The Fall: The Beauty

How To Create The Perfect Berry Lip And Smokey Eye For Your Wedding Day

For as long as I can remember I’ve wanted to be a redhead complete with freckles – a kind of chic, upmarket Pippi Longstocking if you will. Unfortunately Mother Nature did not bless me with such a stellar aesthetic but this hasn’t deterred me from appreciating such a beautiful combination in other folks. This may also explain my teeny tiny obsession with Mr Eddie Redmayne.

Ahem.

Moving on.

It was perhaps obvious then that I would choose a titian beauty for the first piece of Rock My Wedding editorial that I would direct. I mean how could I not, especially for a season so resplendent with flaming colours. It was also really important to me to push the boundaries a little bit when it came to the beauty looks on this shoot…a little bit less bridal, a little bit more edgy.

It was a risk but you folks loved it…especially THAT berry lip.

We guessed that you lovely lot would adore Abigail’s beautiful smokey eye and stained berry lip as much as we did so we’ve asked the super talented Claire Salter who created the beauty for us on our latest editorial shoot to share her product recommendations and tips for creating the whole “The Fall” look.

Let us know if you are going to give it a whirl lovelies.

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Autumn Berry Lips

Claire Salter: This look was all about creating a dewy look for the skin combined with an Autumnal berry strong lip. Here are a few guiders and tips to recreate it for yourself:

The key to any long lasting look is a well applied base.

I used M.A.C eye cream and Strobe Cream as a moisturising base with an iridescent dewiness; this will catch the highlights on camera even under your foundation.

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I then applied a primer; I useed Illamasqua Hydra Veil for that extra dewy look. Warm a little of this in your hands and then apply all over the face excluding the under eye area.

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Let this settle for a few minutes before applying your foundation. A favourite foundation product of mine is Bobbi Brown Moisture Rich; this foundation has a moisturiser inside so again keeps the skin hydrated.

When choosing the correct shade it’s best to try three shades on the side of your jawline. Hold a mirror away from yourself (preferably in natural day light), the shade you see the least is the correct one for you.

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Your foundation can be applied in several ways; I find putting the product on the back of my hand first helps to warm the product. I also like to apply foundation with a brush and work the product in with a make-up sponge.

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The next step is to cover those pesky pimples and dark shadows under the eyes. Use a concealer/hightlighter such as YSL Touch Eclat under the eyes.

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All of your work now needs to be set with a powder, I used M.A.C Prime Focus Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder (another favourite of mine). A light dusting is needed all over to help set your base.

To create that warm Autumn glow on the cheeks I used a lovely chocolate block from Bourjois for contouring; this yummy product also smells of chocolate.

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Moving now onto the the eyes… With such bold lips, minimal make-up is required on the eye unless of course if you are after a real statement look! I used a lovely eye primer – Urban Decay in Sin – which also acts as a lovely base colour. Apply this with a brush and then dab in with your finger.

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I then applied a small amount of cream to powder shadow using Chanel’s Illusion d’ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Ebloui 86 with my finger; this is such a lovely product and such an easy way to create a slight contour in your socket line.

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Rather than applying an eyeliner which can give a much stronger look, I opted for an eyeshadow which I applied with a fine brush just to define the eyes. Bobbi Brown eyeshadow in Taupe is a great product to use with a look like this.

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Finally give the eyes a widening look and that special POP by applying a small amount of white/cream eye liner just inside the eye on your inner rim. M.A.C’s Fascinating White is one of my make-up staples and the perfect product for the task.

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The next step is your lashes. A favourite mascara of mine is Maybelline Great Lash, this mascara is very moist which means you can really work it in to the lashes and layer it up if required.

I also occasionally use a mascara brush which enables you to get right in to the lash line, great for fairer lashes.

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For a more natural looking brow hang on to your old mascaras! Wipe the wand through a tissue and lightly brush over the brows.

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Now for those gorgeous Berry lips you have all been waiting for…

For these gorgeous Autumn lips you will need two lipsticks. I used Illamasqua Growl applied with a brush on the lip line & outer lip as well as Bobbi Brown’s Hollywood Red in the bud of Abigail’s lips.

