We’ve been planning our dream weddings since we were five years old. So it’s no surprise that we can’t get enough of Lover.ly, a wedding inspiration site that lets you search through pics of swoon-worthy gowns, bouquets, and everything else you need for the big day. Once a week, the ladies behind Lover.ly will be sharing their best tips for getting through the craziness of the season—whether you’re standing at the altar or enjoying a view of it from the audience.
For many brides of generations past, getting your makeup done on the big day was a one-size-fits-all experience; but we think your face should really look like you on your wedding day, not some version of the "perfect bride." That's why we love that modern brides are choosing beauty looks that work for their faces, skin tones, and personal styles. With so many innovative makeup artists and great products to try, discovering your ideal wedding-day look is a cinch. Browse five of our favorite modern bridal beauty trends and learn how to nail them on the big day.
We love the way the "no makeup" natural look for brides celebrates the beauty and radiance of the marrying woman in the most authentic way. This is an especially great option for women who don't wear a lot of makeup in their everyday lives, but want a little something to make them pop on the big day. To achieve this look, start by selecting images of looks you like and showing them to your makeup artist. It helps to give a sense of your desired outcome, whether it's a little brightness in the cheeks or an expertly applied pout. It's also a good idea to groom your eyebrows: Whether you wear them thick or thin, a clean brow is a great starting point for a natural beauty look.
Bold red and berry-stained lips have been all over the red carpets this season, and we love this look for stylish brides. If you want a wedding-day look that stands out—in person and in photos—head to your favorite beauty shop and test a variety of colors and shades. There's a bold lipstick color for everyone!
Love the retro-glam look but not ready to commit to full-on '50s beauty? Try an updated cat eye: Brush your lids with a shadow that makes your skin tone pop, line your upper lashes with a long, sweeping cat eye, then be sure to line your lower lashes to update the look. Pro tip: A pair of faux lashes never hurt anyone!
Nude nail polish and French manicures are pretty and timeless, but for a bride who's looking to add a little whimsy to her wedding day look, bold nails can be the perfect finishing touch. Choose a shade you love in an unexpected tint— one that complements your engagement and wedding rings—and have fun with your bridal style.
There's nothing more modern than glowing, dewy skin. We're not talking shiny or sparkly—neither of those looks fare well in photographs—but fresh, healthy skin that shows off your natural beauty. To nail this look, start with a tinted moisturizer that suits your skin, then highlight your cheekbones and give them a little color with a cheek stain. Voila, bridal radiance!
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