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Sell Bella's Wedding Makeup Look

To conceal the blemishes on the model, a common sight among stressed-out brides, a flawless finish makeup, blemish concealer and mineral powder were used. Makeup: Clarice Loiacono, Clarice’s Creating Beautiful Looks, Wheaton, IL; Model: Annamarie Jordan, Wheaton, IL; and Photographer: Steve Jones

By: Kevin James Bennett
Posted: March 30, 2012, from the April 2012 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

The movie Breaking Dawn: Part 1 from The Twilight Saga hit theaters recently. I have to admit, I’m a bit of a Twi-Hard. I’ve read all the books and watched all the films. I also teach bridal and special event makeup, so what could be a better tribute to the franchise than a step-by-step guide to recreating the character Bella Swan’s signature bridal look if your clients want to look like the heroine on their wedding day—or anytime.

Step 1: Neutralize any discoloration on the eyelid. This can be done using a little foundation, concealer or a flesh-toned eye pencil all over the eye area up to the brow. Set this using a translucent powder—this eliminates the need to use a flesh-toned eye shadow as a base color, and creates a more stable and long-lasting canvas for the eye makeup application.

Step 2: Bella’s skin looks beautifully smooth and even-toned. This begins with using the correct complexion products. Always start with well-moisturized and primed skin; moisturizer and primer are so important to a finished makeup look ... even on oily skin. Foundation needs a correctly primed surface, like a painter’s canvas, to apply evenly and stay put. Experiment and decide which formulas work best with the foundation you use for clients. Consider using silicone-based foundations because they don’t sink into or clog pores. They’re also naturally water-resistant, so tears and perspiration have no effect on them. Because foundation is a personal thing, a customized choice needs to be made for each client; however, when you swatch a foundation on the jaw line, it must match the skin on the neck directly below it. If it doesn’t, you have chosen the wrong color and need to keep looking. Carry full-coverage foundations in your makeup kit in order to control how much coverage you use for a client—sheer, moderate or full. Having full-coverage products also eliminates the need to carry separate concealers.

Step 3: The eyelid should be washed with shimmering eye shadow that reflects light without sparkling. Start with a shimmering champagne color. Apply it to the very inner corner of the eye by the tear duct, and blend this color outward toward the center of the eyelid.

Step 4: Next, apply a honey-brown color for a beautiful warm tone and subtle glow. Apply the eye shadow starting at the outside corner of the eyelid, blending inward and also up into the crease. If applied correctly, these two colors should create a soft gradient effect of light to dark on the lid.