We're always waxing poetic about that you-but-better beauty look, so we felt validated when we saw the fresh-faced, rosy-cheeked models backstage before Marchesa's Fall 2015 bridal presentation. "For your wedding, Bobbi [Brown] always says to do your daytime look amped up a bit," says makeup artist Kim Soane of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics, who created the look for the show. "Don't do your party makeup. It's about finding yourself at your most beautiful." Here's how to steal the look for your own big day.
1. Perfect your base.
Start off with a layer of tinted moisturizer and then layer with foundation. (They used Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick at the show.)
2. Color match.
"With bridal, the neck and décolletage are usually on display, but one of the biggest problems is mismatched skin," says Soane. After applying foundation, lightly blend a matte bronzer (skip the shimmery stuff) between your face and neck.
3. Stick to blue-based pink blush.
"Even if you have a warm complexion, you can still use cool pink," Soane says. "Coral can look orange in photos. Cool tones photograph better." Bobbi's tip? Pinch your cheeks — that's your perfect pink. (Oh, and while we're at it, you don't need to contour like a Kardashian. Blush alone is best for bridal, Soane says.)
Photo: Courtesy of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
4. Groom your eyebrows — and then mess them up.
"We started with perfect brows," Soane says. "Then Georgina [Chapman] took a look and wanted them messier so that they looked more natural. We used the Brow Shaper to mess them up — it's like mascara for your eyebrows."
5. Use eye shadow on your lower lash lines.
Soane traced a thin strip of eyeliner along the models' top eyelids, but for the bottom, she used brown powder eye shadow. "It's a great trick to shape the eyes," she says. "It helps them stand out in photos."
6. Brighten your eyes.
Soane used a soft gray shade (Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Cream Shadow in Heather) to keep eyes neutral, but still vivid. (Her tips: Stay away from eye shadow in shades of apricot and red, since it can make you look tired.)
7. Let your lips be the finishing touch.
Go with a creamy soft pink lipstick one shade darker than your natural lip color.