Sally's Beautiful Wedding in the Tuscany Countryside 25.06.19

Sally decided to get married abroad in the beautiful region of Tuscany at the amazing Villa Baroncino, with epic views over the Tuscan countryside. It was really quite stunning!

Sally had her trials at home here in the UK and in the run-up to the wedding, we discussed a few options and tried a couple of hair & make-up looks.

One of Sally’s biggest concerns (like many brides) was creating really flawless skin that wasn’t going to look caked or overdone, as her skin can be prone to breakouts. With that in mind, I thought I would take the time to talk through the main products I used to create her beautiful hair & make-up look.


Skin Prep & Primers

A huge part of my make-up routine with clients is to spend the time on their skin prep. I absolutely believe this takes your make-up to the next level.

I always start with the Frances Prescott Tri Balm. This balm cleanses and exfoliates in one. I like to massage a 10p-sized amount into the skin, incorporating a facial massage while doing so, as this technique stimulates the skin and wakes it up. The gentle exfoliating properties of the balm remove and dead skin cells and leave a beautiful and smooth base, before washing off the balm with a warm muslin cloth, gently buffing as you go.

In This Order:

1) Cleanse and a gentle exfoliate with the Frances Prescott Tri Balm

2) Bobbi Brown Hydrating Face Tonic

3) Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift Cream

4) Becca Skin Love Glow Elixir

5) Dermalogica Calm Water Gel – Although this product is designed to be layered with another moisturiser on top, I used it alone as I had added the Becca serum underneath.

In hot, humid conditions, the skin moisturiser must be layered in a way with similar products that melt into the skin and do not clog it. I use this technique when working abroad and the make-up will withstand the hottest conditions.

6) Hourglass Hydra Veil Mineral Primer - Don’t freak, yes it has SPF 15 – but this product is absolutely AMAZING! It is designed to help conceal any redness and is resistant to water. The longevity of the foundation over the top is incredible. This product is a staple in my bridal make-up kit.

Foundation & Skin

The two main factors were the longevity of the foundation and the coverage. Fuller coverage doesn’t have to look heavy or cakey but not all foundations are good at both. I decided to use the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation.

I mixed shades 7 and 5 of the magic foundation and buffed the first layer in with a foundation brush and the second layer was pressed into the skin with a damp beauty blender. This technique really presses the product into the skin ensuring the longevity of the foundation.

  1. Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation Shades 5 & 7

  2. Nars Creamy Concealer, Shade Custard

  3. Charlotte Tilbury Pressed Powder shade 2

  4. Tom Ford Bronzer Shade Terra


Using a Charlotte Tilbury kohl pencil in Barbarella Brown I mapped out a winged liner and then enhanced this with a matte brown shadow, really getting into the lash line. The focus of the eye was the liner and keeping the rest of the eye subtly made up. Black individual lashes were added to Sally’s natural lashes to increase the volume.

1. Charlotte Tilbury Barbarella Brown Kohl

2. Mac Gel Liner in Dipdown

3. Charlotte Tilbury Eye Palette Pillow Talk

4. Maxfctor Masterpiece Mascara (Waterproof)

5. White Kohl Liner in the Lower Lash Line

6. NYX Eyebrow Pencil In Taupe

Blush & Highlight

I used a soft peachy blush on Sally's cheekbones, specifically the Mac powder blush in Coppertone. I then swept Bobbi Brown blush in Nectar over the apples of the cheeks. This lovely coral looked so fresh against Sally's golden skin tone. Hourglass Highlighter - Strobe Light was used all over the high points of the face, which is by far the best highlighter I have ever used, with the softest golden highlight without any of the glitter.

Lip Colour

Sally’s lips were lined with Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in shade Pink Venus, Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Colour in Pale Mauve was used to create the pretty pale pink lip.

Blot paper was used last thing to take any shine away and Mac’s Blot Powder was used to top up the powder and then a good spritz of Urban Decay setting spray was used to help the make-up last.

Venue : Villa Baroncino

Photos: Taken by me on my Canon 5D Mkiii

Additional Hair & Make-Up Artist: Nina Gregory Make-Up

Bride’s Dress: House of Nicholas at The Bridal Suite Nottingham

Bride’s Hair Piece: Love 2 Sparkle

Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Chi Chi London