Not sure what makeup to go for on your big day? We talk to make up artist Jessica Kell to find out her top tips…
You’ve chosen the venue, the menu, the flowers and the cake. The wedding dress of your dreams is waiting to be worn and the final details are starting to fall into place. Now is the time to plan and practise your wedding morning beauty routine. Get a good idea of exactly the look you want and the products you are going to use well in advance so your make up is as easy as saying ‘I do’!
Bronze vs Blush
Is it better to go for a timeless and classic blush or embrace the sun kissed bronzed beauty?
Unsurprisingly one of the most classic and called for bridal looks is rosy cheeked and fresh faced. You’ll want to keep it youthful and modern with a touch of colour and a lot of warmth.
- To achieve this, it is all about delicate placement of your products and creamy textures. Use two shades of pink blush to sculpt your cheekbones and stay away from any bronze tones. Kenvin Aucoin’s Creamy Glow Duo in Pravella/Janell is an absolute saviour because of its smooth and bendable consistency; it practically does the work for you.
- Take the darker of the two blushes from the temples down the hollows of the cheeks and then buff the lighter onto the apples, try and get the intensity of the colour directly underneath the iris to add vibrancy.
- Match your lipstick to the colour of your lighter blush with a glossy finish for a truly luminous effect.
If you love the rosy glow but want to amp it up a level, then raise the stakes by opting for a lipstick that is bold but equally beautiful.
Try a strong matte pink that warms the complexion and brightens your entire look. This works incredibly well with a white or ivory dress, which can sometimes make a complexion look a little washed out.
- For a luxurious finish I use MAC lipstick in Show Orchid, a vivid hot pink with a creamy and luminous finish.
- Make sure that you use a lip liner in order to keep the lipstick in place all day and to draw a perfectly plump pout.
This look works really well if you are planning on having something lighter in the day but want a more daring look for the evening.
The bronzed beauty style can be every bit as elegant and classic as a blush but the key with keeping it polished is definitely less is more!
When wearing a white dress you might find that your colouring becomes a little drained and it is easy to overcompensate with too dark a bronzer. Use something light with a hint of illumination to keep the look fresh and youthful.
- Once you have finished your foundation and concealing, use a fine milled bronzing powder to lightly dust over your complexion. Buff over your cheekbones, down the centre of the nose and up to your temples in order to give a seductive sun kissed glow.
- In order to keep the make up light and elegant, stay away from heavy contouring or any dense coverage. A colour that suits most skin tones without ever looking too heavy is Guerlain’s Terracotta Bronzing Powder.
- Finish the look with a golden shimmer on the eyes and a glossy coral lipstick.
A deeper tanned complexion is stunning and nothing says sophistication like a modern day Dolce Vita. If you have a more tanned or olive skin then a bronzer is the way forward in order to enhance the golden hues but you also want to bring out warmer blushed tones to keep the look delicate.
- Choose a bronzer that compliments the skin with both shades such as Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Brick in Bronze. The shimmer catches the light and adds a gorgeous glow to the skin, which stops the tan from ever flat.
- To accompany such a warm glow be daring and go for a tomato red lip with terracotta undertones. I love NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Red Square.
Photographer: Mark Fennell @callmefen
Model: Lucy Edwards @ThelooseE
Make Up: Jessica Kell @Jessicakmakeup www.jessicakellmakeup.com
Jessica is a professional make up artist based in London. Specializing in commercial and fashion capacities she has worked on many national projects and campaigns.