Beauty: Make-up Looks For Brides

Some of you may or may not know, but as well as blogging and working in the fashion industry, I am also a trained make-up artist. I carried out training a couple of years ago when my twin sister was getting married so that I could do her make-up for her big day. I love make-up; I wear it everyday (maybe because I look frightful without it, but that aside, I still love wearing it) and can spend hours experimenting and playing around with colours and contouring. Well 2015 is nearly upon us, and I have so many friends weddings coming up that it’s time to start practicing my bridal skills again!

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One of the biggest bridal trends these days is to jet off and get married abroad, which I personally think is a lovely idea. However, creating make up for a UK wedding and an abroad wedding are two different things. Bridal make-up for a sunny location means that you can’t go heavy with colours; the palette has to be fresh and natural, but still with that touch of glam. Skin should be as fresh looking as possible, and anything that could smudge or melt away should be avoided (i.e smudgy kohl pencils). Here are a number of my staple make-up pieces before I get started…


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The majority of the products are from House of Fraser, including the MAC foundations (Pro Longwear and Studio fix in two different shades – it’s essential to mix shades to suit the brides skin tone) the MAC Lingering eyebrow pencil, Lancome mascara, MAC blusher in Gingerly, and I also purchased these two beauty cream wonders for prepping the skin- Shiseido moisturiser and Elemis Pro Radiance flash balm. The moisturiser is a lightweight, everyday cream which acts as smoothing base for foundation. Once it’s settled in the skin, the Elemis flash balm can be dabbed onto skin just to give it that touch of light reflecting shimmer and ‘glow’, before putting make-up on.

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If I’m to start planning a brides make-up for an abroad wedding, I’ll have a little look at popular abroad wedding locations and venues for a bit of inspiration. Today’s look is inspired by BlueBay Hotels and Resorts, a company who provide wedding and honeymoon packages in the most exotic destinations, including Mexico and the Dominican Republic. I got carried away looking at how beautiful the destinations are, then quickly reminded myself that maybe when it comes to planning my big day one day, I’ll take a look in more detail! But if you or your friends are considering an abroad wedding, well no harm in taking a peak into paradise…

Anyway, here are my tips for creating a natural yet glam bridal make-up look, perfect for those abroad weddings and honeymoon’s in the sunshine..

First, after prepping skin with moisturiser followed by flash balm (or a primer of your choice) I used Benefit’s Boi-ing concealer under my eyes, side of my nose, and on any blemishes or red marks on my cheeks. I also always apply concealer to my eyelids and below the brow. this preps skin before you apply foundation, and gives more coverage to these shaded areas. Excuse how tired I look below, and also when you have just put foundation and concealer on with no shading, you tend to look slightly bland to start with!

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I then used MAC Studio Fix foundation in NC25 all over the face, setting the foundation with Maybelline Matte Face Powder in translucent. You’ll also notice from the image above that I always put foundation and powder on my lips – this forms an excellent base for lipstick so that it will stay put. The sun and the general stress of rushing around on your wedding day means lipsticks can rub of, smudge or fade, but by doing this simple trick first, it is guaranteed to stay put.

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Using MAC eyebrow pencil in shade ‘Lingering’, I brushed my brows into place with a toothbrush (another tip!) and filled in the gaps and shaped the corners with the pencil. You’ll notice they really frame the face and add a little bit of structure. For a wedding, you don’t want any over the top heavy looking brows as your photos are going to last you for life. Whilst dark, thick eyebrows are more ‘in fashion’ now, they may not be in a year or two, so keep them filled in and neat yet natural, like above. I have also swept MAC gingerly blusher to contour my cheeks, temples, and a little bit on my hairline and jawline to shape my face. Do this lightly when working a bridal make-up look, as it’s a subtle way of adding shading to your face without any harsh contouring. No need for any more blusher or shimmer here, if you are in the sun, it can make shimmer look too heavy, and any pink apple cheeks could be mistaken for a hot flush or even worse- sun burn!

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For bridal eyes that will stay striking in the hot weather and last all day, you need a fresh palette of smokey greys, light pinks, and shimmery silvers/creams. I used an eyeshadow palette from Essence, which is a brand available at Wilkinsons and is so so lovely – it contains 4 shades that fuse together to create a soft, smoked grey look incorporating pastel pinks and creams for that English Bride look. I started with the creams and silver, before sweeping on the grey, and blending with the baby pink. Eyes were lined with soft brown eyeshadow, before lashings of black mascara. To me, even if you are abroad, black mascara is an essential. It really opens up eyes and adds definition. I haven’t opted for any liquid eyeliner or smudgey kohls, or false lashes, as it’s important to keep eye make-up as natural yet striking as possible when in the sun. Any harsh black lines or dramatic lashes can look out of place when in the rays of the sunshine all day…

Lips are finished off with MAC Cremesheen lipstick in Ravishing, a nude pinky orangey shade which blends in naturally on top of the powder I set earlier on my lips. It’s not too pink, not too red, and not too brown – it’s a subtle mix of all three, bringing out a pretty sheen to lips and enhancing your lips natural colour.

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I hope you enjoyed my bridal inspired make-up tutorial perfect for those abroad weddings! Remember to keep it fresh, natural, yet glam… you want to look your ultimate best, but without any harsh enhancements. More tutorials to come this week showcasing some more fab products, so keep your eyes peeled…

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