If your calendar is any indication, the spring wedding season is officially upon us. Taking advantage of longer days and warm sunlight, spring weddings can feel especially romantic — and usually call for style and beauty to match, whether you’re a guest or the bride to be. So, while spring wedding makeup look has all the usual steps you might expect for a big event, such as foundation and lip color, there are other factors to consider. For instance, you might want to reflect a certain color palette with your makeup look, or steer away from a dramatic, moody smokey eye.
What ultimately sets it apart from your typical wedding makeup tutorial is that it leans more natural, from a lit-from-within flush to neutral eye makeup. With that in mind, here’s how to create the best spring wedding makeup — and the products and tools you may need on-hand to get the look for yourself.
Table of Contents
- Prep Your Skin
- Starting with a fresh face
- Priming before foundation
- Perfect Your Complexion
- Sheer foundation application for weddings
- How to apply concealer for wedding looks
- Applying under-eye translucent powder
- When to add blush for wedding looks
- How highlighters work for weddings
- Add Your Eye Makeup
- Eye Makeup for Weddings
- Using Eye Basics Primer for Spring Weddings
- Applying Eyeshadow for Spring Weddings
Prep Your Skin
A clean canvas is key to a fresh makeup look, which is why it’s best to start with your skin.
Begin with a fresh face
A glowing complexion starts with healthy skin, which is why proper skincare is essential before you apply your makeup. Not only will this create a smooth, even canvas on which to apply your makeup, but it can offer long-term results, too, in the form of more radiant skin over time. Begin by cleansing, then lightly exfoliate with the Refining Crème Polish; it gently buffs away dead skin cells to even out texture and tone, and, better yet, works for all skin types. Follow with a lightweight moisturizer, such as The Perfect Crème, which hydrates skin and provides antioxidants.
Prime before your foundation
The secret to spring bridal makeup that doesn’t simply slide off? Makeup primer. For the unfamiliar, makeup primers work to extend the wear of your foundation and concealer, as well as create a smooth canvas for a more seamless application. (Try the Pure Canvas Primer Perfecting for a lightweight, breathable option that works for every skin type.) How to use primer for wedding makeup: Immediately following your skincare routine, dispense a dime-sized amount of primer onto your fingertips and massage it into skin.
Perfect Your Complexion
Layering your base products — think foundation, concealer, and powder — creates an even, flawless backdrop for the rest of your makeup.
Apply a sheer foundation
A sheer foundation application for weddings sets the tone for the rest of your spring wedding makeup look. Lightweight foundation makeup, such as the Real Flawless Weightless Perfecting Foundation, offers the right amount of coverage to even out skin tone while still looking effortlessly natural. (Plus, it offers 12 hours of fade-proof and humidity-proof wear, allowing you to go the day without touch-ups.)
How to apply foundation makeup for a wedding look: Apply a single pump of the foundation and blend it into skin using the Real Flawless Foundation Brush, which buffs it into skin for a sheer, natural finish. Apply it only where you need it and blend well. (If needed, blend below the jawline to create harmony between the face and neck. You’ll be in the spotlight and photographed from all angles, so making sure there are no visible lines or streaks is key.
Conceal and camouflage
How to apply concealer for wedding looks? Simple: If you begin with a sheer foundation as your base, a few dabs of concealer will seamlessly blend into skin. When it comes to concealer, a little goes a long way, so start light with concealer, applying it only where needed — typically beneath the eyes, around the nose (to conceal redness), and over any blemishes or dark spots.
For the under-eyes, consider Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Concealer, which conceals dark circles without creasing. Then, set the concealer with Secret Brightening Powder For Under Eyes, which also brightens the area.
For everywhere else, the Secret Camouflage Concealer features two shades, which allows you to customize the color to get the perfect match to hide any visible imperfection you’re trying to cover. Using your hand as a palette, start with the shade that most closely aligns with your skin tone, then add in the second shade; blend until you have the right match.
Set your complexion
Few makeup products work harder than translucent powder, especially when it comes to extending the wear of your makeup. To keep foundation and concealer from budging, set makeup with a translucent powder. Consider the Translucent Loose Setting Powder, which blurs and leaves skin with a soft-focus finish, controls shine for 24 hours, and offers 16-hour wear.
Not sure how to apply translucent powder? The Velour Puff makes it especially easy: Press it into the powder, and then fold it and rub the two halves together to saturate the puff and tap to remove excess powder. Then, using a rolling motion to apply the powder to skin all over, being extra careful to cover areas prone to shine, like the forehead and cheeks.
