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Make-up must haves #nofilter: Four essential beauty products you need to try


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Denise Smith

Denise Smith

Denise Smith

You may have booked a make-up artist for your dream day, but you still need the essentials for those all-important touch-ups. Here are the products worth investing in.

1. Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish, €42

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Bridal make-up usually consists of multiple layers to ensure that it lasts through the day. Keep a powder compact handy in case it starts to crease or you have excess shine or an oily t-zone. This finishing powder will smooth out your skin and leave you with a flawless-looking finish that looks great in photos and real life. You can also apply lightly on top of any lipstick for a matte effect, and on top of concealer to set it for a longer wear. For brides looking for a one-stop-shop, try Charlotte Tilbury's MAGIC BRIDAL MAKEUP KIT, €113, packed with everything from concealer to powder and the beloved Pillow Talk lipstick.

2. Mac Satin Lipstick in 'Faux', €19.67

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All that air-kissing and Champagnequaffing will mean your lipstick will fade, fast. To keep your pout perfect, keep your lippie close by. This dreamy pink hue from MAC is a favourite among brides for its gorgeous satin finish and natural pop of colour.

3. Jo Malone London English Pear & Freesia, 30ml, €53.12

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Keep yourself smelling fabulous with the occasional spritz of this delicate fragrance throughout the day. Also available in a handy mini perfect for your clutch, this one wafts of just-ripe pears wrapped in a bouquet of white freesias. If that's not your bag, you can also make your own signature bridal scent in-store.

4. Fenty Beauty Invisimatte Blotting Paper, €13.50

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Last but not least, blotting paper is a must-have for wedding make-up that lasts all day. Small enough to stash in your purse, a quick dab of one of these brilliant sheets will lift away shine without budging your base.

Tried & Tested

Observ 520 Skin Analysis, €30, Bare Beauty Salon, Rathfarnham, D14

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Denise found the process quick and painless

Denise found the process quick and painless

Denise found the process quick and painless

When it comes to bridal beauty, customised treatments are the way forward. But in order to achieve that effortless glow, you need to know exactly what your skin needs.

Introducing the Observ 520 skin analysis system - a game-changer in the beauty technology landscape.

Exclusives to clinics, the state of the art diagnostic camera gives a look at what's going on deep beneath the surface of the skin, allowing for highly customised treatment plans.

How it works is simple: I just popped my head into a covered canopy - think photo booth - while the advanced scanner took a series of snaps using a variety of different light modes to give a true insight into my skin concerns.

Afterwards, I had the opportunity to examine the imagery, and I don't mind admitting it wasn't pretty.

Oils, pores, pigmentation and dehydration had nowhere to hide from the Observ.

One close-up revealed the oil clogging my pores, another highlighted the sections of my forehead and nose succumbing to sun damage and wrinkles.

As a result, beautician Maria was able to tailor-make a plan for my specific skin concerns. But the quick and painless process also made me sit up, take notice and realise exactly how much better I could look after my skin - starting now.

See barebeauty.ie for more information.