6 Martha Editors Share Their Big-Day Beauty Looks
You want to look as good as you feel on your big day—especially when weddings are part of your everyday life, as they are for Martha Stewart Wedding editors. Here, a few married ladies on our staff share their bridal makeup tips to get their (surprisingly low-key!) big-day beauty looks.
Elizabeth Graves, Editor in Chief
"For my wedding, I wanted to look my very best, but also look and feel very much like myself—just an extra special version of me for the day. Instead of the brown liners, ultra sheer bronze shadows, and color-of-my-lips lipsticks that I usually gravitate to on most days, I went for an equally soft, but more pulled-together and ethereal look. My makeup artist used sheer gray and silver shadows on my eyes; false lashes and black mascara (both musts for definition in photos!), and a berry-stained lip. After the ceremony, which took place during the bright light of day, I applied a deeper lip color—taking it from a light lipstick to a richer rose shade." —Elizabeth Graves
Get Elizabeth's Look
Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance, $20; sephora.com.
Laura Mercier Secret Concealer, $25; nordstrom.com.
Laura Mercier Tinted Oil-Free Moisturizer, $44; sephora.com.
Laura Mercier Eye Basics Primer, $27; sephora.com.
Laura Mercier Sateen Eye Colour in "Sable," $24; lauramercier.com.
Laura Mercier Sheer Lip Colour in "Baby Lips," $25; sephora.com.
Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Lip Colour in "Pink Dusk," $27; lauramercier.com.
Laura Mercier Second Skin Cheek Colour in "Rose Petal," $26; sephora.com.
Laura Mercier Bronze Pressed Powder in "Dune Bronze," $34; lauramercier.com.
Eleni Gage, Executive Editor
"I had a destination wedding on the Greek island of Corfu, where my cousins live. I found a hairstylist I liked there on an exploratory trip about two months before, but no one could recommend a makeup artist. I didn't want to risk showing up and having someone I'd never met us products I'd never tried do my makeup for my wedding, so I decided to do my own. Still, I wanted to step up my everyday makeup game. Three weeks beforehand, I went to the MAC store and had the makeup artist design a look for me. He made up half my face and supervised while I did the rest. He told me to line underneath my eyes with an ivory (not white) pencil, helped me fill a palette with ivory, brown and beige eye shadows and, much to my surprise, chose a pink lipstick (normally I veer towards a berry gloss) that I ended up really liking. I was worried about how I'd execute the look on the day of, but I lucked out with the weather (it was a gorgeous, summery day despite being the 10th of October), and with the makeup as well (I ended up having a steady hand). I think I also lucked out with the groom, but MAC had nothing to do with that." —Eleni Gage
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Brooke Porter Katz, Senior Editor
"My morning makeup routine involves tinted moisturizer with SPF and—if I have time—eyeliner. For my wedding day, I wanted something that took this natural and low-maintenance look to the next level. My makeup artist Vicky Modica paired muted brown eye shadows with a pale shimmer, and used white highlighter under my lower lashes. (I opted to skip faux lashes, much to her chagrin!) My lip was a soft, glossy pink and my nails were a barely-there pink. Overall, I thought my makeup perfectly complemented my simple chiffon dress and jewelry (just a delicate necklace and a few gold bangles)." —Brooke Porter Katz
Get Brooke's Look
Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentrè, $28; embryolisseusa.com.
Face to Face Super Matte AntiShine, $28; camerareadycosmetics.com.
Make Up For Ever Lift Concealer, $26; makeupforever.com.
Make Up For Ever Concealer Pencil, $19; makeupforever.com.
MAC Cosmetics Eye Shadow in "Dazzlight," "Cork," and "Wedge," $16; maccosmetics.com.
Melissa Goldstein, Beauty Director
"My wedding day beauty look was really simple and natural. This was two years before I got my first job as a beauty editor. I remember my lipstick well. It was MAC "Twig" lipstick, with MAC lip pencil in "Spice." But the clincher was the Lipcote lipstick sealer that held the color kiss-proof and in place. It was a game changer." —Melissa Goldstein
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Genevieve Panuska, Deputy Art Director
"I wanted to do my own makeup, because I like a natural look, and didn't want anyone fussing over me that day. That would've stressed me out. I got eyelash extensions the week before the wedding, which was wonderful because I didn't really need to wear makeup the entire week we were there, enjoying the company of friends and family." —Genevieve Panuska
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Jaime Buerger, Senior Editor
"Our wedding was partly outdoors, on the rooftop of a downtown hotel overlooking a river. It was cocktail attire, and I was wearing a vintage-inspired tea-length dress and an itty-bitty blusher veil. As such, I wanted to keep my makeup in line with that vibe, so my makeup artist Carley Brooks played up my eyes with falsies and smoky liner and shadows, and kept my lips neutral. Because I still wanted a pop of color, but didn't want my lips to compete with my eyes, I had my nails painted a bright, poppy red." —Jaime Buerger
Get Jaime's Look
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick, $44; bobbibrowncosmetics.com.
Skindanavia Finishing Spray, $29; skindinavia.com.
Vapour Beauty Aura Multi-Use Blush, $36; vapourbeauty.com.
Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette, $29; urbandecay.com.
NARS Satin Lip Pencil, $26; narscosmetics.com.
Urban Decay Naked Ultra Nourishing Lipgloss, $20; urbandecay.com.