With the official arrival of spring comes a slew of epic bridal inspiration for warm-weather ceremonies. In order to bring you the very best beauty ideas for cool brides like you, we teamed up with the ultimate girl-in-the-know, Annie Lawless of Blawnde. Scroll below for her five cool-girl beauty trends that are perfect for spring brides. You’re welcome.
Soft pink and violet tones on the eyes. I love a good smokey eye, but using blacks, grays, and deep browns can look heavy on your wedding day. Instead, blushy pinks and rich violets can really define the eyes and create depth, without looking too severe.
1. Naked 3 Palette by Urban Decay ($54): Pinks and violets have a great brightening effect on the face, opening up the eye area for a wide-awake look. The Naked 3 Palette by Urban Decay ($54) and the Modern Renaissance Palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills ($42) feature gorgeous blush and pink shades, while Laura Mercier’s Eye Artist Palette ($55) contains some beautiful violet and plum hues.
Bright, shimmery inner corners. By highlighting the inner corners of your eyes with a shimmery pale gold or white highlight shade, you draw light and attention to the center of the face, and accentuate the whites of your eyes, making the eyes look larger. I love how Rebecca Rittenhouse has captured this look. (Photo via Rebecca Rittenhouse / Getty)
2. Becca Shimmering Skin Pressed Highlighter in Moonstone ($38): Spray a small pencil brush with a bit of setting spray, like MAC Prep + Fix Plus ($24), before dipping the brush into a pale shimmery shadow or highlighter. It will really amplify the luminous effect!
Mini cat eye. A sharp, winged eyeliner on your wedding day can be a bit over the top if you’re going for a more soft and natural look, but slightly dragging the pencil out for a tiny flick can really elongate the eyes and lift them upward (just take a look at Gigi Hadid). A cat eye shape also has a very sexy, sophisticated vibe, and I think every bride wants to feel both of those qualities on her wedding day. (Photo via Sonny Vandevelde / Indigitalimages.com)
3. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil ($20): I love using a creamy pencil, like Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil, instead of a liquid liner because it’s softer and easy to smudge and blend out. After drawing a line on the upper lash line, take a small eyeliner brush, like Bobbi Brown’s Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush ($29), and drag the liner out to create a mini cat eye.
Surfer girl waves. The days of stiff, mega hair-sprayed wedding updos are fading out as free flowing, tousled, and voluminous waves are taking center stage. The key to surfer-girl waves on your wedding day is creating plenty of texture and body, so you don’t actually look like you just came from the beach. (Photo via @AmberFillerup / Ciara Richardson)
4. Drybar Southern Belle Volumizing Mousse ($26): I achieve this look by using a volumizing mousse, like Drybar’s Southern Belle, followed by Bumble and Bumble Surf Foam Spray Blow Dry ($31). This combo adds lots of volume and texture before you even begin to heat style the hair. Once I rough-dry the hair with my fingers, I take a brush and run it through to detangle and smooth the hair out. Then, I run a 1.5-inch curling iron through in spirals, without actually holding it down because we don’t want perfectly set curls for this look. I alternate directions throughout my entire head so the look is effortless and the curls aren’t uniform. Then, I flip my head upside down and tousle the hair while spraying a flexible hold hairspray, like Aveda Air Control Spray ($29), all throughout. When I flip my strands back up I give it one final spray and I am good to go!
Glowing Skin. This is a trend that will last forever. Gone are the days of matte, overdone makeup — today is the day of lit-from-within glow. But this look can be a bit tricky to achieve, because no bride wants to look shiny in photos. If you already have oily skin, then you’re probably thinking the most matte finish possible is best. However, there are a few standout products that really create a glow without looking shiny, sparkly, or shimmery.
5. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder ($46): Reach for the Ambient Lighting Powders by Hourglass — particularly the shade Luminous Light. What is unique about these powders is that they were created to mimic real lighting scenarios. These are not highlighters, but rather light manipulators. The pearlescent sheen in the Hourglass Powders is so finely milled and undetectable, but it wakes up the skin and gives it a healthy, vibrant, satin finish that I recommend for every bride on her wedding day. My other favorite is the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact ($42). This provides that same radiance without being obviously glowy or highlighted in any way.
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