While the Haute Couture collections provide insight into the most decadent fashion trends, what has also emerged from the highly sophisticated Paris shows are some extremely relevant and quite wearable beauty trends that are perfect for a today’s bride.
This homage to classic, timeless beauty was most clearly embodied at Christian Dior where graceful, swan-like beauties evoked a pristine 1950’s quality, reminiscent of iconic screen legend Grace Kelly. A glowing semi-matte complexion was punctuated by perfectly applied liquid liner on the top lash-line to elongate the eyes. A soft shimmery white eye-shadow was swept across the eyelids and inner corners of the eyes, and an unassuming neutral beige tone was used to softly contour the crease. A band of false lashes topped the lids off while eyebrows were elegantly defined and arched to create fullness. Lips were glazed in a soft peach tone.
This look works extremely well for the brides because of its chic, timeless and classic qualities and it is also very easy to duplicate. As always, a memorable makeup look starts with a beautiful complexion. For foundation, Dior’s Capture Totale Radiance Restoring Serum Foundation and Chantecaille’s New Skin Foundation are amazing. After foundation, finishing powder is extremely important. The right one won’t look too reflective in photos or wash you out. Mally Beauty’s Poreless Perfection Skin Finisher is virtually invisible while it absorbs excess shine. Keep excess oil at bay conveniently throughout your big day with Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Blotting Papers – an absolute must for every bride!
The defining element of this look is a precise stroke of black liquid liner. Our top picks in this category are Dior’s Style Liner, Stila’s Smudge Pot and Nars’ Larger Than Life Long Wearing Liner. For the eyes, long-wearing, durable products are key to keeping your look fresh all day and into the night. Dior Beauté’s eyeshadows are unbeatable, as are the brand’s extensive range of Diorshow Mascaras - the go-to line for red-carpet lashes. And for the best selection of false lashes in realistic styles, Ardell offers an amazing yet affordable selection.
And now the finishing touches, brows and lips! Take a little extra time to groom and define your brows. Eyebrows are very important for brides because they frame the face. The perfect brow may require a bit of extra work, but the payoff is worth it. Anastasia of Beverly Hills provides the greatest selection of brow perfecting essentials. Lastly, gloss your lips off with your favorite shade of pale from Three Custom Color, and you’re all set.
By Geoffrey Rodriguez