With access to some of the best hair and makeup artists in the world, it’s unsurprising that celebrity weddings are unashamedly glamorous. And, with their carefully selected beauty squad out in full force, you can pretty much guarantee other-worldly glowing skin, perfectly glossy hair and meticulously applied makeup. Ample hunting ground, then, for inspiration when it comes to planning your own big day.
While not all of us will have a little black book of the world’s leading beauty experts or a mega budget to drop on beauty prep, there are tips we can pick up from the pros – some of whom have even released the exact products they used to create the looks.
Married in 2014, Poppy’s beauty look stands the test of time. She worked with A-list favourite, Charlotte Tilbury to create a warm, summer look complete with bronzy skin, defined eyes, fluttery mascara, peachy cheeks and a pretty pink lip. The best part? Charlotte listed the makeup she used, from the Overnight Bronze & Glow Gradual Tanner enlisted to prep skin night before, to the Instant Look In A Palette (in Beauty Glow) that took care of eyes and cheeks, as well as the exact lip shade (not Electric Poppy – the shade inspired by Delevigne, as it happens), but Pillow Talk a subtle nude pink.
Hair-wise, Poppy’s been vocal about her favourite colourist, Josh Wood, who’s regularly tasked with keeping her creamy blonde colour toned to perfection. For some similar DIY action, he’s created a range of shade shots you can introduce into your hair routine at home to knock out any brassiness in blondes or enhance the deeper depths in brunettes.
Sophie entrusted her wedding day look to her long-term glam team, makeup artist Georgie Eisdell (who also works with Carey Mulligan and Nina Dobrev) and hair stylist Christian Wood (whose other clients include Millie Bobby Brown and Amanda Seyfried).
While all parties involved have remained tight-lipped over the specifics, the picture released by Sophie shows she opted for her long hair worn sleek and slightly curled with a neat middle parting, while her makeup was kept simple with a smoky eye taking centre stage and the rest of her features kept mostly bare.
Meghan bought a touch of Hollywood sparkle to her wedding by calling on friend and celeb makeup artist Daniel Martin (Dior’s makeup ambassador) to take care of her makeup. But, rather than going full red carpet, she opted for a pared back look that let her freckles shine through (reportedly achieved by blending a light wash of Dior’s Backstage Face & Body Foundation across her skin), framing her eyes with structured brows and lots of fluttery lashes.
For hair, Meghan skipped tradition and instead opted for a messy bun with tendrils kept loose at the front, thanks to some sculpting from Serge Normant (hair stylist to Julia Roberts and Emma Stone), who just so happens to have a hair line of his own, complete with body-building volumising shampoos for extra oomf.
Priyanka chose to work with New York based makeup artist Yumi Mori for her wedding in Rajasthan and since Pri’s never been shy of a bold lip, the pair landed on a fuchsia lip colour, Boy Gorgeous, by Marc Jacobs. The rest of the brief? Ultra sheeny skin with a little help from Marc Jacobs O!Mega Glaze All-Over Foil Luminizer and even a shimmery orange eyeliner, Orange Crush, along her waterline (which was surprisingly more subtle than it sounds).
Kate went for a relaxed, vintage look with loose laid back waves created by top hair dresser, Sam McKnight (the man responsible for Princess Diana’s hair as well as the looks backstage at the Chanel fashion show). How to replicate that nonchalant, slightly mussed-up texture? McKnight’s made it available to all, thanks to his Cool Girl Barely There Texture Mist which promises an ever-so-slightly undone texture, that removes any worries of perfectly immaculate poodle curls and gives sexy tousled vibes instead.
For makeup, Charlotte Tilbury again lent her skills to create a easy-going look with Kate’s trademark rock ‘n’ roll edge. Tilbury’s own Sophisticate Eyeshadow Palette was blended across eyelids before the Audrey Eye Pencil was smudged across her lash line, the Cheek To Chic in Sex On Fire was used to give Kate’s cheeks a flush of colour and her lip shade was a bespoke combination of Penelope Pink around the outer edges, with a touch of Nude Kate (named after Moss) dabbed just in the centre.
Gwyneth called on her longtime makeup artist, Gucci Westman to take care of her bridal makeup. According to Gucci, the brief from Gwyneth was “to look like herself, but a bit enhanced.” Paltrow’s own brand, Goop, was used to prep her skin, then makeup from Westman’s newly launched Westman Atelier was used to create the rest of the look. The Super Loaded Tinted Highlighter was blended on cheeks and eyelids to create an under the skin glow, the Beauty Butter Bronzer was stippled across her forehead and the bridge of her nose to add warmth and the Baby Cheeks Blush Stick was dotted on cheeks (in the shade Dou Dou) and lips (in the shades Petal and Poppet) to add a pretty wash of colour.
Celeb hair stylist Orlando Pita was in charge of hair (both Paltrow’s and pal Cameron Diaz, who attended). He shared the steps taken to give Gwyneth the relaxed, slight wave she wanted, blow drying her hair into a middle parting, then loosely curling her hair in four large sections on each side, then teasing her her slightly at the crown to create a foundation that could hold her veil in place.