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Naturally radiant: Create Blake Lively's 'no-makeup' bridal look

24 SEPTEMBER 2012

Blake Lively kept things simple and intimate for her private September wedding with Ryan Reynolds.

And the gorgeous face of Gucci hit the mark for the perfect bridal face by going au naturel, a source told People magazine.

"She wore natural makeup; her skin was flawless. It was a clean look, very fresh," said the attendee.

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For timeless beauty follow Blake's lead by focusing on fantastic, flawless skin that will enhance your natural features and have you glowing all day long.

Here's how to achieve the perfect 'no-make-up' bridal face:

Begin by creating a dewy base. Combine a hydrating moisturiser with primer such as The Present by Philosophy to even out fine lines and large pores for an airbrushed feel.

Because this look is really dependent on individual skin tone pick a base that will match and complement the natural colours of your face. Dior has a high colour chart in their new range of Nude Foundation that has a shade to suit everyone.

Dot this only on the places where there is pigmentation but for a firmer base repeat using thin layers across the rest of the skin. Remember to blend, blend, blend to keep the texture of your skin looking natural.

This will make the effect seamless and longer lasting, giving you one less thing to worry about. 

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To enhance the shape of the eyebrow arch and cheekbones as well as a glowing radiance use a light-reflective pen such as the classic YSL Touche Eclat. 

Work with the tones of your skin and consider if a light dusting of bronzer or blush would be more suited to you. The selection of Pot Rouge colours by Bobbi Brown will have something for the palest to the darkest of complexions. This little miracle worker has a cream texture that will give a glow to the cheeks and can also be used as a lip tint.

Keep the eyes simple with matte eye shadows by MAC. Neutral colours by Wedge will enhance the natural shadow of the eye-socket without looking overdone. Finish by curling lashes and applying a coat of lenghthening mascara to make your eyes look wide awake and sparkling.

Photo tip:

Remember to keep any product with shimmer just on the top of your cheekbones and bridge of your nose. Anywhere else and it will catch all the negative light in your wedding photos.

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