A weird thing happens for some women when it comes to special-event makeup, especially if we're minimalists who rarely stray from our usual routines. Suddenly we're compelled to put on every cosmetic we own, and to put on too much because everyone says, "you need to wear more than you usually do." The trick is to keep it simple, and layer your makeup -- a little primer, foundation, concealer, powder -- and have it look like you, only better. This gorgeousness by star makeup artist and Revlon Global Artistic Director Gucci Westman for last week's Marchesa bridal runway show in New York is ideal. Closeups and details below.
Before makeup, though, I always encourage brides-to-be, and anyone who wants her special-event makeup to look its best, to schedule a facial within ten days of the Big Day. Always. The extra-focussed exfoliation and hydration makes a significant difference to the skin's luminosity and texture, and makes makeup look so much better and more natural when it's applied. Read about that here.
On Skin: For this Marchesa Spring/Summer 2014 bridal beauty look, Westman used Revlon PhotoReady Color Correcting and Perfecting Primer ($16.95) to even out skin tone and allow natural skin to show through at the same time. (If you need coverage -- we don't all have skin like this -- blend a thin layer of foundation on at this point, and press a little concealer over dark circles, in the inner corners of the lids, around the base of your nose, and under your lower lip.) She gave cheeks a sweet flush with Revlon Baby Sticks for Lips & Cheeks in Tahitian ($10.50 each; see below, left), and dusted skin with Nearly Naked Powder ($12.95) for an even finish.
On Eyes: Westman used a mix of grey and brown shadows on the lid (Colorstay 16H Eye Shadow Quads in Bombshell and Adventurous; $12.95 each), blended a wash of medium brown (from the Adventurous quad) in the crease, and added a bright white shade (from the Bombshell quad) as highlighter around the eye.
She then worked a very thin coat of Revlon ColorStay Liquid Liner in Black ($7.39) into the lashline and added length and volume with new Lash Potion Mascara in Blackest Black ($9.95, coming in May). You'll probably want waterproof options -- my go-to formulas in my makeup kit are Smashbox Jet Set cream liner, Make Up For Ever Aqua Black cream liner, and Covergirl LashBlast Waterproof Mascara.
On Lips:Westman used ColorBurst Lip Gloss in Crystal Water ($10.50) for a soft and easy-to-touch-up romantic sheen.
Is this something you think you could do on your own? Or something you'd have a makeup artist use as inspiration for your special day?