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6 wedding makeup looks that you’ll see everywhere this spring/summer 2022

North East bridal makeup artist Josephine Birkett tells us how to nail the best bridal beauty trends for the bride-to-be, bridesmaids, mother of the bride and wedding guests.

Written by High Life North
Published 14.02.2022

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So, you’ve picked your dream dress, you’ve booked your wonderful wedding venue, and you’ve sent out your invitations. All that’s left to do is find some bridal makeup inspiration for your big day.

But deciding on the perfect wedding makeup look isn’t easy. Do you play it safe and go with a classic-but-cool eyeliner flick and nude lip combo? Or do you make a statement and opt for something a little bolder, like a red lip and some smoky bronze eyeshadow? The options are endless.

What you don’t want is to look totally different to your normal self and then look back on your album in years to come with regrets. Your bridal makeup should be an expression of your own personality and style.

This is why we caught up with North East wedding makeup artist Josephine Birkett. With over a decade of experience in the wedding makeup industry and a makeup artistry degree under her brush belt, she creates bespoke bridal looks that are almost too beautiful. Almost.

Alongside weddings, Josephine works in the fashion makeup industry, so she keeps up with the latest trends and techniques. Here, she reveals six top bridal makeup trends and how to nail each look…

 

Header image: Rachael Fraser Photography
Second image: The Twins Photography

BRIDAL MAKEUP

 

Summer skin

Who doesn’t want to be glowing on their wedding day? This trend is all about creating bronzed skin that sculpts the face and gives it warmth.

‘Exfoliate the skin, then use tanning water on the face to create an even perfect base to add a complementary tan shade to your natural complexion,’ says Josephine. ‘Then add veils of medium coverage foundation to create a flawless base. Using a cream bronzer is perfect for sculpting the cheekbones whilst also being undetectable, as cream products blend seamlessly into the skin.’

 

Image credit: Claire McGowan Photography

Josephine loves:

Dr. Dennis Gross - Alpha Beta Universal Peel - £19.00

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The Ordinary - Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution - £6.80

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Tan-Luxe - The Water - £33.00

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Isle of Paradise - Medium Self-Tanning Water - £18.95

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Charlotte Tilbury - Charlotte’s Beautiful Skin Foundation - £34.00

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NYX - Born to Glow! Naturally Radiant Foundation - £10.00

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Chanel - Les Beiges Bronzing Cream - £43.00

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KIKO - Sculpting Touch Creamy Stick Contour - £7.49 (was £10.00)

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Metallic lids

You’re sure to have a sparkle in your eyes on your special day thanks to this trend, which highlights and frames your beautiful eyes with complementary shades of metallic hues.

‘To create this trend, always use an eye primer to ensure your lid colour is going to stay put all day,’ says Josephine. ‘A loose pigment will get the most amazing sheen to the lid – but, if you use a loose pigment, make sure you spray your brush with a setting spray first, then dip it into the loose pigment. If the brush is slightly damp, the pigment will adhere better to the brush, which means you don’t get fallout on your skin.’

Josephine loves:

Laura Mercier - Eye Basics - £21.50

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NYX - HD Eye Shadow Base - £6.00

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Peaches & Cream - Honeymoon Loose Eyeshadow Pigment - £3.47 (was £6.95)

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MAC - Pigment in Naked - £17.50

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Revolution - Crushed Pearl Pigments - £3.20 (was £4.00)

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Giorgio Armani - Armani Eye Tint - £28.00

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e.l.f - The New Classics Eyeshadow Palette - £14.00

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Charlotte Tilbury - The Bella Sofia Luxury Palette - £40.00

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THE MOTHER OF THE BRIDE

 

Bright, bold lip

Brighten up your daughter’s special day and stand out from the crowd by injecting a touch of colour with this trend to give warmth to the face. Simple, but very effective.

‘For this trend, you could pick out a specific colour in your dress and match your lipstick to it, or go with one of your favourite shades,’ says Josephine.

