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The bride is the star of the wedding, but it's a big day for the mother of the bride, too! Which is why it's important for the MOB to look just as picture-perfect as the girl in the white dress. After all, once guests have feasted their eyes on the happy couple, all eyes lock on the MOB according to Andrea Robinson, author of the new book Toss The Gloss: Beauty Tips, Tricks & Truths for Women 50+. An industry legend (she pioneered the neutral makeup trend and ran both Tom Ford Beauty and Ralph Lauren Fragrances), Robinson has so much mother-of-the-bride makeup scoop to share that we're dividing it into two parts. Today's lesson: How to get a perfect complexion using just foundation, concealer, and highlighter.
Primer Is Non-Negotiable: Applied over clean skin, primer is the ultimate insurance policy — even if your daughter is getting married in outdoors in a hot locale. "Not only will it bind with your foundation to give skin a smooth look, primer keeps it in place and makes it last longer," says Robinson. During the wedding, "An opportunity may not present itself to retouch, and you want to look good in every photo."
Match Concealer to Your Foundation: Working with the world's top makeup artists has taught Robinson a shocking little trick: Contrary to popular belief, concealer should never be lighter or darker than your foundation, but instead blend seamlessly into your base. "It makes perfect sense," she says. "Who wants to look like a raccoon?"
Go for the Golden: No matter whether you have cool or warm undertones to their skin, every MOB can benefit from a slightly more golden foundation. "When women go through menopause, skin can take on a faded, less-vital quality," says Robinson. "When you move to a more yellow tonality, and away from pink-based foundation, it automatically gives skin the look of vigor, glow, and health."
Liquid and Cream Formulas are a MOB's Best Bet: Think moisturizing — not matte. "Lightweight liquid foundations with transparency are ideal," says Robinson. "Moisturizing cream foundations from a jar can also be 'sheered-out' with a silk sponge and look great. I myself mix a Dr. Hauschka tinted moisturizer with a Laura Mercier cream foundation. It looks glowing and natural."
Dab Highlighter on Spots You Want to "Lift:" To lend a lift to drooping lips and eyes, use a cream highlighter at least two shades lighter than your foundation and dab and blend in these key spots: at the outer edges of the lips, the side of the mouth, and on the outer edges of the eyes at the side of the upper lids. "Highlighters, used subtly, can transport us to Never Never Land," Robinson writes. "Don't underestimate the magic lurking in petite swipes of this versatile product."
And one last piece of advice from us: We recommended giving these tips a trial run before your daughter's big day! Practice makes perfect.