Your bridal makeup is a very important part of conceptualizing your dream look for your wedding day. If you’re not the type of bride to go for the more stylized, themed looks (like smokey eye wedding makeup for the boho bride) and the thought of too much color or a non-traditional look makes you nervous, chances are you may fall into the more classic bride arena. The good news is that the classic “blushing bride” look is alive and well. DIY this look on your own, or simply use this post as inspiration to bring to your artist.
Prep: Flawless Face
Follow this flawless face tutorial for base makeup that will set the tone for this entire look. For your blush, you want to keep it natural, and go for pinkish undertones. For Alicia, who is on the fair side of the spectrum, we used NARS Blush in Gaiety ($30) which is a soft pink that reflects light without a shimmer effect — perfect for wedding photography.
Classic Bride Makeup: Blushing Base + Neutral Smolder
Step 1: Highlight in Shimmering White
Start off by applying a light shimmering highlight like Urban Decay Naked Palette in Virgin ($54) to your brow bones, inside corners of your eyes and on the lower lash line on the inside corner. This is going to give you that soft dreamy-eyed glow.
Step 2: Contour in Neutral Matte Brown
A go-to in-house favorite is Urban Decay Naked Palette in Buck ($54) to use as your medium neutral brown in your creases. This is going to give your eyes a little more depth without making them too dramatic.
Step 3: Deepen in Shimmering Espresso
From your same Naked Palette, apply Darkhorse, a deep espresso shimmering eyeshadow to the outer corners of your eyes and slightly into your crease. This is the ultimate way to give just a touch of drama without making it look like you’re going too big.
Step 4: Tight Line in Black
The best way to keep your eyes soft is to tight line them with black eyeliner. This is when you apply liner to your upper waterline and in your lash line, but not above your lases. For your wedding day, play it safe and use a waterproof gel eyeliner like Jet Set Waterproof Gel Eyeliner ($22) and an eyeliner brush to apply. Gotta endure all those happy tears that will be flowing!
Step 5: Barely Bold Brows
Your eyebrows are going to play a big roll in the final vibe of your bridal look. You want that extra oomph for images, but you also don’t want to cross the line and make them look unnatural. A recent favorite is TreStique Define, Sculpt + Set Brow Pencil ($25). One side has an angled pencil to define and shape, and the other end has a mascara-like wand and tinted brow gel to set and blend. I’d say this is one of the most user-friendly ways to do your brows naturally.
Finishing Touches: Highlight, Mauve Lip + Mascara
Use a shimmering highlighter like Benefit Cosmetics High Beam Liquid Face Highlighter ($26) on your upper cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, above your Cupid’s bow and in the center of your lower forehead. This will give you that dewy look in your wedding photos. Add a mauve lip and some mascara, and you’re ready to go.
You can see how her makeup looks indoors here and how much it settles in for the outdoor lighting.
Blushing bride in pure form.
There’s a softness and delicate beauty that any bride would want.
Glowing, healthy skin will have you feeling beyond beautiful.