Bridal makeup tutorial

Understated Elegance: The Makeup

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Morning loves! We’re coming to the end of our Understated Elegance Style Guide (sad face) but today we’ve got two posts dedicated to recreating this beautiful bridal look yourself!  This morning our gorgeous MUA Ana is here with the low-down for re-creating this understated wedding make up, and this afternoon hairstylist Jo Adams joins us to talk about creating THAT perfect bridal wave.

When deciding on make up looks I take my lead the style of the wedding, not just the colour palette, as my starting point when it comes to finalising my ideas on make up designs. Once I had seen the understated wedding dress (a gorgeous strapless number) and the mantilla style veil that was going to be used on our model, Klara, for this look the hair just had to be kept loose and in unstructured waves and the make up could be nothing other then simple, clean and fresh looking. Think girl next door gets married in a quaint little village in France, Spain or Italy… I know gorgeous right?!

If the weather is warm, a primer is key to holding everything in place for the duration of the wedding day. A primer is applied after your skincare and prior to your make up application, to create a thin film on the skin that prevents your make up from sitting into pores and fine lines, making everything look more flawless. This will mean minimum amount of touch ups throughout the day, leaving you picture perfect for longer. My go to primers are ones from Laura Mercier as they carry several, for different skin types from Oil Free for oily/combination skins to Radiance Primers for normal/drier and more mature skins.

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Next I recommend a dewy finish foundation for this look, here I’ve used a Sheer Glow foundation by Nars as I like the coverage and durability of this one even though it looks super light when buffed in. Nars also do a Sheer Matte version for those who prefer that, especially if their skin has oilier tendencies. I would then conceal very lightly over the top of your base and under eyes only where needed to give a more natural finish and then set it all lightly with a loose translucent powder using a powder puff. Dust off any excess with a big fluffy powder brush and that is the complexion side of the make up complete.

When doing a natural look there has to be an area of focus to make it a little more than an every day make up. This can be achieved usually by emphasising the brows or lashes or by using a slightly brighter pop of colour as a blush. I decided to work with the models naturally dark brows and make them the focal point leaving the eye make up very soft and emphasising the lashes with a couple of coats of a volume mascara. On the eyes I used a medium grey shimmer cream shadow by Chanel on the lower lid. A Chantecaille gel eyeliner pencil blended out to give a hint of definition and then a Nyx charcoal black pigment powder over the top on the outer corners and blended upwards to give a soft smoky effect. I finished off with a dab of Vanilla pigment by Mac which gives a really pretty sheen when used with a small rounded brush to blend with.

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I then applied a soft pink blush and added a MAC mineralise powder to highlight on the nose, the temples and above the cheekbones to add to the glow factor. I finished the look of with a creamy lipstick from Tom Ford that again gave shine and dimension to the lips making them look fuller without using a full on colour.

Want to get the look? Here’s what I used to beautify our gorgeous model Klara.

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Nyx pigment chrome shadow in black // Chanel cream shadow in no.83 Illusoire // Nars Sheer Glow Foundation // MAC Blot Powder in Medium // MAC Mineralise Skin Finish Powder in Soft and Gentle // Tom Ford Lip Colour Shine in 02 Smitten // Chantecaille Faux Cils Mascara in Black // Chantecaille Gel Eyeliner Oencil in Hematite // MAC Pigment in Vanilla 


Photography: Anneli Marinovich // Styling: Louise Beukes for b.loved // Makeup: Ana Ospina // Hair: Jo Adams // Dress & Veil: Luella’s Boudoir


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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