Simple Bridal/Bridesmaid/Wedding Makeup

I filmed a tutorial for this look which will be up on my youtube tomorrow night. However, I thought for now I could share a few details here on my blog as it's a good reference without having to watch in case you want to bookmark it!

simple bridal makeup

I wanted to do something to help ladies out who are going to be part of weddings this summer or maybe want to do the makeup for their own wedding. It really doesn't have to be complicated and don't be intimidated if you want to save yourself some money!! If you're in a pinch you are more than capable of doing the makeup yourself, there are just some few key tips you need to know: 

  • Full Coverage foundation with *No SPF* This is really important especially for the reception where the camera flash will be going off. Flash reacts badly with SPF, so avoid foundations that contain it for your wedding. 
  • False eyelashes. If you've never worn them, you might feel like a clown, but trust me, in pictures false eyelashes can be the difference of noticing your eyes and a black hole in your face. You can get really nice natural one like Ardell Demi whispies that look great! 
  • Contouring. Again, doesn't have to be complicated, just a light grey/ash powder and put right below your cheekbones. This will really help define your facial structure and help you look your best in photos! 
  • Eye primer(s), invest in this!! If you want your makeup to look perfect right until the night is over you need to use primer before your eye shadow and set it. I personally use 3 primers but that's because I'm anal about the eye shadows literally looking EXACTLY the same as it did when I put it on, 16 hours later. 
  • Setting your makeup. This can be done with a makeup setting spray and/or powder. Ideally you could use both, powder is going to be cheaper but in the hot summer, both would help your makeup stay all day too. :) 
  • Liquid Lipstick. If you are the type of person that really does not want to worry about lipstick for the rest of the day, then buy a liquid lipstick. It's extremely matte and you could get away 8 hours without reapplying. It's a bit more costly but worth it. 

Now I went a little intense with the eyeliner, but this is not necessary. You also have to remember that in photographs, you will lose some of the makeup that you applied. So going heavier is not a bad thing in this case!!! 

Here's what I used on my face: 

  • YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foundation (perfect for normal to dry skin, leaves a glowy finish!)
  • MAC Pro Longwear concealer in NW20 set with a beauty blender 
  • Anastasia Contour Kit in Light (Fawn, Banana)
  • Mac Soft and Gentle for Cheek Highlight. 
  • Nars "Orgasm" Blush (Milani Luminouso is a dupe for this, which is much cheaper!)
  • Anastasia Dipbrow in "Ebony" with Clear Brow Gel. 


  • Smashbox Full Exposure Palette (pictured above)
  • Essence Eyeshadow 3D eyeshadow quad in "irresistible choco cupcake" ($4!!)
  • NYC Liquid Liner 
  • Ardell "Demi Whispie" Lashes
  • "Half Baked" from Naked 1 palette on inner corner 


  • Mac "Dhervish" Lip liner
  • Mac "Whirl" Lipstick (new and it's fabulous!!)

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