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.