Hannah Martin's Top Tips For Perfect Bridal Makeup

Hannah Martion, senior pro artist at Bobbi Brown, is rumoured to be shortlisted for the coveted position of Pippa Middleton's wedding makeup artist. So, it seemed only right that we got on speed dial to her to ask her top tips for wedding makeup...

What are your favourite makeup trends on catwalks this season?

Three of my favourite looks from AW 2017 have got to be the clear skin, defined brows and bitten lips as seen at Valentino, the fun graphic eye cut crease seen at Chanel, and the pale taupe smokey eye seen at Tibi, created by Bobbi Brown editorial artist Cassandra Garcia. I also love the glossy lid look!

How can you make these trends work on your big day?

The Valentino look is so pretty and super bridal so there's not much that needs tweaking at all, but I would add a little eyeliner to make sure the eyes are defined. While Chanel's cut crease isn't bridal at all, the element you can take are full lashes, even skin and soft natural lip. The tones from Tibi are perfect for autumnal brides but I'd suggest making the smokey eye a little cleaner to make sure it photographs well on your big day.


If you had to pick 3 hero products for brides, what would they be?

My three hero products for brides are the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick for a flawless base, Pale Pink Blush for the perfect bridal flush and No Smudge mascara for bold black lashes that won't run - even if you have a few teary moments!

In a nutshell, how does a bride achieve that holy grail glowing complexion?

Whilst the glowing complexion can be created with skin care and cream illuminators, for brides, I like to make sure makeup lasts all day. So, I'd add the glow once all the makeup is finished with a little bit of Shimmer Brick or Highlighting Powder. I apply it at the end of the makeup as a final accessory to give the skin that sought-after 'lit from within' glow.

What are your top to make sure your makeup lasts all day?

To make your makeup last all day you need to feed your skin with whatever it needs... If your skin is on the dry side it's best to do a moisturising mask before makeup application and then apply moisturiser that has enough water and oil to keep your skin hydrated. If your skin is on the oily side, it still needs a drink but look to use oil-free moisturisers, Gel-based will do the job. Then once your foundation is applied, set with a loose powder to lock your base in place for the day. If you rush through the skin prep phase you're less likely to create a long lasting look so take your time and get to know what your skin needs.


What's the one product can you not live without, and why?

The one product I can't live without is the Soothing Cleansing Oil - I cleanse religiously with it if I'm wearing makeup or not. In terms of makeup it's probably bronzer! I feel alive when my skin has a bit of warmth!