What was the theme or style Steph was after with her wedding day makeup?
Did you have particular people or looks you used as inspiration?
Luckily, Steph gets her makeup done in her job regularly, so we were able to draw inspiration from looks she has worn herself. As we wanted to achieve a very natural look that was very 'Steph' we didn't look to other celebrities for inspiration, it was really just about making her look like her best self.
What products did you use? Are there particular products you rely on for wedding makeup?
I prepped Steph's skin with Embryoliise Lair Creme concentrate ($38). It's my favourite base for starting a makeup. It hydrates the skin without making it oily at all.
I then used Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless filter ($65) mixed with Georgio Armani Luminous Silk foundation ($99). The Charlotte Tilbury gives the skin an amazing luminous glow, while the Armani gives a touch of coverage and staying power. The combination of the two, applied very lightly with my Rae Morris 23 Foundation brush ($59.50), gave the effect of flawless and natural skin. It didn't look covered or cakey at all. Any areas that needed a little extra coverage, I used YSL Touche Eclat concealer ($70) and patted it in with my fingers.
I contoured her face with a slightly darker foundation to give depth and dimension to her face. For any areas that needed a touch more contour, I used my fingers to apply a little Fenty contour stick Truffle ($37) under the cheekbones and jawline for definition, but in a very subtle and blended out way.
For the t-zone I used M.A.C Cosmetics Prep and Prime powder ($46), just to remove any shine from the centre of the forehead, sides of the nose and any areas prone to shine.
On the eyes I used Charlotte Tilbury Pillow talk eyeshadow palette ($80). It's a quad palette of champaign shimmer, dusty pink and nude tones. I used mostly the pink shade which translates on the skin in a very subtle way, but really brought out the blue/green tones in Steph's eyes. I also used a cream/white eyeliner pencil inside the eyes to make them bigger and brighter.
I curled the eyelashes and added Covergirl LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara ($18.95), and added a couple of Hava Luxe Individual Eyelashes for volume in the outer corners.
For the cheeks I used Hourglass Radiant Bronzer ($80), and Mecca Cosmetica Cream Blush ($45) for a little warmth to the cheeks. I added Mecca Highlight Balm ($32) to the cheekbones for extra glow and highlight.
For Steph's lips I used Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Lipstick ($49) which was almost the same colour as her natural lips, and a touch of Lano Lips in perfect nude over the top for a slightly glossy texture.
How do you keep wedding makeup looking fresh and glowy all day and night?
The combination of good quality primer, foundation and powder means the makeup sets perfectly into the skin and barely needs to be touched up. Not making the skin too dewy to start with, means the makeup stays put all day. I find the Covergirl mascara, which is very waterproof just doesn't move, smudge or crumble, it's a very reliable mascara that I use for events all the time.
How do you suggest people prepare their skin in the lead up to a big event like a wedding?
Starting a good skin care routine a few months before an event is really key to getting your skin looking its best. Good quality cleanser, serum and moisturiser, used morning and night, can make the world of difference, and using the right products for your skin is important. It's good to get advice from a professional, rather than just experimenting with random products. Having a few facials in the lead up will also really help. Makeup can only sit on top of the skin you already have, so getting the skin texture looking great is really key the makeup looking amazing.