To me, bridal makeup must be three things: 1) natural, 2) luxurious, and 3) transfer-proof. Everyone always nails the first two, but no one talks about the last one! A wedding day is a long day, so a bride needs her makeup to last 12+ hours, and on top of that, she needs it not to smudge on to her white dress, her groom’s white shirt, or any of the other thousand white things that are at a wedding. So, when lover.ly contacted me to do a little bridal look inspired by one of the dresses on their website, preventing transfer was on the front of my mind!
Lover.ly is a wedding planning website that is a bit like Pinterest, but only for weddings, and they have a huge focus on things you can actually purchase or book, in addition to great inspiration. It also has a ton of great search features that help you narrow down what you’re looking for. I’m not getting married any time soon (first, I’d need to find a man, ha!), but when I do, I’m looking forward to using websites like lover.ly!
So of the thousands of dresses on the site, I chose the Monique Lhullier Madison dress, a silk satin mermaid gown, and I love it because of how it balances the dramatic with the effortless. I focused on picking products for the makeup look that last ages when applied and don’t transfer, but I also tried to keep everything luxurious, because that’s what I feel best in!
For the base, I chose YSL’s Fusion Ink Foundation in B30 Almond. It sinks into the skin unbelievably, and no matter how long you wear it, it does not come off onto your hands or clothes, which is key. Plus it photographs really well, despite having SPF. After setting the foundation for extra protection, I applied my Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat from the apples of my cheeks up toward my hairline. And you guessed it, this blush lasts hours. I contoured just a little, and for a touch of luxury, I highlighted the cheekbones with my YSL Touche Eclat in 2.0 Luminous Ivory.
I covered up any darkness under the eye, and primed my eyelids really well before applying NARS eyeshadow in Nepal (middle row, second from left) all over the lid and Brousse #2 (middle row, second from right) in the crease from my NARSissist palette. If you didn’t pick this palette up, you can get these two eyeshadows individually or in a duo from NARS’ permanent collection – the formula is so lovely, and it never creases. I topped the eye look off with a casual cat eye with my Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner in Intense Black, and I used a nude pencil on the water line to open up my eye. A few swipes of Dior’s Iconic Overcurl mascara, one of my favorites for last-all-day-lashes, and I was done!
For the lips, I went with my all-time favorite NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dolce Vita for a natural, but finished look. Despite a matte finish, this pencil is super comfortable to wear, fades extremely gracefully, and it won’t come off on your poor groom’s lips when he kisses his bride!
Married ladies, what did you wear on your wedding day? Single ladies, what are you looking forward to wearing?