Bridal beauty looks should reflect your natural style while still incorporating a bit of dazzle so that you shine on your big day! Makeup looks that are a lot less heavy, and more natural, allow you to achieve a dewy effervescent look! We are certainly fans of a dramatic look, but we adore these natural looks that these brides chose! Keep scrolling to see how these real brides glowed up on their wedding day, and see how these looks were achieved by local industry experts!
Real Bride Tierney – Whimsical Wedding at The Fairmount Park Horticulture Center by GraceD Photography
Photography: GraceD Photography
“Tierney had amazing taste – she had this great classic but fun aesthetic that you could feel in every detail of her wedding day. She wanted touches of vintage throughout, but nothing too stiff or matronly. To compliment her dramatic and full updo, we decided to keep the makeup simple and fresh. Retro makeup has a habit of looking overly done, so I wanted to combine more modern skin elements She had amazing skin that I just buffed a cream foundation into for a glowy look that photographed well. To finish the base, I stuck to cream products, specifically a Stila cream blush and BECCA Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector. A light dusting of translucent powder sealed everything in, without going too retro matte.
Makeup: Beautiful Brides Philly, MUA:Maggie Armstrong
Real Bride Andrea – Andrea and Michael’s Wedding at Columbia Station by Daneene Jensen & Associates
Photography: UCS Studio
From Daneene: “Andrea was looking for a natural look, but wanted eyes that would “pop”, yet not look overdone. This is the case with many of our brides, as we do tend to draw a very natural clientele. Her naturally perfected skin was accomplished with our waterproof airbrush system. Earthy tones with subtle shimmer on her eyes pull this look off perfectly, and they look modern and polished without making a bride with a more natural approach feel like it is too dramatic for them. Her eyes were lined with a waterproof liner on top and bottom with a natural application of lash extensions to really make her new husband’s jaw hit the floor when he saw her!”
Makeup: Daneene Jensen & Associates
Real Bride Beverly – Grand Winter Wedding at The Downtown Club by Alison Conklin Photography
From the Bride: “I asked Cindy from Dylan Michael Cosmetics to do my makeup however she [created what she] thought would look best for a winter wedding. I told her that I thought that a smokey eye and a light pink lip would look good, but to do whatever she thought would be best. She’s an expert and I completely trusted her!”
Photography: Alison Conklin Photography
From Cindy: “Loved working with Beverly. First off, she is a natural beauty- beautiful skin. When she first came to me for a consult we talked about the “smoky eye and soft lip”. I explained that every bride’s idea of a “smoky eye” is different. For some the traditional, darker smoky eye can be harsh- and completely unnatural. The first question I ask all of my brides who request a smoky eye is “have you ever seen yourself in a smoky eye”? We decided to do a “modified smoky” which allows for a little more drama and formality while still looking completely natural and not too over the top. Our goal is ALWAYS to make sure that the bride looks and feels like the best version of herself on the wedding day.”
Makeup: Dylan Michael Cosmetics, MUA: Cindy
Real Bride Chelsea – Glamorous Philadelphia Wedding on the Moshulu by Diamonds & Details
Photography: Mama Owl Photography
From Laura: “I did both her hair and airbrush makeup, having completed a trial preview sometime prior. Looking at her palette, dress choice, bridesmaids dresses, etc., I completely agreed with her that a refined boho chic hairstyle with long loose curls and a crown-style headband paired with a flawless sun-kissed face was the way to go.
I emphasized her eyes, using a Chanel eye palette with light smoky colors, YSL Shocking liquid liner in Deep Black that I winged slightly, and false lashes (of course). As a MAC-Pro airbrush artist, I used the Iwata Ninja Jet compressor and the Temptu SP-40 airbrush gun, lightly spraying Chelsea’s face with MAC Pro Performance HD airbrush makeup. I stock all of the available shades and then custom mix for every face.
The secret to a naturally enhanced flawless look is getting the foundation shade and consistency 100% correct, starting with a clean, moisturized, and primed face (I use MAC wipes, Chanel Le Lift Crème, and then Smashbox primer), using a light hand with the gun and being sure not to overspray. Since Chelsea has fabulous skin already, I diluted the MAC foundation with a little of their cleanser and did one pass in small circular movements. I concealed/highlighted under the eyes with YSL Touche Eclat. Once her face was set, I did a light contour with Chanel Healthy Glow Sheer Powder right under the cheekbone in a darker shade and dusted Nars Orgasm liberally on the apples of her cheeks. I finished off with a pink Chanel liner and a YSL lipgloss in a rose color. I took direction from the natural colors of her cheeks and lips and used compatible shades so as to not look overdone. I dusted her face with MAC setting powder and then used my prized setting spray that I purchase from a Broadway distributor that makes my brides’ faces completely waterproof and flawless for 48 hours or more. The MAC HD airbrush foundation combined with my secret setting spray is what allowed Chelsea’s last photo to look just as polished as her first.
Knowing Chelsea to be a fashionable woman who knew exactly the look she wanted with every detail of her wedding, I was so pleased to positively contribute to her seamless, elegant, and timeless esthetic, and I use her wedding day images as “go to’s” when showing future clients how I’d like to help them look naturally enhanced and flawless on their wedding days.”
Makeup: Bridal Beauty by Laura
Real Bride Tiffany – Red + Black Masquerade Wedding at Flourtown Country Club by Alison Leigh Photography
Photography: Alison Leigh Photography
From Daneene: “Tiffany wanted [very] natural look, so we went with peachy and taupe tones. We lined her eyes only on the top and emphasized her beautiful eyes with a fuller lash application. She wanted to keep her blush and lips very natural, so her artist opted for a light peach cheek color and a very sheer lip. She too opted for airbrushed skin, which has a very light and seamless application, yet is build able for those needing additional coverage.”
Makeup: Daneene Jensen & Associates