Add a pop of cheek color
Nothing says springtime quite like a flush of color on the cheeks, which is why blush is a non-negotiable for a spring wedding makeup look. Blush Color Infusion is sheer yet buildable, allowing you to customize the intensity to your comfort level, and it lasts up to 10 hours.
As for blush application tips for weddings in particular: Apply it over your translucent setting powder to guarantee a smooth, seamless application. Also, after using a brush like the Cheek Color Brush to pick up the powder, bounce the bristles on the back of your hand to evenly distribute the pigment throughout — which ensures an even application. Sweep the color in a circular motion onto the apples of your cheeks, extending it up toward the temples for a bolder look.
Illuminate with highlighter
A good face highlighter can lend a luminous sheen to the high points of the face, like the brow bones, tops of the cheekbones, tip of the nose, and cupid’s bow of the lips — which in turn gives your face extra dimension and contour. The Face Illuminator Highlighting Powder adds a multidimensional sheen to skin and features a creamy texture that blends in easily. You can apply it using your fingers or a cheek brush anywhere you want a glow, be it on your eyelids, the apples of your cheeks (over blush) or even on your nose and chin.
If you’re seeking highlighter application tips for weddings, you’re in luck: If your gown is strapless or has a lower neckline, lightly dust the powder onto your décolletage and shoulders to keep the glow going.
Add Your Eye Makeup
Eye makeup is all about enhancing and defining. Bring out brows, lashes, and more to make the most of your special occasion-worthy makeup.
Begin with brow pencil
The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but brows are what frame the face — so they’re a good place to start the eye makeup for a spring bridal look. Start with eyebrow pencil like Eye Brow Pencil, which can help define the shape and intensify the color of your brows. The pencil is a blend of wax and powder, which glides onto skin and allows for precise application — the better to fill in sparse areas. It also features a spoolie on one end, which can help blend in the color for the most natural look. And in six shades, it ensures you get the right color for your brows.
Prime the eyes
Just like makeup primer for the face, a good eye primer can extend the lifespan of your eye makeup. Not only that, but it can also create an even base for your eyeshadow color — in other words, allowing for a truer, richer color and minimizing creasing. You can apply the Eye Basics Primer (which comes in a variety of shades) with either your fingers, the applicator, or the Crème Eye Color Brush; either way, it helps create a smooth canvas for the rest of your eye makeup.
Apply your eyeshadow
While you can use an eyeshadow palette to create your spring wedding makeup, eyeshadow sticks can also work. Not only do they offer 12-hour wear, but they also resist transferring and creasing — so you can celebrate the day without worrying about it smudging or smearing. Try the neutral Rosegold shade to serve as your base, while Amethyst and Moonlight can add touches of color depending on the look you’re going for.
The beauty of eyeshadow sticks is that you can apply them directly to your eyes and blend with your fingers. (For even more polish, blend with a brush like Crème Eye Shadow Brush.)
Define with eyeliner and mascara
Few things bring out the eyes like eyeliner and mascara — both of which add definition in a matter of seconds. Start with the Caviar Tightline Eyeliner, which glides on without tugging; its waterproof formula lasts up to 16 hours. To extend and thicken lashes, meanwhile, consider Caviar Volume Panoramic Mascara; it delivers smudge-proof wear without leaving lashes crunchy.
Do the Final Touches
No makeup look is complete without a lip. Consider your lip color and setting spray the last (but not least) steps in your makeup look.
Accentuate the lips
While spring may call pastels to mind, that’s not the case for your lip color — for a spring wedding makeup tutorial, at least. That’s because paler hues can quickly look washed out in photos — so go with a slightly deeper version instead. Also, consider this wedding-makeup tutorial trick: Layering your lip color can help it last longer throughout the day. Start with the High Vibe Lip Color, which packs on the pigment, and top it with a similar shade of Lip Glacé, which imparts a glossy finish and up to 24 hours of moisture.
Set your makeup
If you’re the bride, you’ll want your makeup to last — and last, and last. In that case, even if you dusted translucent powder over your complexion products, you may want to consider a dedicated setting spray like Translucent Pure Setting Spray. Simply mist the micro-fine, non-sticky formula all over the face to lock makeup in place for up to 16 hours, allowing your final look to last through endless photos. Plus, it’s also infused with hydrating ingredients to refresh skin as well — so you can spritz it over skin throughout the day. Consider your spring wedding makeup look set and ready for whatever the day may bring.