Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Natural Beauty Wedding Look

Wedding season is upon us!  Last night I posted this video to my facebook with the question “What do you think—is this enough makeup for a wedding?!”

This video was brought to us by MichellePhan on YouTube.  If you aren’t familiar with Michelle she is a HUGE beauty guru on YouTube and also the creator of Glam Bags (love these)!

After posting this video last night I started thinking that this would be an awesome blog post topic!  My first thoughts after seeing this video were, “No way.  The poor girl who uses this as a guide for her wedding makeup is going to be so disappointed when she gets her pictures back.”  But is this true?  There’s only one way to find out…

I’ve decided I’m going to copy Michelle’s natural look from the video, then I’ll create my own version.  One that I would use on a client who said they wanted the most natural of natural wedding looks, then I’ll let y’all decide!

Here is my recreation of Michelle’s looking using products she mentioned in the video, which were:

-light foundation or BB cream
-concealer with good coverage
-translucent powder
-brow powder
-dark brown shadow along lash line
-highlight the inner corner of eyes, center of lids, and brow bone with a light shimmery eyeshadow
-dark brown eyeliner pencil
-curl lashes & add mascara
-rose colored blush
-highlight cheeks
-line and fill in lips with a natural lip pencil

Now, here’s my version of a “Natural Beauty” wedding look and the products I used:

-face primer
-a medium to full coverage foundation
-powder foundation to set
-brow pencil and powder to fill in brows
-eye primer
-an eyeshadow that matched my skin tone all over the lid
-matte bronzer to lightly contour my eyes
-a shimmery light shadow to highlight the inner corner, brow bone, and inner corner of my eyes
-dark brown shadow to line the lash line (upper and lower)
-black eyeshadow to enhance and thicken the lash line
-black eyeliner to tight line the upper lash line
-skin toned eyeliner on the lower lash line
-curled lashes and mascara
-a few individual lashes on the outside corner of the eyes
-matte bronzer to lightly contour the face
-coral blush
-highlighter on the cheeks, nose, temples, and chin
-nude lip pencil to line and fill in the lips
-clear chapstick

Here’s a side by side of the two different looks.  Which would you prefer?!

My thoughts on a “natural” wedding makeup look:
When the word “natural” is used in the makeup world, it doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of makeup involved.  It’s just the type of products, colors, and finishes selected for these looks are used to enhance and mimic healthy, glowing skin.

Now, when you are talking about “natural wedding makeup” it’s a little bit different once again.  Because remember—Your wedding day will be the most photographed day of your life! And what does flash photography do?  It brings any redness in your skin to the forefront.  To counteract this you’ll need to spend extra time on your foundation routine, covering any blemishes, dark circles, and even canceling out any redness in your eyelids and waterline.

While I think that Michelle’s “Natural Beauty Wedding Look” is a really pretty and definitely natural looking, I think it is more appropriate for an everyday makeup routine then for an actual bridal look.

One other thing I’d like to mention for anyone planning to do their own makeup for their big day; have you ever seen pictures of yourself or friends where their face is completely a different color than the rest of their body?  But in person it matched?  The main reason for this is the use of face products with sunscreen in them.  This goes for moisturizers, foundations, concealers etc.   The SPF in a product can cause that white-ghostly flashback when used with flash photography.  So double check that any products you plan on using do not give you this appearance in pictures before the big day!  Also, BB creams are popular because they’re multiple products in one, including your sunscreen.  So using a BB cream as your foundation for your big day may not be the best choice.

The last thing I’d like to say for wedding makeup is to use your primers! You want your look to last all day, and they can make the biggest difference in this!

Don’t forget to comment and tell me your thoughts below!

For the love of beauty and weddings,
…Casey B

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