The teen wedding of the year is finally here! Well, I won’t go that far since most Twi-hards I know are well over their 20s (and 30s and 40s). The Twilight Saga’s Breaking Dawn part 1 finally came out in theaters this weekend, giving us Team Edward folks a chance to finally watch Bella marry her sparkling vampire soul mate. Recreate Bella’s bridal makeup look with tips from Emmy Award-winning makeup artist, Kevin James Bennett.
Bella’s skin looks beautifully smooth and even toned. This begins with the correct complexion products. Always start with well-moisturized and primed skin. Foundation needs a correctly primed surface (like a painter’s canvas) to apply evenly and stay put. CoverFX Skin Prep (normal/dry) or DermaDoctor Tease Zone (combo/oily) are two faves, but there are many other amazing primers out there. So experiment and see which formulas work best with the foundation you use. Try silicone-based foundations which won’t sink into or clog pores and are also naturally water resistant.
Brows must be groomed and filled in softly. Use an eyeshadow that matches the hair color and mix it with a little hard hair wax to color and groom eyebrows in one step. If you don’t feel like being a home chemist, try Benefit Brow Zingsor Smashbox Brow Tech.
The first thing to do is neutralize any discoloration on the eyelid. Use a little foundation, concealer or a flesh-toned eye pencil (Three Custom Color Clarifier Pencil) all over the eye area up to the brow, then set with translucent powder.
Bella’s eyelid is washed with shimmering eyeshadow that reflects light without sparkling. Start with a shimmering Champagne color like OCC’s Loose Color in Clove. Apply to the very inner corner of the eye and blend this color outward towards the center of the eyelid. Next, use a honey brown color like Inglot Pearl Eyeshadow #421. Apply the eyeshadow starting at the outside corner of the eyelid, blending inward up into the crease.
Bella’s eye softly defined and smudged. Try a powder kohl pencil for this like MAC Eye Kohl Liner in Phone Number . Hold the pencil tip parallel to the lash line (not point in), begin drawing the line from where the inner lashes start and graduate from a thin to a thicker line as you reach the outer corner of the eyelid. This gives the eye a slight upward tilt and keeps it looking fresh and open. Take a small eyeshadow brush and diffuse the line by blending and smudging the liner into the lashes and blurring the hard edge. Now set the liner (using the same brush) with a matte taupe eyeshadow. Nars Matte Eyeshadow in Bali is a good choice. Use the same eyeshadow to line the lower lashes 3/4 of the way in from the outside corner.
Cheeks should look naturally flushed. Try using a cream/gel blush and then blending it into the skin with a foundation brush that still has a slight residue of foundation on it. It tempers the color and makes it look very realistic. One of my all time bridal blush faves is Tarte Cheek Stain in Blushing Bride (the name says it all, right?).
Bella’s lips are very natural looking but with a lovely innocent shimmer. Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip #3L. is the perfect rosey nude and waterproof. Define and fill in the lips entirely with this pencil, let it set for few minutes and then top it off with Armour Beauty Shimmering Gloss in Gypsy, a soft peach with gold shimmer.
As a beauty expert, KJ has appeared on national entertainment shows including Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, Good Morning America, “E” Entertainment Network and HSN (Home Shopping Network). His advise has also been featured in the pages of Vogue, Glamour, Elle, InStyle, Town & Country and Self as well as trade publications WWD, Makeup Artist Magazine and American Salon.
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