Natural Makeup

Natural Makeup for your Wedding

If you are reading this blog you may be interested in the flawless natural look which our team is known for in the Washington DC area. 

Natural makeup look for 8 hour wear

Things to think about:

Photographers all have a different style, the way the makeup photographs is often effected by the lighting, time of day and scenery that surrounds you. 

The term natural makeup is easily interpreted differently between the client and the artist.

This photo is form a recent engagement shoot. The bride asked for a natural look that will photograph to make her features pop. Note that the skin looks fresh and natural. The eyebrows, cheeks and lips are light. The eyes pop out as the main feature with a thinnish brown line surrounding the eye. Bronzer was used to create some dimension on the face. 

Tips to make sure you feel comfortable with the makeup:

  • bring a photo of yourself that you love
  • wear the makeup for at least 4 hours to see how it settles
  • communicate your likes and dislikes to the artist before the makeup starts
  • bring the makeup you feel comfortable wearing to show the artist

The makeup artist may have different suggestions for you based on how the camera will pick up your skin tones and etc.. If you use tinted moisturizer and chapstick on a daily basis this can be vital information to ensuring your comfort level for the application.

Freed Photography 

Standard Products used for Natural Makeup

Hydration for Face & Eye Area

Concealer (possibly a little more than daily wear)

Corrective concealer if needed (dark circles or pigmentation usually)

HD Photo foundation - water resistant with buildable coverage

Photo grade makeup setting powder

Blush - two shades blended skillfully to enhance bone structure

2 shades of neutral toned shadow, bronzes and browns are popular

Lightly smudged eyeliner and a few coats of waterproof mascara

Individual lashes on the corner of the eye

Waterproof Lipliner and Gloss


Product Pick for Glowing Skin

Favorites for A Sheer Look   

While makeup looks as good as the skin underneath, we can certainly do a few things to create the look you desire.  I want to share a few of my favorite ways to enhance your skins natural radiance with the help of a few amazing tips and products. Hydration plumps up the skin and when hydrated fine lines appear less noticeable, dark circles decrease by half, and the makeup actually sits on the skin way better. 

  • Use a hydrating mask before your big event or photo appearance to increase hydration levels 100% in around 10 minutes. You will see and feel a noticeable difference! There are many options out there. We adore this one for the luxury Bride. 


  • Use a rose or lavender water spray after the mask. This will help to lock in some of the hydration and will also create a sense of relaxation with the aromatherapy in the mist. Fresh is a product with integrity! This is a great refresher for that afternoon lull. 


  • Finalize the hydration with a face oil. Drop a few drops onto your fingertips and rub together creating some warmth. Press and tap the oil into your skin. This oil is great for all skin types and is not just limited to dry skin types. The oil absorbs quickly into the skin. 


  • After the hydration add a little bit of a sheer glow product to your fingertips and press into the high points of your face. Remember the tops of the cheeks, above the eyebrow and around the corners of the mouth. A little bit goes a long way. 

  • Add a sheer layer of foundation with a slightly damp beauty blender. The damper your beauty blender is the more sheer the foundation look will be. Use the blender to press into the skin. 


  • Finish with the look with a sheer layer of a lightweight translucent powder, applied to the t-zone. Use a powder brush to add a light dusting to the face. This will set the makeup and help it to last even longer. 

Airbrush 101

Airbrush is an amazing tool in a professional makeup artist’s kit. The technique is a patented makeup application technique that utilizes compressed air through an airbrush and applies tiny drops of color to the face. It is so sought after is because of its seamless ability to cover up any imperfection. It is said to tickle a little bit when it is applied. The makeup feels lightweight on the skin regardless of the amount of coverage chosen.

You can select the coverage to be light similar to a tinted moisturizer or more coverage to diminish scars, redness, pigmentation and acne. It is usually waterproof and lasts all day. If you have tattoos that you would like to conceal for the big day, this will not leave a residue on your dress once it is dry. Airbrush makeup can be beautifully applied to women of all ages and skin conditions.

Bonus - Airbrush is included with the Bridal Makeup

Image by Sam Hurd