Makeup Suggestions for Beach Brides, PART 2: Keeping it Natural


In an outdoor setting like the beach, it is best to keep makeup application as simple and natural as possible. Very dramatic makeup has a tendency to look a bit out of place on the strand. For example, darker and more heavily pigmented eyeliners and eye shadows may appear much too harsh on certain individuals in natural lighting.  When it comes to enhancing the eyes with eyeliner and shadow, carefully choose colors that are best for your skin tone and consider trading in darker hues for less intense shades.  For example, in lieu of jet black eyeliner, perhaps try navy, charcoal, or plum instead.  For natural looking eye shadow, there are a number of exceptional natural or  “nude” collections on the market but none are probably as revered or reviewed as the Naked Palettes by Urban Decay (there are now 3 different palettes to choose from).  That said, at $54 for an individual palette, some find this price far too steep even if it is worth all the hype.  The good news is that there are some notably good “dupes” that can accomplish the same look at a fraction of the cost.  Here are a few worth trying:  1) NYX Nude on Nude palette ($25), 2) Coastal Scents Revealed 2 Palette ($19.95), and 3) The Balm’s “NUDE ‘tude” Palette ($25).

When selecting a blush and/or bronzer to contour, there are several considerations to keep in mind:  1) A cardinal rule of creating a natural looking contouring is to go no more than 2 shades darker than your natural skin color to minimize the chance of having visible lines on the face.  2) Blend, blend, and blend again! When contouring, you can use either a brush or sponge to blend, your choice.  Whether you prefer a sponge or a brush, do use quality tools as they make a world of difference in the final look and finish of your makeup.  Professional makeup artists tend to prefer either MAC or SIGMA brushes but they can end up being a bigger investment than the actual makeup they will apply.  If you have a limited budget, I have found that the brushes offered by Coastal Scents are very affordable and do a nice job.  If you prefer blending with a sponge, I cannot say enough about the Beauty Blender. This amazing little sponge is in my top 5 list of indispensable makeup tools. Though a little pricey at around $20 a piece, this perfect pink sponge has been worth every penny.

Another suggestion to keep makeup looking natural and fresh for your beach wedding is what I call “magnification management.”  Everything at the beach is bright, it sparkles, and light reflects and bounces off seemingly every surface.  For this reason, it is recommended that you minimize makeup that has lots of shimmer which will reflect light and not produce the best photos.  A final recommendation is to forgo lip gloss on the beach.  I know almost every woman cannot resist the shine of their favorite lip gloss (whether in place of lipstick or on top of). However, please keep in mind, if you have even a single stray hair that can be moved by the wind, it will find itself glued to your lips on the beach with the gloss performing similarly to Elmer’s school glue. Finally, it is always recommended to conduct at least one or two makeup trials before the big day.  It is also a good idea to photograph yourself with your “trial” wedding makeup either on the beach during the same time of day as your ceremony will be or in a similar outdoor setting with lots of natural light. This will ensure that you will be satisfied with the way your makeup appears in wedding photographs. A picture is truly worth a 1000 words.

  • Hospity

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  • Misandra Grey

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