My step by step guide to create a soft and pretty makeup look

Wedding makeup artist Sydney


This is my most popular and most requested look. It is especially popular for wedding makeup for all the brides out there wanting a natural look. Read on to learn exactly what I did so you can recreate it at home.

Prime the skin to keep the foundation even and long lasting. I used Smashbox Photo Finish

Apply foundation using fingers, apply more to the centre of the face and sheer out towards the edges. I used Nars Sheer Glow (santa fe). Remember a sheer foundation looks much better than a thick mask so don’t use too much. For dry skin mix in Nars Orgasm Illuminator

Conceal under the eyes (concentrate on the inner corner near the nose), blend by tapping with finger tips. I like Ellis Faas concealer or Bobby Brown Colour Corrector. Don’t use anything thick because it will go in the finelines and look cakey. I like to do this step after I have done the eye makeup incase I get fall out from the shadow.

Blush – pat on cream blush on the apple of the cheeks and blend by patting up onto the cheekbone. I used Stila Peony or Gerbera Convertible Colour.

Set with powder blush. Nars Deep Throat. Doubling up on blush ensures it stays on all day as blush often fades quickly. Invest in a good sable hair blush brush, as the trick is all in the right tools.

Contour the face with Mac Matte Bronzer or Nars Laguna Bronzer. Use a powder brush and do a number 3 motion starting at the side of the forehead, bring down under the cheekbone and then finish along the side of the jaw. This will enhance your bone structure (to slim the face) and warm up the complexion.

Apply a translucent powder to your t-zone to set the foundation and prevent shine. I used Mac Blotting Powder in Medium.

Apply a soft pink to the eyelid. I used Nars Nepal, one of my favourite colours ever.

Softly in the crease apply a taupe colour, I used Nars Kalahari to enhance the socket and create depth. Imagine you are drawing a > shape. Use Mac brush 217. Be sure to blend to keep this step soft.

Use a dark brown shadow to line the top lashline with a thin angle brush. Use the same shadow under the eyes to half way in, then apply the pink shadow (nepal) all the way towards the nose. I used Nars Cordura shadow. Shadow gives you more control than a pencil and they stay in place better.

Apply a soft highlight to the brow bone. I used Nars Abyssinia.

Apply lots of mascara. I applied fake lashes to create her full lash look but you can achieve a similar effect by applying two generous coats of mascara. See previous blog post for more tips on mascara

Lightly fill in your brows with a brow shadow, Benefit make a great brow set. I used the Kevyn Aucoin brow pencil here.

Line and fill in the lips with a pencil to correct the shape and keep the lipstick on for longer. Invest in a nude lipliner that can go under any colour like Nars Tonga.

Last but not least apply a pretty rose toned lipstick. I used Fresco by Hourglass. Bobby Brown Sandwash Pink is another of my favourites.

Wedding Makeup By Gemma Nichols

2 thoughts on “My step by step guide to create a soft and pretty makeup look

  1. Sarah

    So good to have all the details, such a lovely makeup. I’ll be practising soon but won’t be able to match your beautiful work.

  2. Marnie

    Beautiful work as always Gemma. Thanks for the step by step.

    x Marnie

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