Autumn is here, and with it comes fall weddings. In addition to finding the perfect wedding gown or bridesmaid dress and jewelry, you also need the right makeup to look your best. These are some tips on how to achieve beautiful makeup for fall weddings.
Colors tend to be a bit richer in the fall, and this is also true for makeup. The barely-there approach to beauty that suits a beach wedding can look a bit underdone in the autumn. This is not to say that the natural look is out, but it should be a bit more polished and less dewy. If you are most comfortable with the natural look, opt for a sheer foundation and a sheer cream blush that will allow your freckles to show through. Dust on a little powder to set your makeup, and you will look like yourself, only better. Add a coat of waterproof mascara and some brown eyeliner to your upper eyelids only for a little definition. A light colored lipstick in a tawny peach will have more staying power than a sheer lipgloss, and will achieve the same subtle effect.
If you are a bride or bridesmaid who loves makeup, you can have fun using some of the deeper fall colors. Experiment with eyeshadow hues that bring out the color of your eyes. Good choices for autumn are olive green, soft plum, and cocoa brown. While a hint of shimmer can be pretty, be wary of eyeshadow that will drop speckles of glitter onto your face as the day progresses. Shimmery eyeshadow also tends to show creases more and emphasize wrinkles, so it is usually best on the youngest brides. A medium red lipstick with plum or brick red undertones makes a lovely complement to the autumnal eyeshadow colors.
For evening weddings, smoky eyes are always popular. There are two main approaches to take when creating a dramatic eye. The first is to really play up the eyes with lots of mascara and deep eyeshadow colors. Warm colors such as espresso and dark purple tend to be prettier than true black for creating a seductive eye. You can even add a few clusters of false eyelashes to give yourself spectacular lashes. If you use a few clusters instead of a full strip of false lashes, the effect will not look fake. With this ultra-dramatic eye makeup, it is best to wear a more neutral lipstick.
Another way to do a dramatic eye for a fall wedding is to take a retro approach. Create a smooth matte complexion using mineral foundation for a modern update to the flawless face. Add a pinky glow to your cheeks, and then play up your eyes using liquid eyeliner and a few false lashes. Smudge a little bit of charcoal gray eyeshadow along the lashline, but then lighten things up with a highlighting eyeshadow under the browbone. Finally, a classic red lipstick will complete the look. The trick to making red lipstick last all day is to fully line your lips in a neutral lipliner, apply lipstick, blot, and reapply the lipstick. This is a stunning look to pair with a vintage style wedding gown or a charcoal bridesmaid dress worn with crystal bridesmaid jewelry.
A good rule of thumb for a fall wedding is to use makeup hues which are a bit deeper and warmer in tone than you would for the summer. The sumptuous shades will give you a sophisticated and stylish look – perfect for any fall bride or bridesmaid.