Bridal makeup is all about embracing a fresh, ethereal, and slightly “amped up” natural version of yourself that brings out your inner and outer beauty – making you feel confident and ready for anything on your big day. This year at New York Bridal Fashion Week, we saw trendy (and very doable) variations on beautiful classic bridal makeup. After attending numerous shows where top bridal designers worldwide debuted their newest collections for spring 2017 in NYC, these looks stood out the most as our beauty editor’s pick – best makeup looks:
- The Classic Bride: This traditional bridal look is created using eyeshadows in soft browns, champagnes, and roses complimented with black/brown eyeliner and a light coat of black mascara. Natural-looking individual and/or strip lashes can be added for an enhanced touch to the eyes. The cheeks are blended with a light sweeping of a soft rosy pink blush accompanied with little to no contouring. The lips are shaped using rose neutral lip pencils and lipstick with a touch of clear and/or light pink gloss. This makeup look was beautifully worn at the Marchesa, Romona Keveza, and Isabelle Armstrong SS17 collection during Bridal Week as seen here.
- Lavender Spring Beauty: A personal favorite of mine for spring brides, this makeup look is all about the lavender pastel purple-pinkish lips and long, wispy lashes. Eyes are highlighted using long individual lashes followed by a thin coat of black mascara. Black liquid liner is added into and above the lash line. Waterproof black liquid eyeliner can even be applied directly to the waterline of the top lid for a heightened eye-catching boost. Eyeshadows in champagnes, soft browns, and a hint of lavender purple finalizes this eye makeup look. The cheeks are kept very clean and natural – no contouring and almost no blush (a soft sweep of pale pink blush will do). Lips are emphasized using a lavender pastel pinkish-purple lip pencil followed by a lavender pastel pinkish-purple lipstick. Add a touch of clear lip-gloss to the center of the upper and lower lip for added shine. This makeup look was worn gorgeously this year at the Ines Di Santo SS17 collection.
- Sultry Wife-to-Be: A huge trend throughout all of 2016, this look is centered on having a beautifully shaped blue-toned rep lip complimented with a very tight clean smoky eye. The eyes are highlighted using black eye pencil smudged into a tight line of black and brown eyeshadow just above the lash line. A white/champagne highlight can be added to the brow bone for a more dimensional effect. Eyelash primer topped with 2-3 coats of black mascara complete this look. The cheeks are flushed using a deep rosy-pink blush. The lips are shaped using a true red lip pencil followed by a glossy highly pigmented blue-toned red lipstick. This trending makeup look was worn elegantly this year at the Francesca Miranda SS17 and Dany Mizrachi SS17 collection.
- Editorial Empress: More edgy in nature, the uniquely shaped architectural eye look created using black liquid liner embodies this trending makeup style. The eyes are created using highly pigmented smudge-proof black liquid liner where a heavy line is applied into and above the lash line and extended into an upwardly drawn cat-eye-like point that follows inward along the natural crease in the eyelid. Waterproof black liquid liner is then applied to the waterline of the upper eyelid. For an even more Avant-garde look, smoke the eye out using black eyeshadow up to the natural crease in the eyelid. The cheeks can be lightly contoured and complete with sweep of rosy blush across the apples of the cheeks. The lips are crafted using a rose neutral and/or nude-toned lip pencil and lipstick. This non-traditional style of bridal makeup was worn beautifully this year at the Pnina Tornai SS17 Collection as seen below.
Austen Parker is a professional makeup artist with a diverse creative and academic background – holding a degree in entrepreneurship and advanced business analysis with additional studies in fine art, art history, and pre-med/cosmetic dermatology.
His passion for makeup combined with a strong understanding of science, skincare and facial anatomy gives him a unique perspective on makeup application – including color placement, blending, and the knowledge of unique melanin patterns – bringing a scientific edge to his artistry. His work includes international fashion & beauty editorials, advertising, corporate & editorial portraiture, television, runway, and destination weddings.