Beauty Seen Is Never Lost

This post is one that is particularly close to my heart given that I had both my makeup trial and my engagement shoot on Monday this week.


Suffice to say they both went swimmingly and I’m thrilled with the results. Mostly because I have a genius makeup artist – one of those precious few people that actually listens to what you want and then goes and produces something ten times more wonderful and a magician for a photographer – more on her later.

Like many of you, I’ve spent the past few weeks scouring the internet for THE look. The face that you’re going to wear on perhaps the biggest day of your life so far. It needs to survive tears, wow your beloved, stand the test of time and make you look like the most beautiful bride that ever existed.

Ok that last bit is a step too far, but you know what I mean…

So I thought it was only fair to share my findings with you gorgeous lot. As ever at RMW Towers, we’re super nosy and want to know all about your bridal look.

Lastly, I’d definitely recommend that all brides to be have their trial and shoot on the same day if at all possible. This way you can see exactly how your makeup appears in the photos before the big day giving you the chance to provide vital feedback to your makeup artist.

It’s almost like experiencing the beauty of hindsight without any unnecessary regrets.


Without further ado I present a whole bundle of gorgeousness for you lot below…

I Spy Metallic Eye

One of THE most flattering bridal looks for all skin tones is the metallic eye. Glamorous, sexy and downright flipping gorgeous, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bad photo of a bride who has chosen to sport iridescent peepers.

But the thing I love most about this look however is its versatility. Perfect for day and night, this look can be interpreted in a myriad of ways. More daring brides can choose full on smokey, come-to-bed eyes whereas those looking for something softer can opt for a subtler, sparkly look.

Smokey smudged out eyes look fantastic on darker skin tones (I like to call it greasepaint glam) and hint at film noir beauty, whereas a palette of softer golds and shimmering silvers suits those with lighter complexions.

For lighter golden eyes, I’d recommend sweeping lighter shades across the lid and taking darker tones up to the brow-line. Finish off the look with a dusting of lighter pigments in the inner corners of the eyes as this makes the eyes appear larger.

The key to a really successful metallic eye though is to keep the rest of the face as neutral as possible. Any more than the barest whisper of foundation can result in this look appearing too ‘done’. Finishing it all off with a dash of nude gloss and some mile-long lashes will ensure that you float through the day seamlessly from aisle to dancefloor.

Fresh Faced

I love freckles.

I mean I really love freckles. I love them so much that when I was younger I used to draw them on and wish every single night that I’d wake up and find my face bespeckled with them.

It never happened though. Instead I ended up with a gorgeous sweetheart who breaks out in a smattering of brown dots whenever he looks at the sun.

So when I saw the image of the woman in the middle of this clutch of inspiration, I was compelled to include the fresh-faced trend in this post for you lovelies.

This look is all about dewy, sun-splashed cheeks with the rest of the face almost bereft of makeup.

I ADORE it with a cherry on top.

For those of you concerned that you might appear a little…well…bare, fear not. You can up the ante on this look by adding clusters of feathery doll-like lashes and sheer, petal pink lips.

Adding reflective washes of light golds and silvers to the brow bones and eyelids is also the perfect way to capture that carefree glow so it almost seems as if you’re shining from within.

Take One Bold Lip

I fell head over heels in love with a bold lip right here on these polka dotted pages at this New Zealand wedding. The gorgeous bride not only sported the most amazing topknot but also rocked the most striking scarlet smile I have ever seen at a wedding.

And so I fell for the bold lip…hook, line and sinker.

Ladies, we’re talking red velvets, vintage vermilions, dark chocolates and metallic crimsons.

Let’s take a look…

Technically the matte fuschia lip shouldn’t really work with the flame-haired locks of that beautiful woman at the top of this board. Oh but it does, doesn’t it. It so definitely does work.

And… take a look at her eyes. They just pop against the colouring of her mouth – so much so that she doesn’t really need other makeup on her face.

Like with the Metallic Eye, it’s best to keep the rest of the face neutral when wearing the statement lip. By all means, apply a lick of mascara but really it’s your pout that should be the talking point.

This look is perfect for the modern bride in a contemporary city setting; for me it just screams luxe and grown-up glamour. This particular style of makeup can be high maintenance however, as it’s important that you keep the colour topped up for maximum impact.

