Photo: Ruven Afanador
When we asked mega makeup artist Kristofer Buckle to describe the look he created for Brides' first-ever beauty flip cover, he quickly replied, "wide-eyed Disney Princess." Dressed in a traditional waltz-length two tier wedding veil by Bel Aire Bridal and flashing Suzanne Kalan white moonstone and diamond earrings set in gold, our cover girl also calls to mind Tinseltown princess Audrey Hepburn with her signature doe eyes and near-perfect polish.
While on set, Brides Beauty Director Dana Wood chatted with the Kristofer Buckle—snagging some solid pointers and this great behind-the-scenes action shot—about how everyday beauties, a la like Holly Golightly, can recreate this fresh, glossy cover-worthy look for themselves. Here, step-by-step instructions from the master himself.
To start, before you add an ounce of makeup, prep your skin. "I massaged the model's face and neck using a very moisturizing cream by Algenist," says Buckle, who regularly preps celebs like J.Lo, Gwyneth and Demi Moore for the red carpet.
If you have an oily complexion, don't skip primer. "I don't always use it," says Kristofer. "But when I do, it's Laura Mercier Oil-Free Primer."
For your wedding, go for a moisturizing—not matte—foundation formula. "It keeps the skin looking alive and nourished on what can be a stressful day."
A light dusting of bronzing powder makes light-colored eyes sparkle. "I like to add dimension and tonality to the complexion," he says. "Bronzer does that. Also, the warm tone helped make the model's green eyes pop."
Use every bit of concealer you need to create a flawless canvas. "Concealing dark shadows around the eyes, mouth and nose really makes the complexion look perfect, so don't be afraid of coverage. It will help your makeup look great for hours and photograph better."
But be sure to top off that concealer with powder. "You have to set it with a translucent powder," he says. "That locks it into place."
A dab of light shadow on the inner corners perks your eyes right up. "I used a very reflective powdered eye shadow in her inner corner to add a dewy look to the eye. It also helps open the eye and give a more innocent look."
For precise liquid eyeliner application, get really close to the mirror. "If your brush has a handle that's too long, it will bump into the mirror," Buckle explains. "So break it off to shorten it. I love buying brushes from art supply or craft stores. Synthetic nylon bristles work best." (Editor's note: Look for a "travel kit" of makeup brushes; they usually have the type of short handles Buckle recommends.)
Part two of precision eyelining: a little elbow action. "If you have a wiggly hand, try using an angled wedge brush and a waterproof cream liner, like MAC Black Track. That way you can kind of stamp it along your lash line and build it up. Also, lift your elbow way up as you paint your line. This gives you a clear view of what you're doing and a naturally unobstructed, fluid movement."
Go for state-of-the-art false lashes. "Individual lashes are very tricky to do yourself," Buckle admits. "But there's a great new product from Kiss called lash trios. They're clusters of three individual lashes that are so easy to apply. They're also great to add to the ends of full band lashes to lift the outer corner like I did on the Brides cover."
Keep the lower-lash mascara to a bare minimum. "I think brides look best without a lot under the eyes," says Buckle. "But that's just my taste; you have to wear what makes you feel confident on your big day. For the Brides cover, I really wanted to create a princess-themed bride with an exotic edge. Keeping all of the interest on the top lashes gave her that wide-eyed Disney Princess look."