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If I said ‘Festival makeup’ to you my guess would be that glitter would be the first thought to pop into your mind, closely followed by bursts of bright colours, maybe the odd face jewel or two and not forgetting at least one beautiful feather.
Sounds heavenly, right? And such a bundle of fun. So why not embrace the full festival bride look, and don a little sparkle on your wedding day?
Image Credit: Dior’s ‘Bright Eyes’ for Spring/Summer 2013 via Vogue
Does it sound a little too daunting to be this daring with your bridal make-up? Well sweetie, if it’s ok for Christian Dior, it’s A-OK by us! Here’s how we’d go about it…
Let’s start with the most popular way to use this trend: to embellish your eyes. There are three main things to consider here: the shape you want to create, the products you want to use and how heavy or subtle you want the finished result to be.
Where eyes are concerned, gold is a huge trend this season. Just a quick nosey on Pinterest will unearth the endless possibilities. From a striking eye mask of gold glitter, to a dappled gold leaf effect down from the eyes or simply the tiniest of gold dots, directly below the eye. They all look absolutely stunning and the great thing about glitter and gold leaf is you don’t have to be so precise!
Speaking of gold, I used a gold Snazaroo glitter to adorn my feet on our wedding day. I’m so glad I took the plunge and went for it – my husband can testify to my uncertainty beforehand – but it was such fun to see the surprise on our guest’s faces, and it just added a subtle bit of sparkle to the boho look I’d gone for.
If metallics aren’t your thing, then you should consider a pop of matte colour. We love this neon orange liner, or pink triangle shape under the eye. The flash of colour just lifts everything and screams festival fun. As a blue eyed girl myself, I also fell love with that yellow shadow around the eyes, it really enhances the blue and looks so fresh for spring/summer weddings.
Now, for a truly astonishing addition to you wedding look: a show-stopping line of false lashes from In Your Dreams. We are quite simply head over heels for these little pretties. This range of feathery, jeweled beauties stem from In Your Dreams success as festival face painters. Showcasing their skills at Shambala, Secret Garden Party and the Wilderness festival (to name but a few), go check out their instagram page for the ultimate in alternative makeup.
Let’s take a second to lust over our favourites from the collection Your Aztec Lash (right) and Your Tribal Lash (left).
This next concept has got to be one of my absolute favourites: the jeweled forehead. An alternative to the crown/head-chain trend we’ve seen, these subtle dots of luxury are so beautifully ethnic – and can be worn in a multitude of ways.
Take simple, diamond face gems and follow the line of your brow for a subtle, delicate addition to your look, or maybe even for your bridesmaids. Or alternatively, you could use an assortment of bindi-style gems to form a symmetrical line of jewels across your forehead. Pair these styles with disheveled braids or loosely curled locks to create that stunningly ‘underdone’ festival vibe.
Again, if you love this trend, but you’re not sure of the sparkle, it’s also been beautifully demonstrated using white paint. Illustrate simple line and dot patterns or venture into more intricate designs across the forehead. We love the white as it maintains that bridal feel and, on fair skin, produces a softer look than a colour might. Again, hairstyles that sit softly across the forehead will help to maintain a subtle style and, as with all forehead adornments, keeping you eyes looking strong but simple will eliminate any risk of looking overdone.
Now for some truly festival inspired style, let’s talk about body art. You might have seen me sing the praises of Flash Tattoo on Instagram a week or so ago, well here I go again… Essentially, we’re talking about those temporary tatts you wore when you were a kid, but with a whole other level of grown up sass! Think delicate peacock feathers, cuffs formed of leaves, chevrons and a host of other beautiful designs to choose from. They’re available in black, gold, white or silver and will adorn whichever part of your body you choose.
Put simply, we at Festival Brides think of Flash Tattoos as wonderfully formed little slices of luxury, and if you want to play out this trend in a low-key-yet-totally-awesome kind of way, you’ll love them too!
In a nutshell, this makeup concept is super fun and quite simply bang on trend. Why not get your guests involved too? Pay our buddies The Parlour a visit (you can find them in our directory) and let this interactive make up team take your wedding by storm! You could even introduce these guys as a part of your evening entertainment, adding that festival sparkle to your wedding party.
Morning campers!! Kelly checking in here (8 days overdue and a drinking raspberry leaf tea on the hour, every raspberry!!) I’m in a ‘doing’ mood today and cleared out some cupboards yesterday so hopefully this means we have a baby on the way!!
