#BridalBeautyBreakdown: Barely-There Beauty
June 7, 2015
Throughout my relationship with beauty products and makeup, I have tried in vain to perfect the "no-makeup" makeup look—looking natural, fresh-faced and glowy. As far as I'm concerned, the goal of makeup is to look like you don't need to wear any—you're naturally gorgeous (and you are!). So, for brides who want to look like themselves on their wedding day, look no further than this gorgeous beauty look from Julie Swenson Beauty. Read on for her tips to recreate the look for yourself!



Skin prep is key to get the bridal glow. Use an exfoliator and toner like NARS Multi-Action Hydrating Toner that hydrates, smoothes, and brightens the complexion. Use the appropriate moisturizer for your skin type. If you have dry skin, consider a face oil like Josie Maran's 100% Pure Argan Oil Light. Use a primer like Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer—it's a water-resistant primer with SPF 15 that  evens out skin tone, minimizes shine and pore size, prevents fading, and provides a smooth canvas for a flawless makeup application.


Choose your foundation based on your skin type and the amount of coverage you desire. For a heavier coverage,  choose a foundation like Makeup Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation; For a lighter coverage consider Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. It's key to match the undertone of your skin. And, if you need additional skin correction (for rosacea, dark spots, under eye dark circles, etc.) use Makeup Forever 5 Camouflage Cream Palette—it works magic.


For extra dimension and pop, use two blush colors. Apply the blush that matches your skin's undertone from the apple of your cheek in a downward motion to your temple. Then, apply the blush that contrasts your skin tone on the apple of the cheek. 


Just like your complexion, it's important to prep and prime your lips with products like Bite Beauty Line and Define Lip Primer. Remember, if you choose a nude lip color, be sure to play up the eyes to prevent looking washed out in your photos.


The best way to create natural and flawless definition on the eye is to apply your liner to your upper waterline. Be sure to use a waterproof liner like Make Up For Ever Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Eye Shadow or Inglot Matte Liner Gel. Use a cotton swab to remove water from your waterline, then apply liner and a translucent powder to set. Applying liner to your bottom lash line is a personal preference. However, it can tend to make the eyes look smaller. Experiment by putting the liner on one eye, stand back from the mirror and assess which eye looks bigger and lifted.


To get extra lift and natural-looking brows, try Clinique Superfine Liner For Brows. Seal and set by spraying hairspray on a spooly and gently combing through the brow.

Finishing Touches

Choose a setting powder based on the finish you want. For a glowy finish, use NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder; for a matte finish use Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder. Combine your setting power with Urban Decay's All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray to keep your makeup in place and intact all day long.
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Makeup Tips: Julie Swenson Beauty | Photography: Paper Antler