A Perfect Pair: The Best Fragrances for Garden Rose Wedding Bouquets

Fragrance Pairings for Garden Rose Bouquets

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You’ve chosen a bouquet of your favorite flowers to carry down the aisle on your wedding day, but have you carefully selected a complementary big-day scent? Sure, it might not seem like cause for concern, but your favorite perfume could quite easily clash with the sweet smells of your bridal blooms. To complete your aisle style, we suggest finding the perfect perfume pairing to match your bouquet.

Last week, we shared our favorite fragrances for a Lily of the Valley bouquet, and this week we’re highlight another popular bridal bloom: Garden roses! The classic bud comes in nearly every color, and their scent tends to be just as varied. “They can smell fruity or green, spicy or musky,” says Kurkdjian. We found three fail-safe complements with notes of violet, iris, and citrus that will work with any garden rose.

Our first pick is a light and woodsy fragrance from Maison Francis Kurkdjian. This luminous scent is light enough to be used daily, but special enough to be chosen for your wedding day perfume. With hints of sweet orange and musky notes, it’s simple and classic. “Aqua Universalis”, $177, Maison Francis Kurkdjian

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We also love this soft scent from Hermès. It’s nuanced with layers of fragrances like classic rose, orange blossom, and mandarin, all of which will pair beautifully with a bouquet of fluffy garden roses. “Iris Ukiyoé”, $245, Hermès

Our last pick for brides carrying a garden rose bouquet on her wedding day is an opulent fragrance from Tom Ford. You’ll notice top notes of violet leaf, mandarin, and rose, subtle middle notes of butter and jasmine, and barely-there bottom notes of cedarword and suede, for a rich scent that you’ll cherish forever. “Violet Blonde”, $110, Tom Ford

Don’t forget to pick up Brides February/March 2015 issue, available on newsstands now or available for download here, for more great floral and fragrance pairings!

5 Rules for Wearing False Eyelashes on Your Wedding Day

False Eyelashes

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You know even a single coat of mascara can make a huge difference in bringing your wedding-day makeup look from everyday to totally sexy. With false lashes, you’ll get the same effect, but tenfold. In the past, false lashes meant glued-on strips that may or may not slowly peel off as the night went on. But today’s versions are subtle, natural, and totally dance-proof. We asked Skyy Hadley, celebrity lash expert and owner of As U Wish spa in Hoboken, NJ, for the things to keep in mind when you decide to go with falsies for your big day.

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Preparation is key.
The number one way false lashes fall off? “Oily eyelids!” Skyy says. “If you’ve got oil in your skin, it will break down eyelash glue and your falsies won’t hold.” Keep falsies in place by prepping your lashes with a cotton ball and toner, then applying an eyelid primer like e.l.f. Eyelid Primer ($1, available at eyeslipsface.com).

If you’re buying individual lashes, go for a three-length pack.
The easiest way to make false eyelashes look natural, Skyy says, is to apply lashes of different lengths. Buy a pack with three lengths, like Ardell Multipack Individual Lashes ($6.14; available at Amazon), then apply the shortest lashes in your inner corners, the medium lashes in the middle of your eye, and the longest lashes in your outer corners.

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Don’t get too close to your lash line.
Apply false lashes about an eighth of an inch from your lash line, Skyy says, to keep them from getting wet and falling off. For individual lashes, apply a pinprick-sized dot of eyelash glue, like Duo, in between your lashes, and press on each lash. You’ll need five to six individual lashes (Skyy likes Y-lashes, which branch out to form a Y-shape and look extra full) to fill out each eye. For strip lashes, make sure you cover the entire strip with glue and then stretch your eyelid out like you’re applying eyeliner and carefully lay the strip an eighth of an inch from your lash line.

Secure lashes in place with tweezers.
Lash glue takes two to three minutes to dry. After applying each lash or strip, take tweezers (your hands are too oily) and gently press down on each lash or section, starting with the inner corners of your eye and moving outwards. Cover strip lashes with liquid eyeliner — it dries more than pencil — to keep them in place.

Apply mascara — with caution.
Yes, you can wear mascara over falsies! The trick, Skyy says, is to swipe it on from the middle of each lash out to the ends, avoiding where the lash meets the glue (or your real lashes meet your lash line). That way, you’ll keep them from shaking loose. Try an oil-free mascara (it won’t break down glue), like Maybelline Great Lash ($5.59, available at Soap.com).

5 Rules for Wearing False Eyelashes on Your Wedding Day

False Eyelashes

Photo: Getty Images

You know even a single coat of mascara can make a huge difference in bringing your wedding-day makeup look from everyday to totally sexy. With false lashes, you’ll get the same effect, but tenfold. In the past, false lashes meant glued-on strips that may or may not slowly peel off as the night went on. But today’s versions are subtle, natural, and totally dance-proof. We asked Skyy Hadley, celebrity lash expert and owner of As U Wish spa in Hoboken, NJ, for the things to keep in mind when you decide to go with falsies for your big day.

