The Blushing Bride
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes some tear-proof mascara, am I right?
Every bride wants to look flawless on her big day—and with the right products, it's easy to achieve beauty bliss on your own. Whether you're a lip-gloss-and-go type of girl or a full-blown makeup maven, check out our tips on how to get a beautiful wedding-worthy look.
Look 1: Classic Hollywood
A resurgence of Old Hollywood glamour means that brides are loving the classic, bold red lip seen on favorite starlets like Taylor Swift. And it's easier than you think to rock a red lip that will keep you smiling throughout your wedding day. Below, makeup artist and hairstylist Donna Spinelli of Amazing Face & Luscious Locks in Montclair, N.J., shows how to do this classically beautiful look on your own:
Lips: With a red lip, a lip base is a must, Spinelli says. "It blanks out the natural color of the lip to make that red truer and give the color something to adhere to." To give your sexy pout staying power, a must-have is the Laura Geller Spackle Trio, which has a lip base and concealer all in one. Apply the color in layers, with blots and a finishing powder in between. For brides who don't want such an eye-catching red, a berry or bold pink also works for the drama factor. When blotted down to a matte stain it is a very modern way to get the look.
Face: There are going to be lots of flashbulbs pointed in your direction, so make sure your shine is under control. Spinelli recommends a chic velvety skin finish. "This mandates a product that sops up natural oils and virtually erases pores for that coveted porcelain finish," she says. Tarte Smooth Operator Powder contains a natural Amazonian clay that soaks up oils naturally and virtually erases pores from the naked eye.
"What's also pretty awesome about this product is that if used over time, it actually improves the skin with every use. I tell my brides to buy it a few weeks earlier to take advantage of it," Spinelli says. Once the look is finished, spritz your face with a product that seals it all in, such as Urban Decay All Nighter Long Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
"This miracle mist sets the look all day, to keep it picture-perfect into the night," Spinelli says.
Look 2: Natural Beauty You may be tempted to try out a new look for your wedding day, but remember that you're gorgeous just the way you are.
"It's always best to keep makeup in the range that makes you look like a slightly more glammed-up version of your everyday look," says Benefit global beauty authority Maggie Ford Danielson, who, as a bride-to-be, has firsthand knowledge of down-the-aisle style.
"If in your everyday life, you don't really wear much makeup, then going for a subtle soft look is most appropriate. If you are a makeup diva in your daily life then you can definitely go for a smokier eye," she says. "Don't use your wedding as a day to experiment with a look you've always wanted to try but never have."
Here's how to be you at your very best:
Think about how your makeup will look in photos. Of course you want to look flawless in person, but consider how your skin will appear on camera as well—after all, those pricey prints will last well after the last glass of champagne. To avoid looking more sweaty than glowing in photos, make sure to use subtle highlighters. The Smashbox Complexion Perfection Kit includes a primer, concealer and high-definition foundation that give a smooth, airbrush-quality appearance that will look great from the ceremony through the cake cutting. Keep it on hand in your bridal suite for a quick pre-photo touch-up, if needed.
Make sure the look will last. "The No. 1 concern for most brides is how their makeup look will hold up through the long day of sweating, tears, kisses and hugs," Spinelli says. "Any makeup look worth a second glance is one that will last throughout the night." To keep your makeup in place, Benefit Cosmetics She Laq is a clear liquid sealer to prevent smudges in your eye shadow, mascara and liner. Let the waterworks flow!