August 29, 2018

Brides by Sana

Bride Feature: Ruth

A Traditional Catholic Wedding with a Festive Twist

I had such a fun time working with Ruth to create her wedding makeup look for her big day. She and her husband Niko wed at a beautiful Roman Catholic church in Central London, St Etheldreda’s (Fun Fact; this is one of England’s oldest Catholic churches).

Every detail of Ruth’s wedding carried such significance, as she so meticulously sourced all the elements and brought them together with help of wedding planner Dita Rosted (@ditarostedevents).

Unlike most brides I speak to, Ruth told me from early on that she knew she wanted a knock-out look for her bridal makeup. Something bold to counteract her short, boyish hair. From there we decided on a bridal makeup with an emphasis on the eyes, using taupes and browns to really bring them out, adding a hint of gold to the centre of the eyelid. 

Here’s a product breakdown of what we used to create Ruth’s wedding day bridal makeup look:


Glossier Priming Moisturizer

MAC Cosmetics Prep+Prime Skin

Face Atelier Ultra Foundation (lightly applied with a beauty blender)

INGLOT AMC Face & Body Illuminator (added to foundation and applied with beauty blender)

Charlotte Tilbury Retoucher

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Powder (to mattify the T-zone and under the cheekbones)

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow to bronze and lightly contour under the cheekbones

Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate to bronze

Charlotte Tilbury Beachstick in Las Salinas to add blush to the cheeks


MAC Cosmetics Soft Ochre Paint Pot as an eyeshadow base

MAC Cosmetics shadows in Vanilla, Wedge, Espresso and Brown Down in the crease and corner of the eye.

MAC Cosmetics Coffee Eye Pencil on the lash line

Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario 5th Ave (soft gold) on the centre of the lid

Individual cluster lashes in varying lengths


Charlotte Tilbury Pillowtalk Lip Cheat mixed with Milani Color Statement Lip Pencil in All Natural with a bit of Pillowtalk Lipstick overtop

Ruth’s own style is a bit more laid back and simple, even a bit boyish. So having this contrasting bridal makeup created a cool paradox between “Everyday Ruth” and “Ruth, The Bride”. I have to say, she carried herself so incredibly well in this bridal makeup and her bespoke Marie-Emilienne Viollet (@iam_patterns) gown. Simple elegance with a modern-day twist.

Of all her accessories, Ruth was most fond of her veil, which she commissioned from Halfpenny London (@halfpennylondon). It added just the right amount of drama to her outfit and kept in theme with the 18th century Georgian-style church.

Changing up the theme from their ceremony, Ruth and Niko hosted their guests at The Old Parish Hall that had been recently renovated by a charity @Coreclapton, they dressed the venue in a rustic carnival theme with old style festoon lights, trestle tables and benches.

Their cake rivalled all other wedding cakes, it was a multi-tiered drip cake in blue fondant, adorned with colourful mini donuts, ice cream cones, macarons, brownie bits, profiteroles and more! Kudos to @popsicles_bakes for one hell of a wedding cake


Florist @botaniqueworkshop

Photographer @verograph and @eoghan_hanrahan

Looking for more Bridal inspo? Check out our last Bride Feature here.