A winter wedding is a magical thing: twinkling lights, festive cheer and the opportunity to take advantage of those bold winter makeup looks that we all love to give a go when the weather turns icy. Subtle makeup has its place during the winter months (in fact, for a bride I personally would always go for a taupe smoky eye than the traditional black and a natural but flawless looking base), but there’s just something about grey days that calls for something a little more vibrant in the accents. A little more daring!
Think less Kardashian war paint and more Rosie Huntington Whitely goddess like cheekbones and perfectly defined features: this is the kind of contouring that I love to create for my winter brides.
Less is more with this tricky technique and it is essential to start with the perfect base shade before you attempt to start applying any light or shade. From this starting point, you’ll find achieving the look you want much easier. It’s no good just winging it when you contour and highlight – you’ve really got to be applying your products with strict direction, aiming for an oval looking face. Choose a contour powder two shades darker than your skin tone (I love Charlotte Tilbury contour & highlight duo). Focus on the cheekbones building up around the centre of your ear and blending out gradually until you reach mid-cheek. For a face that appears slimmer, I would blend the contour shade in around the forehead almost in the hairline and on either side of the bridge of the nose.
The Perfect Pout
Who doesn’t love a good red lipstick during the winter months?! Whatever your skin tone, there’s a red for you – you just need to find the right one. Look for hues that match the underlying tone in your skin (blue, red or neutral) for the best match.
I always use a lip liner with vibrant colour lipsticks as even the best quality brands will bleed a bit throughout the day and night. Charlotte Tilbury lip liner is my top pick for keeping everything just where it should be.
When it comes to creating the perfect pout for your wedding day, don’t be tempted by gloss as this is a real no-no for great photos. The high shine results in an unsightly glare that all photographers hate to deal with in the post edits and if they don’t get rid of it for you, you’ll end up hating it too! This doesn’t mean you have to opt for matte, you can still wear a dewy finish without a problem.
The dream hair for a winter bride really comes down to your own preference, as well as your dress, the venue and the theme of your wedding. However, if I had to choose my favourite for this season it would the romantic hair look, which was a huge deal for most of the labels who had models strutting their stuff on all the catwalks so far for 2018.