Simple Makeup Isn't Simple

by Yisell Santos

Every year when I receive bridal inquiries, I'm asked for "simple makeup".  What that usually means is that they are looking for makeup that looks natural, not over done, and doesn't look/feel cakey.  Here's a little secret...Natural makeup is NOT simple.  If it were simple, anyone would be able to do it.  In fact, doing the "no makeup, makeup" look takes about the same amount of time and work as any other makeup application. 

Creating a natural look that will last hours through kisses, hugs, dancing AND comes through in photos beautifully is no easy feat.  The makeup look below gets a lot of comments and I'm often asked to re-create this look or something like it.  Most comments consist of:

"Her skin looks so flawless"
"She looks so natural with a little pop in the eyes, I want that"
"I love that her lips are natural yet have color at the same time"

Below her photo I will share with you all the products I used to create this look.  The only things I wont share is tools and techniques but I will tell you this, her natural look took about 45 minutes to create.

Skin Prep:
Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate
Urban Decay B6 Prep Spray
Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer - Radiance
Fortunate Face Minerals IntensifEYE eyeshadow primer
FACEatelier Lip Putty

FACEatelier Ultra Pro Foundation
Make Up For Ever Camo Concealer

Tarte Cosmetics Clay Pot Waterproof Liner
Yaby Cosmetics Eyeshadow in Eggplant
FACEatelier Eyeshadow in Metallic Taupe
Smashbox Eyeshadow in Fizz
FACEatelier Cry Baby Waterproof Mascara
Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Brow Pencil
Tarte Colored Clay Tinted Brow Gel
Ardell Strip Lash

Cheeks & Lips:
FACEatelier Ultra Blush in Peach Glaze
NARS Bronzer in Laguna
Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight
YSL Lipstick in Rosewood

Setting & Finishing:
FACEatelier Lip Lock
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder

Not so "simple" after all, huh?  Here's a little tip when contacting a makeup artist, don't say you want simple makeup.  Perhaps try communicating that you want your makeup to look natural.  Be honest, if you wear little to no makeup, tell them.  If you're contacting someone who has been doing this for a long time and knows what they're doing, they'll know exactly what you mean, will able to work with you and do the exact look that you want.