Bella Swan Wedding Makeup Tutorial – by Kevin James Bennett

Bella Swan Wedding Makeup Tutorial – “Breaking Dawn Part 1″ The Twilight Saga
by Kevin James Bennett

 

Makeup artist Kevin James Bennet shares how to get the Bella Swan Wedding makeup look:

 

“Breaking Dawn – Part 1″ of The Twilight Saga hits theaters on Friday. This movie is probably going to have the largest opening day in movie history (the number of pre-sold tickets is mind boggling). I have to admit, I’m a bit of a Twi-Hard. I’ve read all the books and watched all the films. I also teach Bridal and Special Event makeup, so what could be a better tribute to the franchise than a step by step guide to recreating the heroine’s signature bridal look

 

Do you want to look like Bella Swan on your wedding day (or anytime?)

Well, here ya go …

 

The first thing to do is neutralize any discoloration on the eyelid. I normally use a little foundation, concealer or a flesh-toned eye pencil (Three Custom Color Clarifier Pencil) all over the eye area up to the brow, then set with translucent powder. This eliminates the need to use a flesh-toned eyeshadow as a “base” color and creates a more stable/long-lasting canvas for the eye makeup application.

Bella’s eyelid is washed with shimmering eyeshadow that reflects light without sparkling (let’s leave that effect to Edward’s skin in the sun). Start with a shimmering Champagne color like OCC’s Loose Color in Clove. Apply to the very inner corner of the eye (by the tear-duct) and blend this color outward towards the center of the eyelid. Next, we need a honey brown color and Inglot Pearl Eyeshadow #421 has a beautiful warm tone and subtle glow. Apply the eyeshadow starting at the outside corner of the eyelid, blending inward and also up into the crease. If applied correctly, these two colors should create a soft gradient effect of light to dark on the lid (check the image above if you’re unsure of placement).

Bella’s eye is then softly defined and smudged. I suggest a powder kohl pencil for this and the MAC Eye Kohl Liner in Phone Number is the right texture and charcoal color. Holding the pencil tip parallel to the lash line (not point in), begin drawing the line from where the inner lashes start and graduate from thin to a thicker line as you reach the outer corner of the eyelid. This gives the eye a slight upward tilt and keeps it looking fresh and open. Take a small eyeshadow brush and diffuse the line by blending and smudging the liner into the lashes and blurring the hard edge. Now set the liner (using the same brush) with a matte taupe eyeshadow. Nars Matte Eyeshadow in Bali is a good choice. Use the same eyeshadow to line the lower lashes 3/4 of the way in from the outside corner. Don’t go all the way to the inside corner, we want to keep the eye open.

Brows must be groomed and filled in softly. I usually use an eyeshadow that matches the hair color and mix it with a little hard hair wax so I can color and groom eyebrows in one step. If you don’t feel like being a home chemist, try Benefit Brow Zings or Smashbox Brow Tech.

Apply two coats of black mascara to the upper lashes, combing through to remove clumps and separate lashes between coats. I don’t suggest mascara on the lower lashes unless you have light or blond lashes. If that’s the case, wipe the mascara wand off with a tissue and use what’s left on the bristles to “dye” your light lashes without adding volume.

Bella’s skin looks beautifully smooth and even toned. This begins with the correct complexion products. Always start with well moisturized and primed skin. I’m a creature of habit and won’t begin a makeup until I’ve prepped with Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate (normal/dry) or Emulsion Hydra-Mat (combo/oily). I can’t stress how important moisturizer is to a finished makeup …even on oily skin. I feel the same way about primers. Foundation needs a correctly primed surface (like a painter’s canvas) to apply evenly and stay put. CoverFX Skin Prep (normal/dry) or DermaDoctor Tease Zone (combo/oily) are two of my faves, but there are many other amazing primers out there. So experiment and see which formulas work best with the foundation you use. I prefer to use silicone based foundations because they don’t sink into or clog pores. They’re also naturally water resistant …so tears, perspiration, etc. have no effect on them. I understand that foundation is a personal thing, so I’d rather show options and let you make your own decisions (these are some of the brands my fellow makeup artists use). The only thing I’m absolutely adament about is color matching. When you swatch a foundation on the jawline, it MUST match the skin on the neck directly below it. If it doesn’t – you got the wrong color and need to keep looking. I carry full coverage foundations in my kit so I can control how much coverage I use (sheer, moderate, full). Having full coverage products also eliminates the need to carry separate concealers. But if you insist on having both, these are concealers I guarantee will work brilliantly.

Cheeks MUST look naturally flushed. The only way to get this effect is with a mauve/rose toned blush. It has to look like blood (which is a deep violet colored before exposed to oxygen) has flooded the area and is seen through flesh tone. I like using a cream/gel blush and then blending it into the skin with a foundation brush that still has a slight residue of foundation on it. It tempers the color and makes it look very realistic. One of my all time bridal blush faves is Tarte Cheek Stain in Blushing Bride (the name says it all, right?).

