When you’re getting married, you want to look like the best version of yourself. The most requested beauty look by brides is simple natural makeup. However, a natural look doesn’t mean wearing no makeup at all.
There are ways to add flattering color to your bridal makeup while still appearing almost makeup-free. The key is to subtly contour and highlight, while adding a glossy finish that looks effortlessly beautiful. Adding products that add shadow and light is the best way to create a natural look that makes the best of your features.
We’re looking at 3 natural wedding makeup looks for brides that are all different but have one common factor: they’re very natural and pared back. Ditching heavy colors and products, these makeup looks are about making the bride glow for her big day.
Step away from heavy ‘baked on’ makeup trends that are so popular right now. Look to ideas that make skin look dewy and fresh, contours cheekbones and adds just a hint of color in a neutral tone. Even if you plan to use a professional makeup artist, you can gain some inspiration from our top 3 favorite looks.
You can also do these yourself with a little practice and the right products, so you can even steal one of these ideas for your rehearsal if not for the big day itself. They’re really simple and still so elegant.
You’ll want to choose a makeup look that flatters your own skin tone and the wedding dress you’re wearing. These 3 looks will all coordinate with traditional white and are quite neutral. If you’re wearing a different color dress for your wedding, just double check that it all flows together well as a final look.
Bridal Makeup #1: Smoky Chocolate
This glossy and gorgeous makeup look includes fresh looking skin, a light chocolate tone smoky eye and pink glossy lips. Fresh-faced but with a twist of glam, this bridal makeup look is the most red carpet out of our 3 options and is also the most dramatic due to the darker eye. Here’s how to get the look:
Using a light brown and darker brown eyeshadow, create a simple smoky eye that runs half way up your lid and smolders at the edges. Run a thin line of black eyeliner along your lash lines and add plenty of mascara. Use a metallic look gold highlighter to add just a hint of gold on the inner corner of your eyes – and smudge. Use the same gold product just below your brows, blending so it leaves just a glow.
Pencil in your eyebrows and comb through with a brow brush. Create structure but keep your brow look natural. Use a non-matte foundation so your skin looks fresh and natural. Apply a bronzer under your cheekbones to contour and top off the look with a glossy pink lip product of your choice in a natural shade.
Bridal Makeup #2: Peachy Hues
This ultra natural look is all about looking peachy pretty! With just a few striking additions to the eye, this stunning makeup look will go with any wedding dress and is just about creating a gorgeous glow. Here’s how to try it out:
Line your upper eye lid with black liquid eyeliner (cat-eye flick optional) and add layers of mascara/faux eyelashes to your upper lashes. Apply a glossy peach eyeshadow on your lid, leaving under the eye completely bare. Pencil in your brows to create shape and structure.
Add a highlighter below the brow and across your upper cheekbone. Contour your cheeks with a peach contour product/blush, adding depth to your cheekbones. A peach lipstick or gloss completes this look, as well as powder foundation. Use a damp (squeezed-out) beauty blender to achieve a dewy finish.
Keep this look fresh throughout the day with blotting sheets and translucent powder – it requires minimal maintenance so you can fully enjoy your day without worrying about makeup top-ups.
Bridal Makeup #3: Natural Rose
Much like the peach makeup look, this blush-hued makeup look is so close to natural but adds just a hint of color – in this case, shades of light pink. Delicate and ultra feminine, this makeup idea is so fresh looking and barely-there. Here’s how to get the look:
Layer up some mascara (use a brown mascara if you want to look even more natural). Apply a light pink shadow – you can create a light smoky effect with two pink shades, or use just one matte color on your lid. Line your waterline with a white eyeliner and dab just a hint of gold highlighter on the inner edges of your eye.
Apply foundation and then create a flushed look on your cheeks with a rose blusher. Add some highlights with a liquid highlighter product, on the top of your cheekbones and on your nose. A rose lipstick adds a natural but beautiful finish to this refined makeup look.
Wedding Makeup Tips
- Not sure about what colors suit your skin tone best? Hit up your local beauty counter and get a consultation – they’ll be able to source shades that add just a hint of color to your skin and will provide you with all of the right hues for perfecting any natural look.
- Starting with beautiful skin is a must. Boost your skin’s health on the lead-up to your big day with healthy juices or smoothies packed with vitamins, and do a weekly face mask. Exfoliate regularly to revamp your skin cells.
- If you’re booking a professional makeup artist, make sure they’re in tune with the makeup look you want. Provide a photo and some guidance to ensure you’re happy with the results. Ask them for small/sample products that they’ve used so you can top up the look during the day.
- Less is more! If in doubt, understate your makeup look/use less.
- Coordinate with your flowers. If you’ll be holding a pink bouquet – go for our rose makeup look – subtle coordination can pull together your whole bridal look in a unique way.
- Don’t forget the essentials: blotting paper, translucent powder, mascara and any other products you may need.