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The big day: The Wright way

Posted on 1st June 2015 by PROinsider

It’s been the most anticipated showbiz wedding of the year – and yesterday we rushed out to pick up a copy of Hello! magazine for the first pics of Michelle Keegan as the blushing bride. So, expect a wave of requests from bridal clients wanting to recreate the actress’s look for their own big day! Here’s what you need to know:

Skin: Natural and radiant 
Michelle’s skin is always bronzed, flawless and iridescent, summing up this season’s big beauty trend – seventies luxe. To recreate Michelle’s wedding glow, advise clients to book a spray tan two days before the wedding as this will give the tan time to look natural without being patchy. 
Everyone’s bronze levels differ, though, so suggest a trial to ensure you and your client is on the same tanning page. Steer clients in the right direction, though, by opting for a golden glow rather than a super dark tan. 
The white dress will enhance the brown tones anyway, so the lighter you go the more radiant the finish will be – Whitetobrown Tanning Mist is perfect for this. Celebrity MUA and Bronzing Expert, Cinta Miller advises: “Hydration is the key to a good tan, so advise your clients to exfoliate and moisturise the night before.”
Make-up: Natural beauty  
It’s no secret that Michelle is a natural beauty, but it may come as a surprise that she’s not the biggest fan of make-up. The newlywed told PRO: “I don’t actually like wearing a lot of make-up. I wear light foundation so it doesn’t feel too thick on my skin and bronzer that is more dark than orange because you get more of a natural tanned look.”
Minimal make-up is another big beauty trend for this season so it’s imperative that the client’s skin is in top condition. If your client doesn’t have a skincare regime, arrange a consultation with them to discuss which products will benefit their skin to ensure a healthy, radiant complexion on the big day. 
A light foundation will offer coverage without a cakey finish, so try Lord & Berry Cream Foundation. Available in pink, yellow and orange based tones, it will accurately match any bride’s skintone. 
Michelle opted for a bronze smoky eye – a look to suit most brides. The metallic copper hues set off her olive skin tone, and the gold shimmer adds a touch of drama and glamour. 
Sarah Brock, a MUA who specialises in bridal make-up, advises: “Eyeshadow with a lot of sparkle will ‘bounce’ off photography. Opt for products with a little bit of shimmer instead.” Lord & Berry Stardust Eyeshadow in Gold and Dark Bronze blends together perfectly, and the light, refined texture leaves a hint of sparkle.
Make bridal peepers pop with false lashes, but avoid heavy strips to create a more natural and sophisticated finish. Michelle has always been a big fan of false lashes, so try Ardell Natural Demi Wispies – some of her favourites – for eyes that will flutter down the aisle.
The make-up might be minimal this season, but brows are still big and strong – a look Michelle modelled beautifully on her big day. If a client desires big brows but isn’t blessed with Cara Delevingne arches, advise that they grow out the brows nine months before. This will allow plenty of time to play around with shape using 24hr Brow Powder Compact Dark Brown, with the added benefit that the stencils will assist clients with shaky hands to experiment at home. Once your client is happy with a suggested style, recommend a reshaping appointment six months before the wedding. 
Michelle is definitely an eyes-over-lips girl, so it’s no surprise that she puckered up to her groom with a nude pout. Opting for a neutral shade rather than a red or plum means any lippy top-ups won’t be too obvious and the bride can relax knowing there’ll be no dreaded lipstick-on-tooth snaps. To get Michelle’s wedding pout, try Lord & Berry Intensity Lipstick Natural.
Hair: The locks of love
Michelle is known for her long, mermaid hair, so it’s no surprise that she chose to have her loose, voluptuous tresses tumbling down. Like all brides, the style was created to perfectly complement her dress and the style of the wedding. Knowing the style of your client’s dress and wedding is crucial when it comes to creating the right barnet. The volume of the beehive balanced the hair with the dramatic fishtail of the dress, while complementing the style of the ’50s dress that Michelle changed into for the reception.
To recreate Michelle’s romantic beehive, prep hair with Maria Nila True Soft Masque to inject moisture and shine to locks. To create volume and drama tong the hair in one-inch sections and clipping each one to the head to create curls with staying power. Use BaByliss PRO Black Ceramic Dial–a–heat Tong 38mm, the large barrel will create those loose, tousled waves. Take a section from the front of the head and use this to create the beehive. Finish with a generous spritz of L'Oréal Professionnel Elnett Normal Hairspray to keep those waves big and glossy.   
Nails: French chic
Michelle told PRO: “My cousin Katie does my nails. I like bright colours like mint green or yellow in summer or a classic French manicure.” For her wedding, Michelle went for a classic French manicure, with just a hint of pink to keep it sophisticated. Try Gelish Soak Off Gel Polish in Simple Sheer
Is Michelle Keegan a favourite among your clients? What other celebrities have inspired your bridal clients this year?
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