Finally lips …which in this case are very natural looking but with a lovely innocent shimmer. One of three lip liners that are always in my makeup kit is Make Up For Ever Aqua Lip #3L. It’s the perfect rosey nude and WATERPROOF! Define and fill in the lips entirely with this pencil, let it set for few minutes and then top it off with Armour Beauty Shimmering Gloss in Gypsy (a soft peach with gold shimmer).

There it is, beautiful Bella’s perfect bridal makeup – now go enjoy the wedding!

With over 2 decades of experience in professional makeup artistry, multiple Emmy Award winner Kevin James (KJ) Bennett has secured his place as a leading industry expert. His diverse skills have garnered him accolades from boardroom to backstage and have impressed the viewers of his work across all media formats.

As a beauty expert, KJ has appeared on national entertainment shows including Access Hollywood, Entertainment Tonight, Good Morning America, “E” Entertainment Network and HSN (Home Shopping Network). His advise has also been featured in the pages of Vogue, Glamour, Elle, InStyle, Town & Country and Self as well as trade publications WWD, Makeup Artist Magazine and American Salon.

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Michelle Trachtenberg’s New Dark ‘Do is Courtesy of an At-Home Colour!‏

As seen in this week’s US Weekly, when actress Michelle Trachtenberg decided to take her hair color darker this fall, she didn’t head to the salon… she turned to John Frieda® Precision Foam Colour, taking her naturally medium brown hair to a rich, deep brunette shade.

“I love my colorist, but between traveling and shooting I don’t always have time to make it to the salon,” explains Trachtenberg. “I trust John Frieda® Precision Foam Colour to deliver color as even and shiny as salon color, and I can find my favorite shade anywhere my work takes me. Plus it’s so simple—the foam is so thick, you can feel it covering every strand giving even coverage from root to tip. To get my current color, I used Precision Foam Colour 3N, Brilliant Brunette® Deep Brown-Black—it’s the perfect deep, rich shade for me this season.”

With an array of high-shine, vibrant options for blondes, brunettes and redheads, John Frieda® Precision Foam Colour brings a salon shade spectrum home. An innovation seven years in the making, the breakthrough at-home colour employs proprietary foam technology to provide even coverage—the kind of flawless colour previously only available at the salon.

With its stylist-selected shades and patent-pending foam technology, the unprecedented hair colour ensures effortless application and complete 100% grey coverage for natural-looking, salon-quality results. No mess, no drips, no stains—just gorgeous hair from every angle.

 

Learn more about this amazing new product and colors available here.

$11.99 available online and your local mass retailer.

 


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It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!

 

I love the trees, decorations, carols but I am not going to lie one of my favorite parts of Christmas, all the AMAZING holiday beauty collections. The top of my thank you note to Santa is the must have RSVP collection from Bare Escentuals it’s full of all my new favorite things.

The dual end mascara does amazing things for my lashes its the closest they look to having falsies without the work. And I love the rich brown eyeliner it opens my eyes and stays put until I wash it off. I could keep going and going about this kit but I will end with the Pretty Amazing lipcolor in Rowdy you need it ,not want, need! Its a gorgeous shade of red that will work on any skin tone and you get the staying power of a lipstick with the great look of a lipgloss. Oh did I mention the fabulous little red box it comes in?

 

bareMinerals R.S.V.P. Collection

You are cordially invited to the most beautiful party of the year with R.S.V.P., our 9-piece face, eye and lip collection that will leave you Ravishing, Stunning, Vibrant & Pretty. You’ll get our fabulous Round the ClockTM Waterproof Eyeliner before it even hits the shelves. So make an entrance with this gilded glam look that’s sure to turn heads. Celebrate the season…it’s all you, gorgeous.

Collection includes:

  • SPF 25 Mineral Veil® finishing powder
  • Prime Time Primer Shadow in Golden Peach (butterscotch)
  • After Party Eyecolor (gilded bronze)(size: small)
  • Celebration Blush (carnation pink)(size: medium)
  • EXCLUSIVE Round the ClockTM Waterproof Eyeliner in 7PM (rich brown)
  • Double-Ended Flawless Definition Mascara in Black
  • EXCLUSIVE Pretty Amazing® Lipgloss in Rowdy (glazed plum)
  • Tapered Shadow Brush
  • Soft Sweep Cheek Brush

 

 

 

Disclosure:  A complimentary sample was sent to me for an honest review.


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Christie Brinkley’s Vegan Skincare Line: Now Available!


Gary Gershoff/Getty Images; Courtesy of Christie Brinkley

 


We’ll have what she’s having! Christie Brinkley still looks flawless at 57, and now she’s sharing her beauty secrets with the world. Today, the model and singer released the DNA Renewal System, an anti-aging skincare line that is 100% vegan and paraben free. The products, including the Daytime Rejuvenating Treatment and Overnight Repair Treatment, are based on a new beauty science called Epigenetics, which is said to work with the body’s natural rhythms to promote skin cell renewal. “Every product offered in my skin care line, I have personally tested and I currently use every day,” writes Brinkley.

Find the line in 30-day and 60-day options for $100 to $160 at christiebrinkleyskincare.com.

 

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