Compiled by Brett Lane
A woman’s wedding day is truly one of the most important days of her life. “She should feel gorgeous, confident and comfortable – the best version of herself,” says Paul Starr, director of the Estée Lauder National Makeup Artist Team.


To achieve one’s best bridal look, Starr offers the following tips:

Proper skin care is essential for gorgeous glowing skin and should start months before the big day.

• Work with a professional makeup artist to determine the look and colors that are desirable.

• Carry staple items like translucent powder, blotting papers and lipstick or gloss for last minute touch-ups.

• Keep in mind that less is more and don’t over do it.


Here are three different bridal looks presented by Estée Lauder for the big day.

THE NATURAL BRIDE
A beautiful, classic look with warm, bright makeup to enhance natural beauty.

FACE: Concealer that matches one's skin tone should always be applied under the eyes, on the tip and bridge of the nose and under the bottom corners of the eyes. For this warm bridal look, mix an illuminating moisturizer with foundation. Be sure to include on the apples of the cheeks and right above the lips. Set all with a translucent pressed powder for a lasting look.

CHEEKS: Apply a pink/rose colored blush on the apples of the cheeks and a lighter rose blush as a highlighter to achieve that perfectly rosy glow.

EYES: Universally flattering colors with a little bit of shimmer create a sophisticated and bright eye. Start with eye shadow in a light bright white as a highlighter on the brow bone and the inner corner of the eye. Line upper and lower lash line with an eyeliner in plum and smoke the lower lash line with eye shadow in pearl or gold. Finish with a layer of lash-building mascara in blue on the top lash, follow with a coat of black and line the lower lash in brown.

LIPS: For a look that will give the ideal hint of rosy color and shine, line lips with a rose lip pencil. Then, top with lipstick in rose or apple red and top with a clear gloss.

THE FANTASY BRIDE
A bridal look full of drama, with strong eyes and a sexy mouth.

FACE: Use a concealer for all concealment needs. Mix an illuminating moisturizer with foundation for beautiful glowing skin, adding extra to the apples of the cheeks and right above the lips. Set with pressed powder in translucent for even, photo-ready skin.

CHEEKS: Contour the cheeks with highlights and lowlights for a sexy and beautiful look. Start with a blush in brandy or wine as a lowlight on the cheekbone. Next, apply a plum blush as a highlighter. The look is feminine and strong.

EYES: Add drama with subtly smoky eyes. Start with eyeliner in indigo along the top lash lines to frame the eyes. Next, apply eye shadow in a bronzy, shimmering shade of copper, from crease to lashline. Then, an eye shadow in tea can be worn as a highlighter on the brow bone. Apply a granite color to the outer corners of the eye; blend into a smoky eye outwards. Finish with a lash building mascara in blue on the top lash, follow with a coat of black and line the lower lash in brown.

LIPS: With a gorgeous, dramatic eye, a warm neutral, but still glossy lip will pull it all together. Line lips with a lip pencil in plum. Then, apply lipstick in wine, topped with lip gloss in peach or quartz.

THE PRINCESS BRIDE
Rich pinks and warm wines bestow the perfect glow for a princess.

FACE: Combine illuminating moisturizer with foundation, and set with a translucent pressed powder for a look that will last.

CHEEKS: Apply cheek color in russet and set with blush in plum as a highlighter.

EYES: Eyes are lush with rich velvety colors. Start with an eye shadow in espresso in the crease of the lid. Next, line the upper lid with a thin swipe of eyeliner in black. Apply eye shadow in berry above crease on only the inner half of the eyelid. Finally, line the lower lash line with an eye pencil in black followed by a lash building mascara in black.

LIPS: Apply lipstick in a deep wine, layered with a lip gloss in cherry leaving lips completely kissable.

 

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