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Using a lighter shade in the bud of your lips will create the illusion of your lips being more ‘poutiful’ and make them really pop!

To complete your gorgeous Autumn berry look just add a spray of make up fixer such as MAC’s fix+ and you’re ready to rock your wedding berry lips!

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Hot Metal Smokey Eye

My second make up look for all you Autumnal brides to be is all about the eyes!! The richness in Autumn palettes is incredibly versatile since it’s so adaptable to all skin tones and hair colours.

I chose a more matte look for the skin to complement the shimmering eye beauty look. As before a good base is the key to a great look that will last all day long and shimmer well into the evening!

I used M.A.C Prep & Prime Skin Base Visage. This wonder product calms and soothes the skin whilst blotting away any excess oil; it also evens out any redness of the skin.

Next I used my all time favourite foundation – Bobbi Brown Moisture Rich. This product is great for longevity and can be built on for extra coverage and keeps skin moist.

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Even if you have skin that tends to be on the oily side I would strongly advise you to keep your skin hydrated throughout the day. If you feel you might be developing a touch of shiny skin then I recommend you blot your skin with the hand hide away blotting tissues from M.A.C.

If you have any blemishes, then they can be blasted with a good concealer! I find applying concealer with a brush is best and then work around the application with your fingers to pat the product in.

The area of skin under your eyes may need some gentle care (all those sleepless nights and excitement can cause fatigue).

I find YSL Touche Eclat great for combating any dark circles; this product is also water based so it’s gentle on the eye area. If you feel you need more coverage you can always mix with a more creamy concealer.

Once you have created your ideal base then you need to set all your hard work with a powder. I choose to use M.A.C Prime Focus Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder – trust me ladies this product is a miracle cure!! This ultra fine finishing powder with micro fine particles helps reduce shine and also minimises the appearance of pores, lines and imperfections.

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Now you’re ready for all things EYES!

When creating a smokey eye the last thing you want to end up with is panda eyes. There are several ways of preventing this (trial and error are the best ways to find your own technique!)

One way to avoid the panda look is to create your smokey look before you apply your base. An alternative technique is to place a tissue under your eye to catch any eyeshadow that may fall off whilst you’re applying it.

My preferred method is to apply some prep & prime powder underneath the eye so any falling eyeshadow will sit on top of this enabling you to dust this away after you have finished your smokey look.

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For a more intense eye, a high quality primer/ cream base on the eye is required. I used the Illamasqua Liquid Metal palette to create Abigail’s smokey beauty look; this palette is amazing and has four tones to choose from.

Once you have applied this base you are good to go with your desired colours. Apply your eyeshadow with a brush and blend, blend, blend with your fingers to finish.

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To really give that sexy sultry look apply a soft kohl liner over the lash line and under the eye, then smudge with a rounded cotton bud.

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Shaping your brows is really important for an effective smokey look; try filling in your brows with an eyeshadow which is slightly more gentle than a pencil. I used Bobbi Brown Blonde and and angled brow brush.

Lashes for this look can be layered so go as gentle or crazy as you desire. I used the tried and trusted Maybelline Great Lash to build a fab lash look.

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From a lips perspective, choose a warm palette but not something so bold to outshine the eyes. I used NARS Honolulu. To complete this look I gave Abigail’s skin a dust over on her cheekbones, the bridge of her nose and cupid’s bow with Bobbi Brown Shimmer brick in Bronze.

Oh and don’t forget a little spritz of MAC fix+ to keep everything in place.

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Make-up and Hair – Claire Salter
Photography – Rebekah J.Murray
Model – Abigail Poulton

Absolutely heart-stoppingly beautiful right?

The Illamasqua Liquid Metal palette is most definitely on my ‘to buy’ list once payday arrives. I mean who wouldn’t want to look as sultry as Abigail does…?

HOT.

All my love Lolly xxx

P.S. Don’t forget to tune in next week for some EPIC hair tutorials.

