A really lovely sideline to being a Beauty Editor for so long has been being asked to do brides’ make-up. The first few times I was really nervous as, after all, it is the biggest and most photographed day of their lives. Most of ‘my brides’ were ones getting married abroad. It saved them from booking a pro plus we could nail down their look back home.
When my sister got married in Iceland, her brief to me was ‘barely-there’ make-up. Because she never wore make-up on a daily basis, she just wanted to look polished. Knowing that a lot of brides prefer a more natural look, I thought I’d share what I did that pretty cold day in Iceland.
Barely-there make-up requires really careful prep. I’m talking neatly groomed brows and well-moisturised skin. The night before the wedding, my sis gently exfoliated and let a sheet mask drench her skin with moisture.
On W-morn, I started by applying a really light moisturising fluid, allowing a little while for it to sink in. Next went on primer to help set the foundation in place and stop shine, then a sheer radiance-boosting liquid foundation, blended in with a brush. Rather than cover her face in foundation, I concentrated just on any areas that needed it then blotted concealer onto dark circles and blemishes. I blended my heart out to create really natural-just-better looking skin then ever so lightly dusted powder across the centre of her face. Obviously, long before the trip, we’d colour-matched the foundation and powder to her skin tone.
I couldn’t bear to leave her eyelids totally bare, so I went with my favourite oyster-coloured subtle shimmer applied up to her brow bones. A teensy-tiny dot of soft brown in the outer corners, blended well into the socket crease and a fine line of darker brown eye kohl along the roots of her upper lashes, gave a little definition for the sake of the photos. Although I offered to add a few individual fake lashes at the outer corners of her eyes, she insisted on just one coat of black mascara stroked onto curled lashes.
Next, I dabbed a really small amount of pinky-cream highlighter onto her cheekbones to give off a dewy glow, then used a big, fluffy brush to apply a soft peach blusher onto the fattest parts of her cheeks (when she smiled) blending it up towards her ears.
Being a chatterbox, as well as lipstick-phobic, all I did was outline her lips with a neutral pinky-beige lipliner then filled in with a rose-tinted balm.
Overall, she looked pretty much like she does every day of her life – natural but with a polish. Here’s a list of the no make-up make-up kit I used:
Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, £26 (1)
Clarins Skin Illusion Natural Radiance Foundation SPF10, £29 (2)
Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder, £28 (3)
Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Midnight Cowgirl, £15 (4)
Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in Sable, £18 (5)
Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Eye Pencil in Coffee, £16.50 (6)
YSL Beaute Volume Effet Faux Mascara in Noir Radical, £25.50 (7)
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If you’re planning a go subtle in the make-up department, I hope this post helps. And if you’ve any great barely-there make-up recommendations you’d love to share with fellow B2Bs, please spill below.