If you’re thinking of choosing this makeup style for your big day, it might be worth designating one of your maids with the honour of ‘Lippy Monitor’ to ensure that you’re always picture perfect.

Just For Flicks

Who else loves the feline beauty of a lined, flicked eye?

I love it so much that I wear it almost everyday. But it seems I’m not the only one given the selection of wilful arches below.

Striking and feminine, a perfectly lined eye has been known to make a man go weak at the knees. If a woman can’t sport one on her wedding day then when frankly can she?

Modern cat-eyes play with the traditional forms of the familiar flick. Bottom lashes can be left mascara and liner free for a less intense feel or darkened and shaped with more dramatic arches for added impact. Other variations include the application of two layers of liner in slightly different shapes on the same eye for further intrigue.

I also love a bold brow paired with this look as it helps to frame the face and ground the eye.

Be sure to use a budge-proof liner for your big day as this style looks its best when the flick is crisp, solid and defined.


I have to make a confession…

I am a seasoned nailbiter.

We’re not talking about a quick nibble here and there, we’re talking hardcore. In fact I can’t ever remember a time when I haven’t bitten them right down, almost to the quick.

I’m a little bit worried therefore about the whole ‘let me hold the bouquet whilst you also capture my sparkly rings’ shot – my nails aren’t really going to be up to the mark. So I am going to have to try really hard not to bite them over the next three months (she says as she chomps on the nail of her index finger).

So in a manner of speaking this moodboard is one part superfluous, one part wistful and one part wishlist.

I love the transience of nail polish – its impermanence is part of its appeal. A woman can change her nail colour as often as she can change her handbag, shoes or… hell…even her pants.

It really is the most perfect way to finish an outfit and it doesn’t have to break the bank either.

Here at RMW HQ we’ve noticed that brides are currently crushing on iridescent fingertips for a more contemporary look. We’re talking full on metallic gloss, sci-fi style, to neutral backgrounds with glitz overlaid on the top for a more subtle effect.

I particularly love the shiny pastel rainbow nails in this moodboard – perfect for those maids who want to rock something a little bit different on their fingertips.

And I want to hear from those girls thinking of sporting a half-moon manicure on their wedding day or even if you’ve had one in the past – what did you think? Was it beautifully unique or did folks think that you’d missed a bit when you’d painted your nails?

Are you a Metallic Eye maiden or a Bold Lip lovely?

Perhaps you’re taking the Fresh Faced approach for that sense of natural glamour?

And please share your recommendations for the best red lippy out there – I’m currently a fan of MAC’s Ruby Woo but I’m not sure if it’s a little too orange on me. Do you know what I mean?

As ever gorgeous people, let us know in the comments box below.

Love Lolly xxx

Author: Lauren Gautier-Ollerenshaw
Lolly is a self-professed frustrated florist and styling maven with an endless passion for all things pretty.

21 thoughts on “Beauty Seen Is Never Lost

  1. I am a fan of the smokey eye look (something that I fear I can only dream of perfecting, but have loved everytime I have had a professional make-up artist on the case) but I hadn’t though of incorporating metallic tones into that and it looks great.


  2. Thank you for all the slapspiration, I’m so keeping this post in my folder of ‘wedding links’! I’m a bit this way/that way over wedding makeup – I always always wear black flicky eyeliner and loads of mascara so I think that’s staying, but I also really like the metallic eyes and the bold lips…maybe a nice red so I match my bridesmaids’ frocks?! I loooove the really dark plummy shade but I’m so pale I fear I’d look gothy. I’m currently at risk of wearing half of MAC on my wedding day and frightening my guests away!
    I have settled on one thing though – I’m definitely having a fancy manicure! I like that nude with angular black tips, it’s very Chanel-futuristic x

  3. truest red lipstick for me has to be Chanel’s rouge allure in ‘passion’. it’s stunning + stays put for hours!

  4. @Lolly you are an absolute DOLL. We have our e-shoot next weekend and I need make up inspiration! A bit too soon for a proper make up trial, but it’s the same MUA as I’ll be using for the big day!

