Wedding Wisdom

Wedding Day Makeup: Natural vs. “Beat”

Welcome to Wedding Wisdom! Every week, wedding planner Tami Smallwood-Brown, CEO of  blush|WEDDING & EVENT PLANNING FIRM gives tips to help you plan your dream nuptials from engagement to “I do.” This week, Tami gives lessons in wedding day makeup.

Photo courtesy of Cellar Door Photography.

Photo courtesy of Cellar Door Photography.

If a recent study is true, then apparently people find women more attractive with less makeup. My first thought was “Sure, unless it’s your wedding day…right?” I have worked with brides who desire to look as natural as possible, and yet others who want to look the most glamorous and dramatic they have ever looked on their wedding day. Honestly, I love both looks!

The Natural Look


One of my favorite makeup artists, Melissa Mangrum, is a pro-natural look artist.  She says, “…I believe makeup is an accessory and not a mask.  Makeup is meant to enhance a person’s natural beauty.  It takes a certain skill to truly master the ‘less is more’ approach to makeup while still garnering the same flawless results.”

Here are my tips for the natural look:

If you’re a bride who wears no to very little makeup on an everyday basis, opt for the natural, flawless look Melissa mentions above.

Try having your makeup airbrushed onto your face if you don’t like the “heavy” feel of makeup.  I find that brides who aren’t used to wearing makeup daily, have a difficult time with the “weight” of traditional makeup.


The Beat Look


Urban Dictionary defines the “beat face” as: “[The look achieved] when the makeup applied to a person’s face is so powerful and amazing that it makes them look truly stunning.” I would take it a step further and add the terms “dramatic” and “eye catching.”

Here are my tips for the beat look:

I suggest a more powerful look for those brides who wear a full face on a daily basis. A bride should look like herself but even better on her wedding day. So take it up a notch for a truly glamorous look!

Be cautious of going this route if you’re not used to wearing makeup, however, as it can be overwhelming.

If you’re undecided…

Can’t choose? Go natural for the ceremony and go dramatic for the reception and party!

No matter which look you decide on, remember to set up a consultation with your  makeup artist. An appointment beforehand will help avoid surprises on your Big Day.

Keep the focus of your wedding in mind. If you are having a classic garden wedding with a flowing light gown, your makeup should go along with that. Evertyhing should be consistent.

Photos courtesy of Pinterest.