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Here’s how Joy Adenuga Created this Champagne-Inspired Bridal Look on Abena

Editor‘s Note: Hey guys, we are super excited about this week’s bridal beauty deep-dive. Yes! we are going deep into the behind-the-scenes of creating this flawless look for Abena on her wedding. This feature is from the talented London-based Makeup Artist, Joy Adenuga. She will be sharing with us the tricks, hacks, and secrets behind this glam. Enjoy and see you in the comment section. Before then, you can catch up with other features here.

Before the wedding

Abena, my gorgeous Ghanaian bride. She booked me without requiring a trial. She then also booked me for her eight bridesmaids.

Wedding day

On her wedding day I arrived at her prep location – One Warwick Park Hotel at Tunbridge Wells. After making sure my assistants were okay and settled in, I made my way to Abena’s Bridal suite. Abena is blessed with a beautiful skin. I always tell brides that skin regime is very important. You don’t have to wait till you get engaged, start taking good care of your skin even before. That way you don’t become dependent on makeup to have naturally glowing skin.

Makeup process

Swinging into action mode, I prepped her skin with Embryolisse lait cream and applied Kiehl‘s lip balm 1 to her lips. Her brows were filled in using Anastasia Beverly Hills brow definer in Chocolate and combed through using a clear brow gel to hold hair in place.

MAC paint pot in laying low was used to prep her lids before I created this champagne inspired eye using Smashbox cover shot eye palettes in Ablaze and Matte. This was finished up with Ingot eyeliner in 77 and Ardell lashes. For that continuous skin glow,  I mixed Charlotte Tilbury Wonderglow with NARS all day luminous weightless foundation and buffed into her skin. I then brightened under her eyes using Kevyn Aucoin The etherealist super natural concealer which was set using RCMA no colour powder and MAC Studio fix powder in NC40/45 just to give an extra brightening effect.

Before setting the rest of her face with RCMA no colour loose powder, I used Kevyn Aucoin The liquid contour wand in deep to add definition to her face followed by Becca shimmering skin perfector liquid highlighter in Opal. Then I set the whole face and added Becca shimmering skin perfector pressed highlighter in opal to reinforce the glow which looked absolutely stunning! Then i used the NARS Orgasm blush to finish off the look.

Guys, a moment of silence for how stunning Abena looks in her beautiful dress! Thank you so much for booking my services on your special day. It was such a pleasure working with you. Abena truly made a beautiful bride, catch up with joy on @joyadenuga or


Makeup: @joyadenuga
Hair: @deborahlola

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