Sunday, 13 November 2016

Wedding Makeup Look



I wanted to write this blog post because over the past few months I have had so many questions about the bridal freelance work that I used to do. As many of you know by now I have been doing it for nearly 6 years and I do absolutely love doing it. Unfortunately, due to work with this blog and with my full-time job I just haven’t got the time to take on any more clients. I will continue working with my existing clients because we have built a rapport up over time.

So, I thought I would write this with a small breakdown on what I do and use on my clients in case you want to try it out on yourself to help save some money, especially when it comes to a wedding. I know some people like to have control and do their own makeup and I am completely with them!

First up think about your skin care. Whether this is cleansing, toning and moisturising or even tanning, use the same products months and months in advance to make sure that they are suitable for your skin. You don’t want to try anything just before the big day because you could have a reaction or it could cause breakouts. I would recommend going to see a dermatologist who can recommend what is best for your skin. I won’t ramble anymore and I will just jump into the post…


1)             Moisturise your skin really well. Obviously, this depends on your skin type but for normal to dry skins I would say apply a good layer of moisturiser. A personal favourite for me is the Chanel Hydra Crème. This cream sits on the skin really nicely and soaks in and just leaves the skin feeling really nice and healthy. I would apply this near enough an hour before going in with your makeup to give it plenty of time to settle into your skin.

2)             When your moisturiser is all settled, I would then go in with primer. Again, this depends on your skin type but a good reliable product for me is the Benefit Porefessional. This product fills the pores and just makes the skin look really perfected. Even if you are normal to oily I would go for a matte primer because throughout the day you will get warm and you doing want to look shiny on photos.

3)             Next before I go in with foundation I go in with concealer and just hide the areas which need an extra layer of coverage. For this I, will go in with my concealer brush and a full coverage concealer such as the MAC Studio Fix Concealer. I then go in and hide any blemishes or darkness and then blend it out using a Beauty Blender.

4)             Then I will move onto foundation. Again, foundation is one of them products where it really does depend on the client’s skin type. My Favourite at the moment for pretty much everybody is the Hourglass Vanish Foundation Stick. This foundation has amazing coverage and blends out really nicely. Not to mention that the staying power of this foundation is absolutely great. Some other foundations that I love for wedding makeup is the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk and the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation.  My favourite way to apply foundation to make it last all day is to apply it with a paddle brush, my personal favourite is the Chanel one. Then I go over the top and push it into the skin using my Beauty Blender. The Beauty Blender then picks up any access foundation left on the skin.

5)             Up next is concealing and highlighting the face. For me I would go in with something that blends really nice but offers a decent amount of coverage. A personal favourite of mine is the Becca Ultimate Coverage Crème Concealer. It glides on really nicely and when blended out it just looks seamless to the skin. Since I have bought this it is all I have been using on my brides. I tend to apply it using the same concealer brush as before underneath the eyes, down the bridge of the nose, centre of the forehead and on the chin. Then blend it out using the same Beauty Blender as before.

6)             I then go in with my powder to set the whole face into place and stop all of the crèmes from moving around. My personal favourite is the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder. I take my Morphe E48 and set the hard to reach areas such as the eyelids, under the eyes, around the nose and the mouth. Then on my Real Techniques Powder Brush I will lightly set the whole face into place. Finally, taking my Beauty Blender I will pack the powder under my eyes and bake for a while to get a real airbrushed look.

7)             While the under eyes is baking away I will then move onto powder contouring. I like to powder contour my brides instead of crème because it just looks softer. Some of my favourite products for this is the Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze and Glow, the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder and the Benefit Hoola Bronzer. I like to take some of the product on a brush similar to the Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt Brush, then I take a larger brush like the Tom Ford Bronzer brush and blend the contour out to make it look softer.

8)             Then I go onto eyes. Something that is universal for every skin tone and looks elegant and soft is going back in with that contour powder shade in the crease of the eye. That gives a really wide and open look. Then I go in with either black liner or brown powder along the lash line, dependant on what the client wants. Then I may just go back in the crease with a deeper shade such as MAC Brun to add some depth. I will do all blending using a Sigma E35 brush because it really does all the work for you.

9)             Brows I will just keep natural because even though big and bold brows are in fashion now in 20 years when you look back you don’t want all the images to be ruined by big caterpillar brows. Anastasia Brow Wiz is the perfect tool for defining the brows, either that or the Anastasia Brow Powder.

10)          Then something that pulls everything together is the mascara on the lashes. I have a couple favourites that are Maybelline Sensational Mascara, Too Faced Better than Sex and Lancôme Hypnose. Either are good, in the end they all do the same job of making the lashes longer and fuller. If you want to apply false lashes now would be the time. I highly recommend the Ardell Demi Wispies.

When I am done with the eyes I will take my powder brush again and remove the excess powder from the baking under the eyes. Then on a brush like the Morphe E4 I will apply blusher to the face. My favourite blush for everybody is the Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic blushers, they are so creamy and looks so pretty.

11)          Then I highlight just the highest points of the face, the most universal shade that I have found is the MAC Mineralise Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle. It looks gorgeous on every skin colouring. I take it on a Real Techniques Setting Brush and ever so gently apply it.

12)          Then finally for lips I like to go in with something nude. But be aware that something that is nude for me will be deep for another skin tone. So go into stores and test colours. I like to take MAC Whirl Lip Liner and Lipstick because they are so universal and long lasting.

13)          Then once all that is laid down I go in with a setting spray like the MAC Fix + or Urban Decay Setting Spray, just to make it last all day.4


If you liked this post I will leave a link down below to where you can find all the items that I’ve mentioned. Also, if you have any comments or questions just leave them below and then I will get right back to you!




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