Organising a wedding in a different country to the one you live in hasits downsides – even if it is the country you were born and raised in. All of the contacts I have made in my adult working life – photographers, hairdressers, cake pop makers, DJs – all live in London and I can’t just fly everyone over for the event!
But recently I remembered my school friend Dearbhla. We fell out of touch since leaving school and since then she has managed to become one of Ireland’s top make-up artists, being the go-to for visiting celebrities like Whitney Port and Ireland’s top models. So I asked her if she would do my make-up on my wedding day as a representative of the Brown Sugar salon where she works, and happily she was free.
I fell in love with Anne Hathaway’s crystal-clear-and-classic beauty look at the premiere of the Dark Knight Rises so I asked Dearbhla how she might recreate it on me.
So, from one of Ireland’s top make-up artists, here’s how to do it:
‘With her gamine crop, porcelain skin, and doe-eyed makeup, Anne Hathaway was every bit as timeless as her Prabal Gurung gown. But at The Dark Knight Rises premiere, Anne gave her classic make-up a modern element with glossy, rose-tinged lips.
Make-up is all about enhancement and remembering that less is more - especially for a bridal look - so Anne’s fresh-faced make-up can be perfectly translated for the wedding day.
PRIMER: Use a primer to prep your skin to help achieve a long lasting base, especially for bridal make up, as it’s a long day.
FOUNDATION: Anne’s skin is matte but is still glowing, which is the preferred finish. To accomplish this I would recommend using ‘Kohl oil free matte foundation’, this will help prevent shine throughout your day. Once this is applied properly, i.e. with a professional foundation brush, it will not make you look heavily made up, which is the desired effect. This look is mostly seen worn on fairer skin but can still be effective on darker complexion.
Always use a translucent powder to set your base. Mac range of powders is generally a safe bet for most skin types whether it's their blot powder or their studio fix range for a slightly heavier coverage.
GLOW: To create a glow on the skin, a mineralized bronzer is recommended to contour under the cheekbone, be cautious not to leave a lined effect, your soft blending is key. Subtle Pink blusher is applied to the apples of the cheeks. I always recommend smiling as you apply your blush, as it should only hit the fleshy part of cheek.
EYE SHADOW: Anne has kept very little emphasis on her eyes but still allows them to be a feature. This is done by lightly dusting an Ivory shadow (preferably matte) all over the eye area, always use a lash curler when wearing a neutral eye shadow as it will help to make the lash line more prominent
EYELINER: With a black or brown cake liner, press along the lash line with an angled brush. This is what keeps the liner soft and avoids strength while still creating definition.
MASCARA: Apply mascara heavily whilst also being very careful to avoid clumps. YSL Faux Lash Effect is a great mascara to give volume.
BROW: Eyebrows are a massive trend at the moment and this look is no different. For this season, try and let your brows grow out and then get them professionally groomed.
Threading or 3-D Brows ‘a seven step procedure that includes a variety of depilation techniques’ available in Brown Sugar, is a great way to achieve a perfect shape.
When you have accomplished a fuller eyebrow, use an angle brush to softly dust a brown eye shadow through the brow line to accentuate your brow shape.
LIPS: Finally, Anne's lips are the piece de resistance; a rose coloured lipstick is applied softly, blotted (bite down on tissue for longevity) and applied again.
I recommend Kohl luxury lipstick shade Tea Rose, then a balm placed on top for moisture. Elizabeth Arden 8 hour balm is a popular choice as it nourishes lips whilst giving you an enticing pout.
This look will surely turn heads on your big day and help you feel like the movie star that you are.'
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