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Bridal makeup for outdoor weddings

Bridal makeup for outdoor weddings

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If you're like most brides, your wedding day is the one day where you forsake what's trendy and just want to look like the best version of yourself. Glowing skin, a soft lip color and a defined but not too smoky eye are common requests because they are universally flattering looks. When you're having an outdoor wedding, it's even more important not to look overdone in natural daylight. Read on for a clean, classic makeup look that doesn't skimp on glamour.


The key to looking luminous and not overdone for an outdoor wedding is keeping everything soft and blended. Sunlight and harsh lighting can emphasize makeup goofs and imperfections. For this reason, make sure you apply your makeup in natural lighting so you can see what you're actually going to look like. I sat by a window in my hotel room and opened all the blinds up for as much light as possible.

Before applying makeup, you want to spend a little extra time prepping your skin and making sure it's fully hydrated and smooth. Apply a moisturizer that works for your skin type and follow with an illuminating or hydrating primer. You all know I'm a big fan of Too Faced hangover primer, which is what I used for this look. You can lightly apply with a brush instead of your fingers to make sure your skin soaks it in. Repeat as necessary to get rid of any flaky dry patches - you don't want to start applying makeup until your skin is evenly primed for it.

Next use a foundation geared for your skin type - ideally, you'll have tested it out beforehand to see how it wears and make sure your skin doesn't have a reaction to it. A nice way to sheer out the coverage if you're using liquid foundation is to apply with a beautyblender or sponge. You want the sponge to be very damp; this will thin out the foundation and make it melt into your skin seamlessly. Follow these same steps with concealer, applied in an upside down triangle shape under the eyes to brighten the area.

This look is all about bright, luminous skin - I spent extra time on my skin to make sure it would look dewy and fresh on camera, not powdery or caked.

Set with a light powder in your t-zone only if you're oily. I like Make Up For Ever's ultra HD.

Contouring is great for defining your bone structure and slimming your face in photos. Just make sure you blend well to diffuse any harsh lines. I applied a powder contour on the outside of my face in a "3" shape, as well as down the sides of my nose and under my jawline, blending down my neck. Sweep a peachy pink blush on your cheekbones just above the contour, blending back towards your hairline. Avoid shimmery blushes or bronzers - they look too obvious in stark daylight and also can make you look shiny in photos.

I did use a pop of shimmer for my highlight, however. I used my all-time favorite Alima Pure highlighter in the shade Lumina on my cheekbones, brow bone, cupid's bow and décolletage.

For my eyes, I was inspired by sunset colors but I wanted it to look very subtle and blended. No bright pinks or oranges here. So I used muted pinks, taupes and soft bronze colors to add definition without looking too heavy. I used several loose bareMinerals shades and these two palettes here and here. I tightlined my upper lash line with my Urban Decay pencil and buffed bareMinerals loose eyecolor in "1990s" over top to soften and smudge the line. (Any deep plum or eggplant shade will do.)

The lashes are my favorite part of the look. I am wearing Ardell faux mink in 811. These are gorgeous. One of the most glamorous false lash sets I have ever worn. They held up well for my wedding day and I should get at least one more use out of them. Can't beat the price either. Brush one coat of mascara on your natural lashes before you put on the falsies and follow with another light coat once they're set in place to mesh them together.

Filled in brows are a must to tie the look together and give life to your face. I am loving Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil right now. Apply in short strokes for full, natural looking brows.

For lips, you can't go wrong with a peachy-pink nude. The lipstick I am wearing is a discontinued Lancome shade - similar to a cross between Nars Orgasm and Charlotte Tilbury Kim K.W.

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