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The Knot Dream Wedding Makeup Artist Talks Bridal Beauty

Michael Christopher Salon - Thursday, December 07, 2017

The Knot Dream Wedding Makeup Artist Talks Bridal Beauty—Get the Details Here

The stylist behind Elena Delle Donne and Amanda Clifton’s wedding makeup can’t wait to play up their natural beauty. Here’s the inside scoop on her bridal beauty game plan.
by Maggie Seaver

Kristina Ruggerio, of Kristina Ruggerio Cosmetics, isn't just lined up to do The Knot Dream Wedding Couple Elena Delle Donne and Amanda Clifton's day-of wedding makeup—she's also an old friend of Elena's from high school and has done the WNBA star's makeup in the past (and can't wait to do it again for her wedding day). How cool is that? We caught up with the Wilmington, Delaware–based stylist to hear about her plans to beautify the naturally gorgeous brides-to-be.

What can we expect from Elena and Amanda's day-of wedding makeup?

"I’m planning on enhancing both Elena and Amanda's natural beauty. Of course, we’ll play up Amanda's beautiful, bright eyes just enough to make them sparkle even more than they already do, along with a pale bridal pink mixed with a pale peach to bring out the blue in her eyes. Elena has such a beautiful smile, so we'll want to keep her lip color pretty natural—most likely a blush or mauve tone to compliment her green eyes, with a pop of gloss in the middle to brighten. I want them to look like the best version of themselves."

How did they land on each of their looks?

"We’ve played around with different looks over the years. They're both naturally gorgeous and they [glam] up beautifully as well. I know the look we'll go with for their day will be simple elegance, something they'll feel extra beautiful in. I just want their natural and stunning features to shine on this special day."

What are your top wedding makeup tips for brides?

"Whenever you're doing makeup for a long day, or in photographs, you want to make sure you apply enough color to your cheeks, lips and eyes—specifically eyeliner, especially in between your lashes, to make the lashes appear thicker and darker. This will make everything pop in photos. Be sure to apply a translucent powder, mainly in the T-zone, to avoid any shine in pictures. Prep your face with makeup primer first, and set your makeup with translucent powder at the end to ensure longevity all day and all night. Lips should be freshened up every couple hours."

What has it been like to work with Elena and Amanda?

"Elena and Amanda are dreams to work with. They're so laid back and so funny, to the point where I'm afraid all of our makeup will run whenever I'm around them—they bring me to tears of laughter every time! Waterproof mascara is a must any time I see them—especially for the wedding day."

Do the brides know what each other's makeup will look like, or will it be a surprise?

"I know both women are very in tune with each other—they're so close—I’m sure each will assume the other will go somewhat natural, but with an elegant twist. It’s going to be a stunning wedding, and when they both get to see each other completely done, I truly believe they'll both be blown away. I can’t wait to see their faces—I'm getting chills already!"

With Kristina in Delaware until Elena and Amanda's November 3 nuptials, Brittany Lo of New York City–based Beautini stepped in to give the brides a preview of their wedding day looks. Watch their full makeup trial on for serious beauty inspo.

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