The Blushing Bride
On your wedding day all eyes are on you. It’s a day you’ll never want to forget, so look and feel your best by following this makeup cheat sheet created for the blushing bride.
Order of Makeup
1. Primer: moisturizes the skin and creates a smooth, even surface for makeup application
2. Concealer: offsets natural shadows under the eyes
3. Foundation: enhances the skin’s complexion with an even, uniform tone
4. Eye Shadow: emphasizes the eyes
5. Lipstick: creates plumper, fuller lips
6. Blush: accentuates the cheekbones for a healthy glow
7. Setting spray: a final sealant for longer lasting making
*Eye makeup should be applied before concealer and foundation when using darker eye shadows.
Tip: How to cover a pimple
1. Select a stiff brush with a pointy, fine tip and dab on concealer that matches your skin tone.
2. Apply concealer only to the red area, not the raised area.
3. Let the concealer dry.
4. Apply a second coat.
5. Set the concealer with a dusting of translucent powder.
1. Choose a foundation similar to your skin tone. Consider mixing two shades of foundation together for the perfect color.
2. Choose the right formula. Use a matte foundation for oily skin, and a hydrating formula for dry skin.
3. Select a foundation sponge or brush. A brush is suggested as it allows you to reach the nooks, crannies and pores on your face.
4. After the concealer has set, apply foundation to uneven skin tones, starting along the sides of your nose. Avoid full foundation coverage.
5. For more coverage, use a foundation brush and apply to the center of your face, blending outward.
6. Dust fine, loose powder over your face to set foundation.
Eye Makeup Application
1. Apply a natural base color to your lid.
2. With a gel or cake eye liner, apply a thin line along the edge of the eyelid just inside or outside of your lashes. If using a pencil liner, consider setting it with eye shadow applied to your brow bone.
3. Select three colors of eye shadow for the crease, lid and brow bone area. Apply in that order and blend so the colors seamlessly flow together.
4. Use a highlighter to brighten your eyes.
5. Fill in sparse eye brows with a brow brush or a creamy/waxy pencil. Use short strokes to fill in any bare spots with a color slightly lighter than your natural brow color.
6. Curl lashes with an eyelash curler if desired.
7. Apply waterproof mascara to lengthen lashes.
Lip Makeup Application
1. Select lip liner and lipstick colors. Choose a nude color liner with a lighter color lipstick.
2. Apply lip moisturizer.
3. Apply lip liner. For plump lips apply liner just outside of your natural lip line.
4. Apply lipstick. Avoid lipstick on your teeth by popping an index finger in your mouth, then pulling it out. The excess lipstick will come off on your finger, not your teeth.
5. Blot lips.
6. Apply a second coat of lipstick.
7. Add a touch of gloss or lip primer for longer lasting lipstick.
1. Choose a blush that matches the hue of your cheeks when they are flushed after standing in the cold or exercising.
2. Choose the best formula for your face. Cream is suggested for dry skin, liquid and gel are recommended for oily skin, and powder is best for a combination of dry and oily skin.
3. Dip the brush in blush and tap off excess powder, or squeeze a dab of gel on your finger.
4. Look into the mirror and smile until you see the “apples” of your cheeks.
5. Apply blush only to the apples, then blend up and back toward the hairline. If using gel or cream, dab with your middle finger, then blend in with your ring finger and middle finger.
6. Finish the look with a sweep of translucent powder.
Emily Mora is an on-location makeup artist serving the Charlottesville area and beyond; Header Photo Credit: Jamie Smith Photography