Do it your selfie: makeup artists trial bridal looks on their own gorgeous faces

Scottish makeup artists test out eight radiant wedding beauty looks on themselves and reveal what products they used to achieve them

1. Georgina Kane, I Do Makeup by Geo Kane

Georgina Kane make up artist and recommended beauty items
Clockwise from left: makeup artist Georgina Kane’s selfie; theBalm Cosmetics Hot Mama! Shadow and Blush All-in-One, £17.50, Feelunique; Vitamin-Enriched Face Base, £44.50, Bobbi Brown

“This blended look is quite boho and soft – I’m enjoying a bronzed eye with a bit of a smoky liner these days. I’d recommend brides shy away from a really heavy base and instead try to achieve a more natural glow to the skin. Neutral-toned, plump lips match perfectly in my opinion. It’s an effortless kind of glam which really makes your features stand out.

“To prime, I used Bobbi Brown’s offering, with Charlotte Tilbury’s Light Wonder foundation on top. Chanel’s Healthy Glow Bronzing Cream gave my skin a tanned hue, while theBalm’s Hot Mama! blush was just the ticket for creating rosy cheeks. I then applied Kat Von D and Tarteist eyeshadows to create a smoky effect. Maybelline’s Coffee Craze lipstick and Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker gloss completed the fetching look.”


2. Leigh Blaney, Makeup by Leigh Blaney

Makeup by Leigh Blaney and recommended beauty products
From left: Airbrush Bronzer in Fair, £39, Charlotte Tilbury; Hollywood Flawless Filter, £34, Charlotte Tilbury; Leigh Blaney’s selfie

“When restrictions are eased, I’m looking forward to trying out all these lovely peachy and rose gold hues on my brides. They really are great colours for all seasons: tone them down for a more natural look, or intensify for added glamour. This face would suit all skin types, while a darker lip would really set it off for an autumn or winter celebration.

“I used Charlotte Tilbury products throughout for a glowing yet long-lasting finish. Starting with the base, I applied Wonderglow face primer followed by Hollywood Flawless Filter and Magic Foundation. The Instant Eye Palette in Pillow Talk helped to create this impactful eye look, while my new favourite product, the Airbrush Bronzer, was used to add colour to cheeks. Finally, I completed my makeup with the K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Bitch Perfect and Ardell’s Double Wispies Lashes.”


3. Jenny Ross, Jenny Ross Makeup Artistry

Jenny Ross Makeup Artist and recommended products
From left: MUA Jenny Ross happy with her look – and quite right too; Too Faced Born This Way The Natural Nudes Eyeshadow Palette, £35, Cult Beauty; Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Setting Spray, £12 for 30ml, Cult Beauty

“An all-matte eye is something which is becoming increasingly popular, and though it’s not my ‘go-to’ bridal look, I wanted to show the different styles you can achieve with bridal makeup. It’s not all about the enduring, classic ‘soft glam’ look, y’know.

“Keeping it fresh, radiant and dewy on the skin, with lightly textured brows and a subtle rosy lip, means the focus here is the eyes. In order to open them up, I started with a warm-brown transition shade from Too Faced’s Born This Way palette to complement the blue in my eyes, before building up with a matte medium-dark colour all over the lid. An inner-corner highlight and creamy waterline makes the eyes pop, while fluffy, wispy lashes keeps the look soft and romantic. My lipstick is a combination of ‘I Do’ and ‘Kiss the Bride’ by Scottish-based Natalie Grace Cosmetics. Lastly, I used the 3-in-1 Hangover Spray, also by Too Faced, to set. Voilà!”


4. Nadine Grant, Nadine Grant Makeup Artist

Nadine Grant Makeup Artist and recommended beauty products
Clockwise from right: Nadine Grant rocks a red lip; ‘Indigo’ lashes, £6.99, Nadine Grant Makeup Artist; Charlotte’s Magic Cream, £75 for 50ml, Charlotte Tilbury; K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in So Red, £25, Charlotte Tilbury

“The winter months always conjure up one image in my mind – flawless skin and a red lip. To prep my base, I used Charlotte Tilbury products, before creating a spotless canvas with MAC’s Studio Fix Foundation and some Chanel bronzer. I then applied cream eyeshadow, again from Charlotte Tilbury, to my lids. I wanted to keep the eye area as simple as possible, and so followed this with a set of show-stopping bridal lashes from my own range.

