The Bride

Classic Bride look with Candice {Play Play Creations}

April 5, 2011 by

Now that we’ve gone through what you should expect from your wedding MUA and the basics of natural makeup, I’d like to focus on a specific look, the Classic Bride. This is my most requested look as it emphasizes natural beauty and makes you look like a more polished version of yourself.

It’s all about natural contours and subtle, well-blended hints of colour. The great thing about this look is that it will work on anyone, all you need to do is tweak the colours a little for your skintone. I’m going to do it as a step-by-step process because it’s difficult to explain it through writing, so if you don’t understand anything or have any questions, just leave a comment and I’ll come back and answer it.

1. Seeing as I’ve already discussed the basics of makeup, I’m only going to focus on the eyes and lips in this post, so just refer to my previous post on natural makeup for your foundation etc.

2. I usually use cream shadows on brides as they dry and don’t crease or sweat off. You can just as easily create this look with powder eye shadows, just be sure to do your eyes before the rest of your face as eye shadow can drop and make a mess.

3. Using a matte light brown shadow, contour your eye by applying shadow just on your eye socket bone (outer corner of eye/just above the outer crease) and bringing it down into your crease as you move to the inner corner of your eye. This should not create a defined line but rather a soft shadow which adds shape and depth to your eye.

4. Using the same colour and a smaller brush, run a little eye shadow into your lower lash line. (remember the darker colour on your eye should be heaviest on the outer corner of your eye…this gives that lovely almond shape)

5. You can build up the colour on the outer corner of your eye with the same colour or use a darker colour for a more dramatic look. Use the original contour you did (step 3 & 4) as an outline and always “colour in the lines” from then on. This ensures that that you have a soft, blended line before your skintone. I usually only build up a darker colour within the outer lid area of the eye.

6. A lovely look for brides it to take a shimmery brown or champagne colour and apply it on the middle of the lid. Make sure you blend it (you’re going to hear that a lot!) so that it looks like each colour melts into the other. The dark matte colour on the outside and the lighter shimmer in the middle work together to create shape and definition.

7. Now add a light shimmery eye shadow to the inner lid and lightly bring it around to the inner lower lash line (just a smidge!). This makes your eyes look bigger and more awake.

8. There are so many options for lining eyes. I prefer using a small angle brush (like a MAC #208) with either – brown or black eye shadow (for a more natural look), eye pencil (for a subtle, defined look) or pot paint (for a dramatic look). Just remember to push the colour into the lash line or as close as possible always making it thicker towards the outer corner of the eye.

9. Whatever you do to the top, you do to the bottom. Just in smaller amounts and more subtly. I don’t always line the bottom lashes completely as it depends totally on the shape of the eye. If you’re going to add liner in your waterline, make sure it’s waterproof otherwise you will get panda eyes.

10. Always curl your lashes before you apply mascara. For a more natural look, use black on the top and brown on the bottom lashes…always waterproof.

11. I’m not a big believer in highlighting under the brow (because this area can shine and reflect light naturally), however if you do want the extra pop, apply a tiny amount of shimmer/highlight (it can be the same from step # 7) in a thin line right underneath your brow after the arc.

12. Unless the bride wants a specific colour, I usually use a light pink lip stain on the lip. I then highlight the middle of the bottom lip a little and the bow of the top lip ever so slightly.

13. Finally I apply a lovely pinkish-nude lipstick (MAC Faux is delicious on most people). Once you’ve finished the entire look, give your face a once over…maybe you need a little more blush (maybe less) and perhaps a last, light powder to eliminate shine. This look can be used with light, matte colours for a great daytime look or with dark, shimmery colours for some a bit more dramatic. Here are some examples of the different variations:


Q & A with Candice

I’m desperate to try the new season bright looks and 70′s make up but as I’m approaching 30 I don’t want to look too done… Is there a way to do this subtly? What kind of colours should i use?

xx ~ Rachie

Hi Rachie,

There really are some beautiful colours coming off the Spring & Fall runways! Not all of the looks are wearable on a day-today basis but here are some of the trends and how you can interpret them.

Beautiful, clean and natural skin ~ skin should be luminous and youthful. An easy way to cheat this is to use something like MAC Strobe cream underneath your foundation. Also, don’t pack on the foundation and powder, it might cover things but it also has an aging effect.

Bold Berry lips ~ Red lips will always be around (a personal fave!) but the colours have gotten deeper and richer for winter. Choose your tone carefully and apply it with precision (using the same angled brush for your eyeliner)…a lip stain is a great way to work this look without looking messy. Brows are defined but not strong…cheeks are a subtle blush…eyes are either uber natural or heavily lined (the cat eye and wings seem to have worn off, thank goodness).

The best way to do any trend subtly no matter your age, it to focus on one element and keep the as near to bare as possible. Hope this helped and have fun!

~Cands from Play Play Creations

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9 Responses to “Classic Bride look with Candice {Play Play Creations}”

  1. Alida April 7, 2011 at 11:34 am #

    Hi Cands,

    Thanks – great tutorial! A friend of mine asked me to be her matron of honour for her wedding, and to do her make-up! Flattering as this is, I’ve never done bridal make-up! So I have a couple of questions:

    1) I really want to get some MAC paint pots (for her but also for me)… how long does it last before it dries out?
    2) What are the must-have brushes? I’m just doing a natural look (like the one you describe above).
    3) Any tips for a totally inexperienced beginner?


  2. Isobel April 7, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    Hi Candice

    I have dark hair and think that I can pull off red lips. My question: is this still a trend for this winter. If so, what are the rules for wearing red lips and what should the make-up on the rest of the face look like.

    Thanks for all your great advice.

  3. Susan April 11, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

    Hi Candice.
    This might be a bit of an unfair question, but here goes. I really love the Lisa Eldrige videos that you post. However I find that she uses so many products and many of them are not available in SA. Or should I rather say i feel overwhelmed by all the different products out there.

    They are expensive so it’s hard to test and see what works. So my question is, do you have a no-fail make-up brand/s that you can recommend?

    I really enjoy your posts, they have been very helpful.

  4. Nina April 11, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

    Thanks for the great post! I followed the eye make-up instructions over the weekend, and I think it turned out pretty good.

  5. Candice Mac Nicol July 26, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

    Hi ladies, thank you so much for the comments and I apologise for not answering sooner. I’ll post answers to your questions (one a week) on my own blog ( so be sure to check it out!

  6. Candice Mac Nicol August 10, 2011 at 12:16 am #

    Hi Alida,

    Your Q & A will be live on my blog this friday – hope it’s helpful! More to follow each week :)


  7. Makeup Mistress November 12, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

    Lovely post, very informative. Thanks.

  8. Charu Bangalore August 22, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    Great Pics. Thanks for sharing.

    • Roeleen from The Pretty Blog August 22, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

      You’re welcome :)


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