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Putting together your wedding look is a big deal. You want to feel nothing but confidence on your wedding day.
And while your dress and accessories may get the most hype, no wedding look is complete without the perfect makeup.
Today we’re going to focus on natural wedding makeup, which puts all the focus on your natural beauty.
Less is more, after all!
Au naturel is a tried-and-true style of makeup that can be done in so many different ways. There’s a barely-there look to match every bride’s preference, depending on which facial features you want to highlight most.
Here, you’ll find nine of the absolute best natural wedding makeup looks. Each of these looks will tie your whole style together, so you’ll be walking down that aisle as the best version of yourself on your big day.
1. Dewy Skin
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A flawless base is the most important piece of the puzzle. Take good care of your skin, and you can pull off any natural look you want.
If you’re naturally dry, use a face mask before your big day to keep your skin hydrated.
Go for something simple and clean. A tinted moisturizer or a BB cream will smooth out your skin and give it that soft, natural glow every bride craves.
If you’re looking for a little extra boost, find a shimmering highlighter. Apply it to the high points of your face — your eyelids, cheekbones, and nose — for a subtle radiance.
You’ll catch the light as you walk down the aisle and sparkle like the star you are!
2. Sun Kissed
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A nice tan makes a girl look and feel good, but sitting out in the sun can damage your skin.
A spray tan is an obvious way to get the golden skin you desire, but be wary if you’ve never gotten one before. The days leading up to your wedding are not the time to take spray tanning for a test drive!
If you want to go that route, make sure you do a few trial runs far in advance so you know exactly what you need to do before your wedding.
To mimic the look of naturally sun-kissed skin using makeup, pick out a bronzer that is only a shade or two darker than your skin tone. You don’t want to go any darker than that.
Brush your bronzer onto the parts of your face the sun usually hits — forehead, cheekbones, nose, jaw, and neck — for a beautifully natural tan. No sun necessary!
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3. Gentle Contour
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It’s possible to add definition to your features without going Kardashian-level on the contouring. All it takes is a delicate touch.
You only want to go a shade darker than your skin tone to make it look really natural. And cream or liquid bronzer blends out a lot easier than powder, melting into your skin so there are no harsh edges.
Focus your contour mainly on the hollows of your cheeks.
If you want a more pronounced pout, add a bit of contour where your lip meets your chin to push it back further. You can brush up your temples and hairline with contour, too.
It’s up to you which areas you want to define, just make sure you blend, blend, blend!
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4. Blushing Bride
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One worry with natural makeup is that you’ll end up looking washed out in your pictures. Adding some color to your face can help with that while maintaining your barely-there look.
A nice blush gives you effortlessly rosy cheeks to compliment your natural skin.
Apply a little bit of cream blush to the apples of your cheeks and blend it out. You’ll be left with a soft pink glow that lasts all day and night long.
For the perfect match, substitute blush for whatever lipstick you plan on wearing. This will make sure your look is totally in sync!
5. The Nude Lip
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Nude lipstick is the ideal way to dress up your lips. It’ll keep them smooth and perfect without stealing the show from the rest of your natural look.
Choose a nice, creamy lipstick to prevent it from turning cakey during your big day.
As for color, go for something that matches your skin tone but is just a little warmer and rosier. Stick to tans, browns, and pinks if you really want something that compliments your skin tone.
You’ll be rocking that just-kissed, softly bitten look even after you say “I Do.”
6. Feathered Brows
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Natural brows with a little flare are easy to do, and sometimes all you need to add some drama to your eyes.
To achieve this look, use a spoolie to brush your brows up. As you reach the ends, go up and out at the same time. If you see any noticeable gaps, use an eyebrow pencil that matches your brow color to lightly fill them in.
You want them nice and full!
Once they’re where you like them, just set them with a gel and you’re ready to go.
7. A Little Sparkle
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Just because you’re going for natural makeup doesn’t mean you can’t be a little extra.
Add a bit of luxe to your look with some sheer metallic eyeshadow. The key is to be very light with it. You don’t want a solid foundation of powder but a gentle dusting for a subtle shine.
For best results, stick to natural shades of copper, bronze, and gold.
8. All One Color
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Pink is the perfect color to create a monochromatic makeup look while still keeping the natural vibe you’re aiming for.
It’s a color that comes naturally to skin.
Use the same shade of pink on the high points of your face. Apply it to your lips, cheeks, and eyelids to create a cohesive look from top to bottom.
Fair skin benefits from light pinks, while darker skin tones can reach for something deeper with a little more punch.
9. Subtle Smoke
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The smoky eye is a beautiful addition to any wedding day makeup look. However, the traditional take is a little dark to qualify as natural, unless you’re a raccoon.
If you want some shadow above your eyelashes, try recreating a smoky eye with something more subdued.
Use soft, brown eye makeup that doesn’t stand out against your skin as much. Blend it across your lid for that smoky effect, and add a bit of brown eyeliner to finish it off.
Now you have some definition to your eyes without as much drama as black would bring.
Even if you go all out on your dress and decor, that doesn’t mean you have to be extra with your makeup. Stick to the basics and let your beautiful face speak for itself by putting the spotlight on what’s already there.
Whether you hire a professional makeup artist or have one of your bridesmaids do your bridal makeup for you, these natural makeup looks will highlight what makes you a beautiful bride!