In the meantime I want to transport you and indulge you in a bit of deeper thinking today! Get ready for this guy, you might just get a little addicted and possibly overwhelmed by him. (Warning – he talks pretty fast, so keep up) I have watched all his videos and am totally caught up in his thoughts and theories.. I will be a psychologist one day!!
Enjoy this one about love and the biggest existential bummer of all!! xx
Morning…. Did I actually just blink and October is over? So hello.. November – The month before xmas and when I start to panic about everything that needs to be done for the festive season. With a baby due on the 21st of this month I’m kinda burying my head on the Autumn leaves and thinking I can just have a break from Xmas this year?!!? I would love to be one of those organised individuals who has everything bought and wrapped by 5th November.. (it will never happen)
This also brings me onto Halloween which in case you missed it happened yesterday.. Sorry there were no H related posts but I really have to questions the relevance for wedding inspiration, apart from the fact that pumpkins are pretty and orange!! Maybe motherhood will change me but I just don’t get the whole dress up, scare yourself thing.. (Maybe this is a childhood memory I would rather forget?)
So for November – it’s all about cosying up, getting inspired by online shopping, walks in the woods, baking cakes, sipping on warm hot chocolate, oh and some well deserved warming tipples once the bubba arrives!!
Happy Friday everyone.. Where has this week gone?? I have just blinked and it’s gone!! Hope you all have some lovely plans for the weekend. The weather is set to be rubbish again… So cosy up and get inspired by reading our posts full of ideas for your festival wedding! And here is an idea and a half… A bath full of flowers – Such a pretty centrepiece for any festival wedding. Bath tubs have been used widely this summer as giant wine and beer coolers but here is a pretty idea with festival flair!! One for the mood board guys….
We are off to the woodland this weekend to meet more lovely couples who wish to marry ‘In the woods.” Bring your wellies guys !! Be sure to check back on the blog later today as we will be featuring a beautiful bohemian wedding ‘Wed in the Woods’ that took place in September….
This weekend is all about some deep breathing for me… It’s been an overwhelming week!! Not sure if its the full moon but I feel like my labour is immanent at 35 weeks pregnant!! It’s making birthday plans for tomorrow challenging.. We have tickets to Gathering Festival in Oxford and this would be my last chance before baby arrives to see London Grammar amongst some other fab artists. So should I sit at home with my feet up and just wait or should I brave the festival and go along… Answers on a postcard please xx
If you are off to Gathering festival do let us know or if you are getting married – massive shout out to you!! We have a wedding ‘In the woods’ on Wednesday.. Hope the sun shines like this on their day… xx
Wow what a week…..!! On Tuesday we attended the Wedding Blog Awards at The Ritz London, hosted by Wedding Magazine. What a night!! We were nominated for 3 awards and we won the Highly Commended Award for Best Alternative Blog.. What an achievement for a two year old niche blog- so chuffed!! Thank you (our readers) for voting for us – You guys truly are our inspiration. We enjoyed meeting lots of other blogs at the event… Despite knowing what people looked like from their blog photos.. The level of glam made it hard to put names to faces!! Thanks to Wedding Magazine for a great evening – Until next year xx
So October is a pretty cool month, it signifies the change in the season and its certainly presented itself this week with a cold snap and yucky rain.. But we are not sad as Autumn is here and so are all the lovely colours that come with it. Get out in your local woods this weekend and absorb the burnt orange hues – So great for the soul!! We are looking forward to seeing some Autumnal wedding inspiration on the blog soon.
Its not secret.. we love a spray can!! Being a lover of arts and craft this cool idea just jumped off the page when I saw it on Pinterest. Do raid the garage and spray paint your cutlery for a cool, edgy table display.. Don’t go crazy though, just keep it to the bottom handle area as we wouldn’t advise eating from a spray painted surface.. Oh and wait for them to dry completely before handling (Could be tacky to touch)
This weekend is my pre push party (baby shower)!! With only 8 weeks to go to B Day… I really wanted to see everyone and have a final giggle before I focus on our new bundle of joy!! I obviously can’t drink so cake it is – We are having a bump bake off and I have to say its getting rather competitive. Many of my friends have already text me to say they are making two cakes just in case one goes wrong (so this is getting quite serious). I need to get my competitive head on today and find the best cupcake recipe.. I’m thinking something blueberry related so I can use purple coloured buttercream!! Anyone got any secret recipes they wish to share??