Bridal make-up is a balance of freshness, purity and glamour – a tricky trio to get right, unless you happen to be Cate Blanchett, whose red-carpet looks inspire brides the world over. Cannes Film Festival is the ultimate occasion for glam and glitz with a twist of chic – and, as usual, Cate lit up the red carpet; her dewy skin, coral shades and hint of sparkle are the perfect template for any bride. The key to successful wedding make-up is a flawless base – modelled effortlessly here by Cate. But before you’ve even unzipped the make-up bag, a perfect base is best achieved with the right skincare regime. Arrange a consultation with your client as soon as they’re booked in to suggest a routine tailored to their needs – so that by the time the big day comes around, the bride’s skin will be the perfect canvas.
Take inspiration from Cate Blanchett’s radiant red carpet look
On the day, first apply an oil-free moisturiser and a primer, then apply Lord & Berry Cream Foundation – its light-as-air texture will avoid any heavy ‘caked-on’ make-up finishes. Sarah Brook, a Make-up Artist who specialises in bridal make-up, advises: “Apply foundation in thin layers, starting from the middle of the face and blend outwards using a foundation brush.” Pretty, fresh and subtle, peach is the perfect shade for a bride and Cate’s peachy blush is just enough colour to highlight her killer cheekbones. To get this look, try Lord & Berry Blush, the texture of the pressed powder will leave a natural finish with just a hint of colour. Perfecting a bridal pout is tricky; not only do you have to pull off the perfect shade, you also have to make the colour last. The maid of honour will no doubt be on delegated lipstick patrol to top up the bride’s lippie – but to take some pressure off her, use Lord & Berry Ultimate Round Liner in Romantic Rose to create a base that will keep lipstick in place even after the first kiss. We love the dusty, deep pink of Cate’s lipstick and this is a great tone for brides – sophisticated, romantic and classic. So, when it comes to picking the perfect shade to achieve a similar feel, Make-up Artist Peter Philips advises: “A little blush in the same colour family as your lipstick will prevent lips from taking over the look."