When bride-to-be Olivia Palermo stepped onto set for our June/July cover shoot, she was makeup-free and flawless. Needless to say, our hair and makeup team didn't need pounds of product to prep Palermo for her close up. "The idea was to enhance her natural beauty," says makeup artist Itsuki. "It's a makeup look that's very versatile — it could work for any type of wedding." Here, Itsuki and hairstylist Thomas Hintermeier tell us how you can recreate Palermo's cover look for your wedding.
Hintermeier wanted to create a fresh hairstyle to go with Palermo's short Marchesa dress. "It's modern — away from the traditional wedding hairstyle," he says. Loosely wrap large sections of hair around a large-barrel curling iron and add texture with dry shampoo and a touch of hairspray. Secure your hair into a high ponytail and tease the crown with a comb ("not too much otherwise it will look too '60s," Hintermeier cautions) and loosen a few face-framing pieces. "This hairstyle looks great with a high neckline or a very low, open one," he says. "Perfect for a relaxed, outdoor wedding."
"Skin is the most important part of a bride's makeup," Itsuki says. For a look that will last from ceremony to reception, prep with a blemish-blurring primer. Apply a light layer of foundation and concealer only where needed to establish an even base. "Make sure to choose your foundation based on your entire body's skin tone," Itsuki says. For an extra glow, try mixing a drop of liquid shimmer or tinted moisturizer into your foundation, applying it on the apples of your cheeks, too. Alternatively, a bronze-hued blush will add healthy color. For dimension (or to create chiseled cheekbones where there aren't any), Itsuki recommends contouring with an eye shadow brush and taupe eye shadow below your cheekbones, smiling when doing so for foolproof application. After you blend, set with powder, but only on the T-zone. "Don't use too much when you're touching up," Itsuki says. "Just take a few blotting papers with you to maintain that natural finish."
Lancôme La Base Pro Perfecting Makeup Primer, $42, Dual Finish Powder & Foundation, $38.50, Blush Subtil in Aplum, $30; all available at Lancôme
Subtly Accentuated Eyes:
"Olivia has big eyes and gorgeous lashes, so I wanted to enhance them with minimal makeup," Itsuki says. Apply dark brown eye shadow along the top lash line and taupe eye shadow in the crease and bottom lash line. Dab a bit of white shimmer in the corner of the eye for a pretty, brightening effect. Finish by dotting black eyeliner on the top waterline, "but only to fill the space between each lash to enhance the natural lash line," Itsuki says.
Lancôme Color Design 5-Pan Eye Shadow Palette in Beige Brulée, $50, Le Crayon Khôl in Black Coffee, $26, Définicils Mascara in Black, $27.50; all available at Lancôme
Natural, Mauve Lips:
Subtle, sheer lipstick provides the finishing touch. Itsuki's favorite way to apply it? With your finger — it will add just enough color to make your lips look like you've gone au natural.
Lancôme Rouge in Love Lip Color in Lasting Kiss, $28.50, available at Sephora