Sarah Lucero is the Los Angeles-based head make-up artist and global creative director of Stila, the brand most renowned for its Stay All Day Foundations and Convertible Color shades, both befitting of any blushing bride. On a recent visit to London, Bazaar had the opportunity to grill her on all things bridal beauty. Here, she shares some of her top tips…
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1. Match your body to your face
This doesn’t only mean ensuring your foundation is properly blended below the jawline (although, obviously, do that too). Lucero says that one of her favourite bridal tips is also one she uses on celebrities attending hot Californian red-carpet events.
“I would always suggest making your shoulders and chest match your face,” she says. “So that the level of shine on your face matches the gleam across your chest and shoulders – this will prevent you from looking oily in photographs. Instead, you’ll look like a Gisele-inspired just-got-back-from-holiday-and-taken-all-your-omegas type of glowy. When people do events in LA, it’s very hot and they risk looking shiny but making this a focal point ties it all together and makes you just look really nourished. It’s a trick on the eye for sure.”
Try: Stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter, £28, which is not oily, and will therefore lessen the risk of ruined veils.
2. Think beyond the portfolio
If you’re not brave enough to do your own make-up, Lucero recommends getting to know your make-up artist well in advance of the big day – and allowing her to get to know you as well. “I’ve met brides before where we’ve just had coffee and chatted,” she says. “She’s seen my portfolio and then it’s more about feeling it out and seeing my vibe, which is important. Who you’re having in that space is important – it’s so personal on such a big day. So, I like to meet with them, find their comfort level, and then start thinking about a look for them – even small things like whether she’s a contact-lenses wearer or if she’s likely to cry on the day.”
Lucero recommends having your first trial or meeting two to three months ahead of the wedding – allowing for plenty of time to change your mind over your look.
3. Prepare for the close-ups
Your pre-wedding manicure will no doubt have spruced up your hands by some measure, but many wedding photographs will focus on this area – close-ups of the ring or the cake-cutting ceremony. “Use two pumps of primer for your hands, so when you do these close-ups, your hands don’t look dry,” says Lucero.
Try: Smashbox Primerizer, out in July. The king of primers launches its latest one, a skincare-cosmetic hybrid – guaranteed 24-hour hydration and 88 per cent of users said it made their foundation last all day.
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4. Teeth-whitening tip
This year, Pinterest reported a 71 per cent peak in interest in berry lips for bridal looks and Lucero says she knows why. “It makes your teeth look a lot whiter,” she says. “It also eases you into a colour which is a little more bold and is a lot more luxe looking than a basic red. Plus if you have a merlot or navy dress for your bridesmaids or even a bouquet with a dark dahlia or rose in it, it ties the look together to look really chic and polished.”
5. Keep sweat at bay
“Blotterrazzi by Beauty Blender is a must-have in my kit,” says the make-up artist. “You can put them in your bra to prevent sweating and they’re also amazing for blotting off greasy shine when used dry. That should be in every bridal kit for sure and is a big red-carpet trick on hot days in LA too.”
Try: Beauty Blender Blotterazzi, £16
6. Keep it monochromatic
The quickest way to end up with a look you will regret in years to come is by pairing mismatched shades. “Sticking to a monochromatic look is very classic – whether it’s all warm or all cool,” says Lucero. “If your cheeks are different to your lips, it will date the look because something just doesn’t sit right. You want to go with a classic, beautiful, enhanced version of yourself which could have been yesterday. Do something that you will look back on and love, not something you will look back on and think ‘What is this, a prom photo?’“
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7. And in the event of an emergency…
Should your skin protest at the stress and work that goes into organising a wedding, Lucero has a few tips for covering any imperfections that may erupt in the days leading up to the ceremony. “This is where it is good to have a pro,” she says. “In my kit I have things which will bond and stick and contain the blemish because if you have a bride who has been picking at it, nothing will stick. Press the concealer on then spread around the edges of the area so it’s contained and looks edgeless. Then add a bit of powder and tap it on. You can also use those clear blemish stickers, like the ones by Sarah Chapman or Skyn Iceland which can be applied over it, underneath foundation.”
Try: Sarah Chapman Skinesis Spot Stickers, £24
From: Harper’s BAZAAR UK