Be Red Carpet Ready

Wednesday, March 4, 2015


Our favourite thing about the award season of the Golden Globes, Oscars and The Brits, has to be looking out for the best (and worst) dressed! It is all about who is wearing what on the red carpet matched with their hair and make up which obviously completes the whole look.

There was a very noticeable bridal theme being channelled with the pale tones throughout the dresses this year paired with nude lips and long lashes.

We have a step by step to create your very own show stopping look to have you feeling award ready.

With a lot of flashes going off there are a few key points to note to ensure your make up looks great in both the photographs and reality. This also goes for Bridal MU, it is about finding the balance between that natural blushing bride look on the day as well as channelling that in the photographs which will be treasured forever more.

You are aiming for a natural glow with an effortless look, start by getting that flawless base, choosing a good primer such as MAC's prep and prime will help keep the skin hydrated with a velvety finish. You want to achieve a thicker coverage of foundation than you would on a day to day basis and it is important that the foundation chosen has a matt finish, as any oily base will be very reflective in photographs, also dust over with a powder too to take any shine away. You may also wish to go one shade darker than you normally require too.

Harsh flash lighting acts to highlight every flaw big or small so ensure to conceal every blemish. A good tonal range of concealers is vital, use olive tones to cover up red flaws, lilac tones o cover up yellowing areas and natural/beige to cover discolouration such as dark circles.

Contouring and highlighting is a Hollywood-beauty secret that has gained popularity with the masses. This method works wonderfully to enhance those cheekbones. Using a contoured angled brush take the darker bronzer and sweep across where shadow would naturally fall if you were to suck your cheeks in.

Then with the lighter bronzer apply above the bronzed line, blending slightly. The idea is to highlight your natural cheekbones while the darker creates some depth.

To really complement and add extra intensity add a light dusting of HD Brows Illuminator to the apples of your cheeks with a blusher brush.

You want to create real definition to your eyes, think soft and smokey. Carefully building up the colour with a carbon shade with a combination of the HD Brows Foxy eyeshadow palette,
sweeping it into the socket of the eye and underneath the lash line. Use a gel liner and eye liner brush to sweep across the the upper lash line and wing outwards to create a feline look. If you want to open the eye up, try HD Brows Eye Opener on the lower water line to widen the eye.

To complete the look, line and paint in the full lips with a creamy nude pencil, this double ended pencil from Vincent Longo is great in Toffee/Toast. Follow up with a layer of clear or pale gloss for an irresistibly plush finish. This shockingly pale hue is a perfect dramatic statement for a natural bride with the dark smokey eyes.

Ten Quick Photographic Make-Up Tips

1. Choose a shade darker for foundation
2. Ensure your foundation has a matt finish to avoid shine
3. Disguise all blemishes and dark circles with a concealer with good coverage
4. Always opt for dark eyes and individual lash extensions
5. Remember eyebrows are important in shaping the face
6. Use lip liner to enhance the shape of the lips
7. Use contouring to accentuate those cheekbones
8. Aim for your look to be a bit dramatic
9. Have a good variety of brushes
10. Use a finishing powder to eliminate shine

Dress and headpiece by Luellas Boudoir
All images are from various sites and photographers via Google Images

Gemma Sutton

Gemma is the founder of Gemma Sutton Hair and Makeup

She lives on the Surrey Hampshire Border with her Partner Olly and son Spencer x

Gemma loves one thing more than being a part of a bride’s special day and that is spending as much quality time with Spencer as possible, where she has curated an enviable Instagram for him! xx


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