Bridal makeup is all about the bride. Helping the bride and her tribe feel gorgeous isn’t just about applying great makeup it is equal parts incorporating their personal style. When you get a bride like Katie, who is not only a makeup artist as well but also has impeccable style, well the pressure is on. I was able to talk to Katie and the cast to get a developed vision of each girl’s desired look.
If I had to label the look for the bride & bridal party, I would say the cohesive theme was modern, polished elegance. Think red carpet ready, with fresh skin, fluffy lashes and a defined brow. The lips were like different shades of roses, all opaque lush & glossy colors ranging from Katie’s natural plum to Stassi’s pinky nude.
I used Clarifying Hydration Dew by Hello Aglow on all the girls whose skin needed a light mist of oil controlling hydration. On the girls who had dryer skin, I used Jurlique Rose Water balancing mist. I then applied a light layer of MAC cosmetics Oil Control Lotion over the T zone. As a primer and sun protection, I applied a light layer of Hour Glass Veil over the entire face, this product gives a beautiful glow to the skin. It evens out imperfections while protecting the skin from the sun and keeping the foundation in place. I used a combination of Christian Dior Airbrush foundation and Sephora brand airbrush foundation, they both last all day, are water resistant and photography beautifully. My team and I wanted to incorporate the warm late summer colors into the makeup vision so we used a collection of golds, rich plums, shimmery taupe shades, sparkling browns, soft satin creams and petal pinks from MAC Cosmetics, OCC & Kylie Cosmetics.
Christian Dior eye pencil and Glossier boy brow was used on every girl to create a bold gorgeous fluffy defined brow.
We used Glossier Cheek Colored Creams for a soft deposit of natural glowy cheeks. Highlighter from Lime Crime was used very softly to pull out the bone structure and enhance the glow effect. Chanel Cream Bronzer & Luna Bronzer was mixed on a palate used to create depth and give a gorgeous natural tan look to the summer bride and her tribe.
Every wedding has tears so it’s important to use waterproof mascara, we chose to apply a liberal amount of Too Faced Cosmetics, Better Than Sex Mascara in black waterproof. This was paired with bold ultra-fluffy lashes from Egyptian Queen lashes. The combo created enhanced beauty but still natural.
On lips, we used Fresh Cosmetics for the base color to hydrate and plump the lips up, in Sugar Bloom Tinted Lip. Katie had Whirl Lip Liner from MAC applied on top of the Lip color so it didn’t pull away for the natural lip look. We finished her lips with a small drop of lip gloss by Buxom Cosmetics in color suitably named, Katie….of course!
We used a range of Buxom Glosses for the other girls and mixed in Too Faced Extreme Plumper to bring color and shape to the surface of the lip.
To finish every girl, we set their makeup with 24-hour setting spray from Urban Decay.
The girls looked amazing and were a dream to work on.
Makeup by: Edin Carpenter Makeup (E.C.M.A) and Team
Photographed by Gina & Ryan Photography