Express Yourself: “A Most” Makeup Look for the Intensely Sophisticated Bride

During the difficult times of COVID-19, especially during the lockdown, we all took a laidback approach in our fashion and beauty choices. Just like many industries, the bridal industry also had to adapt to the constant pandemic’s surprises. Weddings were canceled and some postponed. Once weddings became possible to celebrate, small and intimate gatherings became the way to go. Brides opted for a more relaxed vibe – we saw more long flowy dresses, as well as an increase of short cocktail-like dresses, natural makeup, and hair looks complimented this trend.  When it came down to makeup, brides opted for lipstick shades of nudes and soft pinks which made wearing a mask more accessible. 

At the beginning of 2021, we continued to see this trend.  As we are approaching the end of the year, we are seeing a shift in the way we approach gatherings and celebrations. The way we are expressing ourselves through our fashion and beauty style is a reflection of this change. There is definitely an eagerness to leave the comfort and leisure of the pandemic days behind. With this said, we saw this shift in bridal fashion as well during this past New York Bridal Fashion Week. We were able to see a vast array of styles that promised to suit each bride’s unique style, from romantic and ethereal dresses to more elaborated and fashion-forward ones. No matter the length or the style of the dress, a common theme we were able to definitely notice was ‘Elegance and Sophistication.’ We were able to see the sophistication in the decadent details of crystals, embroideries, lace, and fabrics. 

Just as the dress is an expression of each unique bride, so is her makeup and hair. Many brides are looking forward to not only having one grand entrance, but two, and even three or more… and with the multiple wardrobe upgrades, brides are also playing with their makeup and hair looks to go along with each of their dresses. Many bridal designers have cleverly created versatile dresses that can transition from day to evening or from a more relaxed vibe to a more glamourous one. 

With the same versatility in mind, as a professional makeup artist, I like to create this “upgrade” and transition in makeup for brides. Few beauty products can instantly boost our mood, confidence, and make us feel sexy and empowered in a classic way – and that is a beloved red lipstick that has stood the test of time and fashion trends. A bold red lip is certainly timeless and chic!

2022 is all about making a statement in a classic way, having fun, and expressing the many facets of yourself!

Below are some of the dresses we saw during NYBFW that inspired us to create our “A Most” makeup look for 2022 – Intensely Sophisticated. This look is all about transitioning from your softer makeup look – a soft nude lip to then making your 2nd or 3rd grand entrance with impact and glamour.  As a Holistic Makeup Artist and Mindful Beauty Coach, it is of utmost importance that my brides not only look good but also feel amazing and confident about the quality of the products they are wearing. They know that the products they wear are protecting their internal wellbeing. Because of this reason, we have carefully put together this look for you with all high-end clean and green makeup products that will make you LOOK + FEEL the best version of yourself!

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Designer: Estee photo by Daniel Perry.

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Designer: Colby Johh, photo by Daniel Perry.
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Designer: Colby Johh, photo by Daniel Perry.

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Designer: La Premiere, photo by Daniel Perry.
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Designer: La Premiere, photo by Daniel Perry.
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Designer: La Premiere, photo by Daniel Perry.

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Designer: Yumi Katsura, photo by Daniel Perry.
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                                  Designer: Tal Kedem, photo by Daniel Perry.

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Designer: Amsale, photo by Daniel Perry.

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Picture credits – IG: @vizagistvaleria

Nothing says sexy sophistication than a soft smokey eye with a perfectly winged eyeliner complemented with a bold red lip.

Create a captivating look with bronze, terracotta, gold, tangerine, and red hues. 

You can achieve this look with Roen Beauty’s 75° Warm Eyeshadow Palette. The Terracotta and Gold colors in this palette give depth and fierceness to the eyes. By adding a slight touch of the Disco Eye individual shade on the inner corner of the eyes and brow bone, we create the right amount of playful spark. 

Give this bronze smokey eye look some 50’s sophistication with Milk Makeup’s Kush Liquid Eyeliner. Its clean, waterproof felt tip liquid eyeliner pen is formulated with hemp-derived cannabis seed oil and a pure black pigment to effortlessly line the eyes for the most classic winged eyeliner style. 

Perfectly polished arched brows frame the face beautifully providing a serene and confident aura. We recommend Kosas’ Brow Action Set. The dual-action micro triangle pencil helps to fill in sparse brows and creates precise, hair-like strokes with color that stays put. The Air Brow Clear Gel lifts, conditions, and sets brows in place – all while helping your brows reach their full growth potential – this duo it’s a true winner!

Clean and glowing skin is achieved with the right amount of coverage. 

For an impeccable complexion and naturally beautiful radiance, we recommend Juice Beauty’s Phyto-Pigments Flawless Serum Foundation because it contains age-defying serum technology with resveratrol-rich grapeseed and fruit stem cells to help reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and pores thanks to its smoothing coconut alkanes. This foundation’s weightless texture is suitable for all skin types and provides buildable coverage from medium to full.

Contoured cheeks at the highest point of the sides of the face with peach highlights create a natural facelift effect. 

The warm glow of this look is achieved by using the same bronze tonalities used for the eyes on the key areas of the face. A youthful touch is provided with rosy and tangerine blush colors close to the area of contour to keep the right amount of light and opening to the face. You can achieve this look with Lily Lolo’s Sculpt and Glow Contour Duo and Alima Pure’s Cream Blush that melts seamlessly into skin, revealing a dewy flush of color. For a more daring look go for the Pulse tone, and for a more subtle rosy cheeks – go for the Blossom tone.

To elevate this look with elegance, a serene and clean aura, add a soft sheen to the top of the cheeks, the bridge and tip of the nose, the chin, and a gentle swift on the forehead (just where the light hits naturally) with Ather Beauty’s Supernova Crushed Pink Diamond Highlighter.

Red bold lips create the right amount of intensity to make this look “A MOST” this 2022. 

Let’s be honest, a perfect red lip is like a work of art – it takes skill and amazing formulated products to achieve the classiest red lip. A well-defined lip is achieved first and foremost with a precise lip-liner application.  La Bouche Rouge, Paris Lip Pencil in Red, outlines and amplifies the lips with a nourishing formula of castor oil, squalane, and vitamin E for a smooth glide to craft the easiest lipstick application.  We could not recommend enough the most luxurious line of certified organic red lipstick collection – The Red Edit Lipstick by Kirsten Kjaer Weis. This collection is art in a tube. This creamy, ultra-nourishing formula swipes on with ease for a soft satin finish. Sustainably sourced nourishing ingredients glide on smooth, seamless, and weightless without the use of silicones.  The vivacious shades of reds can be embraced by the self-assured brides who are unapologetic about expressing their sensual and daring side, yet showcasing they are all about high class.

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