When you’re planning your Oktoberfest look, a gorgeous Dirndl and a beautiful braided hairstyle are key elements of it. But don’t forget about your makeup too. A gorgeous, glowing complexion is what’s really needed to finish off your look perfectly. Here are 5 steps to help you achieve the perfect Oktoberfest makeup look in just a few minutes. And they’re all really easy to apply too.
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Step 1. Use a good quality medium coverage foundation
A gorgeous look starts with a good base and is an essential step for achieving a beautiful Oktoberfest makeup look. The way to achieve that is by using a good quality foundation. Light coverage foundations are great in Summertime. But as we’re now in Autumn, our skin tends to need a little more coverage.
Switching to a foundation that has a medium coverage finish to it is a great way to do this. It will help to even out your skin tone perfectly. But as it’s medium coverage, it’s still light enough to give you that gorgeous glow that you want to achieve.
If you prefer more of a full-coverage look and you’re going to Oktoberfest during the day, I’d still advise using a medium coverage foundation. Even though we’re into Autumn, it can still be quite hot in the sun. And if you’re planning on sitting outside in one of the beer gardens, wearing a full coverage foundation is just too heavy for the warm, Autumn sunshine. It’s best to apply a medium coverage foundation and build the product up slowly to achieve the coverage you want. This will give a much more natural and flattering finish to your skin.
Step 2. Apply concealer on dark circles and redness
The lighting can be quite dull in some of those beer tents. So if you haven’t had a good nights sleep, any dark circles you have will look even darker and unflattering under that lighting. To counteract this, applying a colour correcting concealer is the next essential step to achieving a gorgeous Oktoberfest makeup look. This post tells you everything you need to know about how to choose the correct concealer shade.
It’s important to only apply a very small amount of the product. And only apply it to the darkest part of your eye. There’s no need to apply it all around your eye like they show you in many YouTube videos! For one thing, this means you’re just wasting your lovely product on an area that doesn’t need it. But it will also cause the product to settle into any fine lines or wrinkles and emphasise them even further. And it will make you look even more tired too. Not exactly the glowing look you’re going for! Less really is more when it comes to concealer.
I absolutely love these fabulous organic concealers by Hynt Beauty. You need only to apply the smallest amount of them and they neutralise dark circles really well.
Neutralising Spots & Redness
If you have any spots or redness on your skin, be sure to also apply a colour correcting concealer to counteract the redness. You can apply it with your fingers or blend it with a damp sponge to really work the product into the skin for a natural, seamless finish. And again, only apply it to the areas that actually need it.
Step 3. Apply blusher for a gorgeous, youthful glow
This is my favourite part of the look. And it’s the product that’s really going to be the highlight of your Oktoberfest makeup look. Gorgeous, glowing cheeks will brighten up your entire complexion and will give a gorgeous, youthful glow to your skin. Depending on your skin type, there are two types of blusher you can use. Let’s take a look at them both now.
Best for dry skin, mature skin, normal skin
Cream blushes are great for dry skin in particular and are the perfect addition to any Oktoberfest makeup look. Apply it using your ring finger directly onto your cheeks and blend towards your ear. Make sure to blend it well so as not to leave any harsh lines. I’m a big fan of those beautiful cream blushes by the organic and vegan brand Nui Cosmetics. They give a gorgeous natural flush of colour to the cheeks and really brighten up your face in seconds. Not only that, they’re also multitasking as you can use them as a cream eyeshadow and a lipstick too.
Best for oily skin, normal skin
If you have oily skin, a powder blush is a great choice for you. Make sure to use a matte blush as these are much more flattering and give a more natural look than blushes that contain a lot of shimmer. Apply using a blush brush, preferably an angled one, as this makes it a lot easier to apply the blush. These 100% natural powder blushes by Couleur Caramel are perfect for the job. The shades are so pretty and very flattering. Just make sure to stick to the matte shades.
Step 4. Choose a medium to darker shade of lipstick
I know you may be tempted to stick to your usual nude shade of lip colour. But as I mentioned, the lighting can be quite dark and unflattering in those beer tents. And if you’re wearing a nude lip colour, not only is it not going to be seen, but it can also make your face look a little washed out and pale.
If you don’t want to stray too far from a nude shade, opt for a medium shade of lipstick instead. This will still give you quite a natural look if that’s what you’re aiming for. And it will brighten and flatter your complexion a whole lot more.
A lip shade that’s flattering on everyone
If you’re not afraid to experiment or if you’re going to Oktoberfest in the evening, a red lipstick is always a beautiful choice. And it’s a shade that looks absolutely gorgeous with any dirndl and on any complexion. For a beautiful, elegant Oktoberfest makeup look, keep your eye makeup quite neutral so as to focus the attention on your lips only.
If you have a cool undertone to your skin, this stunning blue-based red lipstick in the shade Red Fervor by Hynt Beauty is a great choice for you. Or try this organic, vegan-friendly red lipstick in the shade Aroha instead. It has more of a neutral undertone to it, so it’s suitable for most complexions.
Step 5. A finishing powder
Your Oktoberfest makeup look is not complete without a finishing powder. And it’s an absolute must if you want your makeup to last the entire day. It will also save you from having to reapply your makeup.
Applying a finishing powder to your t-zone area will help to set your makeup and keep it looking amazing all day long. If you have oily skin, a finishing powder is a must for you in a particular. Again, less is more. So only apply a small dusting of powder to your t-zone area to keep everything looking glowing and flawless.
One of my go-to finishing powders every day is the Realist X Finishing Powder by the lovely vegan and organic brand W3ll People. What I love about it is that it not only counteracts shine and sets my makeup, but it’s very lightweight too. So it still leaves a gorgeous natural look to the skin.
You shouldn’t ever need to reapply your makeup throughout the day. If you’re using good quality products and if you apply small amounts of it (remember, less is more!), it should still look great at the end of the day. The only products that should ever really need a touch-up are lip colours. Or possibly add a coat of mascara if you’d like to add a more drama to your look.
I hope you enjoyed this post and I really hope you found the tips helpful. Whether you’re going to this years Wies’n or not, you can still incorporate these tips and products into your everyday routine to achieve a gorgeous, natural glow to your skin. And if you are going to the Wies’n, have lots of fun. xo
And if you’re in need of some help with choosing colours and how to correctly apply these products, I’ll be hosting two more makeup workshops in the coming weeks. I’ll be announcing all the details to my gorgeous VIP ladies over the next few days. If you’d like to be among the first to know about my upcoming workshops and secure your place before they’re all gone, you can do so here and become one of my lovely VIP’s. I’d be thrilled to include you as a VIP. xo
Photo Credit: Christine Polz Photography