Caroline wanted a an elegant bridal makeup with a naturally flawless complexion and romantic Hollywood style waved hair look for her wedding at Blenheim Palace, Oxford, with prep at Le Belmond aux Quat’ Saisons. Caroline’s main concern for her wedding day was the reactive redness, down to possible allergies and ‘public speaking’ type situations. Caroline also had sensitive skin prone to oil breakouts.
During Caroline’s trial we tried the beautiful Kiehl’s BB Cream which colour corrects and upped the coverage across her nose and cheeks- the redness culprits; with Cover Fx’s Custom Cover Drops Foundation. Luckily Caroline was otherwise flawless so we didn’t need to actively conceal spots or blemishes.
On the day, I prepped with Kiehl’s BB as before and used Cover Fx as before. On parts that I knew would need calming further, I used Dermacolour colour correcting tattoo camouflage concealer.
The rest of her look was a sophisticated no makeup makeup. We used a peachy blusher mixed with highlighter and bronzers to compliment her skin, we lined her eyes and smudged out the edges and painted her lids with champagne and peach tones, again to counteract any redness in an subtle way. A nude lipstick and some beautiful romantic waves set off her Phillipa Lepley gown perfectly.
Caroline’s bridesmaids were three wonderful ladies, Claire had super frizzy thick hair. We calmed that down with straightening and nourishing products and heat to set. I gave her a French plait it to keep it out of her face and out of the way of a rambunctious pair of kiddies. I added a fresh layer of colour correcting makeup as she wasn’t used to wearing any. Alana and Leesa opted for super glamorous Hollywood style waves. I gave them similar makeup looks as they loved the same things, adjusted for colouring in skin tone- Leesa being South East Asian and Alana being Irish. Leesa’s coverage was Bobbi Brown and Alana’s a mixture of Bobbi Brown Tinted moisturiser and layering Dermacolour with Kryolan and Bare Minerals powders to treat a hormonal breakout on her chin.
Caroline’s beautiful Mumma Elaine was given a soft bronzed look. She loved blue eye shadow so we gave her a timeless combination of taupes, minks and a blue- brown eyeliner. Curling her lashes made such an incredible difference too, really opening up her hooded eyes. Her mid length hair was blow dried and set into rollers to give her the volume and body she wanted.
Wedding Makeup and Hair: Kylie McMichael
Photography: Kate Hopewell- Smith
Prep Venue: Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, Oxford
Church: St Mary Magdalene Church, Woodstock, Oxfordshire
Reception Venue: Blenheim Palace, Oxford