Makeup artist Amie Rolleston has been administering bridal beauty for the best part of a decade – here, she shares the lessons she’s learned from her time in the trade.
When it comes to products, don’t underestimate the power of quality
I have a few key ones that I can’t get enough of – for instance, my Bobbi Brown Cream Foundation Palette: it’s easily blended, has a gorgeous dewy finish and I’m yet to find a skin tone that I can’t match! Bare Mineral Prime Time Foundation Primer is another example: it glides on effortlessly and works with even the most sensitive skin. Finally, Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Eyeliner Pencil in Brown. It’s a flattering depth of shade that enhances most eye colours, and makes for a romantic smoky eye that’s alluring without looking unnatural.
Take inspiration from anything and everything
Look to your dress style, your big-day hair, your wedding theme and especially the season: while summer suits a dewy sun-kissed look, autumn and winter weddings work well with cooler shades to complement your skin tone.
Don’t be a slave to trends…
But in saying that, current trends do lend themselves well to timelessness: bright lips (paired with a barely-there base) are popular at the moment, and the overall subtlety gives the look an enduring quality. Vintage-inspired cat eyes are also all the rage, but the modern variation – a thinner line blended out with soft eye shadow – achieves a more natural result. Contouring is always a good idea, and while you shouldn’t be tempted to take it to Kardashian levels, a few well-placed strokes of a soft bronze can give a face beautiful depth and warmth.
An organised bride is always a beautiful bride
Being relaxed in the moment is, of course, easier said than done – but when a bride is cool and collected, she’s a dream to work with. Get all the wedding details finessed well in advance so your on-the-day prep goes smoothly – a relaxed, focused face always gets a perfect result.
Be prepared for your makeup artist with fresh, clean, well-rested skin, a full water bottle (when you’ve got any kind of nervousness going on, you’ll be surprised at how fast you dehydrate) and a light robe that ties at the waist for an easy transition into your dress.
Don’t book a trial too far in advance
Two or three months ahead of the big day is ideal. This way, your skin will still be in its same seasonal tone and most of the key elements of your bridal look – hair, dress, and so on – are in place, giving us the opportunity to draw from these and create a makeup style that truly completes your look.