21 thoughts on “The Fall: The Beauty

  1. Oooo loving the tip for fairer eyelashes. I always get annoyed that I can’t get close enough to the eye with my mascara brush (well not without getting mascara all over my eyes!!)
    So I think I’ll be trying the tip out 🙂

    Gorgeous work, and gorgeous model xxx

  2. What you don’t see in these images is my moony face peering right at Abi’s and asking Claire about all of the products she was using, particularly the base for the berry lip – I use Strobe cream anyway but didn’t realise you could essentially put it all over. And that illamasqua primer was like magic potion.

    I’ve seen a lot, and I mean A LOT of make-up in shoots over the past four years or so and this is definitely one of my favourites – Abi looked as flawless in the flesh as she does in the photographs.

    And yes, my credit card is going to receive such a hammering at the cosmetics counters!!!

    Charlotte xxx

    1. Hey Charlotte,
      Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my work 🙂
      I’m so pleased you ‘being the gorgeousness & make up addict’ you are still managed to find my tutorial of use!
      Here’s a little tip also re the strobe cream 😉 this can also be applied to the collar bone, shoulders, arms, legs and anywhere you want to give that little extra highlight & camera glow 😉 xx

  3. Fantastic write up, cant express enough how much I appreciate tutorials that really work to talk about all the little steps just as much as the big ones! Love the mascara brush idea and of course those berry lips are insane! The hot metal eyes are amazing too!

  4. Fantastic tutorial Claire!

    I’ll definitely be trying the MAC finishing powder for when I do my own wedding make up, and loving the softer eye look of the first look – although I may add my current favourite Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner in Taupe – such a pretty colour, much softer than normal brown eyeliners, and it is so longlasting!

    I saw that you used Touche Eclat for under the eyes but can I ask what concealer you would have used here for any blemishes or ‘pesky pimples’ on the rest of the face?

    Thanks x

    1. Hi Charlotte,
      Thank your for your comments on my tutorial I’m so pleased you found it of interest and will be taking some of my suggestions on board 🙂
      MAC prep and prime finishing powder is a “must have” I threaten to protest outside of MAC’s head office if they ever stop producing this wonder product, and what’s SO amazing about this powder is it adapts to any skin tone!!

      The concealer I used was from MAC; I mixed two shades to match Abigail’s skin – you can buy these individually or in a palette. http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/product/157/23771/Products/Face/Concealer/PRO-Conceal-and-Correct-PaletteLight/index.tmpl
      http://www.maccosmetics.co.uk/product/shaded/157/314/Products/Face/Concealer/Studio-Finish-SPF-35-Concealer/index.tmpl

      These are always handy to have in your make up bag and can cover a multitude of sins 😉

      I will have to check out the Chanel long lasting liner! Thanks for sharing 🙂

      Claire xx

  5. Thank you for the great tips, Claire!

    I noticed that the foundation you used has an SPF – is it an urban myth that you shouldn’t wear SPF foundations for wedding make up because of flashback with photography?

  6. Hi Rose,
    You’re welcome I hope you found my tips useful!
    AWWWWW the old myth about SPF! To be honest I have never had any problems with flash back when I have used a base with SPF and to be fair you will struggle these days to find a base that doesn’t have SPF (studies show that SPF is the only anti ageing product that really works!)
    I do have lots of bases and foundations in my kit, however I have a life time love affair with Bobbi Brown moisture rich which has an SPF 15.
    http://www.bobbibrown.co.uk/product/2336/8220/Makeup/Face/Foundation/Moisture-Rich-Foundation-SPF-15/Award-Winner/index.tmpl

    I have used this on many a bride and on many a photo shoot and never had any problems.
    Here is a link to both my bridal and fashion web site where I would say 90% of the shots I have used this product, so have a look.
    http://www.clairesalter.co.uk
    http://www.clairesaltermakeup.co.uk

    I hope this helps 🙂

  7. Thanks a lot for sharing the make up tips in this marvellous way .It helps me a lot to learn about the make up tips.thanks for sharing your talent with us.

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