“Last, but by no means least, it was time for the red lip – don’t be afraid to try it! Depending on your skin tone, your MUA will find the perfect shade for you – this one is Charlotte Tilbury’s So Red. A sweep of powder to set, and you’re ready to get married.”


5. Nicola Denham, H&V Wedding Specialists

Nicola Denham H&V Wedding Specialists and recommended makeup products
Clockwise from left: Nicola is one of the faces behind H&V Wedding Specialists; Hyper Real Glow Palette, £36, MAC Cosmetics; Soph Nude Lipstick in Cake, £4, Revolution Beauty London

“I love a soft, glamorous look for clients that enhances their best features – nothing too sharp or intense. For that reason, I’ve chosen to create something defused, bronzed and glowy here, with brown liner instead of black, and a smudged brown eyeshadow from Urban Decay’s Honey palette, pulled out to create a gentle wing.

The cheeks are highlighted and defined with MAC Cosmetics’ Hyper Real Glow. For lips, I’d always suggest a nude two or three shades darker than your natural tone – that way it will still look defined in your pics.”


6. Claire Aitken, Spotlight Bridal Makeup

Claire Aitken Spotlight Bridal Makeup artist and recommended products
From left: benetint, £25.50, Benefit Cosmetics; Charlotte’s Genius Magic Powder, £33, Charlotte Tilbury; Claire Aitken, the gal behind Spotlight Bridal Makeup

“My aim for my selfie makeup was to have the skin really looking like skin, with rosy, glowing cheeks and a healthy, unstructured pout. First, I moisturised recently cleansed skin and exfoliated my lips to give a smooth canvas to play with. Charlotte Tilbury’s Wonderglow was used as a primer ahead of Armani’s Luminous Silk Foundation.

“I used powder only on my t-zone to keep the look from appearing too matte. I wanted an on-trend bronzed eye to complement the skin, alongside a ‘natural’ false lash and fluffy brows. To finish, I used Benefit’s benetint, which is very sheer and buildable to create the shade you want. Perfection!”


7.  Lee Hanna, The Blushed Bride

Lee Hanna The Blushed Bride makeup artist and recommended beauty products
From left: Lee Hanna rockin’ a peachy highlight; Matte Lipstick in Velvet Teddy, £17.50, MAC Cosmetics; Powder Blush in Pink Swoon, £20, MAC Cosmetics

“For my selfie look, I wanted to create healthy, fresh skin – something which doesn’t naturally come to me as I am prone to adult acne and blackheads. Without makeup on, my skin is often dull with red patches.

“It’s essential to begin with clean skin (I use the Paula’s Choice range), with the base properly toned and moisturised. Next, I applied Too Faced’s Hangover Primer: it’s the ultimate cure for lack of sleep and gives a great radiance boost. MAC’s full-coverage Studio Fix Foundation hides all imperfections. Then to add colour and sheen, I used the brand’s Pink Swoon blush and Hyper Real Glow palette.”


8. Sam Whitby, Sam Whitby Makeup Artist

Sam Whitby Makeup Artist and recommended beauty products
From left: Bronzing Powder in Laguna, £31, NARS Cosmetics; Hyaluronic Hydra Foundation, £49, By Terry; Sam’s lightly bronzed look

“For this look, I first cleansed my skin with Nu Skin Lumi Spa (it’s amazing), before using Glossier’s Priming Moisturiser as a base for my makeup. By Terry’s Hyaluronic Hydra Foundation is extremely comfortable and photographs well, while NARS’s Laguna bronzer added some colour to my cheeks.

“Charlotte Tilbury’s Golden Goddess palette was used to create my soft but defined eye makeup, completed with light strip lashes. To finish, I applied Hourglass highlighter for a subtle glow.”

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