Weddings are one of the most stylish events. When you get invited to one, you want to look your best. However, the danger is that you might go too far. You want to be glamorous but not overly so – remember, you don’t want to overshadow the bride! Here are some makeup and accessory tips that will keep you looking good while staying in the bride’s good books.
Be Fresh-Faced and Fabulous
Going to a wedding without makeup? No way! Although makeup is essential to look elegant, you want it to be subtle and as natural as possible.
The fast-track to achieving this is to focus on the glowing skin trend. It’s about having healthy, fresh skin that doesn’t need a lot of work to look gorgeous. Keep your skin hydrated with moisturizer to prevent dryness and exfoliate your skin regularly to get rid of dead skin that can make your appearance dull. Give your skin a bit of matte blush and bronzer to warm up your face in the holidays, but stay away from anything too shimmery as it can look too harsh (especially in photos).
The strobing trend is worth trying and it’s perfect for the fall and winter seasons. Strobing is when you use highlighter on areas of your face that naturally collect the light, such as your forehead, the bridge of your nose, and your cheekbones. Blending this with your foundation will give you a luminous appearance without much fuss.
Be a Prime Example
The cold weather can cause your skin to become flushed, and this redness can be exacerbated by being exposed to hot indoor air and cold outdoor wind. To prevent redness from showing up, keep your skin moisturized well and apply a primer before dabbing on foundation. This will help to give you a smoother application while making your makeup last longer.
Keep it Romantic
A wedding is all about romance and so you want to choose makeup that works with that soft, lovely idea. Avoid harsh shades and opt for pastels instead. This is a safe way to add colour to your face without looking too done up. Some of the top colour trends this fall include metallic shades like warm bronze, shades of brown, lavender – which is a great way to inject flirtatious colour into your look – and red lipsticks.
A good tip for wearing red lipstick is to keep it soft. Apply a coat of it to your lips, then press your lips into a tissue. This removes the excess colour and leaves your lips looking sumptuous. Apply lip balm and lip gloss to finish off the look.
Consider Wedding Details
You might not think about the specific wedding details when choosing your makeup but this is important to ensure that your look is suitable for the event. For instance, if the wedding is being held during the day, you don’t want to wear makeup that is more suited to night events, such as bold smoky eyeshadow. Likewise, if the wedding is rustic, you don’t want your hair and makeup to be too structured. In this case you want to look natural, with earthy shades to give your face a softer but beautiful touch. Taking wedding details such as time and theme into account can help you make the best choice for your appearance.
Don’t Be Too “Matchy”
When wanting to look elegant, you might think that you need to match your accessories perfectly. For instance, your clutch bag might match your shoes or your lipstick will be the same berry shade as the accessory in your hair. This doesn’t have to be the case. A bit of contrast can be a good thing because it adds flavour to your outfit. This is especially so when it comes to your jewelry choices for the day.
Here are some jewellery tips to bear in mind:
- You can mix different kinds of metals, such as gold and silver, without thinking that you have to stick to one.
- You can mix vintage and modern styles. Vintage jewelry is a big trend this year and it makes great statement pieces around which to base your jewelry and accessories. Adding a touch of modern jewelry to it, such as layering pearls with thin necklaces, can help to create an elegant yet stylish look.
- The style of your jewelry should enhance the clothes you’re wearing. This doesn’t mean that they have to match perfectly. For instance, if you’re wearing a classic little black dress to a wedding, should your jewelry be classic too? Not necessarily (although that can work). If you want to inject something different into your outfit, opt for a unique statement ring or vintage bangle, or a burst of colour with emerald earrings. This is a great way to liven up a neutral outfit colour.
Make the Right Statement with Your Accessories
Accessories make all the difference in your outfit choice and they give you a chance to display a bit of your personality. However, be careful that your accessories are not too big and bold! Arriving to a wedding with a large purple hat or huge feather in your hair that matches your shoes could draw too much attention to you.
Rather choose elegant pieces that pull attention for the right reasons and that don’t upstage the bride.
Being a wedding guest means looking chic and elegant, while taking the special day into consideration. Follow the above tips to flaunt your personality and look timelessly beautiful.
Article written by Cassie Brewer.
Cassie Brewer is a makeup artist and freelance writer living in sunny Southern California. She writes about, beauty, fashion, diet and wellness in order to help others not only be beautiful on the outside, but radiant on the inside. You can follow her on Twitter @cassiembrewer