Vintage is great and all, but it's high time to move into the 21st century for wedding inspiration. With a few notable exceptions (cough Solange cough) no-makeup makeup is the name of the game—surprise, surprise. But why not? There's no better day to really look like yourself (albeit with a little luminizer) than your wedding day. The theme is for better and for worse after all. So even when you're, say, Kate Moss, with access to the best hair and makeup in the biz, something minimal—messy, even—feels most modern. And if you're thinking that this looks a bit too slept-in for the big day, just consider this: One should be so excited to get married, forgetting to remove last night's eyeliner is totally understandable.
To break it down for the common woman, makeup artist Ana Marie, consults for this go 'round. The first big takeaway: Because the makeup is so simple, amp up the skincare in honor of the ceremony—it's special, so splurge on something non-drugstore. Wash your face with La Mer's Cleansing Foam, then follow up with their Moisturizing Soft Cream. Apply as necessary (want to put it all over your body? Why not!) and then move on to a light illuminating base. Ana Marie suggests Giorgio Armani's Fluid Sheer for a slight skin perfecting wash of luminescence. You can mix Fluid Sheer with a foundation, too, if you need more coverage. But if you're comfortable without it, just use the Fluid Sheer and conceal any redness, spots, and the under-eye area with Giorgio Armani Maestro Eraser.
For color, stay rosy. “Flushed cheeks and lips are so important, especially for that angelic look,” Ana Marie said. “I use the Laura Mercier Bonne Mine Healthy Glow Face & Cheeks Color Palette for all blush, lip, and bronzer because it's nude enough without being bland,” Other neutral blush options on full display here.
Then, moving onto the upper half of the face, consider shades of brown, especially for a daytime event. Start with your brows and only lightly fill in any gaps. You'll want to keep their organic and natural look, just a little more enhanced, Ana Marie says. She uses Anastasia Broz Wiz, which is nice because it diffuses the pencil easily with the spoolie end. Then on the eyes, keep the color close to the lash line and blend out. “I would use the Urban Decay Naked2 palette,” Ana Marie advises. “These are the perfect shades of brown for a soft, smoky eye,” Don't go above the crease, but define the lash line with Chanel's Le Crayon Yeux Precision Eye Definer in 59 Coffee Bean. The pencil's opposite end has an angled sponge tip that makes blending out the line easy.
Finally, before you walk down the aisle, Ana Marie specified to use a loose powder like Giorgio Armani's on your T-zone to remove excess oil. Or don't—all the better to shine with.
Images via Getty. Solange's look is pretty spot on with Grace Kelly's, in case you were wondering. Here's how to get the look.