DIY Bridal Makeup

Being that it's still wedding season, I figured I'd share the makeup routine I did for my wedding last April. I was this close (you can't see my gesture, but you get the point) to hiring a makeup artist, but she wanted me to buy high end foundation, lip stick, eye liner, mascara and lashes, plus wanted to charge me $150 for doing the makeup! I didn't want to drop $300 on my bridal makeup, so I did my own. I love makeup and know a thing or two from being beauty obsessed for a while now, so why not?

I chose to do a light/dark brown smoky eye with a little bit of purple to bring out my green eyes. Of course it's ideal for wedding photos to add a splash of your opposite eye color to make your eyes pop. If you have brown eyes, opt for a green. If you have blue, opt for a gold. The products I used to achieve my bridal look are below!


I used the color Foxy all over my lid, and mixed Tease and Suspect in my crease, following up with both on my lower lash line and Bootycall to highlight my brown bone. Then I applied some of NYX's The Curve eyeliner (which is waterproof and perfect for weddings) then applied demi wispies which create the perfectly natural-looking lash. I applied a little more eyeliner over the lash band to make it blend seamlessly then applied a few layers of Maybelline's Colossal Waterproof Mascara to blend my lashes in with the falsies.


For foundation, I used Clinique's Stay Matte Oil-Free Makeup. I knew I'd probably be sweating from nerves and excitement, so an oil-free foundation is best for photos so the grease doesn't reflect the flash. For concealer I used Maybelline's Instange Age Rewind Concealer to hide dark circles. Just to make sure I stayed matte for the entire wedding, I set my foundation and concealer with Neutrogena's Shine Control Powder (my everyday must have). For blush I used Pur Mineral's Copper Sienna blush which provides a natural coral-bronze flush of color.


I wanted to keep my lips neutral since the focus was on my eyes with the smoky eye, so I used Jordana's lip liner in Tawny which is almost and exact match to my natural lip color. For lipstick I used Revlon's Primrose which is a nice nude-pink/purple color. I applied NYX's lip gloss in Sugar Pie right before the reception which provided some moisture with a flush of nude color.

In total, I spent about $140 on makeup and applied myself, saving over half the price of hiring a makeup artist! If you're good with applying makeup then I definitely recommend doing your own as long as you feel comfortable and are looking to save money! I also recommend doing a few trial runs prior to the big day so you can nail it!

I also wanted to share a few more pictures from my wedding that friends/family and our photographer took. We were married in the same church in Lyme, CT as my grandparents, parents and aunt. After the ceremony we had a horse and buggy ride down the road the church was on and it was perfect! Somehow the weather was in the low 70's and sunny which is not typical CT weather in April. The day was absolutely perfect!

Our rehearsal dinner cake!

If you're in New England, I highly recommend Lynne Anne Photography. She did a fabulous job with our wedding photos at a very reasonable price. Seriously, how beautiful are the photos she took? Love them!


  1. Ahh this post is so nice!
    Keep in touch xoxo

    1. Thank you so much! I'm so happy you stopped by- checking out your blog now!


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