The Barely Made-Up Bride

Hi lovelies! This morning I’m handing over to beauty expert Ana.  Here she is with some natural make-up ideas and very pretty pictures!


In my time I have lost count of the brides or makeover clients who say “I never wear much in the way of make-up!” or “I want a natural looking make-up done as I don’t like to feel like my skin can’t breathe or that I don’t feel like me”

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I get on occasion brides in my chair, who are clearly nervous due to bad experiences – with a department store makeover she had done say 8 years previous…sound familiar? I am not criticising department store make-up artists, as we are hired for our skills!!! Yes, I am one such artist as I work in a well regarded London department store myself a few days a month as an Event Artist, and see some great artistry done daily. If however, you are not into too much make-up it doesn’t make sense to visit say a counter where the MUA is sporting full on party makeup without expecting the works on you too!  Choosing the right make-up artist is as key as your photographer, cake maker or dress designer – hence the importance of a bridal trial.

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I consult with my brides in depth, which is key with any client but most important with those nervous of the application. We discuss her style, what her likes and dislikes are and go through pictures on mood boards that she would like to give a try. I then give my bride a mirror to hold and tell her she is now in control and take her through each step of the application making sure she is happy. This partnership works in enabling us to achieve the desired look for the her big day by defining, shaping, contouring in a discreet way to enhance what is there naturally.

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To illustrate my point, I’m going to share the story of one of my recent brides.  Alice was a very chilled out bride with her own sense of style.  Not conforming to tradition, she wore a stunning gold sequinned and cream gown designed with pockets, the style of dress reflected her personality perfectly. This was a bride who wanted to shine on her big day but be comfortable too!!! A gorgeous bride, but not at all princess in style, she wanting her hair and make-up to look casually done to reflect her personality and very cool London wedding. I thought it important then to get her skin looking beautiful with the lightest of airbrush applications enough that it evened out her skin tone. It was easy to give Alice definition by filling in brows and enhancing her gorgeous blue eyes with mascara and false lashes and playing down the eyeshadows by using soft creams and golds with a hint of a contour just above the crease of the eye to add depth . I then used a soft golden bronzer to add warmth and definition with no hard contour lines and kept the lips and cheeks to a soft coral in keeping with the gorgeous colours in her bouquet.

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A barely there make-up look was achieved, which gave Alice a polished yet natural look for her wedding.  It also means that when she looked back at her wedding photography she was happy with what she saw, herself!

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Here is what Alice had to say about her wedding day make-up ~

THANK YOU: I was SO happy with it on the day – and think it looks pretty great in the photos too :) I was amazed at how you managed to make me look literally the best I ever have but also kept me looking like me! Especially that you managed to get me flawless coverage but still managed to show my freckles! I’ve never felt more beautiful – and didnt need to touch the make up at all which was a brilliant thing not to have to worry about on an incredible – but busy busy – day! Lots of Love, Alice

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I am super lucky to Love what I do but also that I have such wonderful brides each one of which are unique. I hope this goes some way to putting some fears at bay regarding bridal make-up see you back here soon make-up lovers! Ana x


Makeup: Ana Ospina // Photography: Kris Piotrowski // Wedding Dress: Charlotte Wilden




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After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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