Products L to R: Joico Structure Dust, $28. MAC Face & Body Foundation, $120. MAC Mineralize Skinfinish, $60. Joico Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo, $26.
When makeup artist and hair stylist Leisa Welch set about preening model Kelvin into wedding-worthy condition, she was instructed to keep one mantra top of mind: romance, romance, romance – and lots of it. An oh-so-pretty sweep of makeup and a head of va-va-voom curls later, and our cover girl glided into Hamilton Gardens looking like the starring lead of a high-style fairy tail. It was mission accomplished for mastermind Leisa – here, she shares how she achieved the look.
I wanted Kelvin’s hair to be big and textural, but still soft and graceful – we were aiming for a feminine, romantic look that was ever-so-slightly edgy. When it dries naturally, Kelvin’s hair is extremely tame and falls without hint of a wave, so before we left for Hamilton I twisted small sections into thin strips of tin foil, then heated each section with GHDs to produce spiral curls. I took the foil out when we arrived and gently brushed the top section to create a fluffy halo. Then, using a combo of Joico Structure Dust and Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo, I ruffled her tresses for a high-volume finish.
Laying the Foundations
Shooting at Hamilton Gardens meant we’d be out in the sun all day so before we even thought about makeup, a smooth layer of sunscreen was a must. Next, I applied a light layer of MAC Face and Body Foundation, using my Becca Kabuki Brush in circular motions for a seamless finish. A light dusting of MAC Mineralize Skinfinish set the look and created a luminous sheen.
Kelvin’s dreamy blue eyes are show stoppers by themselves, so we knew barely there makeup would be the order of the day. I dusted Kelvin’s lids with a light taupe shadow, finishing the look with a few coats of jet black mascara. Next, I brushed a soft, mid-blonde powder through Kelvin’s eyebrows, followed by a clear brow wax that tamed any straying hairs.
Pretty in Pink
With the shoot carrying such a romantic tone, we wanted Kelvin to look every bit the blushing bride. To complement her warm, olive skintone, I swept a peachy rose cream blush onto the apples of her cheeks, matching it to a rose-tinted peach lipstick. Instead of aiming for a solid-hued lip, however, I used gentle dabs to apply the colour for a stylishly stained effect.