Floral Beauty with Sonia Allen Makeup

— Bridal Beauty

Floral Beauty with Sonia Allen
Floral Beauty with Sonia Allen

Nature's inimitable textures, rich palettes and decadent scents offer an endless inspiration for beauty.  In a flower's dark velvety surface, unfurling petals and mesmerising shapes we extract moods, tones and patterns that lend beautifully to makeup looks or beauty products.

Fascinated by the diversity of blooms, and their ability to speak a silent language that draws each of us in differently, we loved the idea of basing your bridal beauty look around your favorite flower. We recently paired up with one of our favorite Sydney makeup artists, Sonia Allen who created makeup looks around our four different blooms, and shares her expert advice for recereating the look for bridal...

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Inspired by: The delicate ombré of fresh Calla Lily, its textural palette of wine hues and bronzed highlights. 

To Recreate for Bridal: We started by warming the skin with a bronzing primer. Foundation was then layered over the top and cheekbones were highlighted in a bronze-gold shade, before being set with light-reflecting powder to make them stand out. Achieving a bronzed look is just as much about careful color selection and placement of eyeshadow and lipsticks as it is about bronzers. 

The eyeshadow was kept lighter in the center of the eye and deepened in tone as we fanned outwards towards the edge of the eye. This is a great technique for bringing light to the eye and diffusing the colors used on the face. We then rimmed the eyes with kohl liner and slightly darkened brows, while lips were kept neutral in color with just the slightest hint of mocha-pink.


Primer: Laura Mercier Primer in “Radiance Bronze”

Bronze Highlight: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in “Topaz”

Eyeshadow: Zoeva Eyeshadow Palette in “Nude Spectrum”

Lipstick: Nudestix Intense Matte Lip & Cheek Pencil in “Entice”   


Inspired by: The crisp Magnolia in bloom, its freshly bronzing tips and deep green leaves. 

To Recreate for Bridal: A fitting look for those opting for a wildly non-traditional and edgy bridal look. The key to wearing a bold lip is to keep the rest of the makeup balanced. While you want to draw attention to the lips, it’s not to say you can’t shade the eyes or indulge in a highlight. Knowing when to pull back will help ensure this look remains timeless. The first thing I considered was matching the finish of the lipstick (matte or gloss) to the finish of the skin (matte or dewy).

While I opted for glossy lips and dewy skin, this look would also translate using matte textures for those who prefer a velvet finish or have oilier skin types. We used a sheer base and built coverage where needed to color-correct the skin. The eyes had a wash of rose gold with a few individual false lashes and glossy liner applied to the upper inner eyelids for definition without heaviness. Eyebrows were emphasized to balance out the weight of the lips and highlighted in the center with a brow mascara to create lift. Lips were exfoliated, prepped and lined first before applying the dark lip paint.


Lipstick: Makeup Forever Artist Acrylip in “Eggplant”

Eyeshadow: Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in “Honeymoon”

Blush: Marc Jacobs Air Blush in “Flesh & Fantasy”

Highlights: Cover Fx Custom Enhancer Drops in "Rose Gold" 


Inspired by:The impossible beauty of the antique blush rose.

To Recreate for Bridal: Blush tones have long been the go-to for bridal makeup. It’s a complementary look for most wedding styles and translates beautifully in photography. There is a shade of rose for everyone and this should always be matched to your complexion and undertone. We focused on keeping most of the blush tones on the eyes for this look and used a mixing medium and metallic pigments to custom blend the perfect rose shade for Yaya.

Eyes were lined with kohl and smudged near the lash line to add definition and dimension, while brows were filled in but kept soft. To draw focus to the eye, we used a slightly deeper blush shade in a creamy texture, pairing it back with a similar shade mixed into lip balm for the lips. We opted for a velvet finish with the foundation which worked in harmony with the metallic eyes. Finally, we shaded with a deeper foundation shade where needed to define bone structure and buffed in with a fluffy brush to ensure a diffused application.


Foundation: Koh Gen Do Moisture Foundation

Eyeshadow: MAC Mixing Medium with Pigment in “Tan” and “Blonde’s Gold”

Lipstick: Tom Ford Lips & Boys Lip Color in “Addison”

Powder: Cover Fx Illuminating Setting Powder 


Inspired by: Earthy Orchids in blushing rust tones.

To Recreate for Bridal: A complementary palette for the modern minimalist bride, when paired with the complexion, ochre tones emphasize facial features and exude understated elegance. We focused on hydrating the skin with a hyaluronic acid serum and moisturizer to develop a luminous base. Then, opting for cream highlight and blush products over powders allowed us to create a more natural look.

Aiming for subtlety, soft coral and peach tones were blended into the eyes with accents of chocolate brown to contour the eye socket and add shape. Lashes were coated in matte mascara to lengthen without adding bulk, and brows were kept fluffy and light. To polish the look, we used a beige-pink lipstick layered over a hydrating balm to tie in with the radiance of the skin and complement the colors on cheeks and eyes.


Foundation: iT Cosmetics CC+ Cream Illumination

Illuminator/Blush: Tom Ford Skin Illuminator in “Fire Lust”

Eyeshadow: Tom Ford Eye Color Quad in “Cocoa Mirage”

Lipstick: Jurlique Lip Care Balm mixed with Nudestix pencil in "Entice"

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