Welcome to my new series on bridal updos and getting ready for the big day. From April through June, I will be sharing various updos, tips on make-up, the do’s and don’ts of wedding hair, veil placing, and bridesmaid updos.
Today, I’ll show you how to recreate this natural bridal make-up pictured above.
To begin, start with applying a foundation primer and CC (Color Correcting) cream.
Next, apply the concealer. For this specific concealer you’ll have to put a small amount on the back of your hand. To apply, use your finger or a brush. Sweep the concealer from the bridge of your nose to the other corner of your eye. Then brush downward to ensure full coverage.
Now you are ready for foundation. You could use a wet foundation, but I’ve found that to look heavy and not as natural as a loose powder foundation. To apply the foundation, first swirl brush in sifter. Shake brush to remove excess product – a little goes a long way. Apply powder to face in small circular motions. Start in the center of your face and work your way out toward your hairline. Repeat steps 1-3 until desired level of coverage is achieved.
The next step is highlighting your face. This step may be different for you if you have a different face shape or areas you don’t want to stand out. Dust a highlighting shade onto your forehead, bridge of nose, bow of lip, chin, cheekbones, and the inner corners of your eyes. If you have a prominent chin, don’t highlight. Instead, you’ll want to contour your chin to give the appearance of a less prominent chin. The basic premise to highlighting is, you want to highlight those features that you’d like to stand out.
Now, we are moving on to contouring. My favorite contouring kit is called Book of Beauty by Pixi (Purchased at Target). Begin by taking the darkest shade and using a brush, sweep it underneath your cheekbones. Then, brush some more on your jawline. This is a great tip for people like me who don’t have a perfect oval face shape. Contouring the jawline helps to define and hides a rounder looking jawline. If you have a high forehead, you can use the darker shade by applying it around your hairline. This will give the appearance of a lower forehead. The basic premise of contouring is to hide those features that you don’t want to stand out, and also defining the shape of your face.
For the eyebrows start off with an eyebrow pencil to lightly shape your brows. Then, go in with brow gel from the ELF eyebrow kit. Start lightly from the beginning of your brow into the arch, and then go darker from your arch to the end of your brow. After you are happy with the shape, use the powder from the ELF eyebrow kit to set the gel. Then, go in with a q-tip and take off any access gel or powder.
For the eyes, use the highlighting shade from the book of beauty kit under your brow and eyelid. Then, use the blush color on the crease. And finally, brush the darkest shade into the corner of the crease.
Next is mascara. Apply mascara to the top and bottom of your lashes.
These false lashes are the most natural looking ones I’ve come across. They blend easily with your lashes and give your real lashes a boost. To apply, put some lash adhesive (I suggest clear) to the back of your hand. After it has set on your hand for a minute or two, take a lash and slide it across the glue. Place the strip on your eyelid, positioning it as close as possible to your natural lashes. Bring the strip down from above, not from the front. This is to ensure that you get as close as possible to your lash line. Allow the strip to dry.
Once the lash strips have dried onto your eyelid, blend them with your real lashes with some more mascara.
Finally, apply a nice neutral lip color to your lips.
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