The minute Whitney Port walks on set, it becomes glaringly obvious we’ve chosen the perfect person for Byrdie’s first-ever bridal beauty shoot. Elegant and lithe, Port is the epitome of the self-made, modern millennial woman—not to mention every wedding dressmaker and makeup artist’s dream. After the success of her supporting (and later, starring) roles in reality television, she’s gone on to create a successful contemporary clothing line, Whitney Eve, pen a style and beauty book, and in a few months, will walk down a new path: the aisle.
With the help of hairstylist Christian Marc and makeup artist Tracey Levy, we invited Port to take four sleek, modern bridal beauty looks for a test drive before her own upcoming nuptials. Keep flipping to see her stunning take on the chic, modern bride!
“I’d say this is look has more of a sixties vibe,” Marc says. For sleek volume, he curled Port’s strands and set them with bobby pins before brushing them out with a natural boar bristle brush. “The overall vibe is sleek, but undone,” he says. “Her hair was so clean, and I wanted to dirty it up a bit—or rather, give it a very matte effect.” He sprayed Oribe’s Dry Texturizing Spray ($45) to tease Port's hair and add texture.
On the makeup front, Levy wanted to create a dewy and “super-sheer” effect. “I wanted to start off with a barer look, a nude look where you can actually see her skin,” Levy says. She applied YSL’s Le Teint Touche Éclat ($57) in shades 40 and 50 to Port’s skin with a foundation brush, then buffed everything out with a Beauty Blender ($20) for an airbrushed effect. Next, she dabbed Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream ($21) and RMS’ Living Luminizer ($38) on Port’s lids to give them a slight sheen.
Credits: Pomellato Veleno Collection 18k Earrings ($5,350, 1.800.254.6020) in Rose Gold and White Quartz; J. Mendel Micheline Strapless Asymmetrical Draped Bustier Gown ($5200, available in August) in Ivory
For the second look, Marc wanted to create something a bit more laidback—a bride who wouldn’t look out of place in a dreamy garden ceremony, perhaps. “This look is very natural, but with a very dry texture,” Marc says. He straightened the ends of Port’s hair, curled the middle section with a 1 ½-inch curling iron, and ran Rene Furterer’s Modeling Paste Matte Look ($25) through her strands to boost the body.
Makeup-wise, the inspiration was soft and smoky. “I pictured a light and ethereal look, with just a bit of mystery,” Levy says. “So I used a taupe and champagne shimmer around her eyes, then lined the inside of her waterline [with MAC’s Technakohl Liner ($16) in Photogravure] to give them a little more depth.” The taupe and champagne shade both come from Troy Surratt, which she put in the line’s custom compact. For Port’s lips, she kept things simple with a color that mirrored Port’s natural lip color: Armani’s Rouge D’Armani Lipstick ($35) in the nude pink shade, then a swipe of YSL’s Volupté Sheer Candy ($34) in Champagne to add just a hint of shine.
Credits: Tory Burch Noreen Skirt ($450, available soon) in Birch; Tory Burch Pearl Shell ($450, available soon) in Birch; BHLDN Petite Flora Hairpins ($105) in Pearl; Cartier Amulette De Cartier Bracelet ($5,150) in White Gold; Anita Ko 18K Earrings ($6,300) in Yellow Gold and Diamond Leaf; Oscar De La Renta Champagne Velvet Hildie Mule ($895.00)
Who says brides have to be barefaced and blushing? Levy gave Port a touch of sultriness with a “taupe-y purple” smoky eye, using Chanel’s Ombre Essentielle ($30) in Taupe Grise and YSL’s Palette 5 Couleurs ($60) in Surrealiste. “This, to me, is like the softest evening look,” Levy says. “A bride should always be soft, but I added a tiny bit of drama.”
Marc calls the hairstyle a messy bouffant: “Again, it’s a sixties vibe interpreted in a modern way,” he says. “In the sixties, they used to put a hair band on, and you would tease volume at the crown. I took that idea, and just kind of messed it up.” He added more of Rene Furterer’s Modeling Paste ($25) to give her hair some grip, then twisted it behind into a messy French twist before adding the stunning headband. Who needs a veil when your hair accessory is this stunning?
Looking for a new way to wear a traditional wedding veil? Pair it with slicked-back hair and a low half-pony. “I used A Mason Pearson Brush ($150) and John Masters Organics Shine On ($21) to create the wet look,” Marc says. As for her makeup, Levy contoured Port’s cheekbones with Chanel’s Les Beige Healthy Glow Sheer Powder ($58) in #20, then patted Marc Jacobs’ Lovemarc Lip Gel ($30) in Little Pretty (a shimmery, sheer plum shade) on Port’s lips with her finger.
Credits: Van Cleef & Arpels Frivole Necklace ($14,100, 877.VAN.CLEEF) in 18K Yellow Gold Featuring 9 Diamond Motifs Set; Sara Weinstock Cuff ($3,640) in Diamond & Gold; Ippolita Starburst Pave Branch Cuff Earring with Diamonds ($2,000) in 18K Gold; Reformation Citrine Dress ($518) in Ivory; Jimmy Choo Ivette Stappy Sandals ($795) in Champagne Glitter; Jennifer Behr Voilette Headband ($182) in Cream