“The overall look was very soft and ethereal,” says Caroline Barnes, the make-up artist behind Pixie Lott’s wedding day beauty look.
The singer married model Oliver Cheshire this week at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire, her ivory silk haute couture Schiaparelli gown complemented by classic yet contemporary bridal make-up, and her curly hair enhanced to celebrate its natural beauty.
Barnes, like Lott’s hairstylist Larry King, has collaborated with the star for years, so had ample time to consider the most ‘Pixie’ look for the special event.
Barnes, using all Givenchy Beauty, tells Bazaar she focused on giving Lott “a subtle wash of colour around her eyes, for a sultry, romantic feel”. For this she used “a combination of creams and powders for the smoky eye and defined lashes with waterproof mascara” (the latter being a wedding essential, given the likeliness for happy tears to be shed).
“We used the No.1 Le 9 Givenchy Eye Palette with the Pink Quartz cream eyeshadow as a base, which really flatters a bridal gown,” Barnes reveals. This was paired with a creamy nude lip. “Her lips were defined with the Beige Mousseline lip liner and Beige Nude lipstick with a hint of Milk Nude Rose Perfecto, which is super hydrating.”
Complexion-wise, Barnes kept Lott’s skin balanced throughout the day by using two Givenchy foundations, “the new Prisme Libre Skin Caring Matte and Prisme Libre Skin Caring Glow, which allowed Pixie’s skin to look luminous but the coverage lasted and stayed where I needed it to”.
When it came to her wedding day hairstyle, King says they “really wanted to embrace her natural curls,” – a style Lott only started to accept when she started working with the stylist 10 years ago. “I wanted to bring her curls to the forefront, and show how beautiful and soft curly hair can be.”
He achieved the look as such: “We first applied my Volumising Hair Mist and My Nanna’s Mousse. Using the Dyson Supersonic hairdryer with its diffuser we then dried the hair very slowly from upside down and leaning back (not from soaking wet) without touching the hair.”
The idea then was to tie the hair back into a soft knot at the base of the neck. “So we created a very loose ponytail with three quarters of the hair, leaving the front section out. We then tied the hair into a knot using pins and grips, leaving a few of the tendrils to fall out. Taking the front section that I’d left out, I pinned some of those back gently into this knot while leaving the odd strands loose to give the style that very soft and natural movement. I think you can really see this emphasised when she went outside and the wind caught the hair beautifully.”
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Come evening, King updated Lott’s hairstyle for a second look. “By diffusing the hair so carefully, when we took the knot out she still had these beautiful soft curls that had stayed defined,” he explains. “We then added some definition with the odd tonged section – but only to refresh the curls a little bit. Then all we needed was to pin a few bits back so she had her natural movement and could really throw her hair around into the night!” The finishing touch was some of King’s A Social Life For Your Hair finishing cream, “to keep the hair textured and defined”.
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