Get the Look: 1920s Bridal Makeup
If your wedding style is timeless, classic elegance then you can’t go past a 1920s-inspired makeup look. The soft pastel shades and subtle combination of innocence and sensuality is perfect for any bride wanting her makeup to continue to look chic for decades to come.
Dior Makeup Artist Kelly Mitchell shares her expert advice on how to create a 1920s makeup look for your wedding day.
Complexion is the true key to a woman’s radiance, and the canvas for a successful makeup look. Because makeup can only look as good as the skin underneath, be sure to start with perfectly cleansed and hydrated skin.
Primer: Blend an illuminating primer all over the face to instantly erase signs of fatigue and create a smooth, glowing and long lasting base for your foundation.
Foundation: Apply a small amount of foundation from the centre of the face, blending outwards using a professional makeup brush to create a flawless finish. For any “imperfections” stipple on a small amount of concealer, then set the entire face with a translucent mineral powder for a makeup look that won’t melt away throughout your big day.
Many women say they like to highlight their eyes as their key feature. Finding the perfect colours can be daunting for a bride, let alone knowing the right application technique to use. For a very sophisticated and easy-to-apply look try this…
Eyebrows: We can’t get too excited by colours and liners before we define our brows. Using an eyebrow pencils in a shade slightly darker than your natural hair colour, apply with light feathering hair-like strokes to set the frame work for your eye makeup.
Eye Shadow: Using a soft pale pink colour, such as the shade in the top right of the Dior 5 Couleurs ‘Edition Dentelle’ in # 743 Coquette palette, blend over the entire eyelid and lightly up to the brow bone as a highlight.
Choose a deeper smoky shade, such as the two deeper colours from the bottom of the Dior eye shadow palette (or a mixture of both). Using a light amount of product on a small makeup brush, draw a soft line along your crease and blend gently up past the crease until the colour gradually fades. Expert tip: Depth of colour for intensity is optional and you should stay within your comfort zone while still looking soft and well-defined for photos.
Eyeliner: Use an eyeliner brush to blend the deepest colour you used in your crease underneath your lower lashes, starting from the outer corner and fading in towards the centre.
Now apply a light amount of the shimmering pink shade to the inner corner of the lid and across towards the centre of the lid.
With a waterproof eyeliner pencil, scribble back and forth in between the upper eyelashes. Expert tip: This is a great trick to accentuate your eyes and make your lashes appear fuller. For added definition, thinly apply Dior Liquid Style Liner across the top lid only.
Lashes: For high definition length and curl, try Dior Show Iconic Mascara.
To bring a touch of colour to the complexion use a soft pink blush, such as Diorblush #839 Vintage Pink and blend up onto the cheekbones. Bring a soft amount of colour up to the temple to accentuate the eyes. Expert tip: Blush gives a very beautiful and natural flushed look (the way you probably looked when you first met your groom!)
Apply a nourishing lip balm to lips before applying lipstick. Dior’s new Creme de Rose Lip Balm is a great base for your lipstick while re-hydrating and plumping your lips. Expert tip: Before you apply any colour to your lips make sure they are very gently exfoliated to smooth the surface.
For your lipstick choose either Dior Addict Lipcolor #419 Pink Eyelet, #663 Pink Embroidery, or, #863 Pink Bustier. These classic romantic shades of pink and beige are a perfect complement for this bridal look and are very wearable (even if you’re usually a gloss-only-girl). Expert tip: Be sure to first apply a matching lip liner to accentuate and define your lips and ensure your colour doesn’t bleed.
Finish by applying a shimmering highlighter to the high points of the face to add a radiant glow. Expert tip: Bring the soft powder down onto the décolleté to complete this classic glamorous look.