Get the look – Scarlett Johansson-inspired red carpet make-up for a bride

Back in the spring I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Kirsty who married Andy in July at South Lodge near Horsham in West Sussex. I love a bride who has pinned lots of ideas and inspiration on the virtual pinboard, Pinterest, and Kirsty was one of them! As soon as we saw both this photo of Scarlett Johansson – with what I would say is her signature red carpet look – we knew it would suit her wedding day style. Here’s how we interpreted Scarlett’s look:

Scarlett Johansson red carpet look

Scarlett Johansson’s red carpet look

Skincare – I massaged in the oil-free and so light Dermalogica Active Moist moisturiser which was perfect for Kirsty’s skin type and used Dermalogica’s Total Eyecare to hydrate her eye area.

Tip: It’s very important to moisturise the delicate eye area morning and night, starting at least three to four months before your wedding day. This ensures that any concealer melts into the skin on the day and doesn’t look dry or ‘crepe-y’.

Base – I applied MAC Prep+Prime Skin onto Kirsty’s cheeks and Estee Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer on her t-zone. For foundation I chose the Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua and applied a thin layer with a brush, adding extra coverage where needed with a Bobbi Brown foundation stick in the same colour. I concealed areas on the face using my ‘cannot work without’ Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage palette. Under the eyes I used a tiny amount of a peach Bobbi Brown Corrector and concealed with Bourjois Healthy Mix concealer, patting in with my fingers. I set her base with MAC Prep+Prime translucent powder.

Tip: The reason for using a corrector on a wedding day is to ensure a flawless light finish to the eye area. Firstly you should correct any under-eye shadows, often blue or purple-toned with a peach or coral corrector, bringing it back to a ‘skin’ colour and then concealing and brightening on top. Bobbi Brown sells the widest range of corrector colours – if you have dark circles I highly recommend being colour matched and adding this to your daily ‘make-up capsule wardrobe’.

Cheeks – I chose a professional MAC sculpting and bronzing powder from a palette I custom-built and swept the colour on the apples of her cheeks and up to the hairline, on the nose and temples. As a substitute you could use any pressed tinted, matte setting powder like Bobbi Brown Sheer Finish Pressed Powder, using one shade darker than you would to set your make-up. You could also use a pale matte bronzer. I then blended Bourjois Little Round Pot Blusher in Healthy Mix on the apples of Kirsty’s cheeks and highlighted her cheekbones and brow bones with a MAC Pro powder highlighter. I gently blended a little Benefit Hoola matte bronzer onto Kirsty’s neck, to bring it up a little to the colour of her face and chest.

Tip: I recommend applying bronzer to the high places on your face where the sun would naturally catch, before you add a pop of blusher – this approach gives a more natural glow.

The finished look at the pre-wedding consultation

The finished look at the pre-wedding consultation

Eyes – I primed Kirsty’s eyelids with Urban Decay Eye Primer Potion in Original, then applied the Bobbi Brown matte shadow in Bone up to the brow bone. Using the incredible Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder, I defined and shaded the crease. I then used a pearlised light brown shade (Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eye Shadow in Stone) onto the outer half of her eyelid. Taking the super-simple to use ‘three dot’ Bourjois eyeliner to define her upper lashline, then layering a dark matte brown shadow (Bobbi Brown in Espresso) on top for extra staying power. I brought in the Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof eyeliner in Noir Intense, half way along her lower lashes starting from the outer corner. To open up the inside of her eyes, I used a pale cream shimmery shadow in the inner corners. Finally, I curled and applied two coats of Estee Lauder Sumptuous Waterproof black mascara to the upper lashes, concentrating on the outer edge for a fluttery look, and used a small amount on the lower lashes.

Tip: Waterproof mascara for a wedding day – a total must! I also love Clarins Wonder Waterproof Mascara.

Eyebrows – Kirsty’s eyebrows were already shaped well, so I lightly defined them with the Bobbi Brown matte eyeshadow in Slate, brushed them up and set the brows using Boots No7 Lash & Brow Perfector.

Tip: Scarlett has fuller brows than Kirsty, but I would say that it always looks artificial to try and mimic someone else’s brow shape – brows have such an important part to play in your facial structure, approach re-shaping with caution or a professional!

Lips – For a pretty pink which popped out enough against the subtle glow on the cheeks and defined eyes but which was still subtle and easy to wear, I applied two layers of the Clinique Chubby Stick in Woppin’ Watermelon, which Kirsty took away to wear on honeymoon!

Tip: Kirsty wore a veil for the church service, so I blotted her tinted lip balm by resting one ply of a tissue on her lips and dusting a small amount of translucent powder through it. It’s very important to make sure the lip colour doesn’t stick to the veil before it’s pulled back for your ceremony!

Final touches to Kirsty on her wedding day

Final touches to Kirsty on her wedding day

Professional photo courtesy of Sarah Critchlow and you can see other photos from Kirsty and Andy’s wedding here.

If you enjoyed this, read these

  • Get the look – wearable late 40s and 50s make-upAugust 15, 2013 Get the look – wearable late 40s and 50s make-up Working on a 40s and 50s glamour photoshoot for the launch of Sunlounger, a collection of 44 short stories from some of the hottest writers in women's fiction earlier this year, I met […]
  • Get the look – golden smoky-eyed brideJanuary 3, 2014 Get the look – golden smoky-eyed bride My job is easy when I have a canvas as wonderful as Sarah’s. When we met for her consultation before her wedding in September, Sarah knew she wanted to create some drama around her eyes […]
  • A collection of my tips and tricksNovember 6, 2013 A collection of my tips and tricks When I’m working with a client I’m often asked about my little tips for each element of skincare and make-up. Having regularly posted a nugget or two on my facebook page in the past, I […]

Speak Your Mind


one − = 0