As the most important sartorial purchase in any lady’s life, choosing a wedding dress can be a little overwhelming. Whether you’re planning a contemporary city nuptial, a whimsical country wedding or an exotic beach affair, you’ll want your dress and make up to perfectly reflect the setting and theme of the day so you feel your absolute best when you say ‘I do.’
We’ve pulled together some beautiful wedding looks and beauty tips to help inspire your bridal style, whatever the setting, starting with our Beauty Editor’s beauty prep tips.
Bridal Beauty Prep
Wherever your wedding, in the city, country or on a beach, first thing’s first. At least 3 months before get into some regular skincare routines.
Prep the Skin
Once a week, take the time to exfoliate or treat your skin to a treatment that will remove dead cells and leave a brighter complexion. With continued use, you’ll enjoy beautiful radiant skin that glows naturally.
Investing in powerful skincare wonders is your fast-track to a beautiful complexion. Lancome’s Visionnaire Plus Serum is popular amongst brides-to-be including Kate Middleton and YSL’s Forever Youth Liberator Serum is an award-winning product that has become a beauty must-have with women everywhere.
If your skin is dull, dehydrated or if you’re experiencing sensitivity or redness, the Radiance Face Oil by balanceMe is a 100% natural remedy that will address all these common skincare concerns.
Not using an eye cream? Well this is the perfect time to try one. An eye cream can de-puff, erase pesky dark circles and fatigue so eyes look wider and brighter. For best results use the iconic Estee Lauder Night Repair Eye Serum.
Moisturise twice daily to get your skin in tip-top condition. Well hydrated skin means a brighter complexion. Shop all moisturisers.
A Country Wedding
If you are tying the knot in the countryside, a traditional wedding gown with an enchanting ethereal feel will perfectly complement your magical surroundings. Favoured by some of the most iconic brides in the world such as Kate Middleton and Grace Kelly, we recommend a timeless lace wedding gown that oozes elegance. If you’d prefer to have your arms covered simply add the Debut lace cover up over the top – blending in perfectly, your guests will think it’s part of the dress. To finish your bridal look, add a touch of sparkle with jewel trim wedding shoes, delicate pearl earrings and an embellished belt to cinch in the waist beautifully.
Shop the look: Debut ivory lace wedding dress, Jon Richard cubic zirconia and pearl drop earrings, No.1 by Jenny Packham ivory diamante occasion belt and No.1 by Jenny Packham jewel trim high court shoes
Beauty Editor’s Top Tips
Create a pretty make up look with pastels in soft pinks and peaches. To perfect your pretty pastel look you need to create a luminous and flawless base so that the soft washes of colour look radiant. To do this, use a primer to help minimize pores and even out the skin tone. Next, use an anti-ageing moisturiser that will work hard throughout the day to keep your skin looking even and youthful.
Recommendations: Clinique Moisture Surge Moisturiser, bareMinerals Prime Time, Lancome Subtil Palette, Benefit Powder Eyesahdow, Lancome Hypnose Doll mascara and bare minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipgloss.
A City Wedding
A city wedding calls for a contemporary wedding dress with traditional touches that manages to be both romantic and on-trend. Evoking the glamour of a bygone era, this vintage-inspired column dress features exquisite Art Deco style beading and a statement cowl back for an unforgettable bridal entrance. With so much eye-catching detail, keep accessories relatively simple with a delicate tiara and satin court shoes. If your wedding is taking place in the winter months you can stay cosy by draping a sumptuously fluffy shrug over your shoulders for a glamorous finishing touch.
Beauty Editor’s Top Tips
This look oozes glamour so create a classic smokey eye with a bold lip. The key to a smokey eye is all in the blending so make sure you have a blending brush to smudge under the bottom lashline and towards the outer corner. To get a perfect pout, use a lipliner to stop the bold colour from bleeding. Finally, to help your make up stay put for longer use a make up setting spray. For a more eye-catching look, apply a pair of false eye lashes.
Recommendations: YSL Touche Eclat, bareMinerals BareSkin Foundation, Lancome Le Crayon Khol EyeLiner, Bobbi Brown Eye Blender Blush, YSL Babydoll Mascara, Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick, Estee lauder Double Wear Lip Pencil, Urban Decay Setting Spray.
A Beach Wedding
When it comes to a beach wedding there are a few more things to consider – namely sun, sea and sand. It’s worth considering a short wedding dress or a full-length gown in a lightweight fabric to keep you cool. This stunning Grecian inspired wedding dress features a flowing chiffon overlay and waterfall detail that will gently float in the sea breeze creating breathtaking movement as you walk down the aisle. Complement the handcrafted embellished waist detail of the dress with a shimmering pearl and diamante bracelet and drop earrings and why not incorporate beautiful flowers to match your spectacular surrounding with a floral crown or pretty petals clipped into your hair? Don’t forget pretty flat shoes or sandals if the ceremony is taking place on sand and a luxurious shawl to protect you from the evening chill.
Shop the look: Debut ivory embellished Grecian wedding dress, Kaliko shawl, Jon Richard Lydia pearl earrings, Jon Richard Lydia pearl bracelet, Jenny Packham ivory lace and jewel trim ballet pumps and Debut ivory stone high sandal shoes
Beauty Editor’s Top Tips
For the perfect finishing touches, opt for a Bronzed Goddess make up look and create a radiant, sunkissed complexion. Apply a bronzer to the face, shoulders and décolletage for a shimmering glow, use sultry golds and browns to enhance the eyes and finally coat the lips with a lip gloss with high shine and a touch of colour. For added impact create a smouldering, coloured smokey eye look.
Recommendations: Lancome Eclat Miracle, YSL Fusion Foundation, Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Powder Bronzer, bareMinerals Faux Tan Face, benefit They’re Real Mascara and Lancome Lip Lover.
Don’t forget your all-important bridal lingerie. The right lingerie will not only flatter your shape, it will also enhance the silhouette of your dress. Choose from a range of gorgeous under garments, from basques to corsets, that will help you feel and look amazing. Enjoy our free bra fitting service in store to ensure you get the right fit.
The National Wedding Show
Like what you see? We’ll be showing our entire bridal collection at the National Wedding Shows across the country so you can come along, try on the dresses and receive expert advice. Alongside our bridal collection, you’ll also be able to view our bridesmaid, bridal lingerie and bridal accessories collections, as well as our Mother of the Bride and kids collections. We will also be featuring in the catwalk show so look out for us. With all our collections ready to view and try on, it’s a perfect opportunity to see the entire collection in one place.