    I’ll be coming back for a proper look at all the pics after work! x

  5. Loving this post Lolly! Only this week I had been thinking how I desperately want to have a proper flick of eyeliner on my w-day. I can NEVER get it right myself and so always steer clear, but think it is just so stunning & glam – perfect for a vintage wedding in an old cinema entrance, don’t you think?! 😉
    So yup I’m currently in the eyeliner flick camp!
    Have recently re-visited my love for bold lipsticks but they never last for me and so i end up spending far too much time in the ladies re-applying & re-applying! There’ll be too many cocktails to be drunk & songs to dance to for me to be doing that on my day!

    As for nails, I’m definitely not a french manicure girl – especially as I have to keep my nails ridiculously short (long nails, eczema & me do not get along!)
    Originally I was thinking of going for a WAH nails manicure, or similar, where I could have lots of cute little hearts printed on my nails! But am loving the silver from this collection & adore the silver with glitter tips….gorgeous!

  6. I love this post! Its such good timing as we have our pre-wedding shoot tonight!
    I’m rubbish at doing my own make up so I have a lovely make up artist for the day who managed to both highlight my freckles but hide the spots! Genius.
    Im not a french manicure sort of girl either so Im going for a spot of coral and my bridesmaids will wear the same.. my favourite look above is the one by so I will be showing that on the day to try and achieve it.
    Love the post. Love it. x

  7. I want every single look. How do I get a metallic eye like that?!

    Also I can’t wear red….but I do love a good pinky coral.

    I’m on the look out for a kind of liquid lipstick too, not quite a gloss, not quite a lipstick, any recommendations?

    Charlotte xxx

  8. Loving this post! I’m a fan of the fresh faced approach but won’t say no a be-flicked eye despite not quite managing to perfect it :s a girl from my work recently got married and had a MINX pedicure and it look ace! Liking the glittery nails too 🙂 what a pretty-pick-me-up after a dismal wednesday xx

  9. @Lizzie I’m having the lovely Jodie Hazlewood who is not only one of the loveliest people you could meet but she’s also fantastic at her job – like really amazing.

    @Emma you can’t quite beat a smokey eye can you. Seductive and alluring but there’s a fine line between vixen and plain old black eye.

    @Lou pleasure doll. Oh and send us some piccies of your nails when you’ve had them done. Charlotte and I love a bit of nail action.

    @Karen two goes at the whole makeup thang?! You lucky girl!!

    @Rebecca please choose flicky feline eyes for your big day. It will be perfect for your cinema reception – I can just see you now vamping it up as you walk in!

  10. @Charlotte – sounds like you’re after a lip butter. Try Revlon lip butter or Loreal Rouge Caresse my love. I use the Loreal one xxx

  11. @Lolly – I’m a little bit lucky that Lee’s cousin is an amazing make up artist, and i’m doubly lucky that one of my best friends works for Estee Lauder. Make up is the one thing I have absolutely nothing to worry about… professional touch ups throughout the day like i’m Cheryl Cole or something!

    Marvs xxx

  12. @Charlotte – second the Revlon lip butter – just so soft on the lips I love it!

    @Lolly – love the idea of me vamping it up – although knowing me it will be more of a stumbled vamp! (silent comedy style-y!) ha ha 😀

  13. Some amazing inspiration there Lolly! I want to be a fresh faced bride with big eyelashes – think Natalie Portman in the Miss Dior perfume ad.

    The metallic nails are fab, still undecided what I want to do with mine. I have pretty good nails considering I was a nail biter for 15 YEARS!!! Yep I am a recovered nail nibbler even after all that time and by the sounds of things you are just as bad as I was Lolly. You will beat it, it just takes time and the odd slap on the wrists from people who catch you doing it. Sally Hansen’s ‘Miracle Cure for severe problem nails’ helped me a lot too so give it a try.x

  14. I love the flicked eyeliner look in those photos but when I tried out makeup at Laura Mercier in John Lewis we added eyeliner and I think it made me look really tired and a bit too done…


  15. Great timing, I have my make up trial later! Like the fresh face with a bit more bronze, wouldn’t be me with out my bronze, will be using your pics as inspiration! xx

  16. Love this post.

    Lauren have you tryed Mac’s Russian red? I love this colour and the chanel red tone lipsticks are amazing too.

    Charlotte try Urban decay naked eyeshadow pallet for metallic eyeshadows, its a lovely pallet, all wearable colours. It also sounds like you need to try Revlon Lip butter’s there a lovely in between lipstick and gloss texture.


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