5 Simple Steps To A Picture-Perfect Bridal Makeup Look!

Posted by Azure on June 23rd, 2010

Special to OneWed by Nicole Pearl, The Beauty Girl Say I Do to Do It Yourself Wedding Day Makeup with these 5 Simple Steps!

Whether you’re a bride, bridesmaid, or wedding guest whose summer calendar is booked solid with wedding festivities, every woman has the same goal in mind— to look picture-perfect. When I tied the knot 7 months ago, there was no way in hell my face wasn’t going to last from my grand entrance to my night cap. With the help of makeup artist extraordinaire Ethian Hugo (who has worked with taste makers like Carolina Herrera) we created a classic bridal look that I loved. Ethian followed the 5 steps below to achieve my perfect wedding day face, and I can assure you that he kept me looking like a fresh-faced bride from the first pictures at 2pm to the last dance at 2am. Step 1: Foundation Do: use a very fine liquid foundation like Nars Balanced Foundation, Mont Blanc. Apply foundation with a sponge to avoid caking (the sponge will absorb excess product). Then set the foundation by brushing on a microfine powder that matches your skin. Ethian used MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Powder. Don‘t: use thick, heavy foundation. Skin should look like skin so if you have freckles like I do, they should show through. A caked on mask is not a good look! Step 2: Pretty Peepers- Eyes Do: if you're using more than one shadow, apply the lightest shade on the inner lid that’s closest to the nose and work outwards with the medium shade on the middle of the lid and the darkest on the outside. Ethian applied a combo of MAC eyeshadows including woodwinked, bronze frost, smut velvet and shroom, which he used as a highlighter and tapped underneath the brow bone. Don’t: rub your eyes before or after they’ve been done up, and warn your groom ahead of time, too! Smeared shadow and red eyes- not a good bridal look! Liner: all eye liners are not created equal! However, Shiseido Black Cream Eyeliner defies the odds. The cream liner doesn’t smudge, and has a smooth consistency making it easy to work with and fade resistant. I loved wearing it on my wedding day! Mascara: for your wedding day, thick, long lashes are a must. Unless you were blessed with them naturally, false lashes will get you the beautiful dramatic eyes that smile at us on every magazine cover. Ethian first applied Nars Mascara in black orchid. Next, he adhered Ardell DuraLash, Flare Short Black individual lashes to my lash line starting at the outside, working in. Step 3: Brows Do: use a shade that’s one shade deeper than your natural hair color to get a finished brow that frames the face. Ethian chose Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in birch and used a slightly wet brush to apply the color. The darkest part of the brow should be at the middle to end so keep the color soft and light on the part of the brow closest to the nose. He says that if the inner brow is too dark, it can make you look angry, which is not a good look on any bride-to-be! Don’t: touch your skin when applying or else the brow will look contrived. Step 4: Cheeks Do: go for a blush hue that gives your face life and smile to find the apples of your cheeks. I wanted my skin to have a soft, dewy glow. To achieve this finish, Ethian used Giorgio Armani micro-fil loose powder and topped it with the best-selling Nars Blush in orgasm (I swear by this Nars product!). If you haven’t experienced orgasm yet, it’s worth getting your hands on. Don’t: apply blush in a straight line or else you’ll have streaks. Stick to circular motions with your blush brush. Step 5: Lips Do: scrub your lips to rid flakes and follow with a lip conditioner such as Jo Malone’s before starting your lips. A smooth, hydrated mouth will allow lipstick to go on easier and stick to your pout better, which means fewer touch ups. There’s an art to creating a soft lip. Oftentimes, a light color looks pretty in person but then comes off blah in photos. On the flip side, deeper shades can appear too harsh. Ethian struck the perfect balance using a combo of products to create my putty-pink lips. First, he lined and filled in my lips with Sorme Cosmetics Smearproof Lipliner in tease. Next up was gloMinerals gloSheer lipstick in tahiti, which was layered with a dab of Bareminerals gloss in cupcake for a pinch of shine. Don’t: lick or bite your lips incessantly no matter how nervous you are! These actions will cause chapping and irritation.
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