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Bridal Beauty Looks, Part II: The Natural Bride

The natural bride is down to earth and far more relaxed than the princess bride. Think Cindy Crawford, Jemma Kidd and Tori Spelling (the second time around). A natural bride might prefer a country, mountain or beach wedding. Her goal is to keep it simple and wear only enough makeup to give her a glow and let her inner beauty shine through.

She's most likely more interested in her adventurous honeymoon than learning how to apply false eyelashes. If being a natural bride seems more your pace, then you'll want to focus on having clean, clear and scrubbed skin so that you have more of a radiant glow!

For a complete list of products that are perfect for a natural bride,

  • Face: Skip a primer. Having too many layers on your face is bound to make you uncomfortable. Instead, begin your makeup routine with a light concealer such as Ideal Light Brush-on Illuminator from Estee Lauder, $25. It's easy to use and also acts as a brightener. Next, apply an airy foundation or tinted moisturizer that will even out your skin tone, but won't make you feel overdone. Try Estee Lauder's Equalizer Foundation SPF 10, $33. This foundation will react to the different temperatures around you as well as control oil and shine. (Trust me, your temperature is going to be very active on this big day)!

    Lastly, set your skin with Estee Lauder's Aeromatte Ultralucent Pressed Powder, $26. This is super sheer but will help control any oil on your face and really helps hide imperfections without feeling or looking heavy.

  • Cheeks: Try using a cream blush or a gel-based cheek tint for a really natural looking flush. Personally, I always like something with a tiny bit of shimmer too. Try Nars The Multiple in Maldives, Riviera or Antibes, $37. These pinky colors can also be worn on the eyes and lips and they blend extraordinarily well.
  • Brows: Don't forget to fill in your brows. I know, it's one extra step you could really care less about, but it's going to make all of the difference in the world in photographs. A kit like DuWop's BrowWow Kit, $34, comes with a few colors and a brush so everything is kept together in a small compact.
  • Eyes: You don't have to go crazy here, especially since this is probably the smallest and most technical area to work with. Apply just three shadows here: one for all over, one for the lid and one for a tiny bit of definition in your crease. You can also use the crease shadow as a liner. You'll love this natural shadow trio from Physician's Formula Baked Collection in Baked Sands, $8. It's something that can be used wet and dry! I think one coat of mascara will do, just make sure it's waterproof. Try Lancome's Definicils Waterproof Mascara in Black, $23.
  • Lips: For a simple lip, use a gloss with some oomph to it. Try Aveda's Lip Shine in Juneberry, $14, or Paula Dorf Lip Slides in Smitten, $19.
  • See, that wasn't so bad. Congrats on your big day!


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JKe895 JKe895 10 years
These are good tips, thanks!
chancleta chancleta 10 years
This one is sooo me
nati nati 10 years
ohh i love this style!
sashak sashak 10 years
If I ever get married I will sooo be a "natural bride"
kungfubunni kungfubunni 10 years
i went for my beauty test drive a couple of weekends ago, and thank God I did! I'm getting married in Wilmington, DE and went to Michael Christopher's Salon, which is supposed to be the best. The hair was good, but the make up was horrible! I said "I never wear makeup so I want something light and natural." I was literally wiping the eyeshadow off as she applied it. My sister's husband said she looked like she had 2 black eyes! so we canceled the make-up application! I have been looking for Bobbi Brown's "here comes the bride" makeup palette, but it's sold out on line and all over town.
DCStar DCStar 10 years
I think I'd call myself the "natural bride." I was married outside in a garden, and for makeup I wore a very sheer and light foundation by Chanel, dabbed on with a foundation brush for even coverage. Then I used Vincent Longo lipstick in Genesai and Lipgloss in Fioresh. I applied a bit of rose blush to my cheeks, and had my eyes lined and lightly shadowed using hues of purple instead of black, for softly glowing looks. It was just beautiful!
alipurrpinckney alipurrpinckney 10 years
I love Marc by Marc Jacobs! Such a cute bag :)
XDeexDeeX XDeexDeeX 10 years
Awesome tips! Thanks Fab
misspoli misspoli 10 years
I love this look! ************************************************************* "To be or not to be: That is the question!" William Shakespeare
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