July 11, 2011

Classic beauty for every bride-to-be

When it comes to choosing your wedding make-up style, the choices are seemingly endless. Bride Tasmania's resident beauty blogger Laura Curtis keeps things simple by pinpointing four classic looks brides-to-be can choose from to suit their own style.

Elegant Bride (a la Carrie Underwood)

Carrie's flawless skin, defined eyes and glossy nude-pink lips are the ideal choice for the "perfectionist" bride, who wants to look like a princess on her big day.

Emulate Carrie's make-up by:

Perfecting your complexion with a foundation that gives a soft-focus glow. I recommend Nars Sheer Glow Foundation.
Lining eyes with waterproof black eyeliner, like the foolproof Stila Smudge Stick in Stingray.
Applying a pretty pink lipgloss. YSL Shiny Lip Plumper in Candy is lovely.
Sweep an illuminating pink blush on the apples of the cheeks. I can't go past cult favourite Nars Blush in Orgasm.

Glamorous Bride (a la Kiera Knightly)

Kiera's more dramatic make-up will suit a bride who wants to look a little sexy and edgier on her big day. The differences between "Elegant" and "Glamourous" lie in the details: Kiera's eye make-up is more smokey, her lip and cheek colours are deeper with a matte finish and her brows are fuller and more defined.

To upgrade to Kiera's glamourous face, try:

Adding a strip of false lashes to your top lashline.
Staining lips with a rosy matte lipstick like Chanel Rouge Coco in Mademoiselle.
Contouring cheeks with Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna and Chanel Joues Contraste Blush in Rose Dust.
Filling in brows with a taupe brow powder like Nars Eyeshadow in Bali.

Romantic Bride (a la Scarlett Johanssen)

Scarlett's soft, pretty make-up style will flatter a minimalist bride who wants a chic and timeless look.

The key characteristics of Scarlett's look include:

Black eyeliner along the top lashline only, paired with a blendable mauve eyeshadow like Nars Eyeshadow in Ashes to Ashes.
A soft peachy blush lightly tapped onto cheeks. Nars Blush in Amour is beautiful.
A glossy nude lipstick. Chantecaille Lip Chic in Sari Rose is a staple in my bridal makeup kit.

Natural Bride (a la Keri Russel)

Keri's pared-back style will suit a low key bride who wants to keep things simple and pretty. Her "natural" look can be differentiated from Scarlett's "romantic" look by a lighter coverage foundation with a sheen, matte lips and dewy cheeks.

For Keri's natural look:

Apply a light layer of sheer, hydrating foundation like makeup artist favourite MAC Face & Body Foundation.
Blend a light pink cream blush onto the cheeks. Stila Convertible Colour in Lillium is a classic.
A matte nude lip colour. Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Bettina appears effortless, without making its wearer look washed out as some nude shades tend to do.

So there you go! My four favourite bridal looks. Which is your pick?

Laura Curtis is a beauty writer and make-up artist. To see more of her writing and beauty advice, you can visit her blogs One April Morning and Pretty Poesy, and follow her on Twitter (@laura_valerie).

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