Romantic bridal makeup

If Grace Kelly, Kate Middleton and Audrey Hepburn define #weddinggoals to you, then we can predict it will be class all the way on your big day. Inspired by their timeless looks, we’ve created a tutorial that embraces all things sophisticated – cue romantic bridal makeup.

Whether you choose to rope in a bff to follow the steps to a tee or trust no one but yourself to get your eyeliner flick on point, this DIY guide is sure to inspire a wedding morning masterclass. 

What Will I Need to Create a Romantic Bridal Makeup Look?

  • Eye primer
  • Eyeshadow palette (cream, lilac, brown)
  • Liquid eyeliner
  • Lash inserts
  • Tweezers
  • Waterproof mascara
  • Face primer
  • Foundation
  • Blending sponge/foundation brush
  • Concealer
  • Brow contouring kit
  • Brow brush
  • Shimmer-effect blusher/radiance powder
  • Translucent powder
  • Setting spray
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Step 1 – Apply primer, eyeshadow  & eyeliner

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A wedding day look needs to stand the test of time, so the top tool in your arsenal should be a hard-working primer. First dab primer on to the eyelids and next add a light layer of cream-coloured eyeshadow. Apply this nude hue across the eyelids, up until the eyebrow. Next take a lilac-coloured eyeshadow and apply to eyelids. Now with a neutral base in place, take a darker hue (a brown or darker lilac) and apply to the corners of the eyes and eyelid crease. To add definition to the shape of the eyes, draw a line with liquid eyeliner as close to the lash line as possible. For a feline feel, finish with a flick to the ends.


Top tip: Hold the skin taut as you apply the liquid eyeliner as this will help to achieve a straight line.

Step 2 – Insert false lashes & add mascara

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To lengthen lashes in a dramatic yet natural-looking way, lash inserts are a top choice over full sets. To apply, place a blob of glue on the back of your hand and gently place the edge of the lash against this until it is full coated. Take a pair of tweezers and pinch the edge of the lash insert and place along the lash line where you need extra length.

Focus on building up lashes at the outer corners of the eyes and work along the line for an even finish. Finish with a coating of waterproof mascara. 

Step 3 – Apply primer & foundation 

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Take a hydrating primer and apply all over the face, as this will give you the perfect base that will hold the rest of your look. Next, add a coating of foundation all over the face. For optimum results apply with a blending sponge or foundation brush for even coverage that gets into every crease. Use a concealer over any areas that need a little extra coating, like dark circles or blemishes. 

Step 4 – Define brows

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Brush brow hairs upwards, then across, to help the natural shape take form. Once you’re happy with the shape, apply brow wax to set into place. Next, add a bit of definition with a dark brown brow powder or cream. 

Step 5 – Apply shimmer blush

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For added glow that’ll catch the light beautifully in photos, apply a radiance powder or shimmer-effect blusher to the apples of your cheeks and temples. 

Step 6 – Line lips & apply nude lipstick

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Take a nude lip liner and highlight the outline of the lips. Next, apply a nude, pink lipstick to build a bold base and finish with a coating of pink matte lip gloss. 

Step 7 – Apply powder & setting spray

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To reduce unwanted shine, apply translucent powder to the T-zone or any other troublesome oily areas.  Finish with a light spritz of setting spray to ensure your romantic look lasts from morning ‘I Dos’ to the evening firework display. 

Looking gorgeous! Now for the dress... 

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