Soon I will be going to my first wedding. Even though I’m not the bride, nor am I getting married anytime soon, I wanted to create a look that was wedding appropriate, yet still a little colorful. That’s why I’ve created this mermaid wedding makeup tutorial.
I also want to preface this tutorial by saying that I coordinated the colors based on my outfit, which consisted of black, blue, and a little bit of white. Therefore, if you want to copy this look for yourself, you might want to change up some of the colors depending on what you’ll be wearing. Unless you don’t give a shit about color coordinating, which is absolutely fine.
The goal of this colorful wedding makeup tutorial is to look classy while having a little fun.
List of Materials
- BeautyBlender (or any makeup sponge) x 1
- Foundation brush (optional) x 1
- Concealer brush (optional) x 1
- Fluffy powder brush x 2
- Contour brush x 1
- Nose contour brush (optional) x 1-2
- Highlighting brush x 1
- Blush brush x 1
- Flat shader brush x 1-2
- Fluffy eyeshadow blending brush x 1-4
- Tapered blending brush x 1-2
- Pencil brush x 1
- Flat definer brush x 1
- Angled brow brush w/ a spooley x 1
- Lip brush (optional) x 1-2
- Tweezers x 1
- Lash glue x 1
- Small compact mirror x 1
- Eyelash curler x 1
- Foundation primer x 1-2
- Color correcting concealer (use however many you need depending on your skin)
- Green = redness/broken capillaries
- Purple/blue = sallow skin
- Pink/peach = darkness, dullness and blue veins (for fair skin tones)
- Yellow = dullness (for olive skin)
- Orange/red = darkness (skin tones deeper than medium)
- Foundation (preferably full coverage) x 1
- Concealer (full coverage & a few shades lighter than your skin) x 1
- Translucent loose setting powder x 1
- Contour palette/cool-toned brown shade x 1
- Matte bronzer x 1
- Blush (whatever compliments your skin tone) x 1
- Highlighter (white, gold, or champagne)
- Neutral liquid lipstick x 1
- Neutral bullet lipstick x 1
- Complementing neutral lip liner x 1
- Brow pomade x 1
- Eyebrow pencil x 1
- The Magic Palette by Juvia’s Place x 1
- If you don’t have this palette, you’ll need:
- Light beige-ish matte shade x 1
- Warm, light matte brown shade x 1
- Duo chrome purple metallic shade x 1
- Icy, light blue metallic shade x 1
- Dark matte blue shade x 1
- White matte shade x 1
- If you don’t have this palette, you’ll need:
- Black felt-tip liquid liner x 1
- Kohl pencil liner in black x 1
- False eyelashes x 1
- Mascara x 1
- Setting spray x 1
- Finishing spray (optional) x 1
Let’s get started!
Mermaid Wedding Makeup Tutorial
After completing my skincare routine, I’m taking the Urban Decay Rehab Makeup Prep Hot Springs Hydrating Gel and applying all over my face and neck. Then I use the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer and apply it everywhere as well. However, I make sure to put a fair amount on areas where I have larger pores. You don’t have to use two primers, but I prefer to keep my face feeling extra moisturized since I will be applying a lot of product onto my skin later on.
Because I have acne, redness, and scarring, I’m going to take my Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid in green. I apply it all over my problem areas and blend out the product using a brush from the Luxie Beauty Wonder Woman brush collection. Use whatever color corrector you need for whatever skin problems you want to conceal, as long as you blend it. If you don’t blend out the product, chances are the color corrector and the foundation will mix together and create an unflattering shade.
Next I’m taking the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation and dabbing it all over my face with a damp BeautyBlender. However, I’m going to try and avoid putting foundation underneath my eyes, so that my under eye area doesn’t get cakey when I apply concealer later on. I also make sure to apply the foundation down my neck. I’m using shade 100 because this particular foundation dries down to a darker shade over time, and so I chose the lightest shade as a precaution.
Similar to my my last makeup tutorial, I’m taking a break from the face and am going to work on my eyebrows. Taking the spooley side of my Kat Von D Signature Brow pencil in medium brown, I’m going to brush out my eyebrow hair until it looks more tame and shapely. Then, using the Kat Von D angled brow brush #70, I’m going to dip into my medium brown Kat Von D 24-Hour Pomade and start working on the arch. Once I like the way the arch looks, I gradually make my way to the front of my brows. To create the little hairs at the front of the brow, I just make gentle upward, hair-like strokes using my Kat Von D brow pencil. I use the spooley side to blend out any harshness.
Now I’m going apply concealer on the rest of my face. Using my Colourpop No Filter Concealer in Fair 02, I apply some on my forehead, around my nostrils, and cupid’s bow. I also go a little bit down the bridge of my nose. Once that’s done, I take my damp Morphe Contour and Highlight to blend it out.
I’m going to take my Real Techniques Powder Brush and dust some Airspun Translucent Setting Powder all over my face. I do this until my face feels velvety smooth.
Using my Morphe contour sponge, I’m going to dip back into the Airspun powder and bake the areas where I applied my concealer. I let the powder sit while I do the next few steps.
Since I have the powder underneath my eyes, I’m going to go ahead and switch to my eyeshadow. I’m taking “Tako” by Sugarpill and apply it on my brow bone. I’m using my Makeup Shack T66 brush to apply the product right underneath the arch of my brows, which will help my eyes look more lifted.
Taking my Luxie 205, I’m going to dip into the shade “Kesi” from The Magic palette by Juvia’s Place and apply it into my crease. I make sure to use a mix of windshield-wiper and circular motions when blending out the shade. This usually helps make the blend appear more seamless.
And apparently I forgot to actually take a picture of this step, surprise, surprise.
