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The most beautiful wedding make-up in the world

It gets an ‘eye do’ from me….



During my years working on a bridal magazine, I kept a folder of tearsheets. Pictures torn out of magazines just because I liked something about each one: the model’s pose, the updo, the eyeliner etc… Every so often I’d sift through my folder and bin the ones I’d fallen out of love with but year after year, one stayed with me. This advertising image by Sassi Holford to me, epitomises bridal beauty and I absolutely adore it. The dewy, natural-looking skin, the subtly smoky eyes framed by soft spiky lashes, the candy-flushed cheeks and the dusky rose-kissed lips. Who wouldn’t want to greet their groom looking like that? Without question, with my own Big Day on the horizon, this is going to my bridal look. Sarah Brock is the award-winning celebrity make-up artist behind the image and here’s exactly how she did it….

1 Foundation looks more natural on clean, freshly-moisturised skin. I applied Dermalogica Active Moist, £44.60 all over, leaving it to sink in for a few minutes before following with an eye cream and lipbalm.

2 Next, I smoothed on a primer to even out the bride’s skin tone and help the make-up last longer. I used Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, £28.

3 A liquid foundation with light-reflecting particles is perfect for brides as it creates gorgeously luminous skin. I applied Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet, £33 to my Sassi bride, blending it out to her cheeks and jawline. Always use a foundation brush to push the base into your skin but follow by blending lightly with your fingers to guarantee a veil of even coverage.

4 When it comes to concealer, I use separate products to disguise under eye dark circles and to cover blemishes. Under my Sassi bride’s eyes I used Clarins Instant Concealer, £21.50. To cover her blemishes I used Estee Lauder Double Wear Maximum Cover Camouflage Concealer, £30. When applying concealer, I use a combo of a fine, flat brush and my fingertip to press it into the skin.

5 Adding light colours (highlighting) draws areas forward whereas applying darker colours (contouring) makes them recede. To enhance her cheekbones, I used Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer Skin Illuminator in Shade 02, £36.50 then contoured just under it using Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel, £32. When doing it yourself, start lightly, blending thoroughly as you go, adding more colour only when necessary. I recommend lots of pre-W day practice to get it right.

6 A pretty flush of blusher has the power to make any bride ooze radiance. I used Daniel Sandler’s Watercolour Fluid Blusher in Cherub, £15.50 on this shoot. When applying a liquid blush, make sure you blend it out from the apples of your cheeks to ensure a seamless, natural-looking finish.

7 It’s really important to set your base (and control shine) with powder. I used Studio 10 Prime & Perfect Refining Powder Silk, £28. Using a brush, after tapping off excess I lightly swept it over her skin for a sheer finish.

8 Soft and natural, with a little extra emphasis courtesy of Clarins Perfect Eyes & Brows Powder Palette, £35 created elegant wedding-worthy brows.

9 Across my Sassi bride’s eyes, I blended light and deep tones of neutral eyeshadow. I began with a soft wash of mocha courtesy of Shiseido Shimmering Eye Colour in BR306, £22, on her lids and just under her eyes. Then, Chanel Ombre Essential in Ivory, £29.50 followed under her brow bones.

10 After curling the top lashes I then drew a fine line of Nars Paint Pot Eyeliner in Black Valley, £18.50 across the upper lash lines. Next, Daniel Sandler’s Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in Black Velvet, £9.25 was drawn under the lower lashes then I finished with two thin coats of black waterproof mascara. Estee Lauder Sumptuous Extreme Waterproof  Lash Multiplying Volume Mascara in Black, £24 is perfect.

11 Strong eyes calls for a more muted mouth. I kept things simple with just a slick of Studio 10’s Long Last Liquid Velvet Gloss in Tearose, £22. And that’s it.


So, have you fallen for this make-up look too? Tell me…

Sarah x


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hair was by Gustav Fouche from Michael Van Clarke

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  • I mean…. it’s beautiful. That’s what I want to be. I don’t want to be trendy that’s for sure – by going for the ‘in’ brow shape. that’s a one way ticket to regret city in years to come. that’s a really lovely lip colour in particular. olivia x

    7 months ago : olivia
  • I TOTALLY want this makeup!!!!!!

    5 years ago : Jezza
  • I totally adore this makeup look but at first thought it was a massive – and expensive list of products. But actually they’re pretty much all colours I have in my bag. It’s great to be shown a new way to wear them. Just add a white dress!

    6 years ago : Bridget-to-be
    • Good point Bridget. It’s nice to splurge but you don’t always have to x

      6 years ago : Sarah Green
  • So I just went out and bought this lip colour. Looks exactly like the picture. I love it!

    6 years ago : Wifiewendy
    • Pucker up Wendy x

      6 years ago : Sarah Green
  • OMG! I’ve got this tear sheet in my wedding scrap book. Thanks so much for the how-to and list of products used. Talk about a lucky find…

    6 years ago : nicki
  • Beyond beautiful…. def the kinda bride I wanna be…..

    6 years ago : kendraF-W