Bridal Beauty Buzz: The secret to photo-perfect make-up

We feature gorgeous bridal fashion photoshoots in every issue of Scottish Wedding Directory, and it’s imperative that the bridal make-up artists who work on these shoots are experts in photogenic wedding make-up.

That will, I’m sure, be a priority for you when you’re looking for a make-up artist for your wedding. We’ve all left the house for a night out thinking we look hot only to see a photo surface on our pal’s Instagram later in which we look a hot mess. And that’s the last sight you want to be greeted by when you see your wedding photos for the first time!

Fortunately, we’ve quizzed every bridal make-up artist who’s worked on our photoshoots this year to find out what they used to make our models look even more beaut than they already are, on camera and off.

Here are the photogenic wedding make-up products that bridal make-up artists in Scotland swear by.



Photogenic wedding make-up Sharon Cuthbert

With her tousled blonde bob and fresh-faced look, Scottish model Erin Charters looked every inch the cooler-than-cool bride in this shoot from the Winter 2018 issue of Scottish Wedding Directory.

Make-up artist Sharon Cuthbert used MAC Strobe Cream in Original (£25) as a light-enhancing base then brought the bridal glow with a combination of MAC Powder Blush in Fleur Power (£19.50), MAC Mineralise Blush in Dainty (£23) and MAC Mineralise Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle (£23).

A spritz of MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ (£19) kept the make-up in place all day.


MITCHELL AND MACINNES MAKEUPPhotogenic Wedding Makeup Mitchell and Macinnes

Model Olivia Sim was a vision on the cover of our Winter 2018 issue with her dewy skin and bold lips.

Sarah-Jane of Mitchell and Macinnes Makeup created a glowing complexion with Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter in Moonstone (£34), NARS The Multiple (£29) in Copacabana and Luxor, and MAC lipstick in Diva (£17.50).



Photogenic wedding make-up Leigh Blaney

Model Marlies Roland looked uber-glam in this shoot for our Winter 2018 issue, thanks to make-up artist Leigh Blaney.

“I went for gradual smoked-out champagnes into browns using a mix of metallic and matte colours from the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette (£37), then did winged eyeliner and added Ardell Wispies (£5.49),” says Leigh.

For Marlies’ skin, Leigh opted for Smashbox Photo Finish Oil-free Primer (£26), Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation (£29.50) and Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit (£41) for a glowing complexion that’d last all day. “Lipsticks ranged from classic red and got darker into the plums,” says Leigh, who used MAC lipsticks in Ruby Woo, Rebel and Cyber (£17.50).



Photogenic wedding make-up Look Good Makeup

Wow – how stunning is model Talia in our Spring 2018 issue? Her vampy make-up came courtesy of Jacquie Bruin at Look Good Makeup.

For a flawless base, Jacquie used Chanel CC Cream Complete Correction (£46). “It gives the face great coverage, as well as correcting any redness in the skin,” she explains. To give depth to model Talia’s glamour puss look, Jacquie used Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Collection (£39); “It has a beautiful mix of mattes and shimmers, and its shadows have a lovely, intense colour pigment.”

Model Talia also starred on the front cover of this issue with a totally different beauty look styled by hair stylist and make-up artist Caroline Stewart. You can see the look (and the key products used to create it) here!



Photogenic Bridal Makeup Pamper and Polish

Model Shayne Brodie has incredible long grey hair and is naturally gorgeous, so Lesley at Pamper and Polish wanted to create a pretty look that would simply enhance her features in our bridal and mother of the bride photoshoot in the Spring 2018 issue.

Lesley’s key products included Bobbi Brown Nude Finish Illuminating Powder (£42), MAC Extended Play Lash mascara (£16.50), and MAC Lustre lipstick in ˜Patisserie’.



Photogenic Bridal Makeup Leslie Sneddon Makeup Artistry

Beautiful Hollie modelled in our first ever same-sex bridal photoshoot (which you can see in full in our Summer 2018 issue, out now!).

She was made up by make-up artist Leslie Sneddon, who went for a super fresh and modern look.

“I wanted glossy skin, so used Iconic liquid gold drops (£33) with MAC’s Face and Body Foundation (£24.50),” says Leslie, who also bronzed with Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder (£30), and finished with a subtle red lip.



Photogenic Bridal Makeup Alana McCrae Makeup

Accompanying model Hollie in our shoot was Flo, whose make-up artist was Alana McCrae Makeup.

Alana used MAC Strobe Cream (£25) mixed with Make Up For Ever Ultra HD foundation (£31) and a dab of Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Moonlight (£34); “I wanted to make sure I didn’t mask Flo’s beautiful skin beneath,” she says.


Photogenic Bridal Makeup Heavenly Hair and Makeup

“I wanted to create a natural bright-eyed look which wasn’t too heavy to complement the pop of colour from the berry lip,” explains make-up artist Gemma from Heavenly Hair and Make-up.

“I started off the look by applying Urban Decay Rebound Collagen-Infused Complexion Prep Priming Spray (£26), which helps plump skin to keep it looking radiant.” To create a flawless base, Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation (£42) was used. “It keeps the look natural with no flashback either,” says Gemma. “I used Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil (£14.50) with their Cream Vice Lipstick in Rapture (£15.50) to finish the look.”

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