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As some of you may already know, I’m getting married in a few weeks! Exciting stuff, I know. We’re having a really small wedding and being super non-traditional with our fashion choices, but still I have had some serious bridal makeup on the brain! So when Loverly reached out asked me to do some bridal beauty inspiration with them (which I’m pretty sure is just a weird coincidence since I haven’t really posted about bridal stuff) I was like heck yeah, guys! I’m realizing more and more by the day how much inspiration a bride could use, and maybe I can even help sort out my own thoughts for my big day in the process.
If you haven’t heard of Loverly before . . .what are you doing with your life? Kidding Kidding! But seriously, if you’re getting married in the near future (or if you’re just one of those girls with a huge wedding Pinterest board) you should check them out. They have everything: Dresses, How To’s, Beauty Inspiration ( ahem ahem 😉 )Decor ideas . . .seriously everything and it’s all in one place.
So I chose three of my favorite dresses from their wedding dresses page which you can find HERE and I picked out some makeup that I think would look super fly with each.
I LOVE this simple cap sleeve, sequin dress. It’s clean and it’s chic but it’s sequined so it’s still glamourous. Not to mention that the simplicity leaves a lot of room to go completely
HAM glam with your makeup look.
Lips: For the lips I’m thinking a beautiful glossy red. You’re probably thinking I’m completely insane, because a glossy red lip is SO high maintenance, lucky for you I have the perfect recipe for a glossy red lip that won’t budge. Just use one layer Stila Liquid Lipstick in “Beso” and top it with YSL Glossy Stain #9 and you will have a perfect glossy red pout that seriously won’t move.
Eyes: On the eyes I want to keep it simple and classic, but still sultry. So a crisp winged liner with Stila Liquid Liner Pen, and a sexy sultry lash line with House of Lashes “Noir Fairy” lashes would be perfect. I’m envisioning sort of a “Bedroom Eyes” look so personally I would keep the bottom lash line clean with just a light coat of (super waterproof) mascara, but you could always line the bottom waterline too if that’s your thing.
Cheeks: Since we went super glam on the eyes and lips it’s probably a good idea to keep the cheeks soft. You don’t want to leave them bare, because that might translate to a little too washed out in photos, but a matte nude blush like Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in “Exposed” would be perfect. Just enough color, but it still won’t compete with the rest of the look.
This Modern, almost geometric dress is simple and contemporary, but still has a bit of a nod to the traditional. So I think the makeup look should reflect that as well.
Lips: For the lips I don’t want to go bold here, but I don’t want nude either. A medium Mauve pink like Stila Liquid Lipstick in “Aria” is the perfect answer. It gives a bit of color, but doesn’t completely take over the look . . .and since it’s that amazeballs “stay all day” formula you won’t have to worry about touchups or getting it all over your new hubby’s face!
Eyes: Much like the dress I think it should be soft, but a little edgy. A slightly smokey eye with taupes and grey’s. The Lorac Pro Palette would be absolutely perfect for that type of look. And although the darker eye look will make it harder to showcase a pretty set of falsies, you don’t want to ditch them altogether because you probably still want that perfect, swept up false lash look when you’re in profile. So something light and comfortable, but still glamourous like Ardell Wispies will work well.
Cheeks: Three words- Soft, glowy and warm. I think the key to making this modern look work is to keep it pretty and healthy with a lit from within glow. To achieve such a natural flush and subtle glow in one shot try Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in “Diffused Heat”. It’s perfect for this look, and gives a flawless application pretty much every time. It practically blends itself.
This romantic, flowy dress needs a soft, ethereal look to match. Since it’s already a little non-traditional because it’s blush colored, something soft and pretty will keep it more bridal looking and fresh.
Lips: Something soft and nude is definitely in order, but for a bride it still needs some staying power because you want to make sure every detail looks polished all day long. Stila liquid lipstick in Dolce is what I would reach for. It’s nude, with a whisper of pink and although it has a mostly matte finish there is just a hint of gold shimmer as well. Very soft and romantic. Thank goodness they have so many colors of this stuff huh?
Eyes: Soft, mauvey nudes, with a softly defined lash line will really complement the look of the romantic dress, while still adding some definition to the eyes. The Urban Decay Naked3 Palette is exactly what you need for the job. Honestly, this palette was basically made to be a bride’s best friend. You could use it to create a ton of bridal looks from the traditional, to the downright daring with this one palette. Of course lashes are in order as well, and specifically something with a more fluttery and less perfected look. My favorite lashes for that type of look are the Red Cherry #WSP Lashes. They have a clear band, and are medium in thickness so they won’t be heavy or hard to apply, and the criss crossed texture gives just the right amount of flutter for the ethereal, glowy look we’re working with.
Cheeks: Since we’re keeping it soft, I would go for the same Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in “exposed” again. I swear I’m not being boring! It’s the right amount of color and it wears really well so it’s a great choice. But this time, to add to that ethereal feel let’s top the cheeks off with a serious glowing highlight. I love the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in “pearl”. It’s extremely reflective, but it’s long wearing and super potent, so a tiny dab on the top of the cheekbones will give a beautiful, intense glow to the skin that will last all day.
So, if you’re looking for some bridal makeup inspiration I hope that helped a bit. Trust me, I know the pressure is on. I’m feelin’ it myself as we speak. I guess we’re all pretty lucky to live in a time where all this internet inspiration exists. Imagine planning a wedding without things like Loverly and Pinterest to help us out? I don’t even want to think about it. Too scary.