10 Natural Makeup Looks For Your Engagement Photos

You want to look like you, after all

Couple laughing in the kitchen

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OMG, you're engaged! Amidst the ever-growing checklist of things you now have to accomplish to plan your wedding, preparing for taking stellar engagement photos is likely also on your to-do list. And for me, that means mastering one of these flawless natural makeup looks.

As a beauty writer and soon-to-be-bride, I like to think that engagement photos are a great opportunity to look like your best self without going overboard. Don’t get me wrong—there are some that want to bring it well before the wedding bells, and, hey, there’s no shame in that game. But for all the minimalist brides out there, a barely-there makeup look is key to nailing your engagement shoot. (Think pretty flushed cheeks and a major flutter!)

The best part is, no matter what your style, you can’t go wrong with natural makeup. If you’re not sure where to start, but want to keep your look fairly clean and simple, I recommend this four-step base routine that’s easy enough to recreate yourself. Once you nail these four essentials, add your unique touch to make the look uniquely you.

To begin, opt for a light to medium coverage base. Sure, you want to cover up blemishes and imperfections, but you want your base makeup to look like second skin—not caked on and gunky. Next up, blush, blush, and yes, blush. If you’re a makeup newbie, blush can be intimidating, but it makes all the difference for a naturally flushed look. The key is to remember that a little goes a long way, so don’t overdo it. And of course, no natural makeup look is complete without mascara and a natural lip. We recommend choosing a color that’s close to your natural hue or if you’re feeling bold, swipe on a poppy color.

Now that you’ve got the basics of creating a barely-there makeup look, scroll through these inspo-worthy engagement photos to see how real brides pulled off their own versions of a natural makeup look—without overdoing it.

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A Natural Makeup Look

Couple's portrait

Christa Rene Photography

If you’re a natural makeup kind of girl in real life, take the same aesthetic into your engagement photos.

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Try Your Hand at Winged Liner

Golden hour portrait

Sara Knobel Photo

This bride chose a matte base, a nude lip hue, and Adele-inspired winged liner for her engagement photos.

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Add a Touch of Glam

Close up portrait of couple

Jessi Nichols Photo

Playing up one feature is a simple way to add a touch of glam. For this bride, it’s all about her peepers.

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Get Glowing

Couple in Utah

Laurken Kendall 

We can’t get over how radiant this bride looks.

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Go for Bold (Brows)

Groom-to-be kissing fiancee on temple

Brittany Cruse

BRB... Currently swooning over this bride’s perfectly groomed brows.

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Finishing Touch Falsies

Couple's portrait in plaid flannel

Em & Co Photography

Adding a pair of falsies for major flutter instantly elevates an otherwise natural makeup look.

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Focus on Skincare

Couple's portrait in park

Jill Houser Photo

Someone give us this bride's skincare routine, please!

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Throw in a Pop of Pink

Smiling couple embracing

Bend the Light Photography

Natural makeup doesn’t have to be monochrome. A bright lip totally pops in pictures.

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Add Some Depth

Couple's portrait in tree

A Play of Light

A thin swipe of bold, black liner and bronze shadow add depth to this bride’s natural look.

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No Need to Get Crazy

Cozy couple portrait amongst trees

Kevyn Bruce Photo

Even if you don’t consider yourself a regular lipstick wearer, swiping on a light pigment (like a nude or pink) can make a big difference in your engagement photos.

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