Bridal makeup has evolved over the years and become more subdued and natural. Most brides prefer a natural glam look that packs a punch, as compared to a cakey makeup look. Modern day brides like to reinvent the traditional bridal makeup look by adding a flair of their own, whilst still maintaining the true essence of it. If this type of wedding makeup resonates with you, you’ve come to the right place! We are here to break down bridal makeup, step by step and help you recreate it on your special day. Keep on reading to learn about tips and tricks that will help you ace your eye, lip and face makeup and help you create a beautiful look that will make sure that all eyes will be on you!
Step 1: Prep your skin
Your skin prep will make a big difference in how your makeup sits on top of it. After cleansing and moisturizing your face, apply some primer to your T-zone. Using a pore filling primer will help your makeup glide smoothly and also make it last longer.
Step 2: Ace your base
A minute after you apply your primer, take your foundation and dot it all over your face and neck. Blend this foundation using dabbing motions. Dabbing your foundation instead of sweeping it across your face will help in a smoother and non-streaky application. For the natural finish with your foundation, it is important to choose the right shade of foundation. You can use the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Finder Tool and pick your perfect shade from the comfort of your home. With this tool, you can try different foundation shades virtually and pick the one that fits you the best. Move on to applying some concealer under your eyes and in places, you have some discolouration. Apply the concealer using the facelift technique for a natural, yet snatched look.
Step 3: Sculpt your skin
Next is to add some definition to your bridal makeup look. Use your contour to sculpt your face. Using a cream contour adds more definition to your skin while lasting all day. Blend the contour well so it doesn’t look muddy. You can use the same contour stick and contour your nose. Contouring your nose ever so slightly will add sharpness to your final look.
Step 4: Set it all in
After blending your foundation, concealer and cream contour well, use some powder to set your wedding makeup in place. If you have oily skin, make sure you bake your under eyes with a loose powder for a smooth and long lasting finish.
Step 5: Blush it up
The next step to your bridal makeover is to add some colour back to your skin. Choose a blush that flatters your skin tone and place it on the apples of your cheeks. Don’t go overboard with your blush, instead apply very little at a time, you can always layer your blush later.
Step 6: Add some glow
Applying highlighter is an integral part of the final bridal makeup look. Begin by applying the highlighter on your cheekbones in upward motions. Next, apply highlighter to the centre of your nose and on your cupid’s bow. Spray some setting spray on your beauty sponge and gently dab your face with this damp sponge. This will help your makeup melt together and also make your highlighter melt into your skin.
Step 7: Eyebrows
Your eyebrows play a huge role in framing your face and creating the final bridal makeup look. Make sure you use a spoolie to brush them out first. Next, use an angled eyebrow pencil and fill it in. The angled tip enables you to add natural-looking strokes that are super fine. To add more definition to your eyebrows, apply some highlighter at the arch of your eyebrow. This sculpts them while adding a pop of glow.
Step 8: Eye Makeup
Your eye makeup is at the forefront of your bridal makeup. If you want to get the new age bridal makeup look, we would recommend playing with neutral tones and a pop of colour. Avoid using the same colour eyeshadow across your eyelid as your lehenga. It will throw off the balance of your makeup look. Instead, stick with the classic smokey eyes or a shimmery halo look. If you want to incorporate some colour, you can use a colourful shimmer or add a fun coloured eyeliner! This will elevate the look while still looking chic.
After doing your eyeshadow, don’t forget to add some mascara to your lashes. A great tip is to ensure that you use waterproof mascara. There may be some tears at the end of the wedding and waterproof mascara is what will save you from racoon eyes. To seal in the eye look, make sure you add some kajal. Applying kajal to your waterline and tight-lining with it adds a subtle hint of glam to your look while also shaping your eyes.
Step 9: Lip makeup
The final step to complete your wedding makeup has to be to add some colour to your lips. While choosing your lipstick colour, make sure you keep your eyeshadow colour in mind. If you are doing a bold eye look, we suggest you choose a nude or muted lipstick. If you want to experiment with a bold lip, you can choose to keep your eye makeup neutral. This helps us strike a balance and create a harmonious look. If you’re confused about your lip shade, you can use the Maybelline Virtual Try On tool. With this tool, you can try different lip shades in real-time from the comfort of your home.
Start by lining your lips with a lip liner, this will help you define the shape of your lips. Next is to apply a coat of liquid lipstick. Using liquid lipstick will make your lip makeup last longer. If you have a creamy lipstick in the same colour family, you can add a coat of that as well. This will make your lip makeup last through the function!