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Bridal Makeup Inspiration: Soft, Romantic & Unexpected

Posted on October 31, 2017 at 4:40 PM

Photography by the amazing Kate Simandl, (@katesimandlphoto) assisted by Gill Dykeman(@gilldykeman). Model is the breathtaking Shriya(@shriyadee) and last but certainly not least, the fab Nataliya V (@nvbridalhair) for hair. Location is Etobicoke, Toronto Ontario.

Romantic, dreamy and inspired are the adjectives I would use to describe the looks I aimed to create on this bridal photo shoot. I stayed away from the trends- Instagram brows, ultra highlighting and cat eyes, to name a few. I wanted something chic but a little unexpected. Yes these looks are editorial, but they are also very wearable. I include some tips along the way to get you inspired for your  wedding day, and beyond. 

1. Plush Pink

This classic, soft pink bridal makeup is flattering on a lot of different skin tones. The key is to find the right pink for you. For example, on redheads, I like lilac toned pinks, something a bit cooler in colour. For Shriya, I used the Bite Beauty Stick in Gelato as a base, and layered powder eyeshadows from the Dior Rosy Tan palette. Even though it is a soft wash of colour on the lids, a bit of eyeliner, smudged into the lash line really anchors the look. A well-defined brow complements the eyes beautifully, and a soft fluttery pair of lashes seals the deal. If you are shy about wearing false lashes on your wedding day, that's ok, but give them a go at your makeup trial, you may surprise yourself.

2. Purple Dream

For this look, I played off the colours of the flowers that would be worn in the model's hair, again taking her skin tone and features into account. If you are lost for where to begin with your bridal makeup, taking inspiration from your bouquet, head piece/comb and dress is a perfect starting point. 

For the eyes I used a pressed glitter- something that wasn't metallic but a fine shimmer. I don't think you should be afraid of a little sheen on the eyes, I think it catches the light quite beautifully. I finished the look with a glossy lip- something a little more editorial. If you would like to do a minimal lip, keep in mind that you should incorporate a long wearing lip liner into the mix. I used Subculture by MAC, a cult classic and a great shade for most skin tones.

3. Golden Goddess


For the final look we turned up the makeup to marry with the sari and jewelery the model would be wearing. A dark purple lip is a great alternative to red and compliments dark features beautifully. A n antique gold on the eyes was a great neutral to pair with the lip. If you plan on wearing a darker lip on your wedding day, I suggest going with a liquid lipstick, I used a Stila liquid lipstick here. The staying power is really wonderful with these products. I recommend trying a few different formulas or brands to see what you like best, colour wise and for comfort.

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