I’ve attended enough weddings to know flaky foundation, smeared mascara and goopy gloss can turn an otherwise beautiful day into a beauty disaster. Brides work way too hard locking down every last big day detail to let garish, pore-clogging products steal the spotlight.
Sadly, we’ve all seen the friend/sister/co-worker that doesn’t look quite comfortable in their own skin thanks to a heavy-handed artiste or inexperienced bridesmaid. If you’re a DIY bride-to-be looking to avoid a wedding day makeup meltdown, look no further than Afterglow Cosmetics, a full line of mineral-based products sure to make your trip down the aisle a naturally gorgeous affair.
One of my favorite products is the Organic Infused Foundation ($36). Available in 19 shades and infused with skin soothing organic botanicals, it gives my face a look of airbrushed perfection without the use of icky parabens or talc. This 100% natural formulation conceals imperfections and evens skin tone without looking overdone or cakey. I apply it with the handy Kabuki Brush ($35) before sweeping on Organic Infused Blush in “Cozy” ($26). All of Afterglow’s professional-grade vegan brushes, including the sumptuous Blush Brush ($34), feel soft as silk and come with a lifetime guarantee.
For defined eyes without a smudge in sight (here’s looking at you, teary brides!), I reach for Pure Soul Mascara in “Onyx” ($24). It’s a bestselling wonder product that won’t flake or clump, and I particularly love the way it separates my lower lashes while adding just the right amount of length and volume. When combined with Organic Infused Eye Liner ($22), my peepers get an added dose of pop, and I achieve a subtly sexy look by mixing the classic black “Gravity” with a coppery shade called “Orbit.”
The “I do’s” may have it at your wedding, but let’s not forget about lips. They’ll be on full display when you and your groom pucker up for the first time as man and wife. No one wants to start married life with a dull, dry pout so I recommend reaching for Afterglow’s Lip Love Lipstick ($24) and Hydra Gloss ($24). With nearly 30 shades to choose from, there’s a high-shine, shimmery or matte shade to complement the natural radiance of every blushing bride.
To learn more about these and other Afterglow Cosmetics, visit afterglowcosmetics.com.
Blog post by Real Weddings Magazine Contributor Morgan Casarez.
Photo courtesy of and copyright Afterglow Cosmetics.