Tips for Makeup Minimalists

Want a natural, no-makeup look on your wedding day? Here's how to look absolutely flawless and not one bit overdone on your big day.
by The Knot

So you want a look that's both understated and glamorous? Start with skin that's been lightly moisturized, and then follow these steps for the subtle look you want.

Skin and Bare It

Concealer, which can cake and crack after a long day, should be applied only where it is needed, like the inside corners of your eyes and the crevices around your nose. Apply loose powder (instead of pressed) in the T-zone. Use unpowdered blotting papers to keep the glow, not the oil.


Supersleek brows are a must for the minimalist, because they act like a natural frame for the face. Hire a pro a week before the wedding if you're in doubt, but be warned: Don't wax them at the last minute. Smooth your shaped brows with a small brush (a clean toothbrush works wonders) and set with clear mascara.

An Eye for Detail

Play up your eyes where the makeup is more likely to stay in place. Want to make eyes brighter? Apply a tiny bit of shimmer shadow to the inner corners. For clean-looking lids, apply a golden bronze powder in the crease, which offers contour without bold color. Line both the top and bottom lids with a brown pencil, set with another light coat of bronze shadow. Curl lashes and finish with waterproof mascara.

Color Me Beautiful

The key is to look like you just had your first kiss: flushed cheeks and glossy lips. Use a peachy-gold blush (ideal for skin with olive undertones) swept from the inner apples to the tops of the cheekbones. As for the lips, use a hint of colored gloss and add lip balm for touch-ups. The result is soft and practically undetectable.

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