THE KNOT – How One Beauty Executive Did Her Wedding Day Makeup

Sophistication and simplicity touched every portion of AJ Nicholas and Dali Belkhiria’s Lake Como wedding this spring—including the bride’s fresh-faced beauty aesthetic. Nicholas, the head of marketing at Charlotte Tilbury Beauty’s North America division, tells The Knot that pulling off the perfect palette required practice, product exposure, and of course, access to an in-house makeup artist at her company.

The bride, 32, luckily started the new job three weeks before her wedding day, and was primed (literally!) for the occasion. The bride and the groom, a Nespresso sales manager, exchanged vows in May before 80 of their closest friends and family members, opting for a scenic lakefront ceremony at Villa Regina Teodolinda.

“We only went to Lake Como once before the actual wedding,” Nicholas tells The Knot. “So when we went to look at venues, I knew I needed to do a makeup trial then since it would be our only time in Italy… The challenge was that I hadn’t bought my dress or landed any styling elements yet. So I just had the makeup artist do a standard smoky eye with a pale pink lip. Then, I gave her more direction closer to the actual wedding.”

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