Spring brides, listen up because today, we’re talking wedding day beauty today! Although we can’t help but love bold lips and smokey eyes, the wedding day makeup that will best suit spring or summer weddings in the Washington DC area is going to be a clean, natural look. Today, Washington DC area wedding makeup artist Melissa, owner of Melissa Mangrum, Makeup Artist, is here with tips for achieving flawless finish with neutral makeup hues and gives us a beauty breakdown! Take it away, Melissa…


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Spring 2013 is bringing a new twist to the no makeup-makeup look. Think flawlessly naked. The key to achieving this look? You must use the “less is more” approach. It’s all about ensuring each step is flawlessly blended and perfectly matched to avoid the appearance of makeup.

Prepping the skin is also important in the barely there makeup trend as this will ensure a smooth long lasting application thru all the tears of joy and countless kisses you’ll receive on your wedding day.

If you’re one that is afraid of the naked look, opt for enhancing one feature but keeping the rest very minimal. For Melissa Mangrum, Makeup Artist, it’s always been in to accentuate a bride’s best features, and for spring 2013, that’s right on trend!

Lighter Eye Makeup

Are your eyes your best feature? Opt for a soft wash of a single shadow color that compliments the color of your eyes.  This spring the heavy smoky eye is almost obsolete.

Add a Pop of Color for Lips

How about focusing on your lips?  They are the star of the show (the kiss!) so go for a long lasting highly pigmented lip balm instead of a matte formula. This will give you that subtle pop of color you crave without being overbearing to the natural radiance of the barely there skin.

Go for a Natural Look

It’s a tough fete to expose yourself to the world, but for the love of makeup… its time! Show off the natural beauty that you were born with on one of the biggest days of your life because the trend is to begin (and end) with beautiful skin.


I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to go doll up with these tips in mind! Thank you for your advice, Melissa! For your wedding day beauty needs, be sure to check out Melissa Mangrum, Makeup Artist!

From fashion and beauty to planning and budget, we’ve got it all covered, so take a look around the blog and read more tips and advice from local wedding pros in the DC area!

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