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Beauty Tutorial: How to Do Your Own Wedding Makeup (Video)

Local vlogger Claire Ashley demonstrates how to DIY the naturally flawless look.

By Irina Grechko Published

When it comes to bridal makeup, you don’t need to shell out big bucks for a professional to achieve a natural look that will stand out in photographs. In fact, doing your own makeup saves you money and avoids the unfortunate incident of a salon artist turning you into someone unrecognizable (you know you’ve heard that horror story before).

With this in mind, we caught up with DC-based self-taught beauty guru Claire Ashley. With more than 80,000 subscribers and more than 13 million views, the YouTuber and beauty blogger knows a thing or two about creating a special-occasion look that’s guaranteed to be a bride- and crowd-pleaser. Watch Ashley create a fuss-free, step-by-step wedding-day look, and get tips for making it stay through the last dance.

Get the look:

L’Oreal Studio Secrets magic perfecting base, $12.99 at Ulta.

Clinique Even Better Makeup SPF 15 foundation, $27 at Sephora.

Eye Shadow in Espresso, $15 at M.A.C Cosmetics

Urban Decay Naked2 palette, $50 at Sephora.

Maybelline Eye Studio lasting drama gel eyeliner, $9.99 at Ulta

CoverGirl LashBlast waterproof mascara, $8.99 at Walgreens.

Ardell Demi Wispies false eyelashes, $4.99 at Sally Beauty Supply.

Duo eyelash adhesive, $8 at Sephora

Pro longwear concealer in NC30, $18 at M.A.C Cosmetics.

Laura Mercier loose setting powder in Translucent, $35 at Nordstrom.

Physicians Formula Bronze Booster glow-boosting pressed powder in Medium, $14.95 at Ulta.

Rouge cream blush in Tea Rose, $6 at NYX.

Lip pencil in Subculture, $15 at M.A.C Cosmetics.

Rich color gloss in Tutu, $24 at Bobbi Brown.

Have beauty tutorial requests? Leave them for Claire in the comments below.

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  • Dom Smith

    I love this post! I all the time at home try to practice wedding makeup and have developed my own system of what works best for me, but it's always nice to see how someone else does it. I definitely see some things I'll be incorporating into my own little system!

  • Meghan

    Also, do you have any suggestions for for a Maybelline subsitute? I seem to have an allergy to their mascaras. My eyelids seem fairly sensitive overall, and will sometimes get puffy with the wrong eyeshadow or mascara.

  • Meghan

    Thank you so much Claire. You were a pleasure to watch, and made me smile. Thanks for the great ideas. I have been stuck in a bit of a make-up rut, and needed some ideas. I appreciate your help. I'm getting married in less than a month!

  • DC

    Claire is so sweet.

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