Headpieces seem to be THE THING at the moment.
Every time we feature a Bride sporting one you lot go crazy for it! Whether it’s vintage, boho or out-and-out Princess style…RMW Brides love headpieces.
Well today we’ve got an absolute feast for your headpiece loving eyes…the latest collection from Donna Crain, styled with gorgeous make up, delicious bouquets and luxurious gowns to show you their true potential.
Personally, I tend to lean towards the boho vibe – I’m coveting the Amelia, made with Swarovski crystals, pearls and a delicate vintage inspired chain that trails beautifully down the back of the head.
And not only do we have loads of accessory pretty for you, but make up artist Adele Rosie has details of all of the products used on the shoot too. We do spoil you lovely lot sometimes don’t we? Enjoy!
Keep It Simple And Natural
Adele Rosie The MUA: It’s so important to get bridal make-up right. From the preparation, product quality, colours and finish – it’s a lot for a bride to think about. So, keep it simple and natural. There’s a fantastic range of products out there to suit all complexions and budgets.
Davinia and Isabella were our models for the day and I created two different looks with each girl, to suit the dresses and Donna’s beautiful accessories.
Statement Eye Colour
With Davinia, I used a statement lilac eyeshadow by Shu Uemera to pick out the gorgeous tone of the flowers (alliums), which also worked well with Davinia’s olive skin tone. To set a good base, I used a Laura Mercier primer followed by a Dior foundation – Diorskin Forever which gives a lovely light but flawless finish.
Any imperfections can be evened out with Vichy Dermablend corrective foundation which should be applied with a very light dab over the foundation base and blended with a brush.
Change The Lips To Change The Look
Cheeks were bronzed with MAC Mineralize Skinfinish pressed powder. This product is great for a matt finish over key areas, but go a couple of shades darker than your skintone and it acts as a wonderful cheek colour. Highlight cheekbones with a pop of colour on the apples of your cheeks on top of the powder in either a pink or peach tone. My favourite blush for brides is MAC Powder Blush in Melba. It suits almost all skin tones. Try a cream blush if you want more of an unfinished natural glow.
To change Davinia’s look, I simply darkened her lips with a lovely rich plum colour to keep the palette on tone, and added a heavier kohl line to her pretty eyes with NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in black.
The Smell Of Summer
Isabella’s look was so easy to work with and could easily take a simple soft bridal make-up, but I wanted her to look a little more edgy for the second look. So I took the shadow out to the corners of her eyes to create a bolder look, but kept her complexion soft and dewy, with a soft slightly glossy lip.
I love Clarins Natural Lip Perfector which is a glossy tube and comes in the prettiest of neutral pinks and peachy tones – I’m using them on all of my brides at the moment. They’re not sticky or gooey, and leave a lovely polished finish, with a gorgeous smell of summer. Just a dab in the middle after your colour application.
Tricks Of The Trade
Always use a primer on your eye lids, it will help keep the shadow in place all day – whether you choose powder or cream. I used NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow base.
Also, stay clear of shimmery and glitter shadows – they’re ageing and they don’t work well in photographs. Keep the tone natural with a matte finish in a buttercream colour and a wash of something lighter under the eyebrows to really open the eyes. I like Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in Ivory as a base.
Soft greys and brown tones work well for brides depending on eye colour. I used a Dior palette – 734 which is a brilliant colour combination for brides.
Build lashes with DiorShow Black Out mascara or Max Factor Masterpiece and go for the waterproof just in case of a few tears! For the big day, I would advise having semi permanent lashes as they look great in photographs, and if done properly can look lovely and natural.
A cheaper alternative is individual lashes applied at the corners for a fresh wide-eyed look. Always apply a fine line over the lashes to build the overall look. It will also conceal any little mascara mistakes. I use gel pots – Bobbi Brown and MAC do great versions. If your hand isn’t so steady, use a pen. I like Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner.
Make Up Longevity
For the lips, I used Lipstick Queen in Medieval which is a super light red that builds with application. It’s easy for brides to wear if they want something a little darker, but won’t leave that red stain behind when the lipstick has worn off -not a good look!
To make sure make-up stays, use a finishing spray. Good old MAC do their version in Fix And Spray. It will hydrate your skin, as well as helping to keep your make-up in place all day.
Cecelina The Photographer: As every dedicated fashionista knows, vintage chic is huge at the moment. And Donna Crain has a particularly fine appreciation of the luxurious vintage styling loved so much by contemporary blushing brides.
At a recent photo shoot at the delightful, historic Elvetham Hotel in Hampshire, Donna revealed the inspiration for – and reasoning behind – the event.
Delicate Intricate Detail
Images are everything, so part one of the shoot was dedicated to taking stunning shots of Donna’s gorgeous new creations, the latest additions to her popular boho chic collection. And her exquisite, beautifully-crafted Niamh collection deserved professional photoshoot treatment too, bringing it to vibrant life in all its delicious, rich, intricate detail and revealing how to wear the pieces to their best, most magical effect.
Beauty In All It’s Guises
Donna Crain: I’m shamelessly seduced by beauty in all its guises. I just can’t help myself. Creating beautiful objects inspired by the glittering, sophisticated past – whether it’s the 1970s or 1920s – lets me indulge myself and, at the same time, play a part in transforming already outstanding wedding outfits into something absolutely perfect.
The Flowers And Décor
Cecelina: Donna also brought the lovely work of local floral designer Nicci-G’s studio into play to enhance the presentation of her wedding accessories. And The Finer Details provided outstanding craftsman-made invitations for the shoot.
The end results are well worth Donna’s dedication and hard work, a series of images so mouth-wateringly pretty and feminine they make you want to buy her creations lock, stock and barrel before someone else snaps them up… whether or not there’s a wedding on the horizon. The ultimate in temptation!
Headpieces and Accessories – Donna Crain
Hair and Make up – Adele Rosie
Dresses – supplied by BOA Boutique designs from Terry Fox and Anoushka G
Stationery – The Finer Details
Florist – Nicci-G’s Flower Studios
Venue – Elvetham Hotel
Models – Davinia and Isabella at GTM models
Photography – Cecelina Photography
Photographer’s Assistant – Tarik Ahmet
Aren’t they all gorgeous?
I love the idea of investing in a piece as an heirloom for your daughters and granddaughters.
And I think a Donna Crain headpiece is definitely worth investing in.
Lots of love,