There’s no denying that love flourishes in the summer — and we all have a friend, co-worker, or soon-to-be sister-in-law with a fresh, sparkly engagement ring to prove it. But when it comes to planning the ceremony, there’s something about a brisk autumn breeze and orange October sun that appeals. And while a lot of wedding beauty looks are timeless, fall brides have an opportunity to experiment with rich, warm looks that reflect the season.
Daniel Martin (the man behind Meghan Markle’s au naturale royal wedding makeup look) tells us that the biggest bridal beauty trends will put focus on dewy, sun-kissed skin, a sheer wash of rich color over the eyes, and a barely-there nude lip that won’t smudge off on the rim of your champagne flute.
“This fall, bridal makeup is going to be all about skin and eyes,” Martin explains. “Not a full smoky eye situation, but you’re going to see some warm rusty reds and burgundy shadow shades — which have popped up in a lot of collections this season — because those tones look incredible whether you have blue, green, or brown eyes.”
Ahead, we’ve rounded up all of Martin’s wedding makeup ideas. These three stunning trends will inspire any bride who thinks that strolling down a cobblestone street and breathing in the smell of just-fallen leaves with the one you love is heck of a lot more romantic than a barefoot beach wedding.
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Fresh, Dewy Skin
Martin tells us that he was conscious of keeping Meghan Markle’s bridal makeup look very fresh, almost untouched. Simplicity was important to complement everything else going on — the Givenchy gown, embroidered veil, diamond tiara, and most importantly, all that lip-biting love. “When I was doing Meghan’s makeup, that moment was so much about her, H, and the dress,” Martin explains. “It was important not to get caught up in makeup trends and to let her natural beauty shine through. So, for her foundation, I just used my fingers to blend it out and create the most natural finish that looked lived in.”
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Martin is a brand ambassador for Dior, and he swears by the label’s new Backstage Face and Body Foundation for all brides because it’s buildable, waterproof, sweat-resistant, and creates a natural radiance on the skin — both in person and on camera.
Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation, $40, available at Sephora
Here, you can see the focus of the beauty look is Laura Harrier’s full-bodied curls, the dress, and delicate droplet earrings. The makeup — lit-from-within skin, nude glossy lip s, and a subtle cat-eye — add to the look without pulling all the attention.
If you’re looking for a base that works to even skin tone and give a little glow, a tinted moisturizer may be a better fit than a full-fledged foundation. This one has coverage that is barely detectable, but doesn’t disappear on a sunny day or after a few mascara tears spill down your cheek.
Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 – Oil Free, $45, available at Sephora
Rusty Red Eyeshadow
This fall, Martin predicts that the shadow de jour is going to be warm with a red base, which creates a stunning, smoky sunset look on the eyes. “A rusty red is pretty on every eye color, and it’s a shade that has popped up in so many new makeup collections this season,” Martin explains. “It doesn’t have to be heavy, just a light wash of color on the lid can really make the eyes pop.”
At the Emmys, Mandy Moore wore the exact shadow look that Martin is alluding to. For the burnt orange smoky eye, makeup artist Jenn Streicher told Allure that she used the new Proenza Schouler for Lancôme Chroma Eyeshadow Palette in 01 Warm Chroma. She dipped into two of the darker rusty brown shades for the lid and swept on lighter nude shades for dimension below the eye.
Proenza Schouler Proenza Schouler for Lancôme Chroma Eyeshadow Palette, $50, available at lancôme paris
For a look that’s both elevated and romantic, keep the rest of the face bare (and glowy), then work a burnished copper shadow into the crease of the eyelid.
Here’s another new palette that plays into the bridal trend. This one by Huda Beauty comes with both matte and glitter pans. With options like these, you can keep the look warm and neutral with deep caramels and rich reds, or amp up the sparkle.
Huda Beauty Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette in Topaz, $27, available at Sephora
Burgundy Glitter Eyeshadow
“Burgundy, an eggplant purple with a tinge of red-ish undertones, is another shade that’s going to be big for fall bridal this season,” Martin tells us. “The red mixed with purple creates this warm fig or a raisin-like hue that gives soft dimension without looking too dark, and it reads stunning on every skin tone.”
“Honest Beauty just came out with an eyeshadow palette with this glitter burgundy pan that I love,” Martin tells us (he’s also a brand ambassador for Honest). “I like to use it as eyeliner, and it creates this really beautiful complement against any eye color.”
Honest Beauty Eyeshadow Palette, $19.98, available at Honest Beauty
On Jourdan Dunn, celebrity makeup artist Erin Parsons worked a deep burgundy shadow all over her eyelid, building the color darker through the crease. The fine-grained shimmer in the shadow gives the look more of a glossy finish, instead of a one-dimensional matte.
Fans can’t get enough of this NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadow in the shade Desdemona. The burgundy shade keeps selling out because it’s buildable and can be applied either wet or dry for a look that’s both unexpected and romantic.
NARS Dual-Intensity Eyeshadow in Desdemona, $29, available at Lord & Taylor
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