Wedding season is well and truly upon us. If you didn’t catch my first bridal makeup post you can check it out here, it gives you a few of my top bridal beauty tips. Today I thought I’d be a little bit more specific though and show you one of my favourite bridal makeup looks. Hopefully it’ll give you a bit of inspiration if you’re trying to decide on a wedding look yourself. I intend on going through a few different bridal makeup looks in detail so if this one isn’t for you don’t panic – there’ll be more. You can make sure not to miss any of the wedding beauty series by clicking here and signing up.
The Fresh Faced Bridal Makeup
This a good makeup look for those who fear looking “over done” on the big day. If you don’t wear much (or any) makeup on a daily basis then this is probably what you’ll feel most comfortable in. It’s all about natural beauty and subtly emphasising your features, without looking as though you’re wearing any makeup.
For bridal makeup I’d almost always recommend doing your eye makeup before your base. This means you can make as many mistakes and create as much fall out as you like without it ruining your base. In this case though this step is not necessary as we aren’t going to be doing any eye makeup.
If you suffer from oily eyelids you may want to lightly powder them (though I actually think a bit of natural “gloss” on the eyelid looks beautiful) and if you are extremely fair you may want to tight line your upper eyelid. In case I lost you with makeup jargon there – tight lining is when you apply eyeliner to underneath your top lash line.. I’ll include a disgusting picture to show you!
You can tight line using either black or brown but it will give you the illusion of a darker lash line and therefore thicker lashes.
To finish the eyes I would apply either individual lashes or have lash extensions applied before the wedding day. This will give you gorgeous, naturally defined lashes and your peepers will look amazing in all of your wedding pics.
This look is all about cheating the camera into thinking you’re not wearing makeup. You just want plump and radiant skin that looks like skin. So foundation wise you’re not looking for a high coverage. A tinted moisturizer or CC cream is a great option – just remember to avoid anything containing SPF as it will flash back and give you a white face in photos. You can see in my wedding makeup recommendations here that I recommend illamasqua skin base for a foundation, that could easily be diluted with a moisturizer to achieve this look. Other great options are the Giorgio Armani maestro or the Chanel vitalumiere aqua. You want something with quite a watery consistency.
If you don’t have perfect skin (and let’s face it, who does?) then this sheer foundation step can seem a little daunting. But don’t worry because it can be adapted. I actually find that if you have problematic skin it can sometimes look much better to apply a very sheer foundation all over and conceal specific areas rather than if you applied a heavy foundation all over. The Laura Mercier secret camouflage concealer is great for pin concealing blemishes and staying put all day.
The next step would be to add a hint of blush. For this look I would avoid bronzer or contour, usually for photography I like to add a little definition but because we haven’t used a heavy foundation then I don’t think it’s 100% necessary here. I would however recommend using a natural blush to give your face a little extra “life” and avoid the photographs washing you out. Liquid and cream blushes are fantastic for this. The benefit benetint is great, as are the Daniel Sandler liquid blushes.
To finish the skin you can add a small amount of a very natural highlight. This is totally optional but I love it. We’re not talking tin man strobing here just the smallest amount of a liquid highlight on the tops of the cheek bones. I love the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector for this as it’s not too glittery or shimmery.
Depending on how oily you are now Is the time to powder. Even if you’re relatively dry I’d still recommend quick dusting in the t zone to help the makeup stay put and look photo ready all day. I’m obsessed with the Charlotte Tilbury powder for this – it’s not drying or cakey at all. I mentioned it in my June Favourites post if you want to know more.
To finish the look apply a natural lip colour. A “your lips but better” kind of shade in a glossy formula. I think an actual gloss is too unatural but something like the Chanel rouge coco shine in boy is perfect. The YSL lipsticks are also the perfect formula for this look. You want to avoid anything too matte or too pigmented. If lipstick isn’t your thing a lip stain is also a great option. Again benefit benetint is beautiful and will give you a bitten looking pout.
I’d love to know if any of you guys wore or plan to wear a look like this on your wedding day. Or if not what kind of bridal makeup look would you like to see from me next. Leave a comment below and don’t forget to download your free bridal makeup kit list by clicking here.