Bridal Makeup – Basics of the Perfect Bridal Look For You

Bridal Makeup/Look is one of the foremost thought (if not foremost) on the mind of both the bride-to-be and the Makeup Artist.  It is no surprise that every woman wants to look her best on her big day. In fact, many have concluded that if a woman doesn’t appear beautiful for that special occasion-her wedding,  then she will have no other opportunity to appear more beautiful. Though this may not be true but we have no conclusive evidence to prove it false. 

So, I figured out that a post on bridal makeup will be good for my astute readers, hence, this post. The pictures used in this post feature a real bridal inspiration photo shoot (not done for the purpose of this post) put together by a team of great Nigerian vendors. Hopefully, they should convey a clear message and outlook of what is to be achieved after reading each section. I also hope that this would be an inspiration to brides-to-be struggling with what look to wear or even makeup artists who are not sure of what to create on a client (bride). 

For the purpose of this post, we would focus on a nude bridal makeup – something mild, simple yet classy. Yeah! 

To make things even easier, I have taken time out to list all the items/products used while creating the look, this should make it somewhat easier. However, you can improvise in cases where you lack any of the under-listed items – being able to make do of what you have as a close substitute to what you need is a good way to build your skill and derive happiness from you do. 

Things to Consider

  1. Climate: Especially for brides getting married in warmer climates, consider using as many oil-free products as possible — primer, moisturizer, foundation, etc. — and keeping oil-free blotting sheets on hand. Now, this clearly applies to our region – Nigeria.
  2. Look Books: “If your wedding dress is soft, romantic and pretty, a heavy smoky sexy make-up is not going to compliment your dress. Even if you LOVE this style of make-up, you will need to soften it slightly so that it works with the gown” says Sarah Brock. Again, the same applies to your hair – if you choose a soft, loose  hair design, you will need to keep the make-up pretty and dewy, so that everything works ‘together’ rather than clashing. Look through bridal magazines (Brides Magazine is the best)  and online for inspiration – you can get great ideas not only from bridal magazines, but also from trending events. In any case, be sure to choose wisely and don’t allow your choice be biased. 



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Steps involved in achieving a Nude bridal Makeup

Use a Primer: Maybe its safe to assume everyone knows the importance of a primer. Just if am wrong – after you moisturize and before you put on your foundation, there’s a really important step — primer. It’ll make your makeup go on smoother and last a lot longer. You’re going to have a long day ahead of you, and you want your makeup to last you all day and all night. 

Eye Enhancing Techniques
Focus darker eye shadow on the outside of eyes, moving lighter and brighter as you work in, “so you don’t close off the eyes (there are other methods of application), “You want them to look big, bright, and beautiful.”
The first step to applying eyeshadow is priming your eyes, for an extra pop of colour you can top the primer with a base of your choice (i use the NYX jumbo pencil in milk). Get a neutral palette to achieve a natural/nude look (used naked 3 palette for this look) then a pair of natural lashes (used ardell 110) will enhance your look without looking too dramatic. Do not neglect the power of mascara especially when it has to do with adding volume to your lashes, it’s best you go for voluminous or lengthening mascara for that extra volume to your lashes (Tara fiber fuse, younique by victoria, or L’oreal telescopic mascara). Then an essential part that should not be missed is the power of eyeliner (musn’t be black, you can use a white, beige or brown) on your waterline, it opens up one’s eyes and make your eyes look brighter with a difference.

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Apply your foundation with a Brush: Foundation application with a good buffer/stipple (you can use a sponge) brush makes your work flawless, blends perfectly and it’s faster, depending on the method of application. Always ensure the foundation totally matches your skin tone (swatch foundation on jawline to determine the right shade rather than your hand or neck). The less you touch your face with your hands, the better – its clean habit (blending foundation with your fingers blends perfectly well but with a brush prevents germs on your face). Bacteria, dirt and even finger prints can be left behind so the look isn’t as smooth and finished-looking.

Bridal Makeup

Prep the Lips: Put lip balm on your lips before gloss or lipstick so they’re not dry and flaky. Then, fill in your entire lip with a lip pencil, which will hold the color longer. “For brides who just want to wear a gloss, prepare for it to fade. However, a lip pencil will help you keep some of that color longer.

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Mac ‘spiked’ pencil

Anastasia Beverly hills brow pomade ‘chocolate’

LA girl pro concealer ‘natural’


Black Up 8hr correcting primer

Black Up matifying fluid foundation ’01’

Black Up full coverage cream foundation ‘Hc04’

 LA girl pro concealer ‘natural’ (highlighting)

Ben nye ‘Banana’ powder (setting powder)

Marykay translucent loose powder (finishing powder)

Mac mineralised skinfinish ‘dark’ (contouring)

The balm ‘Mary lou-manizer’ highlighter 

Coastal scents blush palette

Mac fix + (setting spray) 


Mac paint pot ‘soft ochre’

NYX jumbo pencil ‘milk’

Urban decay naked 3 palette (brow bone-strange, upper crease-limit, outer v/crease- nooner, inner eyelid- dust, middle eyelid-buzz, lower lash line-blackheart)

Wet and wild ‘vanity’ palette (crease-dark brown)

The balm mary lou-manizer highlighter (tear duct)

L’oreal felt tip liquid eyeliner (upper lash line)

L’oreal telescopic mascara (upper and lower lashes)

Maybelline collosal Kajal ‘black’ (waterline)

Jordana 12hr eye pencil ‘continuous almond’ (waterline)

Ardell strip lashes ‘110’

Duo lash glue


Vaseline lip therapy ‘rosy lips’

Jordana lip pencil ‘tawny’

NYX lip pencil ‘natural’

Inglot lipstick ‘151’

Thanks to these amazing vendors who made this shoot a success

Photographer: Eyes of Insanity

Hairstylist: Solange Hair and Beauty Shop

Dress/Accessories: Brides and Babies

Bouquet: Quail Events

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  1. Sure the bride really looks smashing! I so so appreciate this write up……will put it to use……..keep up with this……thankss!


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