Bridal Beauty: An Inspiration Shoot, Part Two
Monday, June 11 2012
Showing off blog post number two of three, we are happy to introduce the same amazing vendors who made this bridal beauty inspiration shoot possible. With exquisite photography from Eugene Pavlov, makeup from Kendra Stanton, hair from Brittany Hill, gowns from AniA Collection, hairpieces from The Bridal Gallery, and a gorgeous suite at the RiverPlace Hotel -- we are beyond estatic with the results.
When I first met Bethany, her infectious smile made me giddy to do her makeup. She radiated beauty from the inside out, which gives any bride her glow and makes her entire look that much more breath-taking. Before I started on her makeup, I fully assessed her skin and gave it a bit of a drink. Residing in Montana, dryer air makes moisturizing a neccessary step. Noticing a touch of dryness, I applied Epionce Renewal Cream -- my top notch touch for adding hydration to the skin.
After I prepped her skin, it was an easy task to make Bethany's near perfect skin a touch more flawless. Although her skin may be pale, she has a lovely golden undertone that I was excited to enhance even further. After I color corrected her skin with Koh Gen Do makeup color base in green, correcting red undertones, I applied Makeup Forever HD Foundation in shade 120 -- a perfect match! I applied near the corners of the nose and then criss-crossed out towards the perimeter of the face. I don't like to use a lot of foundation, so a dime sized amount covered her entire face.
From her hair to her dress, Bethany's look was more natural and innocent, yet still portrayed a beautiful bride. I could almost envision her getting married in a garden, or a pasture with mountains as a backdrop. With that in mind, I chose to keep her makeup more simple using eye shadow shades like shimmering peaches on the lower lid and soft golden browns, which contoured the lash line. While keeping her colors neutral, I still added that special touch with a thick winged black liner making her already lucious natural lashes that much more noticeable. I didn't touch my false lashes with this model -- she certainly didn't need them at all!
Someting I think is imporatnt with looking at the face is deciding where to contour to bring out the bride's best features. For instance, when I was done with Bethany's eyes, I paid attention to her rather adorable nose that I contoured just a smidge with brown powder along the outside edges of her nose. By doing this it allows her nose to have more definition, especially in photos when some lighting can potentially make it look flat. In addtition, while Bethany's features were already gorgeous, I applied light brown powder right into the hollows of her cheekbones creating depth and contrast.
After I was finished with contouring it was time for finishing touches. I added bronzer right above the cheekbones, and on the sides of the forehead, and also some pale pink blush to the apples of her cheeks. Making sure to apply some concealor right under her eyes cuts out any discoloration as well. I then added some Koh Gen Do makeup color base in Pearl on her upper cheekbones to add highlight to the skin. At last, we can't forget the lips, which I kept on par with her entire look. I lined and filled in her lips with a nude lip liner, then added a pale pink gloss over the top. Doesn't she look stunning?
Location: RiverPlace Hotel
Photography: Eugene Pavlov
Model: Bethany Gibson
Hair: Brittany Hill
Make-Up: Kendra Stanton
Gowns: AniA Collection
Headpiece: The Bridal Gallery Salem