Here I used MAC Paint Pot in “Soft Ochre” with a MAC 249 Large Shader Brush.
Apply a shimmery cream eyeshadow like MAC E/S in “Shroom” as a wash .
Using a fluffy blending brush like MAC 224 Tapered Blending Brush, pick up some light brown matte eyeshadow on the tip of the brush and apply it along your crease in a windshield wiper motion. I used MAC E/S in “Soft Brown Matte”.
If you want a very natural, almost “no makeup” look, then skip ahead to Step 6!
To add some depth and further enhance your eye makeup, apply a dark brown eyeshadow on your outer V. I used MAC E/S in “Handwritten”.
I like using a pencil brush (MAC 219) to add dimension to my outer V, because it allows for more precision.
Blend the color you applied in Step 4 with a blending brush with a bit of another matte brown eyeshadow that is lighter than the color on your outer V but darker than the color on your crease (I used MAC “Espresso”). Using a color in the middle of two shades helps to make the colors look more blended.
Also blend some of this medium brown color to the outer half of your crease.
Line your eyes. Use a black gel or liquid liner for a more dramatic look, like I did on the right.
If you want a natural look, use a brown color. A brown pencil will achieve the most natural, “barely there” look — stay as close as you can to your lash line, and then smudge the line with a pencil brush.
You can also fill in your eyebrows now with a pencil (use light, small strokes for a natural look) or some eyeshadow (for a more dramatic look).
Contour the sides of your nose if you want to make it appear taller. Shade the tip of your nose if you want that part to look smaller.
I used Benefit Bronzing Powder in “Hoola” — the color you use to contour should be 2 shades darker than your skin tone.
To create a more pronounced jawline, use a large angled brush to contour your jawline with the same powder you used in Step 7 (this is also a great way to look a little slimmer!). I used a MAC 168 brush with some more of my Benefit “Hoola” powder. Lightly brush along your jawline, and then brush down your neck to blend it out. The placement should be where you would naturally see shadow under your jawline.
Also contour your cheeks
Apply a natural blush that still has a hint of color to it (like a soft muted pink/rosy blush) on the apples of your cheeks and blend upwards diagonally.
I used MAC Powder Blush in “Cubic” with a MAC 129 Powder/Blush Brush.
Once you’re done with your blush, apply an invisible (colorless) or translucent (the same or one shade lighter than your skin tone) powder to your entire face to set your makeup.
Line your lips with a lip pencil similar in color but a couple shades darker to the blush you used in Step 9. Then fill in the rest of your lips with this pencil.
I used MAC Lip Pencil in “Soar”.
Add a healthy shine to your lips.
I used MAC Slimshine L/S in “Bare”.
Now that you’ve finished most of your makeup, it’s time to do your eyelashes. I don’t wear false eyelashes very often, but I would recommend it for special occasions, especially natural ones for weddings. Otherwise, just curl your eyelashes and apply mascara — use a waterproof one just in case!
One last thing I would recommend to help your makeup last throughout the ceremony and the reception is a makeup setting spray. I personally love Model in a Bottle, a matte setting spray that helps make everything last longer and look fresh. To use it, when you finish applying your makeup hold the bottle about 6 inches away from your face, close your eyes, and spray about 2 to 3 times. Keep your eyes closed for about 20 seconds to let it dry.