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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.

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Soft Gothic.

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Last week I read a poem and it set my heart on fire.

It was erotic. It was romantic too. Its words swirled around my senses like an enveloping November fog caressing my emotions. I was as eager as kid at the cookie jar; I wanted more and I needed it now*.

As with anything inspiring, be it a piece of art, a gorgeous antique, or an evocative photograph, my immediate response is to try to capture the feelings that are sparked off in me in a visual way – most often through still images. And so what you see here is my interpretation of the verse I read last week.

And therein lies the rub…because I think you’ll agree with me when I say that it’s not exactly bridal is it.

Or is it?

You see the blog queen and I sat down and had a darn good chat last week. We discussed themes and schemes, random discussion points, all things bridal and then not so bridal and those topics that we’d love to share with you which don’t fit into the wedding realm even in the loosest of terms.

And then we decided…to hell with it. So we’ve decided to dedicate this week to all things kooky and wonderful; in short this week is hereby entitled ‘Eclectic Mix’.

We’ve got a bucketload of gorgeous weddings for you, a healthy debate or two and oodles of inspiration starting with this not so conventional collection of moodboards below.

We can’t wait to hear what you think.

Intimate Interiors

Less Dracula’s castle and more exotic boudoir with a splash of the distinguished gentlemen’s club from the 1920’s, this is all about setting an intimate mood.

Regardless of whether this particular colour scheme floats your boat or not, it’s worth dipping into the world of interiors if you’re looking for inspiration for your big day. Home furnishings can actually broaden your horizons when thinking about colour combinations and texture pairings translating perfectly to your wider wedding decor.

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If you’ve decided to use darker hues in your wedding palette, can I suggest that you use a contrasting hue such as an off-white, cream or even the fresh green associated with new growth, to prevent the whole thing feeling too oppressive.

Lastly illumination is crucial. Be it tea lights, a luxurious chandelier, church pillar candles or long tapered dinner candles, it’s important that you add depth to your surroundings as well as intimacy. People need to see each other as well as all the hard work you’ve instilled into your big day details.

The Little Black Dress

I’m not sure about you lovelies but I always find that The Little Black Dress is my failsafe option when it comes to a chic city event or a black tie do. It seems strange then that the shade is shunned somewhat when it comes to the big day given that it’s so blinking flattering.

Whilst I’ve not had the pleasure of watching a bride marry in a pretty black frock I have to say that it’s on my wish list – both from a blogging perspective and from a let-me-actually-see-it-for-myself standpoint. Certainly I considered for a long time dressing my maids in this hue before I veered down another path; I knew that each of them would look chic and sophisticated in the shade.

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Keep things elegant by choosing gowns and frocks that have a delicate structure with oodles of detail – silks, gauzy chiffons and flimsy lace are your friends here. I particularly love an interesting back – be it one with a low v, a looping bow or criss-crossing strappiness.

Accessorise your midnight frock with a nonchalant look that’s straight from the catwalk.

Face Off

This look is all about good girl gone bad. We’re talking high maintenance society girl the morning after, all decadence and top shelf luxury. She’s probably been frolicking all night with a polo playing prince of Arabia and her bee-stung lips and smudgy eyes are the remnants of a night to remember.

From aubergine to dusky grey all the way through to sooty black there are so many ways to interpret the soft gothic look on the face. For a contemporary take on the theme opt for a matt chalky eye either in translucent noir or iridescent grey – remember to keep the colour light on the main part of the lid but create definition by lining the lash line in a darker shade.

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Alternatively instantly raise the glamour stakes by slicking metallic gloss and glittery shimmer across your lids and the tips of your plum coloured nails for the ultimate in femininity. It’s also worth noting that it’s important to keep cheeks and lips fairly neutral so as to not overdo it.

Lastly I love the idea of pinning a band of lace across the eyes as a modern alternative to the traditional veil…plus it’s a little bit sexy too, no?

Moody Food

Or comfort food by another name, these are the gluttonous treats guaranteed to raise fallen spirits, restore lost appetites and warm frozen limbs by the fire.

Dark and mysterious, these gothic delights will set your tastebuds tingling. We’re talking bitter chocolate tarts, aged whiskies and rich berry liqueurs topped off with thick creams.

For me there’s something luxurious about foods with darker hues; I can’t tell you why exactly but it’s almost as if I’ve been let in on a closely guarded secret revealed to a select few. I’m also aware that this makes me sound as daft as a brush. Regardless, I can guarantee that those of you marrying over the next Autumn and Winter months won’t go far wrong should you choose to serve up some ‘Moody Food’ to your nearest and dearest on your big day.

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If you’re keen to venture down the forbidden path then try opting for savoury delights such as a squid ink risotto or a beetroot laced salad sprinkled with black truffle or select the world famous black guinness cake for dessert. Top off such a selection with customised rum and whisky cocktails later in the evening by a roaring fire for the ultimate in decadent dining.

So have any of you lovelies considered a colour palette of darkened hues? Or perhaps you’re marrying in the Winter months and have decided to embrace the short days and midnight black nights.

And are any of you opting for maids in sexy LBD’s? Perhaps you’re choosing to be a bride in black yourself with some gloriously smokey eye make-up?

I want to hear ALL about it!

All my love Lolly

*if you want to read the poem then I’ve shared it on my instagram here.

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