How to get natural boho wedding make-up // Bethany Jane Davies // The Natural Wedding Company

You’ve got your instructions and inspiration for natural boho wedding hair (and if you haven’t go check it out), so today we’re going to share with you how to get this natural wedding make-up perfect for the down-to-earth boho bride.

I don’t wear a lot of make-up myself and for my own wedding day I wanted that beautiful look that almost looked like I wasn’t wearing make-up (read about it here). It’s a bit like the popular ‘just-picked from a meadow’ wedding flower style, which is very much not just picked and involves lots of creative genius behind-the-scenes in order to achieve a really natural look.

It sounds a bit daft doesn’t, “dear make-up artist, please use make-up to make me look like I’m not wearing make-up”… But they do it, and today we have Bethany Jane Davies from The Vintage Beauty Parlour to show us how to (attempt at least!) achieve this natural boho bride look for ourselves.

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Natural harvest bridal shoot

We may grumble about the days getting shorter, the air colder, and the nights darker, but there is something truly magical about this time of year.  With a desire to capture some of this beauty, this harvest inspired bridal shoot was dreamt up by photographer Rebecca Douglas and make-up artist Suzanna.  It’s got some lovely inspiration for anyone planning an autumn wedding.

Natural bride in soft silver 1950s wedding dress

Wildflower bouquet

Natural bride with wildflower bouquet

Harvest bridal shoot

“We wanted to capture the pure essence of young love at its most beautiful, in the most stunning of settings – our quintessential Kent countryside.  With the cascading colours of late summer call us to capture the moment, what could be more beautiful than to celebrate this montage of golden evening glows with the glory of young love?”

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The Organic Make-up Artist

The Organic Make-up Artist is Laura Jane Sessions, a make-up artist with over a decade of experience in fashion, tv and film and a passion for natural and organic products.  She has some fabulous offers for The Natural Wedding Company brides-to-be: 15% off bridal hair and make-up, £10 off each additional person booked for hair and make-up (bridesmaids, mother of the bride etc) AND £50 off the price of an ‘All Day Artist’ package.

The Organic Make-up Artist wedding make-up

Laura Jane says that her services are “inspired by and designed for brides who are looking for a natural alternative to classic bridal make-up.  Designed with luxury in mind and using only natural and organic make-up products, I know how to make you look and feel your best for your wedding day.”

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natural wedding makeup

I am a complete convert to mineral make-up after wearing it for our wedding, so it is lovely to be able to tell you that Purity Cosmetics currently have a special offer price of £9 per jar on their Purity Mineral Foundation.

Purity Cosmetics use only the finest quality minerals to create their ‘good for your skin’ mineral make-up, and all their products are completely paraben, chemical and additive free.  Mineral make-up is also great for people suffering from problem skin, such as sensitive skin and acne.

Purity Cosmetics Mineral Foundation

Their mineral foundation comes in nine shades to suit all skin types, from ivory for porcelain skin all the way to mocha which is suitable for dark skin tones.  I spoke to Emily who runs Purity Cosmetics to get some top tips for applying mineral foundation.

Top tips for applying mineral foundation

“We would always recommend starting with clean, well moisturised skin.  For the best results, use a flocked sponge to buff the foundation onto your skin, gently building up the layers to achieve a flawless look. 

Firstly, tip some mineral foundation into the lid, then gather up a small amount on your flocked sponge applicator and buff onto your skin.  The trick is to buff, buff and buff some more!  You really only need a small amount to start with, then for more coverage build up gradually.  You will notice a lovely sheer, flawless finish.”

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One of the new businesses to join the directory, Purity Cosmetics, is offering a fantastic 50% discount on all natural mineral foundation.  Having used mineral makeup for my wedding day I can wholeheartedly say how much I love this stuff. These mineral foundations are designed to blend with your skin tone and come in a range of 9 shades.  There are also some great tips on the website on how to apply mineral foundation – essential if it’s your first time using it. So if you’d like to get an incredible 50% off then head over to the website and stock […]

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Today it’s all about my wedding accessories – from my vintage inspired shoes to the heirloom lace veil, natural make-up to a gorgeous garters.  It’s all here including the details of how I came to choose them for our wedding.

The Shoes

Mark Tattersall Photography

I spent ages looking for the ‘right’ shoes.  So many wedding shoes are elegant but modern, and my dress was so delicate and had a country feel to it, that I wanted something with an old-fashioned feel.  I also didn’t want really high heels as most of our wedding was spent walking on grass.

Mark Tattersall Photography

In the end I came across the gorgeous designs by Diane Hassall and fell in love with a pair called ‘Liliana’ – I managed to track them down to a bridal shop in nearby Knutsford and despite being loads more than I’d ever imagined spending, they came home with me.  They came with a choice of floaty organza or velvet ties – I went for the velvet ones.

Mark Tattersall Photography

I particuarly love this picture above of my shoes on the windowsill in my parent’s bedroom, with all those personal bits you find in people’s houses in the background.

The Veils

I hadn’t planned on wearing any veil…and I ended up having two!  My mum spent ages trying to track down the family veil, which she had worn when she married my dad, and my granny before her, and so on back through the generations.

I love this photo of my little sister Izzy holding my parents wedding album open at a photo of my mum wearing the veil, with it hanging behind Izzy from the cupboard…

Mark Tattersall Photography

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The lovely Clare Bryce from Pure Pampering has sent us this fabulous ‘how to’ guide to create this stunning vintage bridal look yourself.  Clare used Pure Anada mineral makeup, which are natural and great for your skin, to create this romantic and modern feel for her vintage look.

Clare believes that the eyes are where most focus should be for bridal makeup, so after applying Pure Anada mineral foundation in Ivory Chinook, a little Sunflower correcting concealer under the eyes, and a light dusting of Matte powder to match the model’s porcelain skin tone, here’s how she created those smokey eyes…

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