There are plenty of sources for bridal beauty inspiration when you’re planning your big day—Pinterest, magazines, your Facebook newsfeed, a stranger’s wedding videos that you watch on Vimeo while sobbing (cough, cough). In fact, sometimes the influx of ideas can get overwhelming. To offer you some trusted advice amongst all the noise, we caught up with four of our favorite recently-wed bloggers—Victoria of vmac+cheese; Annie of Annie Dean; Carolyn of Hey Pretty Thing; and Rachel of Elephantine—who shared their experienced advice on bridal beauty inspiration, day-of essentials and makeup tips.
“I really just wanted to look as much like myself as possible—only a little more done up for the big day. I wanted a strong eye (I love long lashes!) with shades of brown and a little plum, rosy cheeks, and contouring to help give my round face some structure for the photos. But, you know how these things go... on my actual wedding day, my makeup artist (though she did an amazing job!) grabbed the wrong file from our test run, so we didn't have notes on the colors we had chosen. We had to wing it, but everything still turned out fine. It was a lesson that you just have to let stuff go once your wedding day comes!” –Victoria
“I was after an early-sixties retro look that felt sophisticated. I wanted it to make reference to the time period without feeling theme-y. I didn't want to tie the wedding to ‘2012’ –I wanted the event to feel like it had an old soul.” –Annie
“My Lazaro gown had a platinum silk sash, which inspired the color palette for my eye makeup: black liner, softened by some grays for a smoky eye, with a touch of highlighter to brighten it up.” –Carolyn
MDC Tip: For a soft eye like Carolyn’s bridal look, dust your lids with L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Eye Shadow in Cookies & Creamand line with Lorac Front of the Line PRO.
“When I was researching bridal makeup before my wedding, I remember reading that you should simply look like the best version of yourself on your wedding day. On a normal day I stick with a pretty natural look, with a little emphasis on my eyes and cheeks, so that's also what I went for on my wedding day.” –Rachel
On Big Day Essentials
“I have notoriously short eyelashes, so I went for it and invested in neuLash. It actually worked really well!” –Victoria
“Surprisingly—eye drops! Your wedding day starts early and it's a lot of being "on" all day. Add a few glasses of champagne and a couple of hours of photos and your eyes start to get dry, red and tired. Eye drops are a great and easy way to refresh. That and Evian spray.” –Annie
“I had an organic facial a week before the wedding to freshen up for the big day. Wedding planning can be intense, so I wanted to make sure my skin looked rejuvenated. Plus, one of my bridesmaids treated me to a massage, so I was completely relaxed and in heaven the day before the wedding!” –Carolyn
“I had eyeliner and blush with me all day, because those are the two things I find wear off most quickly.” –Rachel
On Beauty Lessons Learned
“If you're doing a very smoky eye, complete the eye makeup first, before applying any foundation or powder to the rest of your face. So much of the eye shadow can drop and settle underneath your eyes, and it's best to clean this up with a Q-tip before applying the rest of the face makeup—otherwise, you'll just blend in those dark colors into your foundation/powder!” –Victoria
“It's all about the eyebrows! I didn't realize how much an eyebrow pencil can improve a look until my wedding make-up artist showed me the ropes. It grounds your entire face. –Annie
“Make sure you have a trusting relationship with your makeup artist! You should be able to be honest in order to convey your vision, but you also need to be able to trust their expertise. I had that and it was a relief knowing I would get the look I wanted tailored to my face by a professional.” –Carolyn
“You are your own worst critic! I worried that my wedding day makeup didn't look good, but when I saw our photos, I realized that I had worried over nothing.” –Rachel