Aim for subtle.

The most common beauty request brides make is for a "classic" makeup look. The problem is, "classic" can be interpreted in many ways. For some brides, this means a timeless red lip, while for others it's barely there, you-but-better blush and bronzer. Whatever your idea of "classic" is, it probably includes soft, subtle eye makeup. Luckily creating beautiful, understated bridal eye makeup is quite easy and will complete that give your big-day beauty look that classic vibe you desire. Here, four mistake-proof tips for subtle bridal eye makeup.

Find the right brand.

When attempting a subtle look on the eyes, you'll want to avoid any dark or bright colors. The best way to do this is to choose brands that are not heavily pigmented or known for bold color palettes, and to select specific products that are known for more natural looks. Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier, and Hourglass are all great choices for light, natural makeup.

Try a cream shadow.

A cream shadow is a great choice for a base. Choose something light, like Laura Mercier's Caviar Stick in "Moonlight," for a hint of subtle sparkle or go with a more neutral product, like Bobbi Brown's Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in "Nude Beach," for a matte wash of color. Shadow sticks are easy to work with and budge-proof, so they're perfect for lasting all day and night. For some, just a light hint of color on the lid is enough. If you'd like a little bit more, use a slightly darker shadow in the crease or at the lash line.

It's all about the right tools.

The key to keeping any of your powder shadows light and soft is by using the right tools. Dense brushes will plant shadows heavily on the lid. Using fluffy eye shadow brushes will ensure that you'll lightly sweep on colors without making them too bold. A perfect brush for light application is the MAC 286 Duo Fibre Tapered Blending Brush, which allows for sheer and controlled application of shadows.

Avoid bright, bold shadows.

Finally, when choosing powder shadows, choose something light and without a lot of bright or bold pigment. A great choice is the Naturally Pretty Essentials Your Superhero Eyes Must-Have Eye Set from IT Cosmetics.


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