If there’s anything we can say about recent beauty trends, it’s that they’ve steadily veered down the more natural route. Gone are the days of over-plucked brows and brown lip liner (RIP). Nowadays, it’s all about dewy, luminescent skin and softly defined eyes—and the bridal world is no different. Curious about how bridal makeup has changed over the years, we spoke with Jessica Scantlin, lead celebrity makeup artist at bridal beauty authority Blushington, and asked her to share the most requested bridal makeup look for 2015. Something to file away and take note of for when that special day comes, yes?
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Scantlin, who is a bridal beauty pro (she’s done 20 weddings so far this year alone), says brides bring in photos of two celebrities for makeup inspiration: Kim Kardashian and Carrie Underwood. “Both of these women chose browns and bronzes … with dewy skin and a bubblegum-pink or just-kissed lip color,” she says. “Everything is very ethereal, lovely, and elegant, but with a trendy spring-summer twist.” That twist would be adding a hint of pastel—light purple, in particular, is a shade modern brides love. “I think they request Carrie and Kim because they did classic, timeless looks,” she muses. “The brides who wanted me to add some pastel purple have gotten married in the spring or summer, and only wanted a slight touch of it so the overall look is still timeless.”
As for products, Scantlin swears by Becca’s new Shimmer Skin Perfector ($38) in Poured—she dabs it on the tops of brides’ cheeks instead of a powder highlighter to give a dewy, candlelit glow. As for blush, she reaches for Stila’s Convertible Color ($25) in Gerbera, the perfect barely there pink, and finishes with a swipe of Jouer’s Hydrating Lipstick ($24) in Kate on the lips. “For eye shadows, there are a ton—Girlactik Eye Shadow ($19) in Timeless, Julie Hewett Eye Shadow ($12) in Vita and Countless, and Stila Eyeshadow Compact ($18) in Coco,” she says. “I finish by adding Julie Hewett Pearl ($24) on the inside corners.” When we ask for the biggest change she’s seen in the bridal makeup space, she’s quick to name it: lip color—or rather, the steadily declining need for one. “People aren’t doing bright or dark lips anymore,” Scantlin muses. “I think when I started, it was all about that—now, it’s slowed down. I think people want to look like a better version of themselves, when in the past, they wanted to look completely different.” If that’s the case, then we think we’re more than on board with the bridal world’s new direction.
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