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Bridal beauty: the White Gallery London edit

Bridal beauty: the White Gallery London edit

Written by Katie Byrne

We went backstage at White Gallery London to talk bridal beauty secrets with Benefit...


Gorgeous wedding gowns aside, the thing that really caught our eye at this year's White Gallery London shows was the make-up. Each collection had its own striking look - from bold brows to bright lips, there was a beauty style to suit each and every bride.

We snuck backstage to speak to Lisa Potter-Dixon, Head Make-Up And Trend Artist at Benefit Cosmetics, who had overseen the make-up of all the models who walked the White Gallery London catwalks.

Here, Lisa talks us through her favourite looks and shares her top tips for wedding day beauty...

At the shows...

The inspiration for the Stephanie Allin show was 'modern glamour'. We gave the models a matte base and contoured heavily. We used false lashes for a more dramatic look and squared-off the eyeliner and contoured the eyelid. I named the look 'Structured Doll' - any make-up artists out there will know what I mean!

Ian Stuart wanted a different look to the usual style we use on his models. Normally, he's really dramatic but this season the look is a lot softer - and very complimentary to the dresses. We used a pink smoky eye and flicked out the eyeliner, keeping the cheeks and the lips a very pale pink. 

My favourite look that I've worked on at this year's White Gallery London has to be Alan Hannah. I call the style 'Vampire Bride' - it's very strong, with smoky eyes and a striking deep plum lip. Love it.

From left: Stephanie Allin; Alan Hannah; Ian Stuart




There are three big trends that I've been noticing this summer - they all work perfectly whether you're getting married or simply fancy giving your usual look a makeover!

No make-up make-up: Think really flawless, beautiful skin with a dewy glow.

The power brow: Thanks to Cara! Brows really frame a woman's face - it's like an instant eyelift.

Colour pop: This can be on the cheeks, on the lips, on the eyes... It's perfect for summer - oranges and pinks are really massive this summer, especially together.

On the big day...

Your make-up on your wedding day should stay on all day and all night - if applied correctly, you won't need to worry about touching it up every five minutes! The secret to this is investing in a great primer - I love Benefit's POREfessional, which helps to mattify, reduce shine and hold everything in place. Who said make-up couldn't multi-task? My three top tips for looking gorgeous in your wedding photographs would have to be...

Don't powder your nose! The nose is the highest point of your face, so if you powder it your face is going to look flat. If you keep it dewy and illuminous, your skin is going to look dewy and illuminous too. But do powder the forehead and chin.

Keep lippie at hand Always ask your bridesmaid to hold your lipstick or gloss in their bag - leave one of them in charge!

Don't forget about the groom No man wants to look oily-skinned in his wedding photographs and so I'd recommend he uses our primer, POREfessional. Used on the nose and the forehead, it will stop him from looking shiny - not a good groom look! POREfessional is actually a favourite of Dermot O'Leary - and my husband...

With thanks to White Gallery London and Lisa Potter-Dixon at Benefit Cosmetics.

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