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Bridal Makeup for Outdoor Weddings

Bridal Makeup for Outdoor Weddings

Soft, glowing bridal makeup for beach weddings

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 flatter everyone. 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 at an outdoor wedding is to keep everything soft and blended. Sunlight and harsh lighting can emphasize makeup goofs and any imperfections. Make sure you apply your makeup in natural light so you can see what you're actually going to look like. For this look, I sat by a window in my hotel room and opened all the blinds to get 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 really let it soak into your skin. Repeat as necessary to get rid of any dry spots or patches - you don't want to start applying makeup until your skin is perfectly primed.

Next, apply a foundation made 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 any reactions to it. A nice way to sheer out the coverage if you're using liquid or stick 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. Be sure to concentrate the product at the inner corners and blend out - do not put it all over your under-eye area, as you will have nowhere to blend!

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 cakey.

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, softly 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 can make your skin look shiny in photos.

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

For my eyes, I was inspired by sunset colors, but I wanted the look to still be very subtle and blended. No bright pinks or oranges here. So, I used muted pink, taupe and soft bronze shades 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 the shade "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. Brush one coat of mascara on your natural lashes before you apply 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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