Wedding make-up

Flawless skin and 1960s-inspired eyes


Wedding make-up is a tricky line to tread. Too subtle and you risk looking washed out in the photos. Too ordinary and you won’t feel glamorous. Too much of a departure from your regular look and you won’t feel like yourself.


How to find the middle ground? Make-up artist and beauty blogger Lucy Freeman thinks you should slightly up the ante of your tried-and-tested look, adding a few bells and whistles to ensure you look flawless from aisle to dance floor.


My go-to beauty look is 1960s-inspired winged eyeliner. And thanks to the enduring appeal of classic style icons like Julie Christie or Bridget Bardot, modern day eyeliner cat flick devotees like Alexa Chung, and the heavily 1960s referenced make-up looks spotted at Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs and Tom Ford this spring/summer 2013, it’s a look that’s here to stay.

But can the sex-kitten look crossover to bridal? I booked in for a trial with Freeman to find out, also asking her to walk me through each of the steps, so that I could recreate it myself on the big day...

Foundation tricks
I have sensitive skin, prone to patches of redness across the cheeks so Lucy began by smoothing on a touch of Eau Thermal Avene Skin Recovery Cream Calming Formula. She then applied some luxurious Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Make-Up to my forehead, nose and cheeks only, then blended outwards - you should avoid the heavy ‘foundation mask’ look by applying foundation only where you really need it. Lucy followed this with a few dabs of Witch Anti-blemish Liquid Concealer around my nostrils and on any other blemishes, encouraging them to recede.
Bridal glow
The highlighter is a bride’s friend, working to define bone structure and create an angelic glow of luminosity. Lucy applied YSL Touche Éclat Complexion Highlighter under my eyes and over the eyelids – it also doubled up as a primer for the eye shadow. She then added a hint of FrontCover The Baked Powder Collection: Eye and Cheek Colour in “Apricots and Cream”, on the inner corners of my eye socket and the top of my cheekbones.
Perfect eyeliner
Next, the all-important eyeliner. To make it stand out, Lucy dusted MAC Cosmetics Eye Shadow in “Vapour” on the eyelids first. Then, for a more precise and longer-lasting finish, Lucy applied MAC Cosmetics Fluidline in “Blacktrack” gel eyeliner with a MAC 266 Small Angle Brush, rather than using a traditional pen liner. On the lashes, Lucy recommends Maybelline Rocket Volum' Express Waterproof Mascara in Very Black, followed by a second coat of DreamWeave Lash Extension Magnet Mascara in black on the outer lashes only – it has a more nimble brush.
The best bridal beauty looks are fresh and youthful so avoid the pallid washed out lips of the 1960s era and instead go for a bright, moisturised lip for a more contemporary twist. Lucy likes RMK Irresistible Lips B in 01. It’s a lovely peachy colour but offers all-day moisturising too. To avoid that smeared-on look, you should always use a lip brush – try MAC Cosmetics 316 Lip Brush.
Finishing touches
With all those cameras on you, you need to keep the dreaded shine at bay. In a bid to create a matte look without heaviness, Lucy applied MAC Cosmetics Pro Longwear Eye Shadow in “Ever Ivory” on my forehead, under the eyes, around the nostrils and over the bridge of the nose and chin. Next, a light dusting of MUA Makeup Academy Pressed Powder was applied and then a light sweep of Maybelline ExpertWear Blush in “62 Rosewood” on the hollows of my cheeks to create contouring and definition. For both, you’ll need a couple of good brushes – try the Real Techniques range.


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