How to Achieve a Minimalist Wedding-Day Look

Channel Meghan Markle at the Royal Wedding with pretty, but simple makeup.

People say that a bride’s wedding-day makeup should look like a more elevated version of her everyday self. For those who are comfortable using makeup, this will tend to be a full glamorous look. But there are plenty of women who go without makeup in their day-to-day lives, and therefore may have trouble figuring out how to achieve the right beauty routine for their nuptials.

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However, even brides familiar with more intensive makeup routines might choose to go with a lighter touch for their wedding day. The royal wedding caught everyone’s attention for a million different reasons, but one was how the Duchess of Sussex – née Meghan Markle – embraced her natural beauty for the ultimate big day. If you’re hoping for a similar style, read on for tips on how to have a minimalist makeup routine on your wedding day. 

- Stay hydrated. Drinking a lot of water is one of the easiest and most affordable beauty secrets. Improve your skin by upping your hydration as soon as wedding planning begins. 

- Embrace the skin care trend. The key to a beautiful barefaced look is to have glowing skin. Different people have different skin types, so make sure you use cleansers, masks, and serums that work for you. A dermatologist can help narrow down products that will work best for your skin type. Always remember not to try anything new close to the wedding, as you don’t know how your face will react. 

- Consider long-term treatments. The best way to avoid makeup is to not need it. While it might not be fully natural, getting eyelash extensions or having your eyebrows microbladed will lessen the need for mascara and more, plus it will last for the honeymoon!

- Find the right products. Unless you’re fully committed to a completely natural look, you’ll want to have a lip color and eye shadow shades in nude hues that work with your skin tone, in addition to a BB or CC cream. Either go to a makeup retailer for advice on what complements you, or book a makeup trial with a professional to make sure the right shades are used. 

For more tips, discover reasons to wear your hair down at your ceremony, learn beauty hacks for brides, and find out what healthy habits to start before your wedding. 

Authored by: Emily Lasnier