I thought I’d share an insight, from a makeup point of view, on some of the wonderful weddings I’m lucky enough to play apart in. Not only do I love making people over and seeing the ‘look’ on people’s faces when it all comes together (hair, makeup, outfit), I really love meeting new people and witnessing all the love and joy at a wedding.

So to kick these blogs off I’ll start with telling you about a lovely wedding I did recently for two beautiful brides, Sarah and Charly.

It was a gorgeous sunny day, with the wedding scheduled for lunchtime at the Taunton Registry office in Somerset followed by a garden party in the grounds of Charly’s amazing family estate.

I started off my day bright and early at Sarah and Charly’s countryside cottage. In amongst the usually wedding hustle and bustle of family and friends running around to get ready, dogs barking and children squealing, Sarah and I found a quiet corner of the living room to get to work.

Sarah having worn make up before was really excited and looking forward to being transformed into a glowing bride for the day. After prepping and priming Sarah’s skin I started with a little peach corrector under her eyes followed up with a light and dewy foundation and extra illuminator for that fresh spring glow, a little concealer under the eyes and on the inner corners along with some transparent setting powder finishes off the base. For Sarah’s eyes I used a lovely shimmery beige eyeshadow base all over the eyelids with a darker brown eyeshadow blended from the out corners and along the crease of the eyelid with a little of the dark brown on the lower lash outer corners. I used a dark brown almost black for filling in the lash line, curled Sarah’s lashes and added lots of lovely (waterproof!) black mascara to her top and bottom lashes and finished off with a couple of cluster false eyelashes to the outer corners of her eyes to give a beautifully feminine cat eye. Using a matte brown eyeshadow that matched Sarah’s natural colouring I used a light touch to define her eyebrows along with some highlighter to the inner corners of the eye and below the brows.

With a touch of rose blush and a hint of natural lip colour Sarah was ready to go, her hair was loose and curled with a stunning vintage looking headband and the look was complete when she stepped into her lovely handmade green wedding dress.

Charly, having never worn make up before was slightly nervous but really wanted something special for her wedding day so we went with really lightweight products. We prepped and primed as usual to ensure the makeup stayed looking great all day, then I used a tinted moisturiser rather than a heavier foundation along with a touch of concealer under her eyes and on the inner corners. A lovely lightweight blush cream in a pink rose for the cheeks finished with a dusting of fine transparent powder finished off her base. For her eyes I swept a natural matte beige eyeshadow over her eyelids with a soft brown eyeshadow blended from the outer corners and the crease of the eyelid, a little on the lower lash line, with curled eyelashes and a couple of coats of black mascara to the upper and lower lashes and Charly’s eyes looked amazing. A touch of highlighter to the inner corners of the eyes and arch of the brow with a sweep of clear brow mascara to keep any way would eyebrow hairs in check followed with a tinted lip gloss finished off her look, natural, glowing and beautiful.

Each bride thought the other looked amazing, Sarah said she felt wonderfully girly and confident and Charly said that the first thing people commented on when seeing her after saying their vows (after congratulating them off course!) was that she looked amazing, and how the subtle makeup had really brought out all her beautiful natural features.

With the sun shining down and the food and drink flowing an amazing day was had by all with Sarah and Charly maintaining their bridal looks all the way through to the hog roast and barn dancing in the evening.

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