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Bridal make-up: Celebrity inspiration

Posted on 28th May 2015 by PROinsider

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."

From the catwalk to the aisle

This season, make-up is minimal, so it’s imperative that skin looks healthy, glowing and gorgeous. Beautiful, luminous skin is at the top of every bride’s wish list, but the SS15 catwalks – particularly Temperley and Alexander Wang – were ditching the matte finishes in favour of high-shine, wet-look skin. For the non-catwalk version, sweep Lord & Berry Loose Powder in Stardust Light over cheekbones for an iridescent finish; the powder will also add an extra layer of protection to the make-up.

Thick lashes, graphic eyeliner and purple hues all made the catwalks for SS15, but these looks can be on the bridezilla side. Instead, take inspiration from Julien Macdonald and blend gold, copper and bronze metallic shades over the lids. To avoid the bride looking like disco Barbie, go for a shadow that consists of refined shimmer rather than glitter like Lord & Berry Stardust Eyeshadow in Gold.

Subtle lips balanced out the focus on stronger eyes this season, with bride-friendly pinks and corals showing on catwalk pouts. Choosing eyes over lips not only keeps your bride up to date, but with a discreet lip shade like Lord & Berry Intensity Lipstick in Peach Gleam it won’t look obvious if the bride needs a quick top-up.

Make-up was minimal at the Temperley and Julien Macdonald shows SS15

Break out of the bridal norm of the classic French mani with a touch of the futuristic. Cosmic nail shades were seen at DAKS and Ashish – and are a great bridal choice as the silvery, pearlescent tones set off any engagement rock. Brides have a tendency to bite their nails on the nerve-wracking morning of the big day, so try IBD Just Gel Polish in Silver Lites for guaranteed chip protection.

As seen at Marchesa and Peter Pilotto, this summer is all about seventies beauty and is a look any boho-loving client will adore. Just think Woodstock meets Jerry Hall – a combination of hippy chic and glam-rock! When it comes to weddings, it’s particularly important to sync the hair with the dress. So, if your client has a traditional dress and wedding, this look might not be for them. However, if your client’s dress is long and flowing with lashings of lace, reflect this fluidity in their hair by adding loose waves with an undone finish. Avoid overloading the hair with product as you don’t want any sticky residue – instead spritz L'ORÉAL Professionnel Série Expert Curl Contour Enchancing Spray to keep waves defined throughout the day. This style relies on hair that can look messy yet glamorous, so if your client’s hair needs extra support for the big day, recommend extensions. Salon Services offers a course in Advanced Education for Length. Recommend a flower crown to complete the look.

Add a futuristic twist to talons as seen at Ashish, and keep hair loose and wavy like the Marchesa models
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