Flawless Bridal Make-up for Darker Skin Tones with Joyce Connor

While some of you may love having a starlet-style glam squad on hand to make you look your best on your wedding day (and I’d always recommend working with a pro), others may prefer a more chilled out behind-the-scenes wedding morning vibe. If that sounds like you, and you’re confident with make-up, then doing your own on your big day might be the right solution. After all, even Kate Middleton did it!

To give you some top tips and show exactly how it’s done, we called in our own favourite MUA, Joyce Connor. Joyce created two gorgeous bridal makeovers for different skin tones. She’s sharing her step by step process, as well as all the wonderful products she used, below.

Over to you, Joyce!

Look 1: Sheyi

STEP 1: SKINCARE

Start by cleansing, toning, applying serum and eye cream, and then moisturise.

 

STEP 2: CONCEALER & CORRECTOR

Sheyi has some mild pigmentation around her mouth and undereyes. I used an orangebased concealer (Make-Up Atelier Paris Cream Corrector in shade CAPN2 – Brick) to correct the colour in those areas before applying foundation. Apply the corrector cream over the areas that need it and blend well. I like to use my ring finger so that I don’t apply too much pressure during the application. I also use concealer over the top of foundation under the eye area if it’s needed (Make-Up Atelier Paris Waterproof Liquid Concealer & Corrector in shades FLWAPN2 and FLWAPN3, mixed together).

STEP 3: FOUNDATION

Sheyi didn’t need a heavy application of foundation so I used Illasmqua Skin Base, which is a buildable skin finish foundation (Shade 16). Apply Skin Base with a round head brush and lightly buff over the skin until you’re happy with the coverage.

STEP 4: POWDER

Skin Base foundation doesn’t need powder, so it gives a nice dewy finish to the complexion. If you want to apply powder, I would go for a finely milled loose powder. One of my favourites for darker skins is Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Loose Powder in Warm Chestnut.

STEP 5: EYEBROWS

I’m a firm believer in keeping eyebrows as close as possible to what they should be like in real life. I use powder and wax products to delicately give the eyebrows colour and shape. I never use black colours on eyebrows; they look more natural if you use a shade lighter than the natural colour. For Sheyi’s eyebrows, I used a dark brown just to give her brows a lift. I used a professional palette, but you can buy wax and brow palettes from lots of high street stores. For example, Rimmel London have Brow This Way for budget conscious shoppers.

STEP 6: EYESHADOW

Choosing eyeshadow placement will depend on the shape of your eyes. Sheyi has large eyes, so she can wear darker colours anywhere on the lid. I used black on the outer corners of her eyes, but any darker colours will give the illusion of depth. For this look, I used the Zoeva Mixed Metals Palette.

STEP 7: EYELINER

Apply eyeliner as close to the lashes above and under the lower lashes to enhance the eyes. Pencil the line first and then use a gel liner for greater impact.

STEP 8: MASCARA

To give the illusion of fuller, thicker lashes, apply mascara above and below the top lashes.

STEP 9: HIGHLIGHTER

Highlight the top of the cheekbones to give a soft glow, but remember that too much highlighter will not look great on camera. I used Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow in Medium to Dark.

STEP 10: BLUSHER

Add a touch of blusher and blend well from the apple of the cheek towards the ears. Keep the colour subtle, because it can be distracting if you apply too much. Cream blusher works well on dark skin tones and doesn’t turn ashy – I used Youngblood Luminous Crème Blush in Luxe.

STEP 11: LIPS

I love lip pencils because they can be used to correct the shape and outline of the lips, as well as being used to colour in the entire lip. Using the lip pencil as a base for the finished colour helps to add another layer of depth! I used the NARS Precison Lip Liner in Ride It, followed by Urban Decay Cream Vice Lipstick. I also added a sweep of lipgloss over the top to add extra drama (Chanel Rouge Coco gloss in Icing).

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Look 2: Sukh

STEP 1: SKINCARE

To prep the skin for make-up, start by cleansing and toning. Apply serum and eye cream, and then finally, moisturise.

STEP 2: FOUNDATION

I wanted to brighten under Sukh’s eyes so I used my favourite corrector, House of Glamdolls Glambase Wheel 2 . I prefer liquid foundation applied with a large, flat, dense synthetic brush. Colour match your foundation on your jawline and blend well so there are no lines. I used Make-Up Atelier Paris shades FLW60 and FLW70, mixed to make the perfect shade.

STEP 3: CONCEALER

Dot concealer around the crease under the eye to seal in the corrector and even up skin colour. Blend well with a finger right up to the lashes. Concealer can also be applied to any blemishes that haven’t been covered by the foundation. I used Make-Up Atelier Paris Concealer shades FLWA2 and FLWAPN1, mixed together.

STEP 4: POWDER

I used a loose powder to set the make up. Youngblood Loose Mineral Rice Setting Powder is amazing and can be used under foundation, to help absorb any oil on the skin.

STEP 5: EYEBROWS

I’m a firm believer in keeping eyebrows as close as possible to what they should be like in real life. I use powder and wax products to delicately give the eyebrows colour and shape. I never use black colours on eyebrows; they look more natural if you use a shade lighter than the natural colour. For Sukh’s eyebrows, I used a dark brown just to give her brows a lift. I used a professional palette, but you can buy wax and brow palettes from lots of high street stores. Benefit Brow Zings has a wide selection of colours.

STEP 6: EYESHADOW

Choosing eyeshadow placement will depend on the shape of your eyes. Sukh has large eyes, so she can wear darker colours anywhere on the lid. She has darker colours on the socket here to give the illusion of depth. I used the Urban Decay Naked2 Eyeshadow Palette.

STEP 7: EYELINER

Apply eyeliner as close to the lashes above and under the lower lashes to enhance the eyes. Pencil the line first and then use a gel liner for greater impact.

STEP 8: MASCARA

To give the illusion of fuller, thicker lashes, apply mascara above and below the top lashes.

STEP 9: HIGHLIGHTER

Highlight the top of the cheekbones to give a soft glow, but remember that too much highlighter will not look great on camera. I used a touch of the Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light.

STEP 10: BLUSHER

Add a touch of blusher and blend well from the apple of the cheek towards the ears. Keep the colour subtle, because it can be distracting if you apply too much.

STEP 11: LIPS

I love lip pencils because they can be used to correct the shape and outline of the lips, as well as being used to colour in the entire lip. Using the lip pencil as a base for the finished colour helps to add another layer of depth! I used the Smart Fusion Lip Pencil by KIKO Cosmetics in burgundy, followed by Kevyn Aucoin Bloodroses lipstick (such an iconic dark red colour!)

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Thank you so much for sharing your expertise with us again, Joyce!

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Images by Kat Forsyth Photography

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