Six bridal make-up looks to try from professional make-up artist Ariane Poole

04 Mar 2016

Professional make-up artist Ariane Poole shares her top bridal beauty looks with Bride ahead of her appearance at The National Wedding Show Birmingham this weekend

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You've set the date, decided on the dress and venue, now it's time to think about your bridal make-up.

Ariane Poole, a professional make-up artist with more than 25 years of experience in the fashion and beauty industry, will be presenting her top 10 make-up tips at the Wedding Theatre at The National Wedding Show in Birmingham this weekend, 4-6 March at Birmingham NEC.

Here, Ariane offers Bride readers her advice on this season’s bridal make-up looks to try out for your wedding.

“Your wedding day is your red carpet moment and all eyes will be on you,” says Ariane. “It's your time to shine. But what look to choose? I always suggest that brides of any age look like themselves but better, more polished and photo ready on their big day.

“Saying that, if you want to try out a different look or two, why not? Just make sure you do this at least six months before the day. That way you will be truly comfortable and own it on the day,” adds Ariane.

“Remember you’re going to be looking back at your wedding photos for years to come. You don’t want to be saying ‘what on earth was I thinking’ when you look at your make-up or hair,” says Ariane. “Just think back to a look that was on trend that you did when you were in your teens. Most of us have one (or more) that we thought looked great but in hindsight looks awful.

“Looking for some ideas? This season's bridal make-ups are gorgeous and there is really something for everyone. Let me guide you through my top looks.”


1. The retro look
This look has been around for a while but still looks great. It has that old Hollywood glamour feel. A flawless matte complexion, red lips, defined brows and a cat eye flick is what it's all about. Great for the bride who usually wears eye liner and/or red lips.

2. The naked or natural look
This look is perfect for the bride who normally wears little or no make-up, or for the bride who is having a beach wedding.This is NOT a no make-up look, rather it is cleverly applied neutral tones giving the appearance that you are totally natural. Try my Ultimate Face Tint instead of foundation, soft neutral shade on the eyes, a hint of mascara, a soft rose flush on the cheeks and a tinted lip balm.

3. The English rose
This classic look is still a favourite, but this season has a little twist. The face has more of a glow (not as matte), a sheen. The soft pinks are still on the lips and cheeks but the cheeks are topped with a shimmery highlight. The eyes, while soft, have a hint of sheen too. Giving this classic a modern edge. Great for the bride who wants to take her classic daytime look to another level without looking too much.

4. The peachy look
This look come directly from the fashion catwalks yet works so beautiful on brides too. Peachy hues are applied to eyes, cheeks and lips for a stunning modern take on a monochromatic make-up. Beautiful for the bride who wants a little more than a natural look.

5. The fashionista look
Think strongly defined eye, cheeks and lips a la Kardashians. This look is perfect for the bride who really loves her make-up and wears make-up nearly every day.

6. The soft smoky eye look
This is one of the looks I really love. It is a twist on the dark smoky eye - instead of black, think softer more neutral shades such as taupes or browns with a hint of metallic. Cheeks are softly sculpted and highlighted, lips can be either stained or natural. This look is perfect for the bride that wears some make-up but wants to add a little more on the day. Great for a late afternoon or evening wedding.

See Ariane at The National Wedding Show this weekend, Birmingham NEC. Head to the Wedding Theatre to discover all you need to know about big day beauty, hair and style.

Hosted by Closer magazine’s Style Editor Kat Byrne, each session will see Ariane Poole, Cinta Miller and Claire Ginzler take centre stage with a whole host of special guests, to share their top 10 tips for achieving your perfect wedding day look through demonstrations and revealing trade secrets for brides, bridesmaids and mothers of the bride and groom.  

During each session, one lucky bride will be selected for a makeover live on stage and presented to the audience in a breathtaking ‘big reveal’.

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