12 Must-Read Wedding Makeup Tips For The DIY Bride

Any bride-to-be knows there are a million decisions to be made, leading up to the big day. And one of the biggest ones involves figuring out how you'll keep your face radiant all day and night long. Think about it: Coupled with a killer photographer, amazing makeup will result in perhaps the most gorgeous pictures you will ever possess of yourself. No pressure or anything.
And that's where beauty guru Katie Nash comes in. This local lady is not only a pro when it comes to supremely cool and modern bridal hair, she's also a master of matrimonial makeup. So, who better to tap for a DIY bridal makeup tutorial? Whether you're going for a natural glow or a dramatic, sexy look, Nash's tips and step-by-step guide (shown on her own mug) are a must read. Oh, and we're pretty sure there are quite a few tips in here for cocktail party season, too. Now, get your mirror out, and let's go!
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Look 1: The Natural Bride
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Tip 1:
Know your coverage level. For women needing very little coverage, Nash recommends Laura Mercier's Tinter Moisturizer. For ladies desiring more coverage, try Make Up For Ever's HD High-Definition Invisible Cover Foundation. Be sure to apply your base an inch below your neck and behind your ear to make it blend in with the rest of your body.

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Tip 2:
Set your foundation with a translucent powder. Nash likes Make Up For Ever's HD High Definition Microfinish Powder, which sets foundation for a satiny finish, as well as soaks up oil after hours of wear.

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Tip 3:
Nash says applying concealer after your powder is key. This step is all about brightening the middle of the face and giving the bride major glow. Apply the concealer in a half-moon, V-shape under the eye. Blend it in. Also apply a touch on the bow of your lips. Then try applying dots of YSL's Touche Éclat along the top of the cheek bone and arching up on top of the brow bone, then blending it in for a luminous effect. Do the same along the bridge of the nose. If you don't want to splurge on the YSL product, you can use your regular concealer.

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Tip 4:
Prep your lid with an all-over neutral hue, which gives the rest of the shadow something to stick to. Nash likes MAC's Paint Pots.

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Tip 5:
Color in your lids by applying an off-white color all over the lid (MAC's Vanilla). Then take your darkest hue (MAC's Kid) and add it to the outer edge in a V-shape (leaving the center of the eye open). Blend the edges of the shadow out with a brush, using small circular motions. Make the eye pop by adding a slightly shimmery shadow to the center of the eye, the inner corner of the eye, just under the brow bone, and under the lower lashes. Nash prefers MAC's Grain.

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Tip 6:
Keep your brows natural looking by lightly combing them with a clean mascara wand to tame them, and filling in the gaps with with an angled brush and MAC's Omega shadow or Benefit's Brow-Shaping Kit.

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Using an angled brush and a waterproof liner (Nash likes MAC's Fluidline Black Track) or a liquid eyeliner pencil, draw a line from the inner corner to just beyond the outer corner of your eye. Instead of trying to draw a continuous line, however, focus on tiny brushstrokes. If you mess up, just dip a Q-tip in makeup remover and rub off any mistakes. To keep things light and not heavy, leave the lower lid unlined. Curl your lashes, apply waterproof mascara.

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Tip 8:
Apply a bronzer, such as Benefit's Hoola Bronzing Powder or NARS' Laguna Bronzing Powder, just below your cheekbone, sweeping towards your ear, a little on the forehead, a little on the chin, and down the neck to even out the skintone. Be sure to keep the brightness of the middle of your face intact.

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Tip 9:
Think about the color of your bouquet when choosing your blush. Then apply it to the lower part of the apple of your cheek (smile to find it!) and work your way back towards the ear. Note that blush can really make your wedding pictures pop, so don't skimp on it! Nash likes MAC's Style hue.

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Tip 10:
Line just outside the edge of your lips with a neutral lip liner, such as MAC's Subculture shade. Fill in the rest of your lip with a super-hydrating balm, such as Laura Mercier's SPF 15 Lip Balm. Add some sheen with a layer of gloss, such as MAC's Lustreglass in Love Nectar. Refresh the gloss throughout the night and apply the balm before any of your other makeup to let it set in.

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Voila! Nash as a natural (and slightly enhanced) beauty.

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Look 2: The Dramatic Bride

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Tip 11:
Besides going a little bit deeper with the cheeks and lips, amp up your natural look with deep and dramatic eyes to make all of the difference. Using a flat brush that picks up a lot of color, take a dark black hue and color in a deep V-shape on the outer edge of your eyelid, making sure to leave the center open. Blend that color slightly outward with another brush in small circular motions. Reapply your eyeliner a bit heavier, add eyeliner to your bottom lid, and also on both your upper and lower waterlines to add depth.

Bonus Tip: Apply a heavier layer of translucent powder under your eye to easily sweep away specks of powder.

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Tip 12:
In order to make DIY fake lashes super simple, try cutting the strips in half and applying them just to the outer corner of your lashes. Nash suggests adding just a tiny bit of adhesive, placing the lash in place for a few seconds (grabbing the lash by the end) and letting it go. Also, practice, practice, practice before the wedding day to get this step perfected.

Bonus Tip: Curl your eyelashes and apply waterproof mascara before you add the fake lashes. Then apply another coat of mascara after the lashes are secure. Nash loves Covergirl's Lash Blast Volume.

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And this, folks, is what we call a smoky eye.

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