See More: The Best Perfumes for Your Wedding

Preparation is key.
The number one way false lashes fall off? “Oily eyelids!” Skyy says. “If you’ve got oil in your skin, it will break down eyelash glue and your falsies won’t hold.” Keep falsies in place by prepping your lashes with a cotton ball and toner, then applying an eyelid primer like e.l.f. Eyelid Primer ($1, available at eyeslipsface.com).

If you’re buying individual lashes, go for a three-length pack.
The easiest way to make false eyelashes look natural, Skyy says, is to apply lashes of different lengths. Buy a pack with three lengths, like Ardell Multipack Individual Lashes ($6.14; available at Amazon), then apply the shortest lashes in your inner corners, the medium lashes in the middle of your eye, and the longest lashes in your outer corners.

See More: The Best Celebrity Beauty Looks of the Week

Don’t get too close to your lash line.
Apply false lashes about an eighth of an inch from your lash line, Skyy says, to keep them from getting wet and falling off. For individual lashes, apply a pinprick-sized dot of eyelash glue, like Duo, in between your lashes, and press on each lash. You’ll need five to six individual lashes (Skyy likes Y-lashes, which branch out to form a Y-shape and look extra full) to fill out each eye. For strip lashes, make sure you cover the entire strip with glue and then stretch your eyelid out like you’re applying eyeliner and carefully lay the strip an eighth of an inch from your lash line.

Secure lashes in place with tweezers.
Lash glue takes two to three minutes to dry. After applying each lash or strip, take tweezers (your hands are too oily) and gently press down on each lash or section, starting with the inner corners of your eye and moving outwards. Cover strip lashes with liquid eyeliner — it dries more than pencil — to keep them in place.

Apply mascara — with caution.
Yes, you can wear mascara over falsies! The trick, Skyy says, is to swipe it on from the middle of each lash out to the ends, avoiding where the lash meets the glue (or your real lashes meet your lash line). That way, you’ll keep them from shaking loose. Try an oil-free mascara (it won’t break down glue), like Maybelline Great Lash ($5.59, available at Soap.com).

Editor Approved: A Treatment That Eliminates Large Pores and Acne Scars Before Your Big Day

Treatment to Eliminate Large Pores Before Your Wedding Day

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Our Associate Fashion & Beauty Editor Elizabeth Swanson test drives the latest beauty products and treatments to help bring our brides-to-be the best of the best in the skin care, makeup, and hair world.

Who doesn’t want a poreless, even-toned complexion for their wedding? So when New York Dermatologist Eric Schweiger suggested I try Laser Genesis as a way to get it, I was all ears. “It stimulates collagen production to decrease redness, improve the texture of the skin, and shrink the appearance of pores and wrinkles,” he said, before adding that it’s practically painless, not to mention safe for every skin type. I couldn’t make an appointment fast enough.

What it’s like:
There was no pain — just a bit of warmth when the laser hit my skin. After the treatment, the dermatologist applied a cooling, aloe vera sheet mask to my face, followed by a soothing moisturizer. It’s also fast — I was in and out in 20 minutes. (Just before leaving, I did pop into the bathroom to make sure I wasn’t too red to be seen in public. You could barely tell I had had anything done — there was just a little redness.)

The results:
When I woke up the next morning, my pores looked more refined and my red marks were less inflamed. And the results got better over time: My skin looked less oily, and more even, each day.

See more: Find Your Perfect Wedding-Day Makeup

The fine print:
Like most light treatments, you’ll need four to six sessions in order to see a major difference. Schweiger recommends spacing the treatments two weeks apart, starting at least six months before your wedding. Price varies depending upon the dermatologist, but he charges $400 per treatment and offers a special buy-five-get-one-free package.

See more: Get the Perfect Sunless Tan Before You Walk Down the Aisle

Our verdict:
If you’re after instant gratification, this might not be for you. But if you’re patient, I say it’s worth it. Consider it an investment: Not only will it give you noticeably better skin for your wedding, but every day after too, since it also helps prevent blemishes and fine lines. I, for one, can’t wait for my next visit.

Editor Approved: A Treatment That Eliminates Large Pores and Acne Scars Before Your Big Day

Treatment to Eliminate Large Pores Before Your Wedding Day

Photo: Getty Images

Our Associate Fashion & Beauty Editor Elizabeth Swanson test drives the latest beauty products and treatments to help bring our brides-to-be the best of the best in the skin care, makeup, and hair world.

Who doesn’t want a poreless, even-toned complexion for their wedding? So when New York Dermatologist Eric Schweiger suggested I try Laser Genesis as a way to get it, I was all ears. “It stimulates collagen production to decrease redness, improve the texture of the skin, and shrink the appearance of pores and wrinkles,” he said, before adding that it’s practically painless, not to mention safe for every skin type. I couldn’t make an appointment fast enough.

