Runway beauty looks don’t always translate to real life (though, how cool would it be if we all rocked the sequined eyebrows from Chanel’s Fall 12 show?!). Bridal runway beauty looks, however, are a different story. Designers like Oscar de la Renta, Monique Lhullier, and Naeem Khan don’t tend to go the aspirational beauty route when Bridal Fashion Week rolls around each year—a too-crazy makeup look detracts from the wedding gown, after all. Instead, the runway bridal beauty looks usually mimic what you’d actually want to wear on your wedding day—in fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if you brought these looks to your wedding day makeup artist and said, “Give me this.”
Now that Bridal Fashion Week has drawn to a close, we caught up with lead makeup artist Daniel Martin (he keyed the makeup looks for Naeem Khan, Christo, Kenneth Pool, and Amsale), and asked him to share the top makeup trends he saw this season, as well as his top makeup picks for any bride. Keep scrolling to see them all!
Seen at: Naeem Khan, Marchesa, Truly Zac Posen
“The overall theme I saw for spring 2016 was individuality,” Martin says. “Bridal beauty was fresh, effortless, and polished.” To get this glowing skin look at home, Martin recommend’s Dior’s Diorskin Airflash Foundation ($56). “For someone who wants fuller coverage and a long-lasting product, this is the holy grail!” he says. “I spray this in the palm of my hand or small cup, and brush it onto the face. This gives me more control of placement and also seamless placement.”
Pictured: Naeem Khan Bridal, Spring 2016
Martin also swears by Laura Mercier’s Silk Crème Photo Edition Foundation ($27) for its extensive shade range and “sheer, buildable finish.” To conceal stray zits or dark circles the day of, reach for Cover FX’s Crème Concealer ($27). Martin calls it a “high opacity, emollient concealer that’s great for under-eye circles and skin imperfections.”
Pictured: Marchesa Bridal, Spring 2016
Seen at: Christos, Oscar de la Renta, Jenny Packham
To mimic this flushed, just-bitten look, Martin recommends Mary Kay’s Mineral Cheek Color ($12) in Citrus Bloom, because it’s the perfect balance of coral and pink, looks great on a wide range of skin tones, and has a matte finish that stays put for hours.
Pictured: Jenny Packham Bridal, Spring 2016
Coral gives a warm, healthy glow to any skin tone, and nothing is fresher than a sheer coral lip on a bride. Try Tarte’s Power Pigment ($24); Martin says they “pack a punch of clear color without the feeling of a lipstick!”
Pictured: Christos Bridal, Spring 2016
Seen at: Reem Acra, Austin Scarlett, Monique Lhullier
Black liner might not be the first thing you’d think of when it comes to bridal beauty, but this season your typical smoky-eye-and-black-liner combo was made softer and dreamier. Martin swears by Hourglass’s 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliners ($16), which he says stay put for hours and allow you to get right up in your lash line to add a bit of definition (it’s also a Byrdie favorite!).
Pictured: Reem Acra Brida, Spring 2016
Nothing like mascara smudging and running down your face when you’re tearing up during your vows—which is why Martin reaches for Dior’s Diorshow Mascara Waterproof ($25). “It’s the best mascara to build big, bold lashes, and stays put after a good cry!” he says.
At the end of the day, however, Martin stresses that you should wear whatever you feel most beautiful in over following trends. “Bridal makeup varies so much culturally, but in general, I think women are becoming more savvy as to what works best for them, rather than following what's trendy at the time,” he says. “If you love a bold eye and wear it daily, wear a bold eye on your wedding day!”
What was your makeup like on your wedding day? Or, how do you plan on doing it? Click here to read about what it’s like to do your own makeup for your wedding!