Photos by William Innes Photography
Deep red hair, dramatic winged eyes, plum lips…we just love this bride’s dramatic vintage look! Want to wear something similar for your wedding day? Makeup artist Courtney James shares her step-by-step process for creating it (plus all the products used) below!
Often times brides want a more subtle and natural look. Bride Sarah, on the other hand, is no stranger to wearing makeup (her husband is a photographer and she’s his favorite muse). So we knew we could really push the boundaries of bridal makeup and go for something a little more dramatic and editorial.
I always suggest doing a trail makeup run with the bride-to-be—that way you can avoid any day of blunders and the bride knows what to expect. During Sarah’s makeup trial I asked her if she wanted to do a dramatic eye or lip (generally women prefer to pick one feature to highlight). Her reply: “Both of course!”
My makeup products and techniques for the look:
Sarah has combination skin and her wedding was outdoors so I started with Juice Organic Oil Free moisturizer 30 SPF. Under the eyes I used GinZing from Origins. It contains caffeine and has a pink tint, both of which work to wake up delicate under eye skin. Next, I applied MAC Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50 as a primer, which has a mattifying effect and increases the longevity of foundation. I used MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation and applied it with a MAC’s 188 duo fiber blending brush, then corrected any blemishes with MAC’s studio finish concealer. To highlight I used MAC Prep + Prime in Radiant Rose along the top of Sarah’s cheek bones, under her eyes, and along the bridge of her nose. I set everything by blending MAC Prep + Prime Translucent Pressed Powder and MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural using MAC 150 Large Powder brush.
To contour I applied MAC eye shadow in Bamboo with the MAC 168 angled brush. This shape of this brush perfectly hugs the cheek bone, making it easy to create a gorgeous contour. I mixed MAC Plum Foolery and Cubic blush and applied the combo to the apples of Sarah’s cheeks.
For Sarah’s eyes I first curled her natural lashes then prepped the eye space with MAC Paint Pot in Painterly. I alternated between the matte and shimmer shadows in Lorac’s Unzipped pallet to create a multi-dimensional effect. I used MAC Embark eye shadow and MAC 219 pencil brush to really carve out the crease. I used MAC Liquid Last waterproof liquid eyeliner to create a thick and dramatic winged out look. After applying 2 generous coats of MAC Waterproof False Lash mascara I finished the look by attaching Ardell false lashes using Duo lash glue.
For that lush, dark lip I used a MAC lip pencil in Vino to line and fill the lip (using a liner adds a barrier between the skin and lipstick allowing for more longevity and less feathering). I topped that with MAC lipstick in Del Rio.
Finally, to finish the entire face and set the makeup I spritzed Sarah’s face with MAC Fix Plus. The final look was dramatic yet soft, editorial and bridal at the same time.
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