Today I have something really special to share with you. No, wedding bells are not yet chiming for Style and Cheek but we are going to talk about wedding dresses (and makeup). I was inspired by Loverly to put together a bridal themed beauty post. I jumped at the opportunity because, while my dream wedding is still a tad out of the reach for my bank account, who doesn’t love everything wedding related? Loverly is one part wedding inspiration, two parts wedding planning; basically they’re a one stop shop to both narrow down the ideas you have about your wedding, and to actually start putting things in motion with a huge selection of wedding related products, from invitations to headpieces. So I went ahead and picked a few gorgeous wedding dresses and came up with a makeup look to match. I’ve always been drawn to romantic or vintage inspired dresses with lace, and the two dresses I chose today showcase that style.
My very first job was in the catering business and many of the events I worked were weddings. I was lucky enough to see a variety of themes, menus, and yes, brides. While my memory of the events consists mostly of the styles and venues, I do not remember a single bride with poorly done makeup. To be quite honest, I just remember a lot of smiling, happy, glowing faces. That’s what I wanted to focus on today, a happy, beautiful face, though these are not your safe tried and true wedding day looks. Today, we’re going to explore two less traditional, but still super flattering, Fall/Winter bridal beauty looks.
When I came across the Temperley London Laelia Floral Dress I fell in love. If you’re a fan of lace, then you’ll adore this dress, with its figure flattering shape and understated draping that creates a small elegant train. It’s a dress for those who want to achieve Grecian statuesque beauty, which is why it must be styled with a look that has drama of its own. The classic cat eye is usually a scene-stealer, but is actually the perfect partner for this gorgeous cinematic gown.
Because it’s easier to draw a straight line with a pencil liner, start with the Anastasia Beverly Hills liner and outline the cat eye look you want to achieve. Then go over your penciled cat eye with Bobbi Brown’s gel liner to get the perfect amount of catty flare. Your lashes should be full and ready for any tears you shed so swipe on some Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara. On your lips go for a nude with some attitude, Charlotte Tilbury’s Bitch Perfect will give you pouty, sensual lips with a hint of pink.
One of my favorite unconventional wedding trends is colored dresses which is why I went for the gold BHLDN Carina Corset and Ahsan Skirt. This gown features a lace bodice and a flowing layered sheer skirt, perfect for rustic fall or winter weddings. And while it’s not a traditional choice, a dark wine-colored lip and neutral smoky eye is a warm romantic look that contrasts beautifully off the elegant gold of the dress.
Once you’ve primed your eyelids with your favorite primer, take your Urban Decay Naked Palette and build up a flawless smoky eye using lighter neutral shades on the lid and dark browns in the crease. Next, line your eyes on the top and bottom with M·A·C Eye Kohl in Teddy and smudge the liner to make it a bit imperfect. To create a perfect bold lip you’ll need a few products including a lip primer to keep the color from budging, a lip liner that’s close to the color of the lipstick, and a lip brush for precise application. Prime your lips then outline and fill them in with the liner before using a lip brush to apply and layer Revlon’s Black Cherry lipstick.
For more wedding dress inspiration check out my favorites on Loverly