Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life – and the makeup you wear will stay with you forever in memory… and pictures! While booking to get your makeup done professionally is an option, there are definite advantages to doing it yourself. “We know how much a bridal makeup artist can cost nowadays, so if you do your own makeup you can save the money to put towards something else for the day”, says Simone Belcher Space NK Senior Pro Makeup Artist. “You’ll also have the products to keep and use after the wedding!” Discover our favorite bridal makeup looks and how to re-create them…
Minimal makeup allows your natural radiance and happiness to shine through on the day, and is super easy to recreate, meaning no last-minute panics. Take inspiration from the Vivetta SS18 show, where the looks were fresh, glowing and pared-back.
In order to have a flawless A+ version of yourself, make sure skin is prepped and hydrated before applying minimal makeup. “I would start prepping skin ahead of the big day, try Goldfaden MD Doctor’s Scrub twice weekly followed by Colbert MD illumino Anti-Aging Brightening Mask to lock in luminosity and hydration.
When it comes to foundation, look for a base that will provide adequate coverage but that doesn’t mask your skin. Choosing a tinted moisturizer or foundation for your special day can be challenging, as it needs to tick off certain criteria. Coverage needs to be long-lasting and look good in photos, which on this occasion means no SPF as it can cause flashback and shine in pictures. Simone suggests Chantecaille Future Skin Foundation as it’s lightweight but has buildable coverage and is often a go-to for the red carpet and so works well in pictures.
After applying your base, warm the skin up with a light bronzer to liven up the complexion. Simone suggests Kevyn Aucoin the Celestial Bronzing Veil in Tropical Days. Lightly sculpt underneath cheekbones with the darker shade before highlighting on top and adding a pop of color to the apples of the cheeks with the lighter hues. It can also be used in the crease of the eye to add definition. Lastly brighten the look with a pop of Surratt Artistque Blush in Parfait and finish the look with Chantecaille Brilliant Gloss in Love.
A Subtle Smoky
Look to Temperley’s AW18 show for the perfect inspiration, where eyes were subtly smoky and lined, and cheeks and lips were pared-back to restore balance.
Begin with another flash-friendly base with buildable coverage, such as By Terry’s Sheer Expert, which feels lightweight and provides a soft matte finish with a hint of glow. Go over any problem areas with a little concealer, before dabbing on a soft liquid blush such as Chantecaille Cheek Gelee, which offers a gorgeous pink flush.
Now onto the main feature: the eyes. The Chantecaille Chrome Luxe Eye Duo in Monte Carol contains two perfect subtly smoky shades, making it perfect for this look. Begin by brushing the beautiful burnt bronze shade, all over the lid before taking the soft taupe to the outer corners and crease of eyes with a blending brush. Finish with a line of glossy black liner, lashings of mascara and a layer of Tata Harper Volumizing Lip & Cheek Tint.
All About The Lip
Fancy something a little bolder? This look is for brave brides who want to make maximum impact. The prominent feature should always be the lips, so it’s crucial to keep everything else on the face low-key. Hourglass’s Veil Fluid Makeup provides a perfect radiant base, while the Ilia Beauty Multi-Stick is great for adding a subtle hint of color to the cheeks. Add a little Ilia Beauty Illuminator to the tops of cheekbones and on the brow bones to catch the light, then powder the t-zone and any areas of excess shine with a loose powder.
Keep eyes simple yet defined; a light layer of the two palest shades in the Hourglass Graphik Eyeshadow Palette in Ravine should suffice. Blend out edges with a fluffy brush before adding a lengthening mascara. Red lips is a classic choice and one that will never date. Every skin tone has a red that suits them; paler skin tones tend to suit orange-toned shades while those with olive and darker skin tones suit a classic blue-toned red. We recommend trying the Chantecaille Lipstick in Cerise, and always invest in a lip liner of the same shade to keep things in place for longer.