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We are coming into bridal season, so I figured I would share the makeup I wore as a bridesmaid to my cousin’s wedding last year for a little inspiration to any of you who may be part of a bridal party. This look is very similar to what I used on the bride, so if your big day is coming up, this works well for you too. I’ll also be throwing in a few helpful tips, so let’s get started!
If you’d like to see a short video tutorial on this look, check out THIS video on my Instagram!
First things first, I personally think bridesmaid’s makeup should be somewhat understated and natural, since the focus should be on the bride. But to each their own.
–Too Faced HangoverRx Primer*. -The kind of primer you use is dependent on your skin type, but priming is very important when it comes to all day wear.
–Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless* (110) as foundation. -You want to find something with little or no SPF, since it can cause a white cast in flash photography, as well as using a foundation you know is long wearing. Applied with a damp beauty sponge for a more natural finish.
-Too Faced Born This Way Concealer* (Very Fair).
–Elf Cosmetics High Definition Under Eye Setting Powder*. -Be careful using powders that contain silica where flash photography will be used, as it can have a flash back. I used this with a very light hand so it wasn’t an issue, but keep that in mind.
–Hard Candy Glamoflauge Concealer* (Ultra light) to spot conceal any blemishes.
–Wet ‘n Wild Contour Stick* for a light cream contour.
–Elf Cosmetics Prime & Stay Finishing Powder*. -This is a very lightweight powder that works well for my dry skin, if you have oily skin I strongly suggest choosing a more mattifying powder to keep those oils at bay.
–Elf Cosmetics Bronzer Palette* -Go light on the bronzer, as it can appear more dramatic in photos and certain lighting than it really is.
–Elf Cosmetics Contour Palette*. -To set the cream contour.
–Elf Cosmetics Illuminating Palette*. -I chose this highlight because it’s very soft and natural, but still has a beautiful reflect.
–Hard Candy Sheer Envy Primer Mist*. -This is a great setting spray that really helps settle any powders on the face to make sure you don’t look cakey.
–Wet ‘n Wild Photofocus Setting Spray. -Not completely necessary, but this one really helps make your makeup last all day.
That’s that for the face. I don’t wear blush, but if you do, I would pair something soft and rosy with this look, such as the Milani Rose Powder Blush in “Romantic Rose” or something of the like.
For the eyes, I went a bit more dramatic since the face was so light. I stuck to neutrals but went for winged liner and lashes.
-Primed with Urban Decay Primer Potion*. -Eye primer is absolutely essential for an event like this. It keeps the shadows in place without creasing or fading all day.
–Elf Cosmetics ‘Ain’t That Sweet” Smudge Pot* (cream shadow) on inner third of the eyelid.
–Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette* (‘Salted Caramel’ as a transition shade, Milk Chocolate in the crease, Semi-Sweet on the outer corner of the eye. ‘Champagne Truffle’ packed on the lid [on top of cream shadow] and inner corner, ‘White Chocolate on the browbone.)
-Winged liner using Illamasqua Precision Ink Liner* in ‘Abyss’. -Try to use a waterproof liner if you’ll be crying or you have watery eyes.
–Jordana Continuous Almond Shadow Stick in waterline. -Nude really opens the eyes and makes you look very awake, even when your eyes start to get tired at the end of the night.
–Ardell Demi Wispies*. If you caught my Top 5 Favorite Ardell Lashes post you’d know these are my favorite lashes ever. They’re dramatic enough to be seen, yet remain natural and fluttery. I got many compliments on my eye makeup throughout the day, mostly due to these guys!
*If you’re someone who can’t stand full strip lashes all day, go for either individual lashes or use only the outer half of the lashes on the outer half of the eye. I used this half-lash method on the bride who had never worn falsies before this and she loved the look and didn’t have to sacrifice any comfort.
Another tip for false lashes, make sure to keep your lash glue and a pair of tweezers somewhere where you can touch up if need be. The inner corner of my lash started to lift right before the ceremony, so I put a bit of my Duo Lash Adhesive on the back of my hand and dipped the butt end of my tweezers into it, allowed it to get tacky and placed the glue directly on my lash line before reattaching the lash. Excellent tip given to me by a friend who specializes in makeup like this.
(Myself and the beautiful bride!) [Photo by Trisha K. Photography, cropped to show makeup a little better]
(And one of the bride, since this makeup is nearly identical to what I did for her. The only big differences are omitting the winged liner and using half lashes) [Trisha K. Photography]
So that is what I wore as a bridesmaid! I hope this post helps inspire you on what to wear as a bridesmaid, or a bride!
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