A few weeks ago I was treated to a makeover with two of Gloucestershire’s finest wedding suppliers, make up artist Sophie Chamings and hair stylist Chris Fordham. They arrived at my house with their magical kits full of goodies to make me look suitably bridal, so that we could give you lovely readers two fabulous tutorials on how to achieve the look yourself at home.
So I’m excited to share the first part of this series with you, a classic bridal makeup tutorial. Perfect for those of you wanting to look healthy and glowing without being too obviously made up. Even if you’re not a bride to be, read on for some great product reccommendations and beauty tips!
It was a little nerve wrecking to find myself sitting in front of the camera without any make up on at all when we started out, but wonderful Marcus Ward from Bigeye Photography started chatting away and as always, made me totally relax and forget to feel self conscious. So thanks to him I don’t look totally awful in the “before” pictures (and I didn’t pay him to edit out my flaws… promise).
Sophie Chamings: Integral to everything I do is beautiful skin and flawless make-up. If you look good, you feel good too and this is especially important on your wedding day!
I worked with Jessie’s colouring, character and natural style to create a look unique to her using some of my favourite products!
As you can see by the end results, having a professional do your make-up really does make a real difference. But if you are braving it yourself, these step by step instructions should help. Remember you might need to tweak the colours to suit you! Seek advice from a consultant you trust at your favourite make-up counter.
And, don’t forget to invest in some good quality brushes as this will make all the difference!
Always do your eyes first so you can lean on your face with your hands and clean up any mess underneath afterwards without ruining your beautifully applied foundation.
Start with a primer – absolutely essential if you want your eye make-up to last all day! My favourite is Laura Mercier’s Eye Basics (£20.50) in a shade or two lighter than your natural skintone (I used Linen on Jessie). It’s brilliant and will ensure the colour of your eyeshadow is fresh and bright too. Simply apply all over your eyelid blending into the socket line.
Eyeshadow – lighter shade
Next, apply a light shade all over your eyelid on top of your primer. I used No 7 eyeshadow in Wheatsheaf (£7) here which looks great on everybody!
Eyeliner- upper lash line
Then, using an eyeliner (liquid or pencil depending on the drama you want to create), draw a line along your upper lash line. I used Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Stay in Place eyeliner here in Coffee which is a dark brown. Then I used a small eyeliner brush (or thin tipped brush from an art shop for a cheaper option) to perfect and soften the line, adding in a small flick at the outer corners.
It does take practice so keep cotton buds and water based liquid eye make-up remover nearby (recommended Rimmel liquid eye make-up remover £2.99). If you go wrong, simply correct your mistake with a cotton bud dipped in a small amount of make-up remover.
Then it’s time for your lashes! Get the curlers out and give them a good curl before applying 2-3 coats of black or dark brown mascara. I did this on Jessie but then decided that fake lashes would be a good addition so I applied No 7 False Eyelashes 10 Natural Volume £7.50. They really added that wow factor that most brides want! For a more natural look, Eylure do some very fine ones which look great!
Once this is done, you can add a darker/contour shade to the outer part of your eyelids and sockets. Don’t go too dark especially if you are fair and keep assessing what it looks like with your eyes open during application. On Jessie, I used a soft taupe/heathery shade. I mixed Lancome and MAC shadows but most brands offer this shade so try a couple on and see which one looks best! Matte shades generally look softer.
Eyeliner and mascara – lower lashes
I then applied a soft line of eyeliner along the lower lash line followed by mascara on the lower lashes.
Primer and Foundation
Again, always start with a primer. I used Laura Mercier’s primer for normal skin (£28) on Jessie which is my favourite primer and is great on all skin types. I then applied Lancome’s Teine Idole Silky Matte liquid foundation 24 HR (£25) foundation for a soft creamy flawless finish. For a more radiant finish, my favourite is Estee lauder’s Double Wear.
Under the eyes and brow bone, I then applied a concealer. I used my newly found Rimmel Match Perfection Illumintaing Concealer which I love for both what it looks like and its price point £5.99!
Blusher and powder
I then applied a fresh peachy blusher – Boujois Blush Pot in Rose Ambre (£5.49). I applied it to the apples of Jessie’ cheeks blending up along the cheekbone for a natural and fresh look.
I finished Jessie’s complexion with a sweep of Laura Mercier’s Pressed Mineral Powder (£31) to set and soften the look.
Prime first! I used Guerlain’s Kiss Kiss liplift (£23) which is my favourite lip primer of all time. It softens and smoothes the lips like you wouldn’t believe. I then applied a natural coloured lipliner (Nars lip liner in Papau) all over the lips to create lasting colour. I finished by applying a Body Shop lip gloss in colour Lychee to add a bit of shine!
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There you have it! Sophie makes it all sound so simple, but being one of those girls who doesn’t normally wear a lot of makeup I know it’s not as easy as it looks. I have never mastered the art of eyeshadow, and my default is to wear a layer of great mascara and a red lip. Despite owning more makeup than I’d ever need in my lifetime, I’m still not that good at actually applying it. So personally for my wedding I opted for a professional who made sure I looked flawless in my photos.
By all means give this a go, and if you are pleased with the results then fantastic! But if you are anything like me and you can’t apply false lashes without poking yourself in the eye, or worry it might all look “too much”, then I’d highly recommend booking in a trial with a professional make up artist for some peace of mind!
Watch out for part 2 of this series where Chris Fordham shows you how to create loose curls and a pretty waterfall plait – perfect for a bohemian or festival bride.
Make up by Sophie Chamings
Hair by Chris Fordham
Photography by Marcus Ward at Bigeye Photography