If you’ve been on social media at all in the past few weeks, you’ll know that Bridgerton has been one of the most loved shows of the year so far. It’s a period piece with romance, comedy, and drama all rolled into one. In other words, it was a total hit, so much so that many shared that they got through it in one day. Any chance season 2 is coming soon?
Whether or not season 2 is on its way soon, the series set in Regency Era England and based on writer Julia Quinn’s book is a beautiful show to watch not only for the gorgeous costumes, but also for Daphne Bridgerton who is played by the lovely Phoebe Dynevor.
Dynevor wore gorgeous glowy no-makeup makeup looks throughout the series. And she wore some really classic hairstyles that can easily be given a modern flair.
One thing that pretty much all makeup artists for television and movies will tell you is that they start by prepping the skin. So don’t just go in with foundation, make sure that you’re doing some sort of moisturizing skincare routine first. The makeup is going to look so much better when you have a good canvas to start with!
Makeup artist Marc Pilcher shared that “many of the actors had their own skincare routines going on as we made them understand the importance of skincare.” Dynevor was especially diligent about it. Pilcher would give her the Beauty Pro Brightening Sheet Mask to take home each day, and she would arrive to set wearing the Beauty Pro Under Eye Therapy Eye Mask.
Those face masks are going to be really important for hydrating your skin, which will help to give you that glow from within look. But maintaining a balanced diet and drinking lots of water is just as, if not more important than, the skincare you do on the outside, so keep that in mind.
The next step after skincare is to prep for the foundation with some sort of primer. Pilcher chose the Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Face Primer, which is meant to make the skin more radiant, so it’s no wonder why he chose it to achieve a glowy natural look. I would imagine a similar brightening primer was used on Keira Knightley in all her period films.
It was followed up by the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Foundation or the Laura Mercier Flawless Lumiere Radiance Perfecting Foundation. But whether you go with one of those choices or use your favorite drugstore brand foundation, you’ll want to pick one that has a dewy finish as opposed to a matte one to achieve the Bridgerton look.
And of course, you can’t be a member of the ton without a rosy flush. Pilcher liked to use the Stila Convertible Color in Lilium, which is a nude pink, to give Daphne that barely-there color. But keep in mind that with no-makeup makeup the most natural blush to choose is the color that your skin actually turns when you’re flushed. So if that color is more bright, then a brighter pink blush will look more natural on you even though it’s not a neutral shade. The best makeup is makeup that works for your skin tone!
The Eye Makeup
While glittery eye makeup and bold colors can be a lot of fun, the look they chose for Bridgerton was all about subtle definition. And just like the face makeup, Pilcher started with, you guessed it, a primer. He used the famous Urban Decay Original Eyeshadow Primer Potion. Primer will help keep your eyeshadow from fading and creasing throughout the day. The whole idea of no-makeup makeup is to make it look like you’re not wearing any makeup at all, which is a little hard to do if your eye makeup is smudged everywhere.
Then Pilcher blended MAC eyeshadows “malt” and “brun” together on her eye to create a wash of color that looked as natural as possible. The first is a light pink, mauve color, while the other is a dark brown. Try to concentrate the brown shade more on the crease and outer corner of your eyelid. If you put on too much, use your finger to take some of it off. Works like a charm! Follow that up with the Clinique Lash Power Mascara in Dark Chocolate, and you’re done. Brown mascara is a great choice for this kind of look because it’s less obvious.
Again, Pilcher kept the lip color really natural. He started by lining her lips with Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk. After that, Pilcher would use Dr. Pawpaw Smoothing Balm in Peach Pink and Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel in Natural for a demure color. And bam, the perfect barely-there pout accomplished!
Modernized Regency Era Hairstyles
Daphne’s hairstyles on Bridgerton were inspired by Audrey Hepburn in War and Peace, specifically the little baby bangs. All of them were super chic! And makeup and hairstyle influencer Jackie Wyers made an amazing video showing how to do each of them.
Sweet and Simple Braids with Curls
For this simple half-up braided style, you’ll want to use a beeswax texturing spray because it will help separate the strands of hair so you can see the braid better. This is a really great tip for women with darker hair as it can be harder to see the definition!
You’re going to do a Dutch braid on each side, stopping just past the ear and bobby pinning the hair. A Dutch braid is essentially just a reverse French braid — you take the new strands under the middle piece instead of over. To recreate Daphne’s look, you’ll want to take really small sections. Then just pull out the braid to loosen it to your liking! Curl the rest of your hair towards your face with a tapered wand, add hairspray, and you’re done.
Braid Wrapped around a Bow
For the next style, you’ll want to tie half of your hair up. Total Ariana Grande vibes! Pin a bow a little above where you secured the pony, which should be toward the center of your head. Braid a small section from right underneath the ponytail and pin it so that it creates a circle around where you pinned the bow. Then create loops with the ponytail to pin a loose, small bun. Watch the video for this part to see exactly what she does!
You’re trying to create a figure eight shape. As for the rest of the hair, you want to have the same curls from the tapered wand as before. Twist all the hair in your hand together and hairspray it to create a big curl, or skip that step to keep it more modern.
Fancy Wrapped Braids Up-Do
For the final style, you are going to start with the hair half-up, half-down just like last time. Braid the pony and tie it off. Then create another pony with the hair underneath, braid it, and create a little bun, leaving the end out. Wrap the first braid around the bun you created. Then bring the end piece you left out around the top. Once you see the shape you’re going to create, it’s all just pinning the simple braids. You’ve got this!
I love the natural beauty of period piece movies and am taking a mental note of all the no-makeup makeup tips Marc Pilcher had. And the hairstyles are so easy to modernize and a lot less complicated than they seem. All super feminine and pretty. What more could you want?