How To: Bridal Beauty
Talk it out
If you are thinking of booking a professional make-up artist to design your look for the day, your first consultation should be all talk. “I soon start to gain an idea of the bride’s style, likes and dislikes just through conversation,” says Hannah Martin, Bobbi Brown pro artist. “I always ask them some key questions about how and when they feel their most beautiful, what style of wedding they are planning, what their usual make-up style is and their favourite feature.”
Lay the foundations
The key to a flawless finish is with the correct skincare. “Good makeup always starts with a good base,” says make-up artist Ana Cruzlegui. “Prepping the skin correctly according to the type is essential.” Dry skin will call for a hydrating massage with a richer cream or oil prior to make-up application, whereas it’s a good idea to use water-based formulas or oil-free serums on combination or oily skin. You will also want to consider the make-up itself; “If a bride with oily skin wants to achieve a natural glow, I create that with powders, whereas for dry skin I use skincare and liquid highlighters to achieve the look,” says Martin.
Make it last
You won’t want to spend your wedding day touching-up, so your look needs to last all day – and night. Martin recommends always setting your complexion with an oil-free powder to avoid shine, or if it’s emotional outbursts you’re worried about, Cruzalegui advocates using an eye primer (her personal favourite: Nyx Proof It Eye Primer) and, of course, waterproof mascara to withstand any tears.
All you need to keep within reach on the day is a little powder compact and a lip balm – as Martin explains: “dry lips are so unflattering”. Opt for a multi-tasking formula like Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge which can be use on the lips and cheeks and delivers a sheer glow with just the right amount of colour. As for the powder compact, Estée Lauder’s Lucidity Translucent Pressed Powder will fit neatly in your groom’s breast pocket.
Proceed with caution
As tempting as it may be, try to go easy on the glow. “I always try to convince brides to choose textures that will photograph well,” says Martin. “If a bride wants shimmer eye shadow, shimmer lip colour and gloss, I’ll make sure she knows that too much shimmer won’t photograph well and that it’s best to choose just one area to focus the sheen.” And, one final piece of advice from the Vogue beauty department – do not contour. We repeat; do not contour.