It feels strange to be counting days now. Our wedding is happening in about a month. I’m so excited to be marrying the love of my life in front of all our loved ones!
As you can imagine, most of the details of the big day are pretty much set at this point. Venue, catering, guest list, outfits–you name it, we’re done with it. But one of the items in the long list of wedding planning decisions that I’ve enjoyed giving attention to is bridal beauty!
Wedding makeup seems to be on a level of its own. Of course, who you are as a person has a lot to do with how you want your hair and makeup to be on your wedding day. If you want to do Carrie Bradshaw-esque red lips with a blue feather accessory or retro cat eyeliner, then you do you! On the other hand, I’ve been kind of obsessed with the super soft and sweet blushing bride look.
This classic look has evolved over the years. There are so many iconic bridal beauty looks that brides today look to for inspiration, myself included.
Elizabeth Taylor’s wedding to Conrad Hilton is one that is looked to even today as one of the classic weddings of all time. Strong brows, flushed cheeks, and her signature red lips made up her bridal makeup. She also wore a tiara with her veil, a look that even non-royalty can cop. What do you think of a bridal tiara?
Brigitte Bardot was a bombshell in the ‘50s. Her flirty style is present even in modern fashion. But for her 1959 wedding, she chose to keep her eyes the focus of the look with thick eyeliner. The rest of her face was natural, save for a bit of natural pink lipstick.
I don’t think I’d be able to let go of my long hair before the wedding, but Mia Farrow absolutely rocked the pixie cut at her 1966 wedding to Frank Sinatra! Like the brides before her, her makeup was simple and sweet even as it reflected the overall ’60s mod style. I love her lashes!
I loved Bianca Jagger’s wedding. I even wrote about it in a previous blog about iconic wedding dresses. Her wedding was so incredibly offbeat. She probably was one of the proponents of the no-makeup makeup. Look at her skin! She is simply glowing.
Amal Clooney, for me, is a bit of a modern classic. Everything about her wedding look was perfect. Amal worked with Charlotte Tilbury for this, and ended up with defined brows, expressive eyes, and lush lips. Amal is already beautiful to begin with, but I think her wedding really inspired a lot of modern brides to tone it down and highlight your best features!
So how do you translate your inspiration to reality? Know what you want, have trials, and communicate what you like to a makeup artist you trust. I’ve been so lucky that I’ve gotten to work with some of the most talented people in the industry over the years. They are trailblazers in their own right. If you’re a bride-to-be looking for more inspiration on what to do for your Filipina skin, I highly recommend checking out their accounts and their wonderful work.
Jelly Eugenio: Jelly did my makeup for my first bridal shower. The soft neutral hues and blushing skin made for such a romantic look!
Mikka Marcaida: Mikka is another makeup artist I love working with. This look that we did for an event features glowy eyeshadow and rosy cheeks. I think it could look perfect as bridal makeup too!
Lala Flores: I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve worked with Lala, but the result is always stunning. This shoot we did with Shaira Luna practically screams Brigitte Bardot! With the flirty lashes and defined eyes, it’s a little sexier than usual.
Anthea Bueno: My MEGA cover in January with Louis Vuitton had the impact it did thanks to the stunning makeup done by Anthea!
Justine Navato: Justine Navato also created this peach-hued look. It’s so fresh! I especially love the eye makeup on this one.
In a few weeks, I’ll be able to share more about the finer details of our very special day. Until then, you’ll have to wait just a little bit longer! Whether you’re getting married or not, is there a type of bridal look that you absolutely love? Share them with me in the comments below! 🙂