Nadia Wiggett is a professional make-up artist and owner of Creative Heroes. She has worked on tv productions, fashion shoots and mostly weddings the past 10 years. She completed her make-up artistry course at Face to Face and received international recognition at City & Guilds. Attending master classes and meeting various artists like Kevin James Bennet (Emmy Award Winning Make-up artist), Paul James Merchant (Global Head of Make-up for Kryolan), Danny Defreitas, Lindi Bester to name a few, exposed her to different styles of make-up application and helped perfect her skills.
“I have always been drawn to make-up and the different effects you can create with it. Make-up to me is an art form of transforming face features in a mesmerising way. Although I love doing creative make-up applications, my philosophy is to always stay true to yourself. It’s not about the latest trends, it’s about enhancing your natural beauty.”
Here is some of Nadia Wiggett’s Make-up Tips
1) Lashes or not?
Most brides who want a natural look think lashes will make you look fake, but using the right lashes will give you a natural fluttery look and it will just open up your eyes. You want your eyes to be your stand out feature.
2) Let’s talk about shimmer
A “glowy” look is very trendy at the moment but don’t overdo it. If you wear reflective foundation, eye shadow, blush and lipstick you become really shiny and that might even make you look fatter as it bounces off the light. Shimmer is beautiful when applied to the right places like highlighting cheekbones, inside corners of eyes and middle part of the eyelid. Doing complementary contouring will give you a three-dimensional look so you don’t look “flat”.
3) Don’t be scared to intensify your make-up look
I’m not saying you need to apply a whole amount of product, with the right foundation you can achieve beautifully natural-looking skin without applying too much. But don’t be afraid of colour.
Going to neutral might make you look washed out. By adding a little bit more pigment to either your eye shadow in the crease to create more contrast, gel or liquid liner at the top to bring out your eyes more or using a lipstick one or two shades brighter than what you normally wear will give you a more radiant look.
If you love brown tones for eyes shadow opt for a more intense lip colour or rosy cheeks.
4) Strive for a timeless look
Audrey Hepburn is the perfect example of this. Don’t go for something that is too trendy as you don’t want to look dated within a few years. For the bold and daring bride, there is nothing wrong with red lips or smokey eyes if that’s your personality. But always stay true to yourself on your wedding day and as long as the make-up is applied in a classic way, you can’t go wrong.