March 11, 2024  •  8min read

Natural vs Glamorous Wedding Makeup – Which One Suits You?

Natural vs glamorous wedding makeup

Every bride wants to look their best on their special day, and choosing the right makeup plays a crucial role. We know that some brides come prepared during their trial, as they know exactly how they want to look on their wedding day. They already have an idea of the eyeshadow palette they want, the lipstick that suits them, and the style of lashes they want to wear. 

However, most brides aren’t as prepared and have no idea what they want to look like on the big day, and that’s fine! Deciding on your wedding makeup is an important decision, and you should take your time to figure out the look you want. The one thing most brides struggle with is deciding whether they should choose a more natural makeup look or go all-out glam. Should you opt for a simpler, timeless elegance or go all for your special day?

Natural vs Glam Wedding Makeup 

With ever-changing makeup trends and techniques, brides nowadays usually request a makeup look that isn’t what they’re looking for or doesn’t suit their personality. This includes the option for natural makeup and glamorous makeup for their wedding. 

Hollywood stars have nailed the glam and neutral makeup look, but are they as natural as we expect them to be? Or are they only wearing a full face of makeup that looks neutral? 

In this article, we’ll be looking at the difference between natural and glam wedding makeup and see which style suits you for your wedding day. 

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Natural Makeup 

Most of the time, brides who have never had glam makeup usually request it for their wedding. On the other hand, natural makeup is something that most ladies wear every day. The bride requesting natural makeup usually wears tinted moisturizer daily with sheer lipstick and cream blush instead of full-coverage makeup. 

This is for brides who don’t wear much makeup and want to achieve that natural glow on their wedding day. However, remember that every woman will be more suitable with a specific makeup as full coverage makeup is not a “one size fits all” makeup. 

A breakdown of natural makeup and how it looks like:

  • Apply a light application of foundation that resembles the skin. Airbrush foundation and a sheer liquid BB Cream or thinned-out cream foundation work great. 
  • Apply a light facial powder and blush to compliment your skin tone
  • Apply sheer lipstick, lip stain or tinted lip balm
  • Apply a light-colored eyeshadow and highlight the brow bone
  • Add a tinted brow gel to help keep brows in place
  • Add a thin line of eyeliner, powder or cream
  • Apply mascara on natural lashes

For all the natural makeup lovers out there, you can slay your wedding day while letting your true self shine! Full coverage is one of many options for brides. We recommend communicating with your makeup artist on how much makeup you usually wear every day. You can even bring your foundation and blush for your trial appointment and see if the artist has something similar in their kit. 

Glamorous (Neutral) Wedding Makeup 

Neutral makeup is medium to full glamorous coverage that is trending all over social media with influencers as the photos give them a natural makeup appearance. However, keep in mind that influencers and beauty bloggers like to use filters and apps to smoothen the skin. 

Neutral makeup is popular for brides looking for full coverage but seeking something that is traditional with the coverage they want. Huge stars and influencers like Kim Kardashian have nailed this look. Many brides request a natural makeup look but show an image of her or someone else that’s full of glam, but they don’t realize that it’s a full coverage makeup with concealer, foundation, creams, powder, lashes, shadows, and eyeliner. 

If you’re looking for this kind of makeup, then you’re actually looking for neutral or glam makeup. 

What’s included in glamorous makeup, and what should it look like?

  • Full coverage concealer 
  • Have a medium to full coverage foundation. Add cream, liquid or airbrush in layers
  • Add cream contour over the foundation application
  • Add translucent powder baked onto your face’s highlighted portion 
  • Use cream or powder to highlight the points of your body and face
  • Use a blush that complements the skin tone 
  • Use a lip liner and lipstick
  • Add neutral eyeshadow colors, gradient color placement, smokey eye shadow placement, and halo color placement 
  • Add eyeliner above and below the lash line using liquid, cream or pencil
  • Add false lashes and mascara

Achieving the Perfect Makeup Look for Your Wedding 

When seeking the ideal wedding makeup looks, remember that there isn’t a “one size fits” all look. Your makeup must be tailored based on your personality, and check all the boxes you seek for your look when walking down the aisle! If you’re unsure whether to go for a natural or glam look for your wedding day, you can always have a combination of both. 

Your makeup artist should use both makeup looks by excluding the makeup elements you don’t like or need. For example, you can have a higher foundation coverage and wear false lashes. 

Also, make sure you know the difference between natural and neutral wedding makeup so you can communicate what you want and need to your makeup artist. Makeup artists can’t read the minds and desires of every bride, so if you want a combination of natural and glam, understand the traits you like of the two types of makeup. This can help you navigate the differences to have the best of both worlds for a flawless wedding makeup look. 

Ready to bring your hair and makeup vision to reality? Visit more of our guides at Bali Wedding and achieve the flawless look you deserve on your wedding in paradise.

Guntur author at Bali Wedding
Guntur has been writing tips and tricks for weddings in Bali since 2020. He has written everything from preparing a pre-wedding in Bali to the best wedding dress and makeup you should choose for a wedding in paradise.

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