Weddings on the brain? Whether your ceremony is next month or many years down the road, there's nothing wrong with a healthy helping of inspiration where your big day is concerned. It is a fairly important event, after all, and what's more pivotal than feeling like yourself and beautiful in your own skin? (Vows aside, of course.) Call us hopeless romantics, but we'd be happy spending hours on end sifting through the prettiest products and makeup ideas to inspire our one-day makeup looks, and lately, we've been especially mesmerized by radiant, natural bridal makeup looks—think fresh, dewy skin; a fantasy-like flush; and super-subtle lips.
So, eager to discover the best products, tips, and tricks for creating a natural bridal makeup look, we reached out to two celebrity makeup artists: Monika Blunder and Chauntal Capri Lewis (both of whom have a knack for natural, incandescent artistry where makeup is concerned). From skin prep to lips, we're breaking down all of their wisdom on the topic of natural bridal makeup application.
It's no secret that makeup will only look as glowy and beautiful as the skin underneath it. Therefore, prepping the complexion so that it will be at its prime should not be underestimated (or neglected.)
"When it comes to bridal beauty prep (especially if you're going for a natural makeup look), it's important to remember that less is more. Skip your smoky eye and play up feelings of romance with a soft, dewy makeup look. That being said, it's hard to achieve this natural glow the morning of, and brides-to-be should start adopting a proper skin regimen months before the big day," Blunder tells us.
Blunder also recommends twice-weekly use of a savvy device like the Silk'n Titan Skin Tightening & Lifting Device ($269), which helps to rebuild collagen and elastin skin fibers—without the stress and invasiveness of a cosmetic procedure.
"Nothing makes me happier than watching a fresh-faced, natural, glowing bride walk down the aisle," Capri Lewis explains. "For nearly every bridal look I create (unless advised otherwise), I'll go with a soft, naturally pretty finish." Her intention with natural bridal makeup is for skin to be light and dewy (but not shiny) and full coverage (but not cakey). After all, the makeup needs to last all day and night, and Capri Lewis shares it really comes down to the products and techniques you're utilizing.
"Hands down, the combination of La Mer Soft Fluid Foundation ($120) and Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ($42) is my ultimate foundation cocktail for brides, and they complement one another perfectly. First, I'll use the La Mer, which will provide a flawless finish and lasting, full coverage, followed by the Armani to leave a soft, silky texture just like true skin."
Both Blunder and Capri Lewis recommend incorporating a liquid highlighter into the mix, and for an amazing cast of radiance, Capri Lewis suggests applying Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter ($41) over the entire face before applying your foundation (though you can definitely tap it onto the highest points of the face post-foundation, if you so choose).
"For the eyes, I love the look of neutral, earthy tones applied first in the crease and then softly dusted under the outer corners of the eye," Capri Lewis shares. "My go-to palettes are the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eye Shadow Palette ($42) and the Bobbi Brown Nude Drama Eyeshadow Palette ($59)."
She continues, "For natural bridal makeup, I like to keep the lid and inner corners of the eyes bright and awake by using champagne tones and a light application of luminous sparkle in the inner corners." (She recommends Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Kitten Karma, $24.)
And then last but certainly not least, false lashes: "With this natural look, the lashes will really make the eyes stand out. I almost always use individual lashes across the entire eye, starting with medium lashes and then switching to a shorter length depending on the shape of the eye."
Capri Lewis tells us that when it comes to lips, she likes to keep it pretty standard with a demure combination of lip liner, lipstick, and gloss to top it all off. "I typically go with MAC Lip Pencil in Whirl ($18), Nars Audacious Lipstick in Anita ($34), and Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian ($21) as it offers a nude wash of pink but is still bright enough so that the bride's lips won't disappear."