Jenna was a naturally stunning bride making my job very easy.
The morning of the wedding was great fun Jenna and her beautiful bridesmaids were so excited about the day and they were all so lovely, doing their wedding makeup and hair was to be a pleasure!
I had Miss Rose Gold working alongside me, Miss Rose Gold is one of our Silver Artists and is always a joy to work with.
While Miss Rose Gold was concentrating on the bridesmaids makeup and prepping their hair for me, I was kept busy with my lovely bride's wedding makeup and hair, before setting to work on the bridesmaids hair.
The morning ran so smoothly with a lot of laughter along the way. Jenna looked absolutely stunning in her beautiful dress, and the bridesmaids complemented her with Two Birds Maxi Dresses, in a pretty pale pink.
A little info on how Miss Rose Gold designed the Wedding makeup and hair for the beautiful bridesmaids.
As Jenna’s bridesmaids were wearing pretty pale pink dresses, I wanted to create a soft and elegant makeup to suit the beautiful dresses.
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Skin was cleansed using Lancome cleansing water followed by Pixi Glow Tonic. The Pixi Toner contains 5% glycolic acid - so really does what it says on the bottle!
Each bridesmaid’s skin was slightly different, so for those with slightly oilier skin, I skipped moisturiser and opted for a mattyfing primer like Hourglass cosmetics Ambient Primer in Luminous Light. Bridesmaids with slightly drier skin were treated to a face massage, where I worked Colbert MD Nurify & Protect moisturiser into their skin with light pressure to ensure the product would be fully absorbed. After a couple of minutes I then smoothed over a silicone based primer - Smashbox cosmetics photo finish, to make sure the makeup wouldn't slip.
When it came to foundation & base makeup, the products I chose, again depended on each of the bridesmaid’s skin. Bourjouis have a brilliant foundation for dry skin called Fond de Teint Gel, which contains vitamin rich fruits like lychee and pomegranate. The 16hour plus staying power meant it was a perfect choice for bridesmaids needing to look glowing and gorgeous all day and night.
Bridesmaids with normal to oily skin had a light layer of Estee Lauder Double Wear buffed in with a flat top kabuki brush and then if further coverage was needed the same foundation was then patted on to those tricky to cover areas - around the nose and chin, using fingertips.
To up the ante with soft and youthful makeup, I turned to the Becca shimmering skin perfectors in shades opal & moonstone. To get the best out of these, I patted them on in light layers, quickly after I’ve applied the foundation, to the tops of the cheekbones. They melt into the skin & give the most natural radiance – a real favourite!
Eyes are one of the most important features to play up on a wedding day, so paying attention to detail is crucial. I make sure I give the eyelashes & eyebrows the same attention as the rest of the face by combing the brows through & curling the lashes before any product is applied. I used a range of pencils by Mac for the brows and lightly brushed through powder (in the shade required) if they needed a little extra depth.
I curled eye lashes using Shu Uemura eyelash curler, getting nice and close to the root and clamping tightly.
Prep done – on to makeup! For the lids, I opted for a range of soft taupes and browns like Kid & Wedge by Mac and used a 217 brush (nice & fluffy) to blend the colour so you can hardly tell where it starts and finishes – a super soft effect.
I used darker shades like Espresso and Corduroy in the outer corners and used the same method to blend in and build up the colour as necessary. When it came to the lashes, I applied one coat of Max Factor 2000 calorie waterproof mascara and then layered small and medium faux individual lashes to create a bespoke flutter for the eye shape in question. I try to keep the longest lashes in line with the highest point of the cheekbone which really helps lift the face and add symmetry.
Once these have set and dried, I add another light layer of mascara to blend the faux and natural lashes together – this makes them look so natural they are guaranteed to keep people guessing.
Once the eyes are nearly finished, I opt for a large fluffy brush to diffuse the blush powder over the cheeks. I used Prism on Jenna's bridesmaids as it’s a universally flattering shade and isn’t too strong a colour to create a clash or over-zealous with the rest of the makeup. Similarly, Mac’s Faux & Patisserie lipsticks are flattering but not distracting and were applied on the girl’s lips straight from the bullet to get the best of the colour. The edges were then smoothed in with a small flat lip brush.
Once I had finished the majority of the makeup I was able to take a look at each girl and figure out where we could darken/deepen the colour on the eyes and went in with waterproof pencils by Chantecaille to further define the eyes. Any liner was then buffed with a matching shadow to soften and add elegance.
Once the girls were in their dresses, a few tweaks and a final coat of HD brows lipgloss in Bare were applied and they were ready to watch their best friend walk down the aisle, looking pretty as a picture.
Images by the amazing wedding photographer - Mike Garrard