One of the best things about makeup is that you’re allowed to take risks. If a soft, romantic look doesn’t feel quite like you, go for a bridal beauty look that seriously wows: gold eyeliner to make your eyes glimmer and a hot pink lip that’s oh-so-kissable! Jackie Schneider, the artistic genius behind the Clean Plate Pictures photo below, breaks down step-by-step exactly how to achieve this flirty, fun look.
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PREP | Clean, soft skin is essential to a natural look. Start with a nourishing cream that will make the skin supple and ready to act as a canvas for the makeup. Try Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré, which actually has three uses: cream cleanser, moisturizer, and primer—talk about a triple threat.
FOUNDATION | Though many people gravitate toward silicone foundations for their dewy quality, water-based foundations are ideal for weddings. Silicone eventually rises to the surface of the makeup, and it doesn’t take long to go from dewy to shiny. I used Make Up For Ever HD foundation on this model, which has a semi-matte finish. It’s oil free and comes in 26 shades, making it easy to accurately match to skin tone. It works well on people with sensitive skin because it’s such a breathable, medium-coverage base. Buff it in with a rounded foundation brush and blend well with a damp sponge. Because the finish of this product is so smooth, you only need to set it with a light dusting of loose powder.
EYES | Instead of an eye primer, try MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Soft Ochre—a matte yellow-beige, highly-pigmented but blendable cream shadow—as my base. Use the warmth and oils from your finger to blend it across the entire lid then brush over the base with a beige powder shadow. To create definition in the crease, apply a matte light brown shadow with a pencil brush in back-and-forth motions, focusing on the outer corners of each eye. Choosing the right liquid or gel liner for your wedding is essential, as the product will likely be put to the test with sweat and tears! Try LORAC Front of the Line Pro—it’s applicator is actually a synthetic-haired brush, rather than a felt tip, so it glides along the skin easily. Then trace along the edge of the black liner with Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Eldorado, a glittery gold hue to give your eyes that ‘Wow Factor.’
BROWS | For the brows, I used taupe brow powder, tapping in the product with an angled synthetic brush and then blended with both a spoolie brush and a boar bristle brow brush before setting them with a semi-translucent taupe brow gel.
CONCEALER | After the eyes are complete, clean up any fallout the has made its way beneath the eyes—blend a full coverage creamy concealer, like Keromask’s, onto your palette and add in a bit of the original foundation to make it less intense. Using a flat concealer brush, apply a bit into the hollows of the inner eye socket, pulling the product along the under-eye areas, making sure to cover any dark circles. Then tap a little product onto any blemishes with your fingers. Blend everything first with my fingers, then with a beauty sponge. To make sure everything is completely blended, go over your face one last time with a clean, small fluffy brush dipped in NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder.
CHEEKS | So as not to compete with the bold lip and eyes, go for a subtle blush. To add just a hint of color, apply a rosy cream-to-powder blush by patting it into the apples of your cheeks. Then, blend it up towards the temples with the foundation buffer brush I’d previously used. To seal the color, swipe on a powder blush using an oval shaped brush with a pointed tip that will give you precision of placement and great blending capabilities.
LIPS | The key to creating this hot-pink lip is to start with MAC’s Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in In Anticipation and blend it with a pointed lip brush. Then, alternate between applying and blotting the Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte Lipstick in Fuchsia Tourbillon. To complete the look, take a small concealer brush dipped in the original foundation, and trace the outer edges of the lips to make the pink more crisp and precise. Finally, blend the foundation outline with a fine-tipped damp sponge and voilà, bright bold lips waiting to be kissed.