Make up / QMP

On Bridal Beauty: An Artechoke x Loverly

Some weeks back, I have been contacted by US wedding inspiration site Lover.ly to do a post on Bridal Beauty. I was to pick a gown from their archives, and do a post on how I would style the makeup that would go with it. Of course, I was excited!  I love weddings! I was already blogging when I got married, but I wasn’t too confident/keen doing makeup on myself. While it was a good call (read about my wedding BEAUTY experience here , I sometimes wish I had the chance to do it, or at least conceptualise it. And now I can—how fun!

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My husband and I celebrated our third year anniversary, and the birth of our first baby just last month!

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After going through each and every one of their wedding dresses, I picked this beauty from Monique Lhuiller: an ivory chantilly lace short sleeve illusion gathered sheath with trellis embroidery. 

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I chose this mainly for its vintage/bohemian vibe; a gown that can be dressed up or down depending on the theme, and something that doesn’t look too precious and constricting. I like a gown that a bride can really dance in and have fun with, and not worry about it getting ripped. That said and in the vein of carefree beauty [while it is very important to look your very best], you need to rely on products that will do the work for you. You can’t (and you shouldn’t!) be bothered with too much touching up—that would get in the way of fun! So I chose high quality and personally tried and tested products that I feel would look and perform great.

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From top row, left to right: Giorgio Armani Maestro Fluid Makeup, MAC Eyeshadow in Carbon, Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow in Mystic Eyes, ELF All Over Color in Toasted, NARS Blusher in Amour, MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Lingering, Estee Lauder Double Wear Extreme Mascara, Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick in Boudoir 

Now on to beauty! I think a soft color palette and muted shimmer would look lovely with this gown. The sheerness and overall feel of it calls for something just as subtle and tactile. Nothing too loud or jarring—just colors and textures that enhance the skin—and blended, blended, blended!  I love how this Valentina dress gives the illusion of baring skin, so I went for a really glowy base with ample highlights–not a very powdered down/matte effect. A classic rose-tinged eye makeup with matching pink lips would go well with the romantic embroidery, too. I want the look to be low-key to match the casual silhouette of the dress, but done immaculately and lit-from-within, as diaphanous as the gown itself!

Here’s a QMP to illustrate what I mean, more or less!

I always start by prepping my skin, and in special events like this, I use Clarins Beauty Flash Balm. I like to do a mini facial massage with this product as it really helps perk up and tighten the skin. Next, I apply the Giorgio Armani Maestro makeup with my fingers first, then buffing over with a dense brush. I apply more using the brush to areas where I need it, usually down the centre of my face. 

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For the eyes, I used the pink shadow from the Chanel quad as an allover color for the lids, deepened by the mid-brown shade on the outer corners. I used the deep taupe shade as a contour and liner shade. I extended this color way down the lower lash line for a smoky, dramatic vibe. The sparkly silver goes on the inner corners of the eyes and dabbed on the the middle of each lid for added dimension. I curled my lashes and applied generous amounts of the Estee Lauder mascara, followed by the MAC Carbon eyeshadow on the upper lids, as a softer alternative to eyeliner.

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I drew light, feathery strokes on the brows, thickening them up a bit, but without a harsh outline/shape. I want it to look natural, almost bushy, to add to the bohemian vibe. For the cheeks, a dusting of a warm rose blusher from NARS, and highlighted with the ELF stick on the usual spots: the upper cheeks, down the centre of the nose, chin, and cupid’s bow.

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Lastly for the lips, I applied Giorgio Armani’s Rouge Ecstasy lipstick in Boudoir, a flattering pink with slight shimmer. It gives great color and light to lips and is quite long-lasting.

And that is it—I hope you enjoyed reading! Thank you Lover.ly for engaging me to do this post! If any of you guys are getting hitched soon, do check out their site; its full of helpful and inspiring stuff. Have a great week everyone!

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