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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For a more natural looking brow hang on to your old mascaras! Wipe the wand through a tissue and lightly brush over the brows.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…?
All my love Lolly xxx
P.S. Don’t forget to tune in next week for some EPIC hair tutorials.