Whether you’re throwing a chic cocktail celebration for 20 on a chic roof terrace, hosting a hoedown for 100 at a fancy farm or tentatively tiptoeing down the aisle of a college chapels as you marry a minor royal (we can dream), we’ve got a selection of beauty looks that’ll get you to the church on time, and looking fabulous. Just pick the one that’s most like your dream wedding and start writing your shopping list…
This look’s been around for at least five years and isn’t going anywhere fast: with flowers in your hair, an ivory lace tea-length dress and a gentle smile on your lips, chances are you’re dreaming of a perfectly rural wedding, possibly with a hipster twist.
• Get the glow
Drink gallons of water before the big day, then keep your skin light and dewy, without too much foundation or powder. A tinted moisturiser or light foundation-type liquid such as Revlon’s Photoready Skin Lights (£11.99, Boots) will give you coverage without weighing you down, and Bare Minerals’ new bareSkin Perfecting Veil (£22, bareminerals.co.uk) will set your makeup and keep your skin well moisturised.
• English rose
Not too pink and not too red: Korres Lip Butter in Quince (£6.40, asos.com) will keep your lips kissable and the perfect shade of bitten rose pink. Keep it with your bridesmaid for immediate freshening up. Use Bobbi Brown’s shimmer powder blush in Pink Sugar (£19, John Lewis) for a gentle, flushed glow – dust a tiny amount onto the apples of your cheeks as a finishing touch.
• Natural nails
Start taking a dedicated supplement about six weeks beforehand to boost your nails’ strength and length – then keep them fortified with a cuticle oil such as Bio Sculpture Cuticle Oil (£5.40, biogel.co.uk) formulated with almond oil, jojoba oil, avocado oil and Vitamin E to rehydrate the cuticle and the nail plate.
• Soft smoky eyes
No need for a full-on gothic approach, especially if you’re opting for strong lips as well – a soft, smoky eyeshadow will add definition and depth. Dark plums and greys worn on the eyes create a look that’s perfect when you’re the centre of attention. What’s more, it’ll look fabulous in photographs. Try the new Double Exposure palette from Smashbox: 14 shadows that give extra pigment when used with a damp brush (£37, Boots).
• Burgundy lips
The only drama you need at your wedding, a dark lip is the definition of glamour without overstating it. Choose a shade of lipstick a few tones darker than your usual selection for true urban style (be sure to try this out well in advance of the big day). We love Smashbox Be Legendary Long-wear Lip Lacquer in Dark Plum for brave brides (£19, Boots).
• Powder-perfect skin
This is the first and only time we’d tell you to dodge a foundation with an SPF, because not only are you holding your event at night but the reflective properties of some brands can also make you look pale under camera flashes, which your guests are almost guaranteed to be using to capture your event. Find your new favourite foundation early. You can’t go wrong with Mac Studio Fix (£21.50, Mac).
It’s not just the Americans who are going nuts for this series: Downton’s been a big hit for 2015 brides as well. Your guests can delight in a post-Edwardian English tea party fit for Princess Kate (and Wills), with faux-fur wraps, rounds of bridge and hopefully minimal scandal…
• Matt magic
The great thing about using this as a theme is that women in this era didn’t wear much makeup, so you’re hunting out a polished natural look. Primers with mattifying properties will give you a classy glow fit for a duchess without flattening your face. Try Sleek Control Shine & Prime (£7.99, Superdrug).
• The eyes have it
Try soft pinks and taupes on your eyes – we love this nude set from NYX, which offers 20 neutral eye shadows and ten lip colours in a portable palette for touch‑ups on the go (£25, nyxcosmetics.co.uk).
• (Mrs) Brown
A softer mascara in brown is perfect for brides seeking an effortless look, and Yves Saint Laurent’s Luxurious Mascara for a False Lash Effect in No.2 Rich Brown regularly tops the charts for a reason (£25, feelunique.com). Don’t forget those brows: we love Rimmel’s Brow This Way styling gel, which is an absolute steal at just £2.99 (Boots).
• Nicely nude
For that barely there, but totally reliable stay-put pout, we have to give a nod to the Kendall Jenner nude lip. Our favourite way to recreate this subtle pop of colour is with the Smashbox Always Sharp Lip Liner (£19), which comes in a variety of nudes. Pick one close to your own lip colour, then use Be Legendary Lipstick in Latte Matte or Honey (£16, Boots).
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