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5 Beach Wedding Beauty Ideas

If you keep your look simple and natural, you'll be as gorgeous as your surroundings when you say "I do."
If you keep your look simple and natural, you'll be as gorgeous as your surroundings when you say "I do."
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Crashing waves and stark white sand are what people think about when they envision a laid-back beach wedding. Oceanside nuptials are beautiful in every way because of the natural scenery and soft glow of the sunset. As the bride, you'll want to match the essence of the location by displaying your natural beauty. Seem difficult? It's easier than you think to get a seamless, casual (but still put-together) look for your beach wedding. Your hair, makeup, dress and skin will be beach-ready with a few simple and easy steps.

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For a beach wedding, the key is to look fresh, natural and sun-kissed. Exfoliate on a weekly basis to slough off dead skin, leaving your face and body glowing. Not only will you look amazing, your makeup will go on more smoothly over those fresh skin cells. If you're going to be in the sun before your big day, make sure to wear lots of sunscreen and watch your tan lines. You don't want to be peeling from sunburn as you say your vows! To keep your locks fresh and smooth, moisturize and condition those strands to prevent split ends. Use a deep conditioning treatment or even try a leave-in conditioner a few months before your big day.

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A ponytail will give you a classic, beautiful look and will also help you beat the heat!
A ponytail will give you a classic, beautiful look and will also help you beat the heat!
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With the humidity at the beach, you don't want hair that's going to frizz the second you walk outside. Choose a style that will work with hot and humid weather, such as waves or a sleek ponytail. The key to great hair in the heat is to use lots of product. Use a smoothing serum for a sleek 'do or some mousse for a more tousled look. The humidity in the air will enhance the texture of your hair, especially if you have naturally curly or wavy locks. Don't be afraid of hairpieces, either! A flower tucked behind your ear or a feather pinned to the side or top of your head will look smashing.

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Beach weddings are all about the natural beauty of the coast, so last thing you want to do is to wear a face full of makeup. Keep it natural and subtle, like you just strolled off the sand and put on your wedding gown. Go with a tinted moisturizer rather than a thick foundation and stick with nude colors for your eyes and lips. If your skin is oily, dust a light powder over your face to keep the glare away. Add some color to your cheekbones and T-zone with a bronzer. With bright eyes and supple skin, your guests will be wowed by your natural beauty!

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Feel free to embrace the veil -- but forgo the train -- at your beach wedding.
Feel free to embrace the veil -- but forgo the train -- at your beach wedding.
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When most people think about the beach, they imagine relaxing on the sand while the waves crash onto the shore. When it comes to your dress, you want to emulate that laid-back feeling with your style. For a beach wedding, don't go overboard by choosing a large, poufy dress that belongs in a chapel. Find a simple gown with very little beading or embellishments. If you're afraid of looking too plain, search for dresses with flirty ruffles or fun necklines. A gown with a very small train or no train at all will work best as you walk down the sandy aisle.

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The great thing about a beach wedding is that the décor is already there for you! Let the scenery be the main decoration for your big day. Accentuate your space with subtle, classy touches such as candles or lanterns. In keeping with the simplicity of a beach wedding, you should also choose your flowers wisely. Avoid blooms that are big and bulky and go with a more simple, understated bouquet. Flowers like orchids, hibiscus and birds of paradise are all great options for a tropical feel. Add some palm leaves for greenery and mix it up with other add-ins like coral or starfish.

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