Radiating natural beauty is the holy grail for most brides on their wedding day. Walking down the aisle is a virtual red carpet moment and you’ll be papped like Angelina all day long. So how do you ensure you look picture perfect on the big day? We’ve asked makeup artist extraordinaire, Beverley Crawford, to give us an overview of how to achieve the ‘natural look’.
Hello, everyone! I’m Beverley and I’ve wanted to be a makeup artist ever since I can remember. When I was little, I used to love putting on red lipstick and blue eyeshadow (as you do) and there could never be too much glitter.
The natural look is about flawless looking skin, glowing cheeks and lustrous lashes. For most of us mere mortals, this requires the correct products, techniques and tools...
Skincare – get the basics right first
Makeup is an enhancer, concealer and corrector not a magic wand! If you have problem skin, tackle it in the months leading up to your wedding. Using the correct skincare products for your skin type can work wonders and benefit how your makeup looks, lasts and feels. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how quickly you will see an improvement.
Natural doesn’t have to be neutral
Colour plays a large part in creating a natural look but it doesn’t have to be restricted to creams and browns. I regularly introduce purple, green and grey hues into my bridal makeup, which are great for complementing a wedding theme.
Find the right tools for the job
Don’t feel you have to shell out on expensive makeup and brushes or stick to one brand; just because it’s expensive doesn’t mean it will suit your skin/colouring or last all day. Do your research. There are hundreds of reviews out there (including mine!). Key pieces will benefit you for months to come and not just on your wedding day.
You do not need a million brushes to do your makeup but I always advise buying at least two soft eye shadow brushes: a powder brush and a blusher brush. I absolutely LOVE Real Techniques brushes. If you have a birthday coming up you could drop a few cheeky hints that you’d like to receive their core set (foundation/blusher) and an eye shadow set as a gift. These are perfect for full-face makeup – I use them myself.
How natural do you want to be?
The ‘natural look’ is pretty much what all brides ask for at the beginning of their bridal makeup trial. Of course, everyone’s opinion of ‘natural’ is completely different. It is my job to suss out on the scale of 1 to Jordan how heavy the client actually wants the final look to be.
If you are doing your own makeup, it may be easier for you to judge. Don’t be scared to apply a little more once you feel you are done though - you may surprise yourself!
Keep in mind that bridal makeup needs to see you right through from the ceremony to the last dance and look good for the photographs. An extremely natural look might leave you feeling underdone when your evening guests arrive.
Thanks Beverley! Stay tuned for Beverley’s next post: a how-to guide for natural look wedding make up – coming soon.
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