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Karen’s top bridal looks

Who does the Queendom ask when we need advice on the best bridal make-up looks?

Well, one of Fife’s most popular and in-demand make up artists of course.

Karen Bowen took time out to tell us what every bride needs to know about looking her best on her big day.

Karen’s top bridal make-up tips

Now that wedding season is upon us, Here are a few tips for all future brides to be:

First of all do your research when booking your makeup artist.

  • Word of mouth recommendations and venue recommendations are always worth checking out,
  • Look through websites to view their work, check prices, read any T&Cs and testimonials.

Try to book a year in advance to secure your date.

  • I recommend having a trial around 6-8 weeks prior to your wedding date,
  • Trials take longer than on the wedding day because the make-up artist will want to have time to find out what you want and show you the look at different stages,
  • To prepare for your trial, start looking at images of makeup you like.

Don’t stray too far out your comfort zone!

  • You may have a theme to your wedding such as; vintage, classic, boho or glam so take this in to consideration,
  • Show these images to your makeup artist along with images of your dress, hair style and colours in your bouquet (it’s important to tie these colours in to the lip shade you’ll wear),
  • If possible wear a white or neutral top as this will allow you to see your makeup next to a colour similar to your dress,
  • Take your own mascara for hygiene purposes.

Other top tips…

  • Be honest with your makeup artist. If there is anything you are unsure of, tell them,
  • Work out timings before you leave your trial,
  • Take a note of the lipstick used so you can buy it for touch ups later in the day.

Current trends

The current trend for brides is a fresh complexion and fluffy brows.

Look on the covers of the glossy magazines and the majority of models have these brows, called “ soap brows” in the industry,

There is a product to create this look, however I prefer to use Pears soap and fixing spray.

This technique bulks up the brows, creates a fluffy brushed up brow that doesn’t move.

Favourite products

Some of my favourite products are Illamasqua Hydra Veil primer for dry skin, Illamasqua Matte Veil for oily skin, Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter which blurs and filters the skin and Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder foundation, which builds up a light to medium coverage.

I also can’t forget to mention Bobbi Brown No Smudge mascara, it’s waterproof and really doesn’t smudge and Caudalie Beauty Elixir to set makeup on a dry/ mature skin with Iconic setting spray for normal/combination skin.

Find Karen on Facebook and Instagram to check out her amazing work.


  1. I’ve know Karen a loooooooong time! She did my makeup for a pop video I made circa 1998/9 and taught me make up tips for my wedding which wasn’t in Scotland. I still use these make up tips today. Ps she is also lovely, funny and an all round good egg (she doesn’t look like an egg)! 😂🤣😂🤣🙌🙌🙌🙌

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