How To Create Vintage Bridal Make-Up

Firstly, a big “hello” to all the lovely followers at Aspirational Bride!  My name is Catherine Bailey and I am an independent fashion and bridal make-up artist and hair stylist who trained at The London School of Beauty & Make-up and at AOFM.

I recently did a bridal photo shoot in Bushy Park (near Kingston) with a very talented bridal photographer called Zane Colquhoun, who lives near me in Surrey.


I did a classic vintage-influenced look on model and actress Lucy Scarfe, which I think would be lovely for a Winter or Christmas wedding.  It certainly complimented her very fair skin and dark hair and, and reminded me of Snow White!  Here is how to create vintage bridal make-up:

How To Create Vintage Bridal Make-Up

1) Start with a primer such as Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in ‘Moonstone’ (£33), which should be blended smoothly all over with a foundation brush and/or your fingers to give your skin a beautiful luminosity.

2) Apply a sheer foundation with a foundation brush and blend with your fingers – the warmth of your fingers will help the base to ‘melt’ into your skin. I used Liz Earle’s Sheer Skin Tint (£21) in ‘Beige 02’ for a classic English rose look, followed by Bobbi Brown’s Creamy Concealer (£18.50) in ‘Warm Ivory’ to hide any under-eye shadows or blemishes.

3) Brush a little highlighter across the tops of your cheekbones to catch the light in photographs. I used Benefit’s ‘High Beam’ (£19.80) which is a pale pink shimmery liquid.

4) For the eyes, I used the white and taupe shades from Dior’s ‘Incognito’ eyeshadow palette (£41), a set of five shimmery neutrals which I highly recommend for brides.

5) Very carefully brush on a fairly thick line of Maybelline Eyestudio Gel Eyeliner in ‘Black’ (£7.99) along your upper eyelids only, flicking out and up slightly at the corners. Curl your lashes, and then apply lots of black waterproof mascara – my favourite is Max Factor ‘2000 Calorie’ mascara (£7.99).

6) Fill in any gaps in your eyebrows with a pencil such Maybelline’s Mastershape brow pencil (£2.99), then brush through for a groomed look.

7) Line your lips with a red lip pencil to even out the shape and to prevent your lipstick from bleeding. Using a good quality lip brush, carefully apply a red lipstick, blot lightly with a tissue so it lasts longer, and then reapply. I used Tom Ford lipstick in ‘Cherry Lush’ (£36).

8) Blend a little cream or powder blush into your cheeks for a gentle rosy glow. I used Chanel powder blusher in ‘Rose Initiale’ (£31), a delicate pink shot through with a very subtle shimmer.

9) Finally, dust your face all over with face powder on a fluffy brush. I often skip this stage in real life, as powder can look ageing, but it is absolutely essential when being photographed, as even the slightest bit of oil on your face will make you appear greasy and shiny in your wedding photos – definitely not a good look! I recommend you invest in Charlotte Tilbury’s new ‘Air-Brush Flawless Finish’ powder (£33), but Maybelline ‘Fit Me’ powder compact (£5.99) is an excellent budget alternative.



Wow Catherine, a stunning look! Thank you!

Carol Jones, Editor

Let us know if this is a look you can re-create, we’d love to see the results!



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