7 Step Guide to Bulletproof Bridal Makeup: Learn Them All

by Emily J. March 13, 2020
Being a MUA you probably know that bridal is the ultimate challenge, however, the techniques used to create this type of makeup are universal for every look that requires longevity and lightweight appearance at the same time.

Even if you consider yourself a pro, it’s good to double check yourself from time to time - are you truly on top of your game?! We took it seriously and rolled up the sleeves to prep an extensive step-by-step based on the work of international bridal PRO Ortal Elimeleh for every mua out there wishing that his/her brides would bring everyone on their knees.

Interested?! When let’s dive straight into it!

STEP #1: Preparation

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And a simple moisturiser won’t do, darling. If you are attempting a more complicated look or simply just applying a mat, hydration is a must. Plump those lips with products that will do most in less amount of time and no fuss, e.g. gel lip masks. Effective, quick and you can pop one on the model’s face while prepping your tools. Afterwards, just toss it out and you’ll have zero product residue to clean.

STEP #2 Skin

For any makeup to last, be it bridal, editorial or fashion - prepping is the key. If you slather your foundation on a dehydrated skin, don’t blame the foundation on not delivering eye pleasing results. Moisturizer, lip mask AND primer or makeup fixing spray afterwards are a must. For the effect that will withstand hurricanes - let every product layer dry before applying another, otherwise you will just mess with the formulas. Do it in chill mode and don't fret - bridal is not express makeup.
Ortal doesn’t sweat doing the skin first - however, she holds the finishing touches until the very end to see what accents are missing in the whole look. However, if you worry that you will end up with a panda for a model - do skin after the eyes. Just forget the rules and do what feels comfortable with you.

Now, for the skin - main rule here is to apply the foundation in thin layers. Think painting and imagine yourself as Michelangelo - Ortal recommends working with flat painter brushes that push product better into the skin, so that it doesn’t look cakey or overloaded in the end.


Going through products, pick one heavier coverage foundation or use a few and layer them separately. However, try them out first - the products should be easy to blend and have the same thickness as not to separate so easy. Same rules apply to concealer - layers and blendability. Just don’t forget to check the ingredients, e.g. water based products don’t mix with oil, unless you want to end up like a mad chemist with an explosion that is probably going to be a hysteric bride.


Video credit @ortalelimeleh1
Photo credit @ortalelimeleh1

STEP #3 Eyes

Video credit @ortalelimeleh1
Video credit @ortalelimeleh1
It’s always a primer time: solves every issue and delivers intense color and longevity. Just let that baby dry, before jumping straight into other products, unless you are going for an expressive look rather than clean.

If you want that eyeshadow to last - apply dry products unto wet, start modelling those eyes with a soft eye pencil, blend and just then go for eyeshadow. Tip from Ortal - use tapping motions that push the dry eyeshadow into the pencil. For that extra pop of shimmer, go for creamy eyeshadow and apply it with your fingers.

And if you are going for more nat and not red carpet - pick individual lashes, those are hands down more natural looking than strip.



Learn next 4 steps with world class Educator O. Elimeleh and create a jaw-dropping bridal makeup!

Sign up for  Ortal's virtual makeup masterclass "Master Modern Bride's look" and learn to wow and win the clients!
Plus receive an ultimate Step-by-step PDF guide for MUAs, PDF certificate and PDF product list!

Click Learn More button

7 Step Guide to Bulletproof Bridal Makeup: Learn Them All

by Emily J. March 13, 2020
Being a MUA you probably know that bridal is the ultimate challenge, however, the techniques used to create this type of makeup are universal for every look that requires longevity and lightweight appearance at the same time.

Even if you consider yourself a pro, it’s good to double check yourself from time to time - are you truly on top of your game?! We took it seriously and rolled up the sleeves to prep an extensive step-by-step based on the work of international bridal PRO Ortal Elimeleh for every mua out there wishing that his/her brides would bring everyone on their knees.

Interested?! When let’s dive straight into it!

STEP #1: Preparation

Video credit @ortalelimeleh1

And a simple moisturiser won’t do, darling. If you are attempting a more complicated look or simply just applying a mat, hydration is a must. Plump those lips with products that will do most in less amount of time and no fuss, e.g. gel lip masks. Effective, quick and you can pop one on the model’s face while prepping your tools. Afterwards, just toss it out and you’ll have zero product residue to clean.

STEP #2 Skin

For any makeup to last, be it bridal, editorial or fashion - prepping is the key. If you slather your foundation on a dehydrated skin, don’t blame the foundation on not delivering eye pleasing results. Moisturizer, lip mask AND primer or makeup fixing spray afterwards are a must. For the effect that will withstand hurricanes - let every product layer dry before applying another, otherwise you will just mess with the formulas. Do it in chill mode and don't fret - bridal is not express makeup.
Video credit @ortalelimeleh1

Ortal doesn’t sweat doing the skin first - however, she holds the finishing touches until the very end to see what accents are missing in the whole look. However, if you worry that you will end up with a panda for a model - do skin after the eyes. Just forget the rules and do what feels comfortable with you.

Now, for the skin - main rule here is to apply the foundation in thin layers. Think painting and imagine yourself as Michelangelo - Ortal recommends working with flat painter brushes that push product better into the skin, so that it doesn’t look cakey or overloaded in the end.


Going through products, pick one heavier coverage foundation or use a few and layer them separately. However, try them out first - the products should be easy to blend and have the same thickness as not to separate so easy. Same rules apply to concealer - layers and blendability. Just don’t forget to check the ingredients, e.g. water based products don’t mix with oil, unless you want to end up like a mad chemist with an explosion that is probably going to be a hysteric bride.
Video credit @ortalelimeleh1
Photo credit @ortalelimeleh1

STEP #3 Eyes

Video credit @ortalelimeleh1
Video credit @ortalelimeleh1
It’s always a primer time: solves every issue and delivers intense color and longevity. Just let that baby dry, before jumping straight into other products, unless you are going for an expressive look rather than clean.

If you want that eyeshadow to last - apply dry products unto wet, start modelling those eyes with a soft eye pencil, blend and just then go for eyeshadow. Tip from Ortal - use tapping motions that push the dry eyeshadow into the pencil. For that extra pop of shimmer, go for creamy eyeshadow and apply it with your fingers.

And if you are going for more nat and not red carpet - pick individual lashes, those are hands down more natural looking than strip.

Learn next 4 steps with world class Educator O. Elimeleh and create a jaw-dropping bridal makeup!

Sign up for Ortal's virtual makeup masterclass "Master Modern Bride's look" and learn to wow and win the clients! 
Plus receive an ultimate Step-by-step PDF guide for MUAs, PDF certificate and PDF product list!

Click Learn More button