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EXCLUSIVE: Behind The Veil: Chelsea’s Wedding Day Makeup


Despite the barrage of images from Chelsea Clinton’s Rhinebeck, New York, nuptials that plastered the covers of gossip rags and respectable pubs alike last week, certain specifics surrounding Ms. Clinton’s wedding to Marc Mezvinsky still remain top-secret. While guest list notables, catering details, and who-wore-what info circulated immediately after the couple wed on July 31, we’ve been waiting patiently to discover the ins and outs of the bride’s makeup look. After what some might call stalking (we prefer the word “persistence”), we finally got the exclusive info from makeup artist Barbara Lacy, a favorite face painter of Hillary Rodham Clinton, who made the bride blush—with Fresh’s FreshFace Blush Powder Nectar—two weekends ago.

Lacy, who has prepped dozens of politicos for the spotlight, chose an elegant palette of silver, rose, and black tones for the evening ceremony, playing off the sparkling crystal and pearl embellished sash of Chelsea’s Vera Wang dress. Rather than apply colors straight out of the tube, Lacy prefers to mix formulas and blend them into the skin, which makes having good makeup brushes an absolute “must,” she says. To start, she applied Fresh’s Rose FreshFace Primer for a little dewy glow and patted the bride’s lids with Trish McEvoy’s Eye Base Essential to prevent creases. From there, she combined a variety of porcelain cream foundations to accentuate Chelsea’s ivory skin, and dusted on powder to tone down shine. “I prefer translucent powders—they prevent a cakey effect,” Lacy says.

On Chelsea’s eyes, Lacy used a variety of shadows, including those from Dior’s Misty Mauve palette. “It’s a good base for iridescent colors and provides depth to the look,” she explains. Lacy swept the compact’s deepest dove-gray shade on the outer corners, reserving the lighter, metallic color for the inner corners to open up the eyes. She traced black gel liner on the upper lids and smudged black waterproof pencil on the lower lashes, “staying closer to the outer edges to frame the eyes,” before layering on DiorShow black mascara—again, waterproof for those tear-jerking moments—for a dramatic, romantic touch.

To make sure Chelsea’s contours caught the light in that sea of flashbulbs, Lacy applied a thin layer of silver highlighter under her brow bone, noting that “brows are a very important part of the finished look. Always [define them with a pencil] in the same shade as the natural color.” Cheeks were done in a peachy pink shade, courtesy of FreshFace Blush Powder Nectar, which Lacy applied using a fan brush to “create a feathered edge,” and topped with a slightly lighter shade of blush to “round out the cheekbones.”

As for those perfectly rose-tinted lips, Lacy used MAC Lip Pencil in Spice, then swiped on Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Crème Lip Colour in Cashmere. Her final tip for brides, even those who aren’t approaching the ceremony of the century: “Never try any new skin products two weeks before the big day to avoid any reactions, and make sure all exposed skin has been well moisturized, so it glows.” Noted.


Photo: Barbara Kinney / Retna Ltd.



  1. taravess says:

    stunning make-up..she looked gorgeous!!!

  2. timmy23 says:

    so pretty…great make up!

  3. shelly10z says:

    great job, i really love her look:)

  4. shelly10z says:

    really loving her look, nice work:)

  5. kathyj09 says:


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