THE NEW NAT­U­RAL

You and Your Wedding - - Contents -

Our guide to barely-there make-up

The ul­ti­mate w-day beauty goal is to look like the best ver­sion of your­self, but that doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily mean pil­ing on the make-up. Bridal beauty in 2018 is about toned­down, fresh-faced styles that al­low your nat­u­ral beauty to shine through. Think min­i­mal­ist make-up that cre­ates an easy ra­di­ance – very much the blush­ing bride. We’ve gath­ered to­gether the crème de la crème of prod­ucts to cre­ate an ef­fort­lessly ethe­real look that never goes out of style.

SWAP BRONZER AND CONTOUR FOR CREAM BLUSH

Cream blush is the most nat­u­ral way to cre­ate a healthy glow rather than a sculpted ef­fect. Our cur­rent favourite is the Bobbi Brown Pretty Pow­er­ful III Pot Rouge, £22. The per­fect for­mula for a ‘no-make-up-make-up’ look.

Choose a colour as close to your nat­u­ral flush as pos­si­ble for the per­fect look. “I love to use blue-based pinks like Pale Pink – it makes skin look brighter and teeth look whiter,” says Amy Con­way, Bobbi Brown make-up artist. “If you use a Pot Rouge, you can ap­ply it on both cheeks and lips – it’s su­per-easy.”

SWAP MATTE LIPS FOR TRANSLUCENCY

Com­pletely nude lips can leave a no make-up look with­out a fo­cal point, so reach for a sub­tle lip stain one or two shades darker than your nat­u­ral lip colour for a flat­ter­ing ad­di­tion.

Ben­e­fit’s Benetint, £25.50, is an iconic prod­uct for a rea­son. It breathes life into your com­plex­ion and lasts through a full day of cham­pag­ne­sip­ping and groom-kiss­ing.

If you can’t pic­ture your­self as a bride with­out lip­stick, then ap­ply your cho­sen shade as nor­mal, then pat a tis­sue gen­tly onto the lips to make the colour a lit­tle more sub­tle and in keep­ing with the rest of your make-up.

SWAP FULL-COV­ER­AGE FOUN­DA­TION FOR TINTED MOIS­TURISER

While full-cov­er­age foun­da­tion is al­ways go­ing to have a place in our makeup bag, a prod­uct like Laura Mercier Tinted Mois­turiser, £34, is all you need to make the most of your nat­u­ral beauty on wed­ding day. It al­lows your com­plex­ion to shine through (so it’s per­fect for freck­les), while evening out the skin and cov­er­ing any red­ness.

If you feel like this isn’t go­ing to be enough, and you have im­per­fec­tions that you need to cover, then use Bobbi Brown’s Skin Foun­da­tion Stick, £34, as a con­cealer. “This prod­uct covers blem­ishes and dark spots, with­out mask­ing the skin,” says Amy.

SWAP HEAVY MAS­CARA FOR CURLED LASHES

For a doe-eyed bridal look, rather than a glam­our-puss style, use a brown mas­cara in­stead of tra­di­tional black.

“Brown mas­cara adds def­i­ni­tion, but is softer and less ob­vi­ous than in­tense black shades,” says Amanda Bell of Pixi. The same rule ap­plies to eye­liner: Mac’s brown Teddy Eye Kohl, £15, will help to make your eyes look brighter than a black coun­ter­part.

And rather than coat­ing your lashes with layers of mas­cara, reach for Charlotte Til­bury’s Life Chang­ing Lashes eye­lash curler, £18, to open up and widen your eyes.

SWAP POW­DER HIGH­LIGHTER FOR STROBE GEL

We still adore bold flashes of high­lighter, but to achieve that no make-up aes­thetic, try a gauzy glow cre­ated with strobe gel.

Lightly pat Zo­eva’s Strobe Gel, £10.50, on to your cheek­bones for a dewy lu­mi­nes­cence that glim­mers beau­ti­fully as it catches the light. The gel melts seam­lessly into the skin, rather than sit­ting on the sur­face, cre­at­ing a soft, light-re­flect­ing iri­des­cence.

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