I was fortunate enough to have been chosen as Key Makeup Artist for the Adam Zohar S/S 2019 show during Bridal Fashion Week. Our team was sponsored by ECRU New York and FarmHouse Fresh to create non-bridal makeup looks for the runway show at popular West Village venue, Industria. To compliment his audacious approach to bridal, Zohar’s venue featured a warehouse atmosphere with an open garage door leading onto the street, where onlookers passing by were able to watch the show along with guests seated inside on rustic steel benches. Adam is an innovative international designer and leader in bridal and evening wear that exudes femininity and elegance. The use of unexpected materials, remarkable creativity, plentiful designs and unconventional cuts, along with a close attention to every detail.
The makeup was designed to convey a no fuss bride, so I appropriately named the look “I Woke Up Like This”. After meeting with Adam and seeing the collection (which included dresses with nipple bearing bodices), I could tell that this wouldn’t be a traditional bridal show. The models at the fitting were styled with white Dr. Martens boots, and some were given nose septums – now that’s edgy AF! We decided that even though the models would be wearing these incredible gowns, we just wanted them to look like cool girls getting married. Adam was insistent that the skin had a slightly wet appearance, I agreed, it complimented his aesthetic.
A little nipple never hurt anyone :-)
Because great makeup starts with great skincare, the makeup artists prepped the models’ faces with Crow Catcher Serumaround the eyes, and Spotted Leaving Lightening Serum all over the rest of the face. We let the serums absorb for 10 minutes, then applied a layer of Three Milk Moisturizer for maximum hydration. The combination of the serums and the moisturizer gave the models a fresh, healthy glow. Whoopie Cream! Hydrating Lip Balm was also used to soften the lips. The artists then used light foundation and concealer to even out complexion and cover blemishes. Next, ECRU New York lipsticks were used as both lip color and blush; their lipsticks come in an array of shades, and are a multi-use product. Two coats of Runway Lash mascara were added to the top lash line only, and the look was finished by adding FarmHouse Fresh Honey-Magnolia Body Oilto the cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin for sheen.
“I’m getting married this summer and I want makeup that will look good on camera while still looking like myself. I never really wear makeup, but my photographer told me that I’ll look better in photos if I wear some. How can I get a natural look without going overboard?”
We do a lot of weddings, and this is a dilemma for quite a few brides. A lot of girls think that wearing any makeup at all will automatically make them look a “RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestant; and that couldn’t be more false! What you might not realize, is that makeup is not as scary as you may think it is. When placed in the wrong hands it can be a weapon of mass destruction, but when used tastefully, it’s amazing. Makeup does not have to be heavy in order to look beautiful, you can look absolutely stunning in your wedding photos while wearing a nominal amount. I’m a firm believer in keeping it simple, so start with the basics: skin, eyes, cheeks, and lips.
Start off with a clean moisturized face (make sure that you have given your moisturizer at least 15 minutes to absorb).
Choose a light to medium coverage foundation color that is as close to your true complexion as possible. Foundation is not supposed to lighten or darken your face, it’s simply supposed to cover imperfections, and even out your skin tone.
Tip: Go to your local cosmetics counter and try out some foundation shades for free, some lines even give away samples. This is a great way to find your perfect match without wasting money.
Use a salmon concealer under your eyes to brighten the area (trust me girl, it makes a difference).
Set your makeup with a silky translucent powder on your forehead, under your eyes, nose and chin. Setting only the center of your face allows your skin to glow naturally, while controlling the areas you’re most likely to get oily throughout the day.
Dust the outer perimeter of your face, hollows of your cheeks, and your neck lightly with a matte bronzer to warm up your complexion.
The Nudes, $9.99
Prime your eyes with either an eye primer or concealer and then set with powder. This ensures that whatever color you use on your eyes will translate well.
To achieve an effortless looking eyeshadow, you can’t go wrong with a neutral palette. You can find an inexpensive one from the drug store (it still does the trick) like Maybelline The Nudes, or if you have the extra coins laying around, you can splurge a higher end one like the Naked palette. Both work just fine to create beautiful, yet subtle eye looks.
Define your eyes with a liner on the top lid (if you find black too harsh, try a brown or grey shade). Bottom liner is optional, personally I like to use eyeshadow and blend it out for a less sever look, but if bottom liner is your thing go for it – just use it sparingly.
Curl your lashes, and then apply 2 coats of waterproof mascara (you might cry and raccoon eyes won’t be cute). If you want to define your lower lashes, feel free to apply mascara there as well, but BE CAREFUL!
Choose a blush color that flatters your skin tone, and blend it with a fluffy brush after you apply to ensure that it’s sheer.
A hightlighter is optional if your skin is not oily, but should be applied very lightly on the cheeks and bridge of the nose.
Creme Coral, $28
Sheer lipstick, nude lipstick, or even a lip gloss are all great options for beautiful lips that aren’t too bold. Creme Coral by Laura Mercier is usually a crowd pleaser with my minimalist brides.
This is the recipe for a fresh and flawless face. Best of luck to you on the big day Arlene!