Our top beauty products for every bride-to-be on the eve of her engagement photoshoot

Accomplishing the iconic 'bridal glow' just in time for your engagement photographs is a dream shared by every new bride. An engagement photography session is a wonderful way to get to know your photographer and ease your & your fiancé's nerves in front of the camera.

Engagement photoshoots are also great opportunities to test out different professional make-up artists by running a make-up trial. Testing to see how their make-up selection & application translates in photographs as well as and how comfortable you look & feel on this special day is something you should prepare for well in advance.
We all know that professional makeup artistry can be expensive, so for some of you bride-to-be’s, a professional make-up artist needs to be reserved for the actual wedding day. For all the bride’s going rogue for their engagement shoot, we have a list of tried and true products that will make you looking flawless and natural- the best way to look during your engagement photos.


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We love the natural glow on this beautiful blonde bride. Her thick brows are beautifully maintained and subtly defined, while her lashes are thickened with generous coats of mascara. The neutral shade of pink on the lips is feminine and natural.

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This bride chose to be daring on her engagement shoot and it looks absolutely beautiful! The red lips match her choice of red dress (which could come off as too matchy), but balanced with her minimal eye makeup, thick lashes, flushed cheeks and voluminous blow-out, we love how it makes her stand out.

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We love this day time neutral glam look- defined eyes emphasized with black liquid liner, thick lashes, soft rosy cheeks, and a perfect pinky nude lip. This look translates flawlessly in photographs, and will always look beautiful for years & years to come.

Want to create a flawless engagement session make-up look at home? Pick up these products and you won’t regret doing it yourself!

1. Amore Pacific Moisture Bound Rejuvenating Eye Treatment Gel

Amore Pacific Eye
Although a good night sleep is guaranteed to decrease puffy eye bags and discolouration, it may be more stressful than you think to get that full 8 hours in- especially when your wedding date is drawing near. Achieve a luminous under eye area with this amazing eye cream from Korean brand Amore Pacific. Thin serum-like texture and silky smooth, this product is guaranteed to brighten and smooth the tender and sensitive under eye skin. Sweep some over the lids and below the brow for a super bright-eye that’ll leave you wondering how it works. All in a beautiful and sleek white & chrome packaging- this eye cream is the best.
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Interested in learning more about Amore Pacific as a brand? This article is a great in-depth read of it’s interesting history and brand philosophy.

2. Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer

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One step you do not want to skip out on is applying a primer. Not only will a good primer smooth over any pores or fine lines you may have, it’ll also prolong the longevity of your base makeup, reduce shine, redness and ensure your face looks smooth and perfect all day long. One of our favourites is the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer. It is smooth & light in texture and makes your face soft (the perfect canvas). It’s available in many specialized colours too that treat a multitude of skin issues- green (to cancel out redness), peach (targets dark circles and veins) and blue (for hydration). You only need a pea-size amount, so this product also lasts you a long time too.
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3. Dior Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation

Dior Diorskin Airflash Spray Foundation
Flawless and luminous skin is a necessity, yet choosing a wedding day foundation can be tricky. Opt for experimenting in advance. Try different kinds of foundation with different finishes and take into account your skin type. The Dior Airflash Spray Foundation creates the perfect air-brush canvas and when set with powder, creates a lasting flawless complexion that will maintain it’s luminosity throughout the evening. Apply with a stippling brush for a beautiful medium coverage that still allows your skin to look natural. As a fan of bare-looking skin, this foundation feels like you have nothing on at all.
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4. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

The best loose powder on the market is the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder. Colourless, so you aren’t adding more coverage & incredibly fine in texture, this powder sets foundation and concealer beautifully.
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5. Giorgio Armani Sun Fabric Sheer Bronzer

Giorgio Armani Sun Fabric Sheer Bronzer
Obtain a perfectly natural sun-kissed glow with this beautiful bronzer by Giorgio Armani. For fair skinned beauties, try the shade 100. Sweep a single layer for a natural, barely-there bronze or build up intensity to achieve a tan worthy of a Hawaiian beach vacation commercial. This bronzer is perfect for brides in that the colour is perfectly ashy brown, no orange and has a subtle hint of luminosity. I always choose to apply bronzer a bit heavily when taking photographs, to ensure it shows up in the flash. If you’re feeling daring, learn to contour and focus in the hollows of your cheeks, along the sides of your nose, temples and a light dusting under your lower lip to create a fuller pout.
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6. Nars Blush

