, both of these women loved the skin they were in, and the makeup we used was not so much designed to cover the problem but enhance the natural beauty in many different ways, and they looked amazing.
What is Vitiligo?
Vitiligo is a condition where the skin loses pigmentation and changes colour. Perhaps one of the most famous cases of vitiligo was Michael Jackson and recently fashion model, Winnie Harlow. Winnie embraces the condition and doesn’t cover her unique patches. Although it is more prevalent in people with darker skin tones, it can also happen to those with light skin tones. Why this skin condition happens isn’t always understood, but it is thought to have something to do with immune system changes. It can be very upsetting, especially when it affects the skin on the face, as this is the first thing people see when they look at you.
How Can Makeup Help?
There are many ways that makeup can help cover vitiligo; you would start by using a primer (I like to use something that creates a ‘soft-focus’ effect), and this is the starting point to create a seamless foundation base. An orange colour corrector can be used on the areas of depigmentation if you think it’s necessary. I would use a brush to apply the foundation and then, to avoid building up a heavy base I would use a beauty blender to apply the same fuller coverage foundation over the lighter areas. The makeup would be set by using a translucent powder.
What is Rosacea?
Conversely, rosacea tends to be more prevalent in people with lighter skin. It creates a flushing pattern across the cheeks and nose that doesn’t always go away. Imagine the colour you turn when you are embarrassed and being stuck with it all the time. It can also cause burning and stinging when you use certain products on the skin, so care is needed. Some people get respite from the condition, which can be triggered by things like spicy food, hot drinks, alcohol and stress. Of course, your wedding day will be filled with emotion, and it may trigger rosacea when you least want it.
How Can Makeup Help?
Similarly to covering vitiligo, we start a hyper allergenic moisturiser for sensitive skin. A yellow or green primer can be used to cover the redness of the skin. I don’t like my makeup application to be heavy with layering of different products, I feel that if the foundation you use has enough pigment/coverage, this should be sufficient. Using a sponge instead of a brush can be less abrasive on the affected areas. Due to the nature of rosacea it can be reactive to touch so gently pressing a sponge onto the area is a better option, to using a brush that can be more irritating. After that, you can use a loose powder with a yellow tint.
Let Me Help
I love that both of my beautiful ladies were open and honest about their skin conditions. Neither was trying to hide but wanted to look and feel the best which I hope I helped them achieve. The bottom line is to be open and communicate with your makeup artist before your wedding, and remember that a wedding makeup trial can help ensure you get the experience you’re dreaming of.