It goes without saying that for as long as I have known and been interested in beauty, I have pretty much always had in mind that when it comes to wedding makeup, Bobbi Brown is the absolute go to, without a doubt. Why? I don’t know specifically, but I have always known her makeup to be loved by MUA’s and Brides alike to create that flawless finish every woman wants on her big day. So when it came to my own wedding, I didn’t think to go anywhere else.
When it comes to bridal makeup, how it differs from the everyday should actually be fairly minimal; you want to look like you but at 100% so now really is not the time to be trying something radically different. Also, one of the key elements that drives a lot of brides in their search for bridal makeup is seeking products that will cope with and perform well in front of the camera, particularly flash photography. First of all, I am going to dispel the worry that whatever the ingredient was that ruined many a wedding photo, seldom no longer really exists in makeup –phew! Secondly, the other factor to consider is staying power as you’re on your feet, being kissed on the cheek endlessly and in the spotlight for a long time so it’s important that the products you use can be trusted to do the time.
So, back to Bobbi Brown.
My schedule leading up to my big day was ridiculous, I just had zero time for anything other than wedmin and thus ended up having just one opportunity to book myself into Bobbi Brown for a (complimentary) bridal tutorial, which coincidently ended up being the day after my hen do! On arrival, I was welcomed into the store (Windsor) and a lovely MUA called Olivia, was assigned to me to create my bridal look. Whereas some brides may have the tutorial to find the products and learn application, as well as find a look that works for them, I simply just wanted to discover some new products as I was already pretty set on what I wanted to create (a natural base with a plum-gold smoky-eye), and new the techniques required to do so. My situation also was that for my wedding I had a friend/MUA do my makeup and the products used were going to be from both our collections. I also saw this as an excuse to purchase some new goodies.
To begin with, Olivia prepped my face by applying the Vitamin Enriched Face Base (£39) and Extra Eye Repair Cream (£44), which were both beautiful. She then matched me to a foundation and for this I got the Skin Foundation Stick in 3.5 –Warm Beige (£29.50). I am fortunate that I don’t suffer with dark circles underneath my eyes and I mostly just use concealer to brighten the area so Olivia did the same, using the Tinted Eye Brightener in Bisque (£21) which is pink toned. To set the look so far, she used the new Nude Finish Illuminating Powder in Bare (£39) which at the time, was sold out in store (because like so many of Bobbi’s products, they are instant hits). To lightly sculpt out my cheeks and temples, she used a Bronzing Powder in Golden Light (£28.50), and used a natural Blush Powder in Coral Sugar (£19.50) for my cheeks, and a Highlighting Powder in Pink Glow (£34). So far, so good. A great tip when having any kind of bridal makeup tutorial is to wear a white top as that will be the closest way to see how your makeup will reflect on the day, seeing your makeup in natural light is also a must and I am fortunate that the Bobbi Brown store in Windsor has big windows.
For eyes, which apart from getting matched to a foundation, was what I went in for and Olivia began by applying the Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Dusty Mauve (£21) across my entire lid, before adding Sparkle Eye Shadow in Sunlight (£23.50) across the top. Into my crease she blended the Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow in both Eggplant and Charcoal (£17.50 each) to create a smoky effect. Olivia then used the Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner in Black Ink (£18.50) to line my upper lash line (without winging it out), and the very corners of my outer water line to really dramatise and define the look. She finished by applying the No Smudge Mascara (£20), Rich Lip Colour in Uber Pink (£20) and setting it all with a spritz of Face Mist (£21.50). I was delighted with the result as Olivia had totally nailed my brief.
While I appreciate that Bobbi Brown can be quite pricey, and I too gasped at some of the costs, but at the end of the day, you’re paying for quality and if like me you’re wanting to treat yourself for a special occasion, I don’t think this kind of splurge is that bad and is well justified. As I said though, I was looking for a few specific purchases as for the most part, I had similar alternatives already in my collection at home. Here is what I purchased:
Overall, I would thoroughly recommend a tutorial at Bobbi Brown and particularly for Brides, a tutorial is complimentary and you don’t have to purchase everything (or anything) afterwards –I defy you though to walk away empty handed!
What do you guys think?
Until next time xFollow