Nars Blushes
NARS blushes are both beautiful in colour selection and formula. Our favourites include the cult-classic Orgasm, as well as Sin, Mata Hari and Sex Appeal. Available in over 20 gorgeous shades, NARS blushes create the most natural and luminous flush- perfect for your engagement pictures.
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7. Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base
Eye shadow bases are a necessity. End of story. You don’t want your eye shadow creasing- especially when your having professional photographs done! This is a step no professional make-up artist forgets, regardless of skin type. The NARS Smudge Proof Eye Shadow Base is, simply put, the best on the market. Colourless, smooth and light on the lids, this primer will maintain shadow vibrancy and placement all day long, regardless if you’re working out, running errands or working long hours. Guaranteed. Trust us, we’ve tested this on long work days.
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8. Urban Decay Naked Palette
Urban Decay Naked Palette
Urban Decay Naked Palette
The Naked palette is famous for a reason- it’s selection of matte and shimmer shadows that are universally flattering and top notch in quality has generated huge buzz in the beauty world, and we know why! The perfect natural glam look can be achieved with gorgeous shades like Virgin, Sin, Naked, Buck, Smog and Toasted. The shimmery black shade, Creep, is perfect for smudging into the lash line for a diffused winged eyeliner that is sultry yet subtle. If you want to invest in one palette, make it this one.
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9. Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Kajal Liner


A great eye liner pencil is hard to come by. I often find that there is no pencil that clicks the following boxes: stays put & doesn’t transfer, soft & easy to apply, jet black and lasts all day long. This one does all of those things. It’s kind of like magic and something I don’t question or think about too much. I just buy it, every time. Achieve the best cat eye with a sharpened tip, or a smudgy sultry defined eye, with the built-in smudge sponge on the opposite end.
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10. Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil
Anastasia Beverly Hills Perfect Brow Pencil
Brows are the frame of your face, and to put it bluntly, very important in creating a beautiful make-up look. Maintain brow shape throughout your planning process, and for your engagement photographs, choose to go natural with your eyebrows. Use a sharpened pencil to fill in sparse areas, but don’t experiment with new shapes. Heighten what you already have and enhance the shape you’ve achieved through professional maintenance. Grow your brows out over a 3 month period and hire a reputable aesthetician to reshape and clean your brows up. For products, Anastasia Beverly Hills is the queen of eyebrows. Her Perfect Brow Pencil is amongst our favourites! The waxy and sturdy texture allows for more controlled strokes. The spoolie brush on the opposite end is perfect for brushing out your work to ensure a natural and “unpainted” finish. If you want a finer pencil, go for the Brow Wiz. Set with Anastasia Clear Brow Gel.
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11. MAC Cosmetics Lipsticks
MAC Cosmetics Lipstick
MAC lipsticks are like the little black dress of makeup. Classic and always in style. Available in an overwhelming selection of colours and finishes, these lipsticks are beautiful in texture, smooth and long wearing. Packaged in sleek, small, black bullet-like tubes, they last a long time too. Our favourite bridal inspired hues are Blankety (who knows how many of these I’ve been through), Faux, Patisserie, Angel, Creme D’Nude, Brave, Please Me and Half & Half. If you’re wanting a daring shade, go for Brick O’La, D for Danger, Dare You, Diva, Party Line or Rebel.
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12. L’Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara


This will forever be my all time favourite mascara. So many brands come out with new formulas, new gimmicks, new packaging, new (crazy) wands. But this brilliant mascara wins them all by a long shot. The sleek & practical packaging and the plush fibrous brush guarantees a perfect application each time. Volume, length and a deep true black pigment, your lashes will look thick and gorgeous with this inexpensive miracle.
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13. Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray

Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray
No one wants to have their makeup melting off throughout the day. Seal it all in with a fine mist of setting spray by Urban Decay. A few spritz’ of this lovely setting water will make sure your makeup stays matte all day. Spray some throughout the day for a refreshing complexion boost.
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We hope we inspired all of you blushing brides out there to try some of our holy-grail makeup and skin care products that will be sure to make you the most beautiful during your engagement shoot. Going rogue is perfectly okay for your engagement pictures, and once you use these wonderful products, you’ll be looking back on your pictures and beaming with pride.

XOs Samantha

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