Professional make-up artist, Sophie Tilley, has made up the faces of thousands of brides and their wedding parties. Here are the products she recommends above all others.
Interview by @jadebeerbrides
Nest Linen Candle
A vastly underrated brand that has recently arrived in the UK, Nest really packs a punch when it comes to quality fragrance, filling your space with rich aromas to set the mood. This Linen candle with white orchid and apple blossom is crisp and fresh and perfect to create a calm ambience during your morning wedding prep.
Emma Hardie Moringa Balm with cleansing cloth
My ultimate for a clean and polished complexion; the spa-like fragrance (think Orange, Neroli, Mandarin, Jasmine and Rose) will calm your senses whilst the cushiony balm will melt away all traces of makeup, dirt and everyday pollutants. It’s packed with Moringa Seed extract, Wild Sea Fennel and Vitamin E to purify and condition your skin. The double-sided cloth will deep cleanse the pores and lightly exfoliate the skin’s surface – leaving you with the perfect base for the rest of your wedding skincare.
REN Ready Steady Glow Tonic
Post cleansing this gentle toner uses aha’s (alpha hydroxy acid) to shift any dead cells to reveal fresh, renewed skin that is perfectly prepped for your serums and creams to penetrate more efficiently. I love that it delivers so many benefits in one swipe and can be left on the skin.
Tata Harper Water Lock Moisturiser
An all-natural brand that uses high end ingredients like hyaluronic acid and peptides to hydrate the skin and retain moisture for a juicy (it contains orange and pomegranate) plumped up finish. Sustainable bonus – it’s refillable too.
Tatcha Liquid Silk Canvas Primer
This silk-infused, botanical lightweight cream helps to blur imperfections like pores and fine lines, allowing your makeup to sit better and last longer and give you the confidence for your close-up photographs. I never travel to a wedding without it and it’s become a permanent fixture in my kit.
Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
Probably the foundation I use the most on my brides because it is light and fluid on the skin so very comfortable to wear but also covers any and all imperfections flawlessly. An oil-free icon in the base space with forty shades to choose from.
La Perla lipstick
An impressive range of nudes and neutrals for the wedding day all beautifully packaged in chic red and gold with lace-embossed bullets for added glamour. To ramp up your evening look, switch to one of the pigment-rich reds for long-lasting colour that will stay put on the dance floor and into the early hours with minimal touch-ups needed.
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
A staple in my kit that locks your final look into place. Mist it over your face and it will mesh everything together and absorb any excess powder, taking away that ‘makeup-y’ look and ensuring a bullet-proof longevity. A wedding-weekend must have that you’ll love on the hen-do and honeymoon too.
La Perla Fragrance
This is a beautiful collection that allows you to match your scent to your personality. Are you the sunseeker, the homebody, the chameleon or the social butterfly? La Perla Luminous is bridal perfect, with its soft blush-coloured bottle that’s inspired by the brand’s lace bralettes and floral notes of Jasmine. These would also make perfect thank you gifts for each of your bridesmaids. Apply one of their body creams prior to spritzing all over to give the fragrance something to adhere to and last even longer.
Slip Silk Pillowcase
One to invest in for the run up to your wedding day and certainly for the night before, this silk pillowcase works wonders when it comes to reducing sleep creases, lines and wrinkles as well as helping your hair to remain styled and fizz-free. I suspect once you have tried them, you’ll never return to cotton.