Choosing Wedding Makeup for a Natural Look

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Most brides want to look natural on their wedding day with subtle makeup to complement their features. Natural wedding makeup can add sparkle to your eyes, definition to your lips and ensure your skin looks flawless.

Natural makeup is also the classic bridal look. To make sure your makeup stays fresh all day prepare your skin on your wedding morning by cleansing, exfoliating and moisturising -- this will also provide a good base for your foundation.

Face

Use a light to medium coverage foundation which will conceal any imperfections but give a natural, radiant finish. Liquid foundations tend to give the most photogenic finish but whether you use a liquid, cream, mousse or powder foundation will depend on your skin type. Read our guide to choosing a foundation.

Eyes

Eyeshadow - Use subtle eyeshadow colours such as beige and brown, beige and bronze, platinum and grey or cream and gold. See our how to apply eyeshadow article for advice.

Eyeliner - Use a brown or grey eyeliner for a softer look. For extra definition apply the eyeliner on your upper and lower lash lines.

Mascara - Choose a natural lengthening mascara and apply a couple of coats to both the lower and upper lashes. Brown mascara will look softer than black mascara.

Lips

Choose a colour one or two shades darker than your natural lip colour for the most natural look. As a general rule, this could be soft pink, beige or apricot for fair skins; rose, mauve or berry for medium or olive skins; and rich brown or dark plum for black skins. Use a matching lipliner to outline and define the shape of your lips. If you fill in your lips with the liner it will help your lipstick's staying power.

To add an extra dimension to your lipstick and plump your lips use a clear or glittery lip gloss over your lipstick.

Cheeks

Choose a blusher which complements your natural cheek colour. This can be apricot, pink, mauve or plum depending on your natural skin tone. For a neat and sophisticated look use a blusher which matches your lipstick.

Using subtle makeup will make you look naturally beautiful on your wedding day.