Now that I’ve applied the transition shade, I’m going to deepen up the crease using the shade “Nana” from the same palette. I apply this shade with the Luxie 229 using the same blending motions. If you think you’ve applied too much, blend it out using a clean fluffy brush.
After blending those shades, I’m going to take the Colourpop E9 brush and put the color “Yejide” in the first half of my crease. I make sure that the color is the most intense at the outer corner of my eye. I use the same circular and windshield-wiper motions to blend until I reach the middle of my pupil.
With my Sigma E32, I’m going to dip into “Faso” and apply it all over my lid. Since I have a fold in my eyelids, I like to apply a little bit in my cease as well so that the blue and purple kind of merge together. Make sure to use stamping motions, so that the pigment really stands out. If you want the color to really pop, spray the brush with some setting spray.
Now I’m going to take my Kat Von D Basketcase Anti-Precision Eyeliner pencil and apply it in my upper and lower waterline. Just do your best to not stab yourself in the eye. If your eyes start watering, just lean your head back until it stops.
Going back into The Magic palette, I’m taking my Sigma E21 and applying the shade “Yemoja” in my inner corner. This will help further brighten and separate my eyes.
To make sure that the top and bottom lid colors are cohesive, I’m going to take my Sigma E36 and apply “Kesi” all across my lower lash line. I’m making sure to not diminish the inner corner highlight, but by all means, reapply if you must.
Using the same brush, I’m dipping back into “Nana” and applying it across my lower lash line.
On a Luxie 221 brush, I’m taking “Yejide” and applying it halfway across my lash line. If I find that the blue looks too harsh, I just take a clean brush and gently go back and forth with my Cozzette S175 brush.
After brushing away the translucent powder, I’m going to take my Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper and get as close as I can to my top lash line. To create a wing, I follow the curve of my bottom lash line. In order to create a sharp line, I decrease the amount of pressure I’m applying with the felt tip.
I’m taking the Maybelline Colossal Big Shot mascara and coat my top and bottom lashes. Feel free to appy as many coats as you want. Because I hate applying mascara, I’m only going to apply a couple. Then I’ll take an eyelash curler and… well, curl them. Not that it makes much of a difference, since my lashes are practically short and invisible.
I’m now applying false lashes. For this tutorial, I’m going to use House of Lashes’ Iconic lashes. Because my eyes are wonky as hell, I’m going to apply some lash glue over my liquid eyeliner as well as the lash band. You don’t have to do this, but I find that it helps my lashes stay on longer and makes them more comfortable to wear. To blend the falsies and my natural lashes together, I’m applying some more mascara.
I’m going back to the rest of my face. Taking my Nyx contour palette, I’m going to dip into the cool brown shade in the second row, third column to contour my cheeks. I’ll be using my F.A.R.A.H. large angled contour brush.
Like last time, I’m going to make a fish-like face by sucking in my cheeks and slowly building up the amount of product. While I’m applying the contour, I’m doing circular motions so that it looks seamless. I’m also going upward a little bit into my temples so that I’m giving the illusion that my cheekbones are protruding.
Oh, I forgot to contour my nose. Oh well, fuck it.
Yes, the highlighting! For this tutorial, because I noticed that my dress has a little bit of purple, I’m going to use the Black Moon Cosmetics Moonlighter in the shade “Catshark.” With my Fenty Beauty Highlighter brush, I’m dipping into the pan and building it up on my cheekbones, temples, as well as the bridge and tip of my nose.
Now I’m dipping into the Wet N’ Wild Color Icon Ombré blush in the shade “In A Purple Haze.” To make sure that I don’t apply too much right away, I’m going to gently tap my Real Techniques Blush brush onto the apples of my cheeks. I work my way up from the apples of my cheeks to my temples. Then I just go ahead and blend using circular motions up and down the areas where I’ve just applied the product.
Oh, and I forgot to mention that I contoured my jawline… or at least I tried to.
For my lip color, I’m just going to use Sugarpill’s “Dainty” from their High Tea collection. If you’re going to recreate this look, I’d recommend a light neutral color since the focus is going to be on the eyes. But feel free to use a bold color, as long as it complements the eyeshadow.
To make sure all of the products blend together and last throughout the day, I’m going to spray my face using a setting and finishing spray. I’m using the Mario Badescu Rose Water for my setting spay and the Skindinavia finishing spray afterwards.
That concludes this mermaid wedding makeup tutorial!
I know that it’s not the most innovative look in the world, but I really wanted to put my little spin on the conventional wedding makeup looks I see all the time online. Personally, I’d love to have a double-cut crease and lashes long enough to propel me off the ground if I blink fast enough. But that’s just me.
Here’s a list of all the products I’ve mentioned in this tutorial:
- Urban Decay Rehab Makeup Prep Hot Springs Hydrating Gel
- Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer
- Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid
- Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation
- Kat Von D Beauty 24-Hour Super Brow Long-Wear Pomade
- Kat Von D Beauty Signature Brow Precision Pencil
- Colourpop No Filter Concealer
- Coty Airspun Loose Setting Powder
- Juvia’s Place The Magic palette
- Tattoo Liner in “Trooper”
- Basket Case Anti-Precision Eyeliner
- Maybelline Colossal Big Shot Mascara in “Black”
- House of Lashes false lashes in “Iconic”
- Nyx Highlight and Contour Pro Palette
- Black Moon Cosmetics Moonlighter in “Catshark”
- Wet N’ Wild Color Icon Ombre Blush in “In A Purple Haze”
- Sugarpill liquid lipstick in “Dainty”
- Urban Decay Chill Cooling and Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray
- Skindinavia Finishing Spray
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