Barely There Beauty

Barely There Beauty

Youthful, dewy skin is still topping the charts as one of the most desired looks for brides- to-be. Tijan Biner speaks with Amber Moratti from Brush & Blush about the popular makeup trend, and how you can ensure you feel your best on your wedding day.

Amber Moratti, the owner of Brush & Blush, has seen countless trends make their way in and out of the beauty world, but she couldn’t be happier to bid farewell to a few.

“Finally we are moving away from the over- contoured matte foundation, solid matte lip and over-constructed eye makeup!” she says. “[We’re] now moving into fresh and hydrated skin with a dusting of illuminator on the high points, flirty lashes and a soft-tinted lip.”

The coveted ‘barely there’ look has been gracing the faces of brides since the beginning of time – it’s effortless, incredibly gorgeous and enhances your inner bridal beauty.


A luminous glow always starts with well-prepared skin. One of the best ways you can achieve clean, flawless skin is to exfoliate. Not only does this make it a lot easier for moisturisers and serums to do their job, but it prevents your skin from looking tired. If you have dry skin, stay away from harsh exfoliating products that may cause aggravation. Try a hydrating mask or facial oil to ensure your skin reaps all the nutrients- and moisture-rich benefits before your big day.

A great way to add some extra glow to your foundation is to add a touch of moisturiser or liquid illuminator. This will give your skin an all-over glow, while preventing the product from being applied too heavily, which can dull your skin’s natural radiance. You can play around with the two products until you find a consistency that works with your skin’s texture, its level of dryness/oiliness and the amount of coverage you actually need.

Add lustre with a pigmented illuminator, which will catch the light beautifully and help your complexion gleam. The best areas to apply your highlighter are the places where your skin catches the natural light – your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, your temples and your Cupid’s bow.
Since these areas tend to be less oily than the rest of your face, the highlighter should last for hours.


A mistake that brides often make when trying to achieve a natural, glowing look is skipping the eyes – do not forget them, they’re the windows to the soul! If you’re aiming to look fresh-faced and youthful on your wedding day, your eyes should look bright and un-puffy. Leading up to the big day, massage your favourite eye cream or serum under your eyes and over the orbital bone with your pinky or ring finger to make sure they’re in tip-top shape.

Moratti recommends using soft-coloured shadows on the eyelids, which will add a pop of colour and brighten your eyes.

“Take inspiration from the beautiful colours we are seeing in current bridal bouquets,” she says. “[Colours such] as rose gold, peach and cranberry are what we’re seeing this season.”

Adding a touch of pearl or champagne shimmer in the inner corners of the eyes will immediately make them appear larger, so you’ll look bright- eyed and youthful in no time!

Leave the extremely long lashes for a night out with your girls, and choose a more natural look for your big day. Moratti’s favourite beauty look is seeing long, luscious eyelashes on a bride.

“Have a look at makeup trends over the years,” she says. “Lashes have always stayed strong! Flirty, full, extra-long, winged – there are so many differing looks, styles and thicknesses. Lashes always complete the makeup look!”

Brides-to-be shouldn’t be afraid of a thicker brow, either. Properly groomed eyebrows will frame your face and bring your entire look together.


A good rule of thumb when choosing a shade of blush is to consider its warmth. If it’s warmer in colour, the blush will look far more natural. Choose a shimmering cream blush for a beautiful glow – it’ll slightly highlight the apples of your cheeks and last longer than a powdered blush, so you’ll look flawless all day and night.
Colour correcting is also quickly paving its way through the beauty world, as it’s an extremely natural way to tackle uneven skin tones. Green, purple, peach, red and yellow creams promise to cancel out redness, brighten under-eye circles and hide veins. Since a flawless complexion is always the end goal, you can add warmth to your face with a hint of shimmering bronzer, which will complement the glow from your foundation.


Once again, preparation is the key to soft and supple lips. Moisturise your lips the night before your big day and lightly exfoliate them before applying lipstick. You may be tempted to choose a nude shade when trying to achieve a natural look, but this may wash you out in photos. As a guide, choose a shade that complements the colour of your blush.

Moratti’s biggest tip for brides-to-be is to choose a makeup look that perfectly suits you and complements your natural beauty, regardless of which trends are currently in fashion.

“Fads always come in fast and leave just as quickly,” she says. “Don’t ‘over Pinterest it’, [and] don’t choose a makeup style that looks awesome on the girl with the highest social media following. Choose a makeup artist that can create more than one signature look.”

“We are loving the confidence that we are seeing with our current brides – women who are so happy to embrace their own personal style and enhance their uniqueness.”

Just remember that beauty is not one-size-fits-all. Whether you follow our tips to the letter or not, only you know the look you’re after for your wedding day, so have fun with it!

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