There’s a change in the air. The temperature is dropping and gorgeous bursts of orange, rust and yellow are coming out on the leaves. What a BEAUTFUL time of year to get married! There’s a real cosiness and warmth with weddings at this time of year.

Generally, colour palettes and fabrics are a little richer, food is a little heartier and the sunlight (although short) is really sumptuous as it’s so low in the sky. This means, tones in eye make-up and lip colour can be strengthened a little too. But first, as always, let’s talk about skin.

Beautiful make-up begins with beautiful skin. Good skin care acts like the control pants under a slinky dress – it makes ALL the difference. Regardless of skin type, everyone will benefit from exfoliation. It removes dead skin cells and residue build up, revealing fresher, smoother, healthier skin underneath. It also means that any products you then use will penetrate deeper, rather than sitting on top of old, dull skin. And exfoliating at this time of year is particularly important as our skin takes such a battering from the cold weather, and dry central heating. My all-time favourite is Ren Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask, once or twice a week. And for a little top up in between, Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads.

Regarding base, I’m usually a fan of less is more, but with harsher weather to withstand, I always use a good primer like Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer to help foundation last. It’s a myth make-up has to be heavy to make it last, but in the Autumn/Winter, a little extra coverage in certain areas can be great to help combat red cheeks and noses. As opposed to wearing a heavier foundation, I like to top up coverage with a few extra dabs of a concealer like Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, of buff up the coverage with a mineral powder and a big, fluffy brush to keep it soft.

With colour on eyes and lips, it’s a totally personal choice with how bold you want to go. But generally, you can get away with a little more strength at this time of year, especially if you are choosing rich tones in your flowers and bridesmaids dresses. Using an eyeshadow primer, or cream eyeshadow under powder can be a more subtle way to strengthen tones as opposed to going with darker colours. Warm bronzes, chestnut browns or adding a burgundy tone to eyes can be really beautiful in the Winter. Berry reds or plums on the lips always look so rich, but can be a little impractical for the bride with all the kissing you’ll be doing, so choosing a lip shade like this for bridesmaids is always popular.

At the end of the day, the most important thing is that you feel and look like you. Chatting in depth with your make-up artist at your trial will ensure you create a look that reflects the time of year, but also reflects your personality.