Bridal Beauty: West Coast Wedding


The Bridal Beauty Look Breakdown

I had such a great time getting Lindsay and her bridal party ready for her big day.  Despite some untimely weather (it was the August windstorm day), she managed to get some great outdoor photos and everything went off without a hitch.  For her makeup we created a look that was all about the eyes with really fresh beautiful skin.  Lindsay wanted to make her eyes pop so we did a more dramatic liner and doubled up on lashes!  Take a look at the beauty breakdown below for more details about this gorgeous bridal look...



Prep: Make sure the skin is makeup free, (freshly washed is preferred).  I spritzed my new favourite exilir on the skin to start, then massaged a moisturizer into the face and neck.  Next, pat on a light weight eye cream that works well with makeup, (not too greasy).  Lastly, apply a primer, I used Smashbox's primer water.  Now you are ready for foundation! 

Step 1:  Using my beauty blender I applied foundation all over the face.  Next up I concealed using Laura Mercier's Secret Camouflage.  I very lightly brushed this on around the nose, chin, forehead and any blemishes.  Note: You shouldn't be able to hardly see the product when brushing it on the skin, you want to start with less and build the coverage.  It isn't recommended but I also used this around the eye area, again very lightly.

Step 2:  Take a creamy matte taupe/brown and blend under the cheekbones.  I then used a peachy tone cream blush on the apples of the cheeks and blended outwards.  Lightly dust with a translucent powder to set.

Step 3:  For bridal makeup to last all day the key is light layering, after I  set the foundation and cream products, I lightly contoured the face with the bronze shade of Charlotte Tilbury's Sculpt & Highlight palette.  Next up I dusted on Laura Mercier's blush in Lush Nectarine.  Lastly, I highlighted with Hourglass's Ambient Lighting Palette, (another favourite of mine).



Prep: To start I applied Urban Decay's Original Primer Potion all over the lid up to the brow bone.  

Step 1: With a brush take the Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Amethyst and apply all over the lid, softly blending just below the crease.  Next pat on shade YDK of the Urban Decay 2 palette all over the lid.  Blend Laura Mercier shadow in Bamboo in the crease and highlight with Stellar under the brow bone.  I also used the Anastasia brow duality to highlight in the inner corner of the eye.

Step 2: Using Kat Von D Tatoo Liner, I lined the eye and created a defined wing.  I then lightly went over the line with Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in black to soften the line.  I also used the black pencil to line in the upper water line at the base of the lashes.

Step 3: First, curl the lashes.  Next, to really make the eyes pop I applied Ardell Wispies Strip Lashes, then for added drama I used a few individual lashes for a bit of extra length on the outer corner.  To finish, apply a few coats of mascara.  



Prep:  I like to comb up my brows to start to see exactly what I am working with. I also will examine them to see if any hairs need to be trimmed or plucked.  Note: Skip this prep if you have recently been to a professional for your brow grooming.

Step 1:  With hair like strokes I start to fill in the brows, I like to use a thin brow pencil for a finer look.  This will take a bit more time to fill them in as you will have to do more strokes with your pencil but will give you a more natural look.

Step 2: Finish by combing through brows to soften the pencil.  Next, use your brow gel to set the brow hairs in place.  Lastly, I like to fluff up the inner corners of my brow for more fuller look.



Prep: If needed, gently exfoliate the lips first using a lip polish, next rinse off with a dampened non-fluffy cotton pad.  Apply a hydrating lip balm.  Note: I usually do this step during the skincare at the start of the makeup.

Step 1: Line lips using a neutral toned lip liner.  I used MAC lipliner in Subculture. 

Step 2: Using a lip brush apply a nude lipstick.  My shade recommendation; MAC in Hue.

See more from this beautiful wedding photographed by Whitney Krutzfeldt below!


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Credits: Photos by Whitney Krutzfeldt / Hair by Chris Funk / Makeup by Katie Elwood / Location - Rockwater Secret Cove Resort.

Katie is a makeup artist based in Vancouver BC, represented by Lizbell Agency. She has been in the Vancouver beauty scene for 10 years, and in love with makeup for most of her life. When she is not painting faces she writes for her blog and is a contributor for Fashion Magazine.