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In our final Spring Bridal Makeup chat with celebrity makeup artist Victoria Radford (catch up on our first chats HERE and HERE), Victoria shared with us her most requested bridal makeup: The High Glamour Bride! “When Kim Kardashian’s wedding broke the internet, the ‘more is more’ makeup look became very popular,” Victoria reveals. This summer, she is finding that brides are requesting glamorous makeup with a more editorial feel for their wedding day. While this style of makeup features some classic bridal elements such as perfect skin and naturally plumped lips, the “high glamour” look features amped up eye makeup with facial features sculpted to perfection. Read on to see how she achieves this sought-after application!
Victoria begins with the Luxe Creme Liner in Onyx from her own line to trace the lash line, as she demonstrates here on Hockey Wife and bride-to-be Martine Forget (WedLuxe also loves Bobbi Brown’s Gel Eyeliner!). She extends the liner out past the lash line to keep the cat eye subtle but lifted. Victoria reveals, “This cat eye is very in style right now, but I don’t make the line too stylized, which prevents it from looking retro or dated.” She then uses a smudge brush to bring the black liner up in the eye’s outer corners, to create a “smokey eye” effect, without having to put heavy black eyeshadow all over Martine’s lid. This, she explains, makes eyes appear larger, while still maintaining a fresh and pretty bridal look.
When doing eye makeup, Victoria likes to bring out a bride’s natural eye colour, “Martine has beautiful hazel eyes, so I used a black shadow, but mixed it with a deep vibrant purple, which works to bring out the green in her shade of hazel.” This, she says, achieves the same effect as using a more neutral colour like brown, while keeping with the glamorous edge she is going for. The pop of colour also keeps the black shadow from looking too harsh.
Because it important to balance the bold eye with fresh, youthful skin, Victoria ensures a bride’s under eyes are bright and perfected. “I like to use a corresponding eyeshadow colour to soften the black gel liner under the eye, keeping it close to the lash line,” she discloses. For Martine’s look, Radford used a gunmetal shade that complimented the other eyeshadows she used. And if you’re wondering about the high-tech Victoria is wearing, she reveals, “I wear a doctor’s loop with a light when I do makeup, so that no matter what hotel room or location I’m in, I always have targeted lighting and can really see what I’m doing. As a makeup artist, lighting is essential!”
No glamorous eye makeup is complete without some falsies to really amplify your natural lashes! Victoria likes to load up on individual eyelashes, with an emphasis in the middle of the eye to life the eye’s appearance.
Brows are important to a high glamour look, too. She will trim or tweeze any hair just to ensure complete symmetry, before using her own Radford Precision Brown Pencil. To perfect the browns even more, she used the Radford Colour Stick in Smoulder to highlight Martine’s brown bone.
Victoria traced Martine’s lip in the Waterproof Lip Liner in Ballet from her own line, and then applied a Lip Plumping Gloss in Cherub. To give lips more dimension, she shares a trick of the trade: “Use a lighten lip colour at the centre of your lips, which will make your pout appear fuller!” For this, she used the Radford Lip Plumping Gloss in Pure.
“With this kind of look, I will often save skin makeup for last so that I can clean up any fall out from doing the eye makeup,” Victoria shares. This keeps skin looking fresh, so that more product doesn’t have to be layered to cover up any errant eyeshadow. She used the Radford Mineral Powder Foundation in Vanilla Cream on Martine, before applying the Soft Focus Powder in Vanilla from her line. To define cheekbones, she used Radford’s Rio de Janeiro bronzer, and then added a touch of Baked Blush in Dahlia to the apples of Martine’s cheeks. Finally, she layered a more shimmery blush on top, to give an instant, healthy glow.
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