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Gown? Check. Shoes? Check. Venue? Check. Flower arrangements? Check. If you’re getting married this summer, you might have gone up and down your wedding day to-do list more times than you can count to ensure that you have everything you need for your big day. But in that list full of table placements and song choices, did you remember to decide on your makeup look? Although you might be in love with your simple, everyday makeup routine, your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime experience where a little extra thought can go a long way. After all, just think about all the pictures you’re about to be in! So, before you reach for your go-to hues, take a peek at our seven makeup ideas perfect for walking down the aisle in and saying “I do.”
Ready to show off your blending skills? A dramatic cut crease can add just the je ne sais quoi you’re looking for to complete your bridal look. Heavier than traditional bridal makeup, a smoky cut crease will show off a beautiful ombré effect of shades on your lids for the ultimate finishing touch. The best part? You can do it with any colors you choose! The trick to making it smoky is to choose a color palette that has a darker shade that you’ll be able to really add depth with.
Instead of trying to figure out which colors will look best together, why not take a hint from one of the year’s favorite fashion trends and go for a monochromatic look? Whether you choose to go all pink, all plum, or all peach—the trick to nailing the single-color look is to apply it to your lids, your lips, and your cheeks to tie it all together.
Your wedding day is the perfect time to pop bottles—and to emulate that same glowing look on your face. With a shimmery champagne, such as the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Eyeshadow in Little Beige Dress, and pale pink shadow, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Eyeshadow in Mademoiselle Pink, you’ll be able to rock a gorgeous look that everyone will be clinking to.
Embrace the season’s gorgeous under-eye makeup trend by coating your lower lash line in a shimmering light shade, such as the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Eyeshadow in Paris Beach. The light color will help open your eyes for a brighter look, while the shimmering effect will perfectly complement the sparkle in your eye.
Not about to wear red down the aisle but looking for a bit more than pink? Think about adding a little bit of berry to your bridal makeup look. By lightly blending a berry shadow—like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Glistening Garnet—into your crease, you’ll be able to achieve just enough definition without going overboard. Pair it with berry-tinted blush and a slightly darker berry lip—try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints/Lip in Sultry Sangria—and you’ll be one step closer to saying “I do”.
Let’s be real: There’s about zero chance that you’re going to be able to get a good night’s sleep before your big day—really, the excitement will be at an all-time high! But just because you didn’t get a great rest doesn’t mean you have to let everyone know it! With a swipe of white eye shadow, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Eyeshadow in Petite Perle, blended into your lid, inner corner, and under eye, you’ll be able to create a bright-eyed and bushy tailed look. Pair it with a pale pink blush and lip for a beautifully natural-looking statement.
You can never go wrong with neutrals. All you need is a multi-colored neutral palette, like the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude, to get the look. Simply start with an allover dusting of a shade closest to your skin tone, followed by a darker shade blended into your crease with a medium shade on your lid. Next, add a touch of pale shadow just under the tail of your eyebrow and at the inner corners of your eyes for a lifting effect. Once you’ve added all the colors, make sure to blend to perfection to get rid of any noticeable lines. Finish your natural look with a coat of mascara and a not-so-natural rosy lip for a little bit of pop to your understated, yet completely stunning look.
Now that you have a better idea of the overall color palette you want to use on your wedding day, it’s time to think about your complexion as a whole. Below, we share seven steps for your bridal face makeup routine.
Step 1: Apply primer to start. Before applying any makeup to your face, it’s a good idea to start with a primer. This product can help create an even base for makeup application as well as ensure your look stays in place as you dance the night away with your new hubby. Smooth the L’Oréal Paris Studio Secrets™ Professional Magic Perfecting Base dot by bot in a gentle circular motion all over your face. Or, apply it to targeted areas (think: under your eyes to smooth over fine lines, on your nose and cheeks to minimize the appearance of pores and blemishes, and on your T-zone for a matte result).
Step 2: Dab on color correcting concealer. It’s your wedding day, which means there’s no room for skin issues to get in the way of your big day. Luckily for you, you can help neutralize the look of redness, under-eye darkness, dullness, and discoloration with color correcting concealers. The L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit comes with four concealer hues (peach to disguise dark circles, green to neutralize redness, purple to hide dullness, and yellow to mask discoloration). Use your shade(s) of choice sparingly.
Step 3: Use a luminous-finish foundation. When it comes to using foundation on your wedding day, you want it to look seamlessly applied without being overdone. That’s why it’s a good idea to opt for a buildable foundation, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Cushion Foundation, so that you can work your way up to your ideal coverage. Press the applicator into the cushion and tap it onto your complexion, building as needed.
Step 4: Bake your makeup. No, no we’re not talking about getting in the kitchen. Rather, makeup baking is all about setting your concealer to help create a brightening effect on your face. Just think of your favorite celebrities’ red carpet looks and you’ll get the idea. To do this technique, just apply a liquid concealer, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Concealer, in a shade lighter than your skin tone under your eyes in an upside-down triangle, along the ridge of your nose, a dab on your chin, and a smidge on your forehead. Be sure to blend the concealer in using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Concealer Blender. Then, gently pack loose powder over top of your liquid concealer. Once you’ve finished doing that, allow your makeup to “bake” for 10 minutes. While you’re hanging out, this is a great perfect opportunity to fill in your brows or do any other last minute wedding prep before it’s time to dust off the powder.
Step 5: Contour for chisled-looking features. To help give your face a bit more definition, use cream contour. Pick a concealer that’s two shades darker than your skin tone from the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Concealing and Contour Kit and apply it to your cheekbones. Be sure to blend it all out for a seamless finish with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Contour Blender.
Step 6: Highlight, highlight, highlight. Next up, a gorgeous-looking glow! All you have to do to achieve a semblance of radiance—apart from being as thrilled as you currently are—is to pat on some liquid highlighter, like the L’Oréal Paris True Match™ Lumi Liquid Glow Illuminator, along your cheekbones and on the tip of your nose. It’s available in three shades: golden to enhance peachy or yellow tones in warm skin tones; rose to enhance peachy, pink, or blue tones in neutral skin tones; and ice to enhance pink or blue tones in cool skin tones.
Step 7: Seal Your look with setting spray. Now that you’ve completed applying your face makeup, you definitely want to help make sure that it lasts through the reception, right? That’s where setting spray comes in! This should be the last step in your bridal makeup routine. Just give your face a spritz of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray to seal your look. Hold the bottle 8-10 inches away from your head and spray four to six times in an X and T motion.