What it’s like:
There was no pain — just a bit of warmth when the laser hit my skin. After the treatment, the dermatologist applied a cooling, aloe vera sheet mask to my face, followed by a soothing moisturizer. It’s also fast — I was in and out in 20 minutes. (Just before leaving, I did pop into the bathroom to make sure I wasn’t too red to be seen in public. You could barely tell I had had anything done — there was just a little redness.)

The results:
When I woke up the next morning, my pores looked more refined and my red marks were less inflamed. And the results got better over time: My skin looked less oily, and more even, each day.

See more: Find Your Perfect Wedding-Day Makeup

The fine print:
Like most light treatments, you’ll need four to six sessions in order to see a major difference. Schweiger recommends spacing the treatments two weeks apart, starting at least six months before your wedding. Price varies depending upon the dermatologist, but he charges $400 per treatment and offers a special buy-five-get-one-free package.

See more: Get the Perfect Sunless Tan Before You Walk Down the Aisle

Our verdict:
If you’re after instant gratification, this might not be for you. But if you’re patient, I say it’s worth it. Consider it an investment: Not only will it give you noticeably better skin for your wedding, but every day after too, since it also helps prevent blemishes and fine lines. I, for one, can’t wait for my next visit.

A Perfect Pair: The Best Fragrances for Peony Wedding Bouquets

Fragrance Pairings for Peony Bouquets

Photo: Greg Marino

Your bridal bouquet is the perfect accessory to your wedding dress, but did you know you also need a perfume pairing that works with your chosen blooms? Elevate your wedding day style by picking a scent that is the ideal complement to your gorgeous bridal arrangement. We’ve already explained our favorite fragrances to pair with a Lily of the Valley, so this week we’re covering another bridal favorite: Peonies!

These fluffy, feminine, and oh-so-bridal blooms give off a fresh citrusy scent that works well with hyacinth, wisteria, or leafy green notes. If you’ve selected a bouquet of these layered flowers, consider one of these three incredible scents.

Our first pick is a luminous scent from Raymond Matts. Inspired by Linden trees in bloom on a June day, this airy fragrance is filled with notes of citrus and watery green tones, along with lilac, saffron, vanilla, and soft woods. The result is entirely feminine and light, and perfect for your big day. “Maiaday”, $200, Raymond Matts

See More: Ask Drew: Drew Barrymore Answers Your Bridal Beauty Questions

Next, we love this delicate pick from Carven. With notes of bright Italian lemon, sweet pea, peony, floral notes, freesia, white hyacinth, and wisteria, it’s the perfect scent to pair with a lush peony bouquet. “L’Eau de Toilette”, $105, Carven

Finally, we love this fruity-yet-floral fragrance from Marc Jacobs. Light and airy, and inspired by the spirit of daisies and blue skies, it’s a great complement to your lush peony bouquet. The sweet scents of blackberry, grapefruit, pear, jasmine, wisteria, and coconut water combine in a unique and bright perfume you’ll love! “Daisy Dream”, $75, Marc Jacobs

Don’t forget to pick up our February/March 2015 issue, available on newsstands now or download it here, for more bridal beauty advice, including several other bouquet and fragrance pairings for your big day!

A Perfect Pair: The Best Fragrances for Peony Wedding Bouquets

Fragrance Pairings for Peony Bouquets

Photo: Greg Marino

Your bridal bouquet is the perfect accessory to your wedding dress, but did you know you also need a perfume pairing that works with your chosen blooms? Elevate your wedding day style by picking a scent that is the ideal complement to your gorgeous bridal arrangement. We’ve already explained our favorite fragrances to pair with a Lily of the Valley, so this week we’re covering another bridal favorite: Peonies!

These fluffy, feminine, and oh-so-bridal blooms give off a fresh citrusy scent that works well with hyacinth, wisteria, or leafy green notes. If you’ve selected a bouquet of these layered flowers, consider one of these three incredible scents.

Our first pick is a luminous scent from Raymond Matts. Inspired by Linden trees in bloom on a June day, this airy fragrance is filled with notes of citrus and watery green tones, along with lilac, saffron, vanilla, and soft woods. The result is entirely feminine and light, and perfect for your big day. “Maiaday”, $200, Raymond Matts

See More: Ask Drew: Drew Barrymore Answers Your Bridal Beauty Questions

Next, we love this delicate pick from Carven. With notes of bright Italian lemon, sweet pea, peony, floral notes, freesia, white hyacinth, and wisteria, it’s the perfect scent to pair with a lush peony bouquet. “L’Eau de Toilette”, $105, Carven

Finally, we love this fruity-yet-floral fragrance from Marc Jacobs. Light and airy, and inspired by the spirit of daisies and blue skies, it’s a great complement to your lush peony bouquet. The sweet scents of blackberry, grapefruit, pear, jasmine, wisteria, and coconut water combine in a unique and bright perfume you’ll love! “Daisy Dream”, $75, Marc Jacobs

Don’t forget to pick up our February/March 2015 issue, available on newsstands now or download it here, for more bridal beauty advice, including several other bouquet and fragrance pairings for your big day!