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Spring Bridal Makeup

Today we’re joined by our beauty blogger, Lynne who has put together a bang on trend bridal look for spring. If you love the idea of having dewy, flawless skin and super fresh makeup for your big day, then read on…

It’s all about the base

After my trend report post last month, I really wanted to put together a look for the season ahead that I think will be really on trend for spring brides in 2017. To be honest, this is by far my favourite season for make-up as I love dewy glowing complexions with a small and subtle pop of colour! As I said previously, 2017 is out with the heavy contouring and in with glowing skin that is radiant! It’s strobing all the way! I’m going to run through the perfect bridal look for this season and include all my go to and hero products along the way!

First of all, start with a good base and use a primer to ensure everything stays put all day, especially seeing as we’re going for a dewy glow to the skin – we want the perfect sheen and not too shiny!!! Go for Laura Mercier’s Primer, the reason I love this one is that it glides on beautifully and they do one for dry to oily skins too, so you can get it just right.

I also opt for an additional primer, or skin ‘perfecto’, after this although you can use this as a primer too, but I like to use it in addition for that extra perfect finish. It is Estee Lauder’s Idealist – a skin perfecter that acts almost like an eraser across the skin, foundation just glides on like silk! It also smells amazing and makes the skin feel so fresh. Use your foundation brush and apply the primer across your face, blending completely. Take just a little of the ‘Idealist’ and focus mainly on the T-Zone and the cheeks and blend.

To create the perfect skin that is also camera ready, I always go for Mac Face & Body, the reason for this is it’s not only perfect for all skin types, but it also photographs really well (it contains no SPF which can create flashback in photos), and will create the illusion of perfect skin even if you don’t have it! It blends on really light but alongside a good concealer in the right places you can create that perfect, natural dewy but flawless look! 

Firstly, blend the ‘Face and Body’ across the face blending evenly and right across the jawline, then apply concealer in the areas you feel you most need it and blend. I use Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage, it has the perfect combination of ivory and peach tones and a little goes a long way, so you can cover without making make-up look heavy. The ivory tones will take out any red undertone to the skin (normally in the cheeks) and the peach will give some warmth to the skin and cover any blue undertone (usually under the eyes).


Add a strobing effect

To create the dewy/strobing effect use a liquid highlight, my personal favourites are from Benefit – go for ‘Highbeam’ which is light pink if you have a fair/cool complexion and ‘Sunbeam’ if you have a darker/warm complexion. Use your foundation brush and apply this sparingly across the top of the cheek bones and temples – a back to front ‘c’ – just around the eye socket. Also take a little down the bridge of the nose and chin, as well as the cupid’s bow (this can also be a finishing touch at the end too).

Move on to the eyes next (don’t set with powder until after this stage as any eyeshadow/liner smudges will ruin the dewy look!), go with a light smokey eye that is soft and not overly defined. I always start with an eye base to hold the eye shadow – the best product for this is Mac Pro Long Wear Paint Pot (cream shadow) in Bare Study which is a light nude shimmer that really brings out the pigments in the eyeshadows. Apply across the lid and then blend a light base colour wash over the top. I use Mac Eye Shadow in All That Glitters which is a nude pink shimmer that is really subtle and just blend across the lid and into the socket line. Then apply a little highlighter on the brow bone, Mac’s ‘Shroom’ is perfect for this. For the socket and to create that light smokey effect, blend with a light Fluff brush right into the socket line (crease) and with small circular motions, blend the colour right though and to the outside edge. My favourite shadow for this is Mac’s ‘Satin Taupe, it has a light shimmer, making it easy to blend, and is one of those universal colours that suits all! Also my Girl Meets Brush EyeShadow Blending Brush is perfect for this too!

To define the eye, use a little gel liner and go with a black brown, so it’s not too harsh. Again I use Mac Liner for this and their Fluidline in Dipdown.

Using a fine point eyeliner brush – the best way to approach using this brush is firstly to hold as if it were a pencil, (near the tip) and use light strokes. Always start at the outer edge of the eye when applying the eyeliner and draw your thickest line first. Break the overall line into 3 sections, the outer first which is the thickest then make it thinner towards the middle and lastly the thinnest line into the inner corner. Do this and you can’t go wrong!

For creating a smokey eyeliner effect on the bottom lash line use the Satin taupe EyeShadow again which finishes the look. When doing this, use an angled eye liner brush to guide along the lash line, facing the longer end of the brush along the lash line and with small sweeping motions, press the colour along the lash line.

A touch of blush

Add a little colour in the cheeks with a cream blusher, it gives the perfect flush to the complexion and gives that perfect dewy glow. I use Bobbi Brown Rouge for Lips and Cheeks in Pale Pink, it blends so well and is a beautiful vintage rose tone. Smile when looking in the mirror and apply to the apples of the cheeks (the soft fleshy part of your cheek when smiling!), then blend upwards along the cheekbone towards the highlighter.

For the lips, this product will work as well of course (got to love multi purpose!), a real trend for this season is matching cheeks and lips (even eyes and lips!).

Finish off with powder, as we’re going for a dewy/strobe look we just want enough to set the makeup, without going too matte. Use Mac Blot Powder as it’s really strong, but also very light on the skin. Just use mainly along the T-zone to set and a light brush over the cheeks too.

To make sure the dewiness doesn’t just become a shiny mess (!!!) use a finishing spray, my budget buy which is second to none is NYX Professional Setting Spray, just spritz over the face and you’re ready to go (it’ll withstand any amount of ceilidh dancing!).

I love this look, don’t you?! Will definitely be giving it a go! Christina x 

Makeup artist and entrepreneur, Lynne Mills runs Scottish makeup team EyeCandy. As well as making brides look incredible, she is no stranger to the fashion scene, having worked backstage with the likes of Vivienne Westwood. And she is kept extra busy developing her own range of beauty products too.

Wedding photos by Elemental Photography, product shots by Benefit, MAC, Laura Mercier and Girl Meets Brush