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15 Apr 2015

Retro Wedding Makeup Tips

by zoe@hitched

Wedding makeup artist Kelli Waldock shares her top tips for creating a retro wedding look!

Retro is very popular amongst modern brides, and one of the most inspirational looks for the makeup is the  iconic 1950s actress Marilyn Monroe, because it is glamorous, classic and can be adapted to suit anyone… Here is how I achieved the stunning bombshell look on bride Natasha:


Firstly I used a good primer on Natasha’s skin before applying the Airbase Airbrushing Foundation, this helps to even out skin tone, and to minimize pores and fine lines.

I then applied a medium to full coverage of the Airbase Airbrushing Foundation to get that flawless finish on the skin that every bride desires.


I applied a natural beige eyeshadow over the whole eyelid, and then shaded in the outer corner of the eye with a light brown colour eyeshadow to create depth.

A black gel eyeliner was applied along the top lash-line, this creates a thin defined line, which I winged up at the end into that iconic retro flick.

I curled the lashes with a lash curler to create a fuller curvier look, and applied lots of black mascara to the top lashes and small coating to the bottom lashes.

The eyes were finished with a set of beautiful show-stopping strip lashes to really open up the eyes, giving a fluttery, flirty look.


I pencilled in over the natural shape of the eyebrows to create more fullness and colour definition.


I shaded along under the cheekbone to contour the cheeks, and then I applied a pinky-coral blusher along the cheekbones to add some colour, and enhance the natural shape of her face.


I finished the vintage look by outlining Natasha’s lips with a red lip-liner and then applying a beautiful poppy red lipstick, which suits her skin tone. You may choose a berry red or pinky red depending on what suits your skin tone and your personality best… either way your lips will look super kissable for your groom on your wedding day!

Get more wedding beauty inspiration by browsing our beauty section! Are you going to be following Kelli's beauty advice and creating a retro look?

Zoe x

Photography credit: Elly Mac Photography

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Published 15 Apr 2015 15:26 by zoe@hitched