Ask Metro Look: Bridal Makeup Edition

This question is from Arlene L. from Tampa, FL:

“I’m getting married this summer and I want makeup that will look good on camera while still looking like myself. I never really wear makeup, but my photographer told me that I’ll look better in photos if I wear some. How can I get a natural look without going overboard?”

AM_L7462We do a lot of weddings, and this is a dilemma for quite a few brides. A lot of girls think that wearing any makeup at all will automatically make them look a “RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestant; and that couldn’t be more false! What you might not realize, is that makeup is not as scary as you may think it is. When placed in the wrong hands it can be a weapon of mass destruction, but when used tastefully, it’s amazing. Makeup does not have to be heavy in order to look beautiful, you can look absolutely stunning in your wedding photos while wearing a nominal amount. I’m a firm believer in keeping it simple, so start with the basics: skin, eyes, cheeks, and lips.

Skin –

  • Start off with a clean moisturized face (make sure that you have given your moisturizer at least 15 minutes to absorb).
  • Choose a light to medium coverage foundation color that is as close to your true complexion as possible. Foundation is not supposed to lighten or darken your face, it’s simply supposed to cover imperfections, and even out your skin tone.

Tip: Go to your local cosmetics counter and try out some foundation shades for free, some lines even give away samples. This is a great way to find your perfect match without wasting money.

  • Use a salmon concealer under your eyes to brighten the area (trust me girl, it makes a difference).
  • Set your makeup with a silky translucent powder on your forehead, under your eyes, nose and chin. Setting only the center of your face allows your skin to glow naturally, while controlling the areas you’re most likely to get oily throughout the day.
  • Dust the outer perimeter of your face, hollows of your cheeks, and your neck lightly with a matte bronzer to warm up your complexion.
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Eyes –

  • Prime your eyes with either an eye primer or concealer and then set with powder. This ensures that whatever color you use on your eyes will translate well.
  • To achieve an effortless looking eyeshadow, you can’t go wrong with a neutral palette. You can find an inexpensive one from the drug store (it still does the trick) like Maybelline The Nudes, or if you have the extra coins laying around, you can splurge a higher end one like the Naked palette. Both work just fine to create beautiful, yet subtle eye looks.
  • Define your eyes with a liner on the top lid (if you find black too harsh, try a brown or grey shade). Bottom liner is optional, personally I like to use eyeshadow and blend it out for a less sever look, but if bottom liner is your thing go for it – just use it sparingly.
  • Curl your lashes, and then apply 2 coats of waterproof mascara (you might cry and raccoon eyes won’t be cute). If you want to define your lower lashes, feel free to apply mascara there as well, but BE CAREFUL!

Cheeks –

  • Choose a blush color that flatters your skin tone, and blend it with a fluffy brush after you apply to ensure that it’s sheer.
  • A hightlighter is optional if your skin is not oily, but should be applied very lightly on the cheeks and bridge of the nose.

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  • Sheer lipstick, nude lipstick, or even a lip gloss are all great options for beautiful lips that aren’t too bold. Creme Coral by Laura Mercier is usually a crowd pleaser with my minimalist brides.



This is the recipe for a fresh and flawless face. Best of luck to you on the big day Arlene!

10 thoughts on “Ask Metro Look: Bridal Makeup Edition

  1. Brittany

    I hate when people don’t match their foundation to their skin tone! And amen to the salmon concealer. I used to use a concealer that was my skin tone but lighter. Ew. It didn’t hide my circles at all.

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  2. Ann

    I’m the same as Arlene, I hardly ever wear makeup, and with the big day coming up, I do want it to look a little nicer than what I normally do when I DO put some on. And I DO like the colors you’ve mentioned…..I’m more a natural makeup type, whereas my older sis is very…..bold. And wants me the same, but it just isn’t me.

    1. metrolook Post author

      You need to look and feel like yourself, this is why neutral tones are amazing. You can make the look as soft as bold as you like

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