Let me ease you into this week with this refreshing shoot with cheeky nods to Baseball, in Charleston South Carolina, USA captured by popular Charleston based international wedding and fashion photographer; Leighton DaCosta
The bridal beauty inspiration in this shoot celebrates the old with the new and pays elegant homage to the 1920’s and is utterly divine. I wanted to share with you how you can create this bridal beauty look especially for dark-skinned black girls out there who may struggle to find bridal beauty and makeup looks for their skin tone. We have some brilliant tips from the make up and hair artist responsible for creating this chic bridal look and includes tips on how you can prepare your skin to re-create this look for yourself – regardless of your own skin tone. Read on to see more tips punctuated by glorious images from Leighton. STUNNING!
Re-create the look
A beautiful bridal look begins with fresh and healthy skin. I started by applying oil control primer to clean and exfoliated skin.
I chose a foundation with a luminous finish to emphasise a natural-looking radiance. Warm eyeshadows and pops of pink on the cheeks and lips created a soft and playful look. I finished off with faux lashes and soft highlight on the cheekbones and inner corners of the eyes.
Preparing your skin
To prepare your skin for your wedding day, consider booking to see an aesthetician / skin care expert 6 months before your wedding so you can begin a home skincare regimen.
Aim to have your last facial 2 weeks before the big day.
Exfoliate the night before your wedding or event to prep for a flawless makeup application.
Before you apply any make up – begin with a good primer according to your skin type.
Choose a foundation without sunscreen to eliminate the chance of flashback in your photos.
Don’t forget to apply foundation down the neck and blend down the chest and shoulders if your dress reveals these areas like our model.
Lightly dust a little highlight on the shoulders and collar bones.
Choose neutral shades that complement your skin tone on the eyes, cheeks, and lips for this natural look.
Lash extensions or faux lashes will really make your eyes pop in photos.
Waterproof mascara is a must!
To finish, set with a setting spray and pack a touch-up kit to stay looking fresh until the last dance.
A couple of things went into the decision to design finger waves on our bride, a popular style inspired by the 1920’s. I love the thought of her hair fitting her head like a glove. Allowing her edges to sculpt a frame for her face. This hairstyle also gave the bride a hassle free day with no worries of wind nor humidity stealing her style.
I advise brides to look for classic styles when deciding on a hairstyle for their big day. Stay away from super trendy styles that will make you say “what was I thinking”, when looking at your pics 2-3 years from now.
If you are trying a totally new look, I suggest you test it out with a trial run first. That way you already know how it will look on you and do not run the risk of not liking you hair on wedding day.
Photographer: Leighton DaCosta
Bowtie: Bowtie Behavior
Lapel Flower: Ken Debonair
Floral Arrangements and Design: Renee Givens, Lush Floral & Events
2nd Photographer: Geno Porter (Aireal Photography, LLC)
Photographers’ Assistant: Patrice Jennings