Seeing as Spring has now sprung and with the wedding season almost upon us, I thought I would create a look perfect for a Spring wedding. If you want to know how I achieved this Pretty in Pink look, then keep on reading.
I started off by giving my model a quick cleanse with a few swipes of Bioderma Sensibio H20 on a cotton pad and a spritz of Avene Thermal Water Spray to help calm and sooth the skin. Then for a good dose of hydration, I moisturised her skin with La Roche-Posay Toleriane Riche (which is good for dry and sensitive skin, and skin prone to rosacea). I picked all of these products from my recent French pharmacy haul at escentual.com which you can read about it here.
To provide a smooth, even base for the foundation to go onto I used Mac’s Prep and Prime Natural Radiance in Radiant Yellow. Then I used Revlon Colourstay Foundation (in the normal to dry skin formulation) in the shade 150 Buff Chamois and buffed it into the skin using the Zoeva 102 Silk Finish Face Brush. This alone does not cover the rosacea she has on her cheeks so I covered that up with a thin layer of Nyx Concealer Jar in pastel green, to counteract the redness before going in with another lighter layer of the same foundation on top.
To conceal the slight darkness under the eyes, I used Mac’s Pro Longwear Concealer in the shade NW20 and gently blended it in using a patting motion with my ring finger. Then I set the foundation and concealer with a light dusting of Mac Prep and Prime Transaparent Finishing Powder with a big powder brush.
For brows, I used the lightest shade from my Gosh Brow Kit with the brush supplied, just to fill in any gaps where the hair was sparse.
Then I primed the eyelids using Mac’s Paint Pot in Painterly but any eyeshadow primer will do the job. I opted for a pink palette as my model has blue eyes so I thought it would help to make her eyes really stand out. I used the Lancome Colour Focus Palette 4 Ombres in 4 Romance, which they no longer do but you can use any pink palette to create this look. I used a light pink all over the lid only up to the crease, and a darker pink on the outer third of the lid and also into the crease to add more depth. To highlight the brow bone (which unfortunately didn’t get picked up in the photos, hate when that happens), I used a light champagne-y shade from the Zoeva Nude Palette. To line the top lash line, I used Bare Minerals Big & Bright Eyeliner in Espresso, running it very tight along the lashes. I then curled her lashes with my Shu Uemura Eyelash curlers before brushing her lashes with two coats of Benefit’s They’re Real Mascara in black . I decided to put a few individual lashes (seeing as it’s a special occasion) just on the outer third of her eyes and for this I used a three of the short lashes from Eylure’s Individual False Eyelashes (combination pack). This creates very natural, fuller looking lashes without going all out and too over the top.
To contour her face and to give her complexion extra warmth, I used Mac’s Powder Blush in Harmony under the cheekbones, up along the temple, across the hairline and also along the jawline. Then I used the blush shade from the Sleek Face Form palette in Light, which is a warm, peachy-coral with a gold shimmer running through it. I then dusted on Mac’s Mineralize Skin Finish in Lightscapade to highlight the tops of her cheekbones.
To moisturise her lips, I used La Roche Posay’s Cicaplast Levres which is also one of the products I picked up on my recent French haul and funnily enough, I forgot to include it in my post (duh!). Then I used Rimmel’s Moisture Renew Lipstick in the shade 705 Let’s Get Naked which is a peachy-pink shade and ties in nicely with the blush shade on her cheeks.
And that’s how you get the “Pretty in Pink”, Spring bridal makeup look! I hope you like it. You can tailor this look to colours that suit you. For green eyes, you might want to use lilac/purple tones or warm gold/copper tones and for brown eyes, you can pretty much use any colour you want (lucky us!).