I have been asked a number of times to do some before and afters on myself – and so here one is… It is a subtle everyday look, bringing out my natural features, and this is what I like to do for my clients and brides – bring out the natural beauty in each person…
You can see how the foundation has evened out my skin tone and I’ve lifted my complexion with some blusher, concentrating on creating a defined cheekbone. If you have high cheekbones, you may wish to add blusher to the apples of your cheeks.
I have darkened my brow slightly, and added shimmer over my foundation to give a dewy look.
My eye make-up opens up by eyes and I’ve also created a really pretty, slightly feline shape to the shadow.
All I needed after that was a little gloss to the lips.
I love working with Michelle, especially when new palettes like this #UrbanDecay one launches… Michelle has great bone structure and gorgeous shape and colour eyes… So of course we squeezed in a before and after make-up during a busy day of clients at Pinkies salon.
As you can see I have built up the colour so it is quite intense, however she still has natural lashes, just licked with some #mascara, so the look could be built upon even more by bringing up the colour higher towards the brow, and with false eyelashes and shimmer make-up added.
This look is perfect for a date, as it shows you’ve made an effort, but not gone over the top… the lighter colour used on the insides of the lid towards the bridge of the nose, opens up the eyes, and really makes Michelle’s green eye colour sparkle. The black liner brings out the pupils and outside of the eye colour, making her gaze really pretty.
It is important to darken and define your eyebrows with a full-on eye look, as it would look unfinished otherwise.
And with eyes quite strong, a nude lippy looks gorgeous.
Twilight Inspired Make-up
The vamp look is often synonymous with #Halloween, but the movie culture of the past two decades has shown us that the vampire look can be sultry and glamorous, as opposed to gothic and dark. Make-up artist Kelli Waldock has created the perfect make-up look for any bride inspired by Twilight’s Kristen Stewart, and Amy Huttley of the V-Team created a tousled style ideal for this striking bridal look.
Get the make-up look:
It is vital that there is a balance with applying these stronger colours, so that you avoid overdoing the look, and going too gothic. This look is inspired by the sultry female vampires from cult movies and TV series, but not a copy, as this is bridal make-up not costume or fancy dress make-up… so build up the colour carefully, and practise before the big day
- Ensure sure skin is hydrated, and apply a light moisturiser if the skin is very dry.
- Apply a primer to the skin and neck.
- Apply a good-quality foundation, I used Airbase in a pale shade, because it gives a flawless complexion and is the perfect foundation for other make-up to sit on… it also lasts all day.
- Accentuate the eyebrows using a brow pencil, in a shade slightly darker than the natural colour… but not too dark. Avoid blocking in the eyebrows, instead create a natural and light feathered effect over brows to add colour.
- Apply a primer on the eyes to give a great base for the eye-shadow and to conceal blemishes on the eye lid.
- Apply a neutral eye-shadow as a great base for the stronger colour, so that the shades are built up for a smoky effect.
- Apply a darker tone, I used brown, to the outer corner of the lid. This accentuates the eyes. Smudge the brown underneath the lower lashes for a more sultry look.
- Apply mascara, separating lashes and adding colour, bring out the natural sparkle of the eyes.
- Add a hint of colour to the cheekbones.
- Apply a lip balm if the the lips are dry, and then apply a dark lip liner of your choice, cherry red, or a deep purple looks great.
- After you have applied the liner, fill the full lips in with more colour.
- And lastly add a dark coloured lipstick with a brush, this will give more staying power.
Get the hair look:
It is important to keep the hairstyle softer to compliment the strong make-up. A relaxed tousled style is sexy and looks effortlessly pretty, which also helps to soften the stronger make-up look.
- Run hair mousse through dry hair.
- Starting from the nape of the neck, take small sections of the hair and curl using my heated wand.
- Using grips/pins pinch the curls, and leave them to set for a few minutes.
- Lightly spray with hairspray for extra hold to curls.
- Remove all clips.
- Using dry shampoo, I used Batiste, gently backcomb the roots through to the crown of the head.
- Use fingertips to loosen out the curls, creating that desired tousled look.
- And dress with bridal head wear.
- Apply a final spray of hairspray, and the look is complete.
#Nail Tip: Choose a nail colour that is deep and striking… #chrome nails are a winner this season, and if you keep the length of your nails short then this will look less fancy-dress for your wedding.
Make-up artist and #nails: Kelli Waldock: http://www.kelliwaldock.co.uk
Hair: Amy of The V-Team: http://www.vickilordbridalhair.co.uk
Photographer: Ryan Cox: http://www.ryancoxphotgraphy.com
Model: Jessica Barker: http://www.starnow.com/profile/ProfileDetail.aspx?m_id=2107077