October 24th, 2016
For many MUAs, Bridal make-up is a starting point. Combining classic beauty skills with client interaction and briefs, it’s a privilege to be able to help someone on what is (hopefully) one of the best days of her life. Whether you’re new to the industry or looking for a bit of inspiration, we at Warpaint have collected some of the best products to use when a bridal make-up job arises – tried and tested favourites as well as some budget-friendly kit fillers.
As both Youtube guru and Global Creative Make-up Director for Lancôme, who better than Lisa Eldridge to kick off our Starter Kit with a few tips and tricks for bridal make-up.
Starting with skin, MAC’s Prep and Prime Natural Radiance (£29.50) is great for oily and combination skin types. It has Vitamin E and C, as well as caffeine, to calm skin while illuminating pearl powders give a beautiful healthy glow. This lightweight silky gel comes in two different shades, radiant yellow and radiant pink – use yellow for deeper skins and pink for fairer types.
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat Blur Primer (£29.50) does exactly what it says on the tin. Pores and fine lines are blurred while the fine gold flecks suspended in the gel help to illuminate skin and gives the face a softer look. Perfect for a romantic, ethereal bridal make-up which stays fresh all day long.
Eye primer is crucial to help with the longevity of your painstakingly-applied eyeshadow and liner – we like the Laura Mercier’s Eye Basics (£21) for their range of colours. Neutralise redness or shadows to create the perfect nude base, while knowing that the silky-smooth formula contains Vitamins A, E and C to provide anti-oxidant protection around the eyes. If colour-matching breaks the bank a bit, we’ve also been impressed by NYX Proof It! Waterproof Eyeshadow Primer (£5.50).
Speaking of colour-correcting, we’ve spoken before of our love for the Make Up For Ever Camouflage Cream Palettes (£26), available in different iterations to cater to different skin tones. For an all-rounder, try the Pro Colour Correctives palette, which includes peach, green and purple which can be used on just about all skintones.
When it comes to Bridal make-up you need a base product which you can trust to last. We would recommend Illamasqua’s Skin Base Foundation (£32.50) for ultimate coverage. It has a whopping 26 shades so there is no doubt you will be able to find the perfect match for your client’s face. With a bit of work it can buff out to a lightweight yet pigmented base which helps soften and condition the skin. Skin-boosting vitamins E and C are present to make sure skin still stays moisturised and hydrated.
If you can get your hands on it, Make Up Atelier Paris has a great Waterproof Gel Foundation (£28) that creates a flawless matte finish. With 24 shades to choose from, the silicone-rich gel emulsion is waterproof to surface moisture and perspiration, while the colour is non-transferring thanks to the film-forming silicone polymer.
When it comes to powder foundations there’s one clear winner. Bare Minerals Original SPF15 Foundation (£26.50) is available in almost every shade under the sun, and the lightweight loose powder can worked up from sheer to full coverage. We also love the new BarePRO Performance Wear Powder Foundation (£27) for Bridal looks – the same breathable benefits as the original with superior coverage and staying power, in our opinion.
Time for some colour. For your blushing brides, the Design Flower Enriched Blushes (£12.90) in the KIKO Neo Noir collection do the job of many other high end products with ease. We love the shade pairings and soft, velvety haze of colour.
After launching 15 years ago, the Benefit Hoola Powder is still hugely popular and can be bought for £23.50. The powder works well on almost all skin tones thanks to its neutral bronze shade – not too warm, not too cool. It can be brushed on to give a natural tan look, but it can also be used to lightly sculpt thanks to its slight grey undertone. If Benefit is a bit out of budget, try something like the Body Shop Honey Bronzer (£13) for a golden glow on the go.
For an all-around winning neutral eye palette, the Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette (£32) features nine matte and shimmer shadows in with delicate shades which are perfect for a natural wedding day look. The shadows’ silky smooth formula delivers vibrant pigmented colour to the eyes and gives an almost airbrushed effect. Brilliant budget options include the MUA eyeshadow palettes – unbelievably affordable with great colour options, such as this Heaven and Earth Palette (£4) – and the buttery smooth pigment of the Zoeva Nude Spectrum Palette (£28.50 for 15 shades , working out at £1.90 per shade).
Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner (£19) is our usual choice when it comes to eyeliner. You can expect this gel to last all day comfortably, and it comes in 15 beautiful shades ranging from jet black to deep emerald green.
Waterproof mascara is an essential element in your bridal kit. We love the Diorshow Black Out Waterproof Mascara, £25.50, for unrivalled fluttery lashes. The formula has deeply saturated pigments to create a prominent kohl colour, giving the effect of false eyelashes.
If, however, your client does want to wear lashes, Ardell has a whole family tree of wispy falsies. Our pick would be the much-loved Demi-Wispies (£5.49) which use light fibres of human hair and incorporate an invisible reinforcing band to create that natural look.
Finally, it’s time to pucker up. The Charlotte Tilbury’s K.I.S.S.I.N.G Stoned Rose lipstick (£23) is one of our favourites for a flattering dusky rose. The lipstick has antioxidant ingredients that protects lips from UV damage and keeps lips soft and hydrated, and Charlotte’s website shows you how great the colour looks on a whole variety of skintones.
For a more daring look, Rimmel London’s Kate Moss Matte Lipstick is great for achieving a bold look without breaking the bank. There are four shades to choose from but we love the vibrant red Kiss of Life lipstick (£5.49) for its ruby powder formula and its long-lasting effect.
The Sexy Mother Pucker glosses and lipsticks from Soap & Glory are also brilliant formulas from the high street. With a range of pinks, reds and nudes in different finishes, you’re sure to find a pout-perfecting colour. Our top pick would be Naked Talent, a satin lipstick from the nudes range for a great pink-brown balanced nude (£9).