‘To get this application right, make sure you use a lip pencil in the matching shade to line and colour in the lips before applying the lipstick. This will define the lips, stop the lipstick from moving and give you a longer-lasting application.’

 

 

Image credit: The Twins Photography

Josephine loves:

MAC - Prep + Prime Lip - £17.50

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Rimmel London - Kate Moisturising Lip Balm - £5.49

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Tom Ford Lips Colour - True Coral - £44.00

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Bobbi Brown - Luxe Matte Lip Colour in Cheeky Peach - £30.00

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NYX - Lip Liner Pencil in Hot Pink - £3.50

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MAC - Lip Pencil in Talking Points - £16.00

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Revlon - Super Lustrous Matte is Everything Lipstick in Forward Magenta - £7.99

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Maybelline - SuperStay Matte Ink in Romantic - £10.99

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THE BRIDESMAIDS

 

Highlighted skin

Time to level up your highlighting game. Adding luminosity into the skin creates a gorgeous au natural glow from within, making you picture perfect ready.

‘Use a small face brush to apply powder highlight to the cheekbones and underneath the brow bone,’ says Josephine. ‘Set the makeup with a setting spray, which has pearl particles in to create a soft sheen to the skin.’

Josephine loves:

MAC - Strobe Cream in Peachlite - £26.00

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Harrods - Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter - £40.00

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MAC - Mineralize Skinfinish in Cheeky Bronze - £27.00

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Iconic London - Prep-Set-Glow - £22.00

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Revolution - Pro Goddess Glow Cream Highlighter - £7.00

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L’Oreal Paris - Highlighting Powder Iconic Glow - £8.99

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e.l.f - Baked Highlighter in Moonlight Pearls - £5.00

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Look Fantastic - Real Techniques Sheer Radiance Fan Brush - £8.99

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Shades of rose

This trend is a perfect look that’ll complement any blushing bride. Get this English rose style that we guarantee will fit any skin tone.

‘This trend is all about using the same pink or mauve shades on the eyes, cheeks and lips to create a cohesive bridesmaid look,’ says Josephine. ‘To create this look, use a cream product that you can use on the lips and cheeks to get the perfect matching flush.’

 

 

Image credit : Penny Rose Photography

Josephine loves:

Revolution - Makeup Revolution Reloaded Provocative - £5.00

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e.l.f - Bite-size Eyeshadow in Rose Water - £4.00

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Charlotte Tilbury - Mesmerising Maroon Luxury Palette - £40.00

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Dior - 5 Couleurs Couture Eyeshadow Palette in Popeline - £48.00

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Bobbi Brown - Pot Rouge for Lips & Cheeks - £23.50

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NYX - Sweet Cheeks Soft Cheek Tint Blusher in Baby Doll - £8.50

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MAC - Glow Play Blush in Cheeky Devil - £24.00

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Boots - No7 Lip & Cheek Tint - £9.95

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THE WEDDING GUESTS

 

Pastel eyes

A perfect on-trend look that’s been strutted down all the fashion week catwalks out there, and which will look gorgeous in this spring/summer sunshine.

‘To create this look, use a small eyeshadow brush and pat a matte pastel eye shadow onto the lid of the eye,’ says Josephine. ‘Matte shadows tend to work best, as they have a better colour payoff.’

 

 

Image Credit: Rachael Fraser Photography

Josephine loves:

MAC - Eyeshadow in Mint Condition - £16.00

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Illamasqua - Powder Eyeshadow in CanCan - £8.50

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Lancôme – Ombre Hypnôse Mono Eyeshadow in Blue - £22.00

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Barry M - Colour Glide Eyeshadow Wand in Lilac Lush - £4.00

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KIKO - High Pigment Eyeshadow in Satin Lilac - £4.49

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Beauty Bay - The Pastels Palette - £6.00 (was £10.00)

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MAC - 239S Eye Shader Brush - £21.00

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The Body Shop - Double Ended Eyeshadow Brush - £10.00

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If you’re looking for a makeup artist for your big day or want some bridal makeup inspiration, check out Josephine’s website, follow her Instagram and like her Facebook page.

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