This is my favourite time of the year to feel inspired—awards season! Red carpets give us a window to all things beauty. The risk-takers, the minimalists, the edgy glam goers. From the Golden Globes to the Grammys and of course the Oscars, there were so many fashion-forward and very wearable beauty looks and I love using celebrity looks as a point of inspiration for my brides. This season, some of the looks I loved included clean and polished sophistication; iridescent finishes like sparkly glitter eyes; and buttery-smooth textures on the skin. Here are a few looks I loved that would look amazing going down the aisle.
For The Lip Lovers
For the brides who love a good bold lip, I adored Zoe Kravitz’s Golden Globes look. She wore a rustic red on her lips that had a velvet stained matte finish—very kiss proof! This look was focused on her true natural beauty which is always appropriate for bridal glam. At the Oscars Janelle Monae’s lip colour was also a standout, simple yet polished. Always glam Margot Robbie had also had a classic old Hollywood makeup look with her perfect pout.
For The Trend Setters
Lucy Boyton from Bohemian Rhapsody is ALWAYS a red-carpet super star who takes risks with her unforgettable beauty looks. Boyton and her makeup artist Jo Baker are the definition of a rockstar client/artist relationship with Baker always featuring mood boards of Boyton’s red carpet looks to share where she found inspo for her glam. Some of the pair’s standout looks this red-carpet season included studded winged eyeliner as well as a soft, holographic eye created with micro glitter. Another glitzy fave on the circuit was Billy Porter at the Grammys. His icy blue and silver eyeshadow and liner is amazing inspiration for a cool winter wedding.
For The Eyes
There were many smoky and sultry eyes seen on the awards circuit and the great thing about this look is it can be easily adapted to perfectly suit you. I loved Penelope Cruz’s rocked a rose gold smoky eye at the Oscars. This look is so wedding perfect because it is shade that suits every skin tone and goes well with so many other colours and textures. Lucy Hale rocked a soft green smoky eye at the Critics Choice Awards and this is a look I love because you can use any colour to add a pop in the corner or even the centre of the eye creating a halo effect.
Nikki Strachan has been working at a professional makeup artist for over 15 years and is currently the key makeup artist for Your Morning, The Social and an instructor at Toronto’s George Brown College with a focus on bridal makeup. She has beautified numerous celebrities and brides and loves to bring a trend-focused eye to all her clients’ beauty looks.