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 Filmstar'. 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.
Highlighting is just as important as contouring with this method, so choose a highlighter that is two shades lighter than your skin tone, my favourite is MAC Soft & Gentle for a really natural look that brings everything out just the way you want it too, without looking too obvious. Dust along the tops of the cheekbones, the chin, the centre of the forehead, bridge of the nose, arch of the eyebrow and for extra pouty lips, the cupids bow.
Above all else, blend blend blend! I use Charlotte Tilbury Makeup Brush, Powder & Sculpt for a diffuse, natural looking shadow and I always take my time to achieve perfection!
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 during 2018.
There are many different ‘romantic’ styles to choose from, but really it’s the texture that remains consistent throughout. Super-soft, airy and almost wispy texture is what you should be aiming for. Keep styles loose and wavy with candy-floss lightness and a natural finish. Having strands framing the face works here too to add some extra softness.
I love Bee Hive by Tigi for adding gentle lift at the roots and a soft, matte texture throughout the hair for delicate styles. This product will also provide much-needed grip without being at all noticeable, which is invaluable